Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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. Iíll be honest and say that I donít 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.
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
TChrome (1440) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!!!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beaver (1422) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Iíve had to date. This would make an excellent session beer.
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 wonít be disappointed.
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ernest (6580) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a dark reddish amber with huge pillowy head that lasts and lasts. An aroma of caramel, roasted barley, smoke and a trace mustiness. The malt taste is huge. Starting with caramel and toffee plus some darker coffee like flavors. The hops tie this beer together nicely. The balance is dead on. Citrus and Pine together with substantial bitterness that is lightly puckering but not overwhelming. This is the best red Iíve ever had. The boys at Deschutes really got their shit together on this one. Too bad itís only a seasonal.