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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11715) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber to ruby with a patchy off-white head, mostly diminishing, and some spotty lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral pine and spruce hop, fruity and medium roasted caramel malt, sugary nose. Metal and heavily bitter hop flavor, moderately acidic, no sweetness, and a lasting hoppy metal flavor. Medium bodied, dry and watery-thin palate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Deep Golden Brownish Reddish. Piney hop flavor. Even bitter finish. I love this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
A very tasty, easy-drinking but high-quality beer. Beautiful color and perfect amount of hop for the style. Too bad that Deschutes doesn’t make this beer all year round.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
Deep amber with a great aroma. Malty flavour with a decent amount of complexity and a good bitterness to back things up.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2006
To say the least it is a very interesting beer. Deep amber color and off-white, fluffy head. Nose strong with flowery-piney hops up front and maybe grapefruit, peach, and apricot notes following. Faint toasty malt far in the background. Soft, medium-bodied grapefruit taste is prominent. Nectar fruit and mild toastiness (and maybe toffee?) drift into the background. Finally, flowery, slightly piney hops come to balance the palate and finish into the end, with the grapefruit taste still lingering. Very interesting for an amber; mild complexity in a very drinkable beer. Although I am a little curious why is is offered in the winter, when I would much rather try in the spring?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Thanks to Andre for this one. Pours amberish with a thin tan head. Smells hoppy with some sugary yogurt niotes. Tastes very hoppy with some very nice bitter elements. The amarillo and tettnang really shine in this one. Underneath, there’s a subtle malt profile with some basic fruity notes. Finish reminds me of sage. Great beer! Easily the best amber I’ve tasted.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Pours an amberish color with hints or orange in the background, very very clear, some white head but runs away very quickly. Smell is tea-like- light, lemony tea, or iced tea. Moderate fruityness with a sweet, malty backbone and hops spread about.Taste also reminds me of tea- kind of an iced tea/black tea hybrid with other stuff going on. That other stuff being fruity maltyness and a light amount of bitter hops in the finish. Some roasted/toasted flavors surface to give this beer a well-rounded flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbley, bordering on creamy. Slick near the end- very nice. I’d say this is pretty darned drinkable- it’s tasty and not too heavy, it won’t sneak up on you (assuming it sticks to style and is around 5%) and is pleasurable to drink- a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2006
I enjoyed this brew last time I was in Bend, OR. Nice body with a smooth, creamy feel. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and spices. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish. A treat for sure.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2006
[Bottle] A good dark red color to this beer. Starts off with a flavorful aroma and gave a wonderful flavor of hops and malts. Loved the hint of spices I could taste. Deschutes makes such a great product.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Best By Date 05/06/05, Sampled January 2006
Pours with a frothy, two-finger thick full tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is characteristically hoppy with an American accent; I get notes of sweet ruby-red grapefruit, and an undercurrent of herbal pine. There is a touch of malt evident in the nose as well, it reminds me of freshly crushed soda crackers.

The taste is certainly hop dominated from the get go; a nice, though not overwhelming, astringent bitterness carries from start to finish. There is a light malty sweetness, which plays up the fruity citrus hop notes. The hops are also notably pine-like, even more so than the aroma; in fact the grapefruit notes and the pine notes are about in an even balance in the flavor of this beer. The end has a strangely dry finish. I say strangely because there is still a bit of sweet malt lingering on in my taste buds, yet my mouth is dry. It definitely makes you want another sip of this brew. Besides the sweet malt, there is also a biscuit/ soda cracker note here, perhaps even a slight toasted malt note as well.

This is actually quite a tasty, quaffable brew. I was not too sure what to expect from this beer, but it is nicely hoppy, yet still has some interesting underlying malt notes that bring a needed complexity to this brew.

<font size=-4>Purchased from: <a href=http://www.58degrees.com/>58° & Holding Company, Tucson, AZ<font size=-1>


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