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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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2250) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2014
I didn’t want to wait on this since I saw on the side that the best by date is June 24, 2014. Anyways, well, I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy looking dark red color with a decent two finger white foamy head that must last for a good minute and a half. The head turns a bit lumpy on me with a slightly off-white color to it. There is some decent lacing. The smell had some nice bitter Northwest piney hops backed up by a nice crisp craker-like maltiness. The taste was mainly bitter but added a nice citrus to malty sweetness as it warmed. There’s a decent bitter to somewhat sweet citrusy aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation actually is somewhat smooth and for the most part is pretty good for the style and for me. Overall, this is a good American Amber/Red ale worthy of having again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JonLaRue (26) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Poured from a large pint bottle. Beer opens with, roasty herbs paired with leather. Red amber in color tight lace up top. Strong hints of malt and hops paired perfectly. In the mouth it starts acidic and finishes clean. An awesome example of a red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Stoked to see this one back! I used to really enjoy this as a Deschutes regular staple, let’s see if my memory holds or the beer is the same... 22 oz bomber, served in a imperial pint glass. Pours dark reddish orange with medium off-white head. Aroma is rich, lightly earthy and roasty caramel malt with faintly floral hops on the back. Taste is clean, smooth, sweet, savory caramel malt with light piney hop bitterness on the finish. Bitterness lingers slightly. Really nice, this is pretty much what an amber should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (942) - Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. Nice to see this one back in the lineup - haven’t had it in awhile, so I am curious to see how my impressions have changed. A: Dense red bordering on brick brown. Creme colored head. N: Hops are at the forefront. Pine and other conifers, pineapple, big black peppercorn. Biscuit and cracker. T: Moderately bitter, moderately hoppy. Very much in between what you might expect. M: Big carbonation. Medium body, prickly. O: A very nice Amber Ale. The style’s not necessarily interesting on its own, but this has such deftness of hand, you might find yourself imbibing a couple and not caring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (462) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Not quite as red as cinder but pretty damn close, a piddle o’ brown in there. Malty earthiness erupts from the aroma, alongside mild grapefruit and pine with of touch of rye to spice it up. Tastes much the same but surely rich baked grains stand out. Well scaled hopping going on in this rouge magma that has a rich creamy flow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark amber color with some reddish notes and a very large frothy light tan head on it. Nose has some moderate toffee notes coming off it, balanced with a fair amount of grassy hops to offset it. Taste ends up being just a bit sweet, up front, but has some hoppy bitterness throughout, which was a pleasant surprise for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (1992) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany with light head. Aromas of raisins, sweet malts, and pine. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, and light toffee. Bitter grassy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a reddish amber with a one finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malts, caramel, sweet malts, pine, and some citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some toffee and grassy hops. Has a medium body with a slighty creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium finish. Overall, a tasty, well balnaced amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1748) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2014
This may be the best Red Ale I have ever had. This beer has such great flavor. Definitely try it and buy it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2014
Nice reddish brown pour from a 22 bomber. Nice smooth sweet malt flavor with a hop kick. Felt like almost a brown and almost a red. Not bad at all.

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