Alphadelic (1924) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks super nice. Pure thick citrusy hop on the nose with maybe a hint of dense and syrupy caramel beneath. Super zingy in the mouth. That is totally its main point and it is highlighted by the tight yet puffy bubbles. The bitterness is mild though it is there. The flavour is very fresh and clean. The whole beer seems to float on air really. There is nothing too much to think about which is a welcome change and makes it a pleasure to drink.
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is huge on canned lychee fruit, some light canned peach, and mandarin oranges as well. Pretty unique stuff, as these scents are a departure from the standard pale ale scents. Flavors are somewhat similar but a bit dialed back when compared with the aroma, as there is ample caramel, the lychee flavor, and just a bit of breadiness (would’ve liked more). Finish is sweet for a pale ale, with the caramel and orange flavors lingering before ending completely as a faint bitterness halts the sweetness. Some powdered Tang too. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat slick, and carbonation is spot on. Overall I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer, but the flavor was disappointing.
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, blueberry and hop aroma. Deep amber-red color with a foamy head. Hoppy, caramel, hop, and soggy grass flavors. Nice smooth texture matched with a bubbly hop finish. Nice beer for the cabin.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice everyday beer. Pours a red/amber with small tan head leaving very little lacing. Nice aroma with citrus and some sweet malt notes...something else in there that I can’t quite put my finger on...hit of vanilla maybe. More hoppy that a typical Pale Ale, but with plenty of malty balance. First impression is citrus/hops followed by the sweeter malty flavors with a nice dry finish. Good beer...very drinkable.
Bif (1697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Bottle- Pours a nice amber color with a small tan head that fades to fine lacing. Has a mild citrus and grain aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.
Starts with a light cirus bite then a touch of malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Quite dry finish. Medium body, smooth, clean and well balanced. Very drinkable. This is a good anytime beer, nothing fancy or hyped, just a great goto beer.
RedSox2004 (1443) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish orange with a thin head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lace. Citrus hops aromas up front, with ample support from caramel and bread. Sharp lemon and orange bite offset by a chewy breadiness. Medium body, lively carbonation, and a sticky texture. Very pleasant - a nice beer to always have on hand.
portableparty (2067) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red amber pour with a tight white head that fades quickly. Aroma is herbal and spice scent. Taste is earthy malt and a bitter hop finish. Palate is medium feel and leaves a dry tingle on the tongue. Ok nothing special.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks, Deschutes, for stabbing my tongue with mediocrity. This thing has the flavor of felt, rust, and asbestos. Ask me how I know what those things taste like? Because I just drank Red Chair, that’s how. This beer is like unabridged regret. I also taste notes of stale caramel and oil pan grease. Pass this one to the next guy over if he has it coming to him.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice amber gold color. Has some citrusy fruit notes, some floral and bitter hops, and some sweet maltiness. Taste is grassy floral hops, some orange zest, and smoothed out with the Carmel maltiness. Very smooth and balanced beer. Could drink it all night long.
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy bright copper pour with a thin beige head. The aroma is pretty sweet with primary notes of peaches and a whole lotta flowery and grassy hops. The flavor hits with notes of caramel, peaches, and the aforementioned gassy/flowery hops, leading to a mildly bitter finish that lingers with some cereal grain taste. The alcohol is very hidden. I would have guessed this to be less than 5%. Superb Pale, but it cannot replace my dear sweet Cinder Cone.