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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3019) - Boise, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5161) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - 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>

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottled. Nice, ruby color with an ivory head. Sweet nose with tons of oranges, grapefruit and some roast. Man this beer smells good. Seems somwhat thin but really good for an amber. Slightly malty with some metallic hop bitterness ( i was surprised it didn’t have cascade...). Bitter finish. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle: Another delightful offering from Deschutes as it pours a cloudy reddish brown topped with a small light brown head. Spicy malts, hops and alcohol find themselves in the aromas as well as taste. The bitter aftertaste is refreshing. I guess I would describe the final feel as creamy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber with a large off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and caramel. Flavor of malt and citrus and pine hops. Enjoyable amber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3376) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Pours a nice bright amber color. Aromas of grapefruit/pine with some roasty scents. Flavor is citrus mixed well with the sweet malt, nice hoppy taste on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Bottle best before 06/03/05. Poured a darker and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine (reminds me of wintergreen gum) and some citrus. Tastes of pine, light caramel, and other malts. I get some light spiciness as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgentgesdo (683) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours ruby with medium off-white head that diminishes to form good lacing. Nose is creamy and malty. The flavor is that of good amber ale, malty and mildly sweet with caramel and toffee flavors. Mild and pleasant aftertaste. Good.

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