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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
As distinct as the ruddy lava butte that inspired its name, this ale pours mahogany red and has a rich toffee flavor from caramel malt and roasted barley. Amarillo and Tettnang hops give every sip balance and subtle bite.

Malt: Caramel, Roasted Barley
Hops: Amarillo, Tettnang

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 8, 2005
Dark reddish in color. Slightly cream-colored head. Very attractive beer. It had the slight smell of iced tea. The taste was very hoppy and malty as wells as was the finish. I was totally impressed with this stuff. I would like to try this on tap if it is available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2005
Dark copper color. Wispy white topping of suspended particles clung together. Subtle nose of caramel malt and slightly lemony/citrusy Amarillo and spicy Tettnang. Taste begins by illustrating the caramel malts initially, then levels off and begins to develop a touch of roast on the finish. Meanwhile, the hops seem to be unusually mellow. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t like this at all. The malt flavor is very amateurish (and yes, I am aware that I am speaking of Deschutes here), almost like beginner homebrew and the Amarillo and Tettnang combination needs to either be amped up substancially or switched out for hops more powerful and more fitting for the style, like Centennial or Chinook.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
Nice color. Decent taste but a bit too strong. The hops overpower everything else. Not a big fan of Red Ales but this one is better than average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Nice orange color with a retained off white head and some lacing. Aroma is typical amber, caramelly malty, but wait what is this? An amber ale with hops in the aroma?. The flavor delivers a nice hop zing that really vaults this amber to the top of the charts. Nice interplay between the malts and the hops with a slight tilt towards the hops. Works for me!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Russet/golden filtered. Clotted, frothy head. Slightly salty and malty aroma. Subtle breadiness, mostly tangy and a little sharp. If I could some sum up this beer in two words, they would be: bittersweet toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1457) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a creamy off-white head that goes to a frothy cap that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts balanced with a nice raw and green hoppiness along with some tea-like notes.

The flavor is nutty caramel malts initially leading to a surprisingly big (for an amber) and raw and citrusy bitterness. The finish is bitter but also crisp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly good amber, the best I’ve had to date. This would make an excellent session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Either this is better than last years or I just forgot how darned good this is. The color, aroma, flavor, hop bittnerness, everything is EXCELLENT. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
Copper colour. Earthy-hoppy aroma with crystal malts. Fresh grapefruity hops, hint of crystal. Balanced, tasty. One of the better, and more robust, examples of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, sourdough bread), lightly hoppy (apricot), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of metal and kumquat. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A faded shadow of what it once was back when it was a seasonal and Deschutes actually cared about their beer quality. Faint, vague aroma with a few less-than-enjoyable characters (pretty doughy, kinda metallic and sour). Plain and simple in the mouth, heading towards bland. Especially sad because this used to be mid-to-high 3s for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 These guys know what they are doing! Pours a brilliant red amber with a fluffy head. Tiny bubbles dance throughout. Toffee aroma with a hint of bitter aspirin. The sweet caramel malts coat your tongue and the bitterness catches up with you at the finish. Well balanced and delicious. Very good brew - thanks to skyhand again.

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