piscator34 (1883) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Hazy pale amber in colour, with somewhat lower carbonation than expected. Aromas are of orchard fruit, caramel malts, and a nice citrusy-earthy hop blend. Flavors are of spicy pear, decidedly herbal hops, and bready malts. A style I generally shy away from (there is no shortage of dull amber ales), but I like the complexity and balance of this one.
cladinshadows (37) - USA - MAR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Bottle. Very nice color, moderate head retention. Citrus aromas mainly, some caramel. Initially very citrusy, caramel mid-palate, and unfortunately fairly astringent in the finish. Roastyness and hops clash at the end and donít find a good balance for my tastes.
hopwine (111) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at bend pub. Red-amber, off-white head. Amarillo peachyness and caramelly sweet malt on the nose. Flavor is the same plus burnt sugar, toffee, light breadiness, strong English ale yeast fruitiness, with moderate levels of bitterness cutting through. Very good, though it is a touch too sweet.
pdx76 (451) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh hop version at septoberfest 7 brides, pours cloudy amber with thick head. Nose of hop, malt. Taste is hop forward however some nice sweetness. Very nice fall beer.
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ChoppingMall (47) - Sleepy Hollow, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scored this brew in Riverton, Wyoming. Itís got lots of hoppy spiciness going on, itís like you took a big chunk of spicy moss out of the ground and shoved it into your gaping mouth with a long pine cone, and then chewed the pine bark and a cinnamon stick with some fizzy biting zazz. You are walking through the great vast forest of eternal sorrow, when a shadowy figure emerges from the thicket and as you are paralyzed with fear, it draws near and shoves pine cones into your gaping eyesockets with reckless abandon... It is the great dark spirit of the mystic forest, and only now in this late hour do you realize the folly of your ways... You should have taken a different path.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the 9hr epic solo drunkfest in Portland in Nov, 2010. Pint. Mmmmm stellar taste! Reddish amber with an off white cap and small spots. Soooooooooooooooo bloated... not sure what pint Iím on.. the pizza didnít help. Large smell. Dark caramel or toffee, leaves? Support of fruit (?? these notes rule) sweet tangerine, apple and very malty. Big malty taste, medium roast, toffee... barely legible note at the bottom of the page says íran out of beerí.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a pint glass. The body is a nice amber color with a light tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose really brings through some good notes of light bread and caramel. There are some citrus and floral hops there as well. The taste is slightly hoppy with a bit of toast. Nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Good body and carbonation; this was a nice bottle and Iím glad I was able to pick one up.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2010
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad I had this beer when I did. I love red beers and this was a good one. Great taste with a hint of Carmel
BlackEyePA (559) - USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer, just a great beer. I love red beer, this is a great one! Looks great, smells great, tastes great, 3 really good attributes. Definitely try one of these, the hoppy, citrusy, delicious. A picture is worth 1000 words, but a taste is worth soft spot in the heart. Get u some
onceblind (3574) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am unfortunate enough to never have this beer ever again, as it is retired. I know I am cheating by rating a beer I havenít had in over 18 months, but I just learned of its retiring. I was waiting till January to get it again and rate it. But since that will never happen, I am forced to rate it based on memory. Good thing itís one of the most unique and memorable beers I ever did have. Anyhow, it pours out a coppery red under a bubbly white head. Aroma is very pleasant, calling mainly upon sweet caramel and toffee notes, with some pine hop whiffs to back it up. Taste is just as delicious. Earthy malt notes are noticeable first, but are soon mellowed into caramel and grassy pine hops. Itís greatly balanced, but bitter at the end, but by no means overpoweringly so. Earthy, toasty, toffee, and hop profiles swirl in the mouth pleasingly well and bring you back for more. It is a true shame they retired this beer. This is one of the 5 or so beers that opened my eyes in the early days of my beer snobbery, and is in fact the first beer I liked that wasnít black or dark brown in color. A masterpiece, and Deschutesí best as far as Iím concerned.