mcberko (4046) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy amber with a medium beige / tan head. Extremely aromatic, with truckloads of resinous, citrusy hops, and a big fat caramel malt at least as prominent - there are some tropical fruit notes further back as well. Flavour is super pungent, with a big whopping caramel malt backing, supporting the truckload of resinous hops on top. Again, thereís a hint of tropical fruit content, but not prominent. So insanely well-balanced, while still be extreme in its flavour profile. Finishes with a harsh but pleasant astringency. One of the best imperial reds Iíve had.
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this one in a trade thanks to Bytemesis. Pours amber with a small off white head. Smells strongly of pine and caramel. Taste is is sweet up front with a nice bitter backbone. It has average carbonation and a medium body. Pretty much exactly what I would expect from this style, good example of a west coast strong ale.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark red with a cream off-white head that laced quite a bit. Aroma seems quite pine. Med + body. flavor is very pine over a fairly dark roast malt. Finishes malty, but more bitter and hoppy.
bytemesis (1407) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - thanks MikeB! Pours clear reddish amber with a large tan head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is beautiful grapefruit, caramel, a bit of pine. Flavor is much the same, very nice, very balanced. Lightly sweet and medium bitter growing into the lightly warming finish.
Ratman197 (7607) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Drakes poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, orange zest, pink grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, pink grapefruit, tangerine, light tropical fruit and light pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.
mrmartin (558) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pi Bar. Amber pour with a creamy off white head Big dry hoppy nose. Toasted malts and resiny hops. and a nice clean bitter finish.
Labeled as a double amber for some reason but quite nicely hopped and drinkable
marcus (4999) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House. Pours reddish brown with a nice off-white head and a smoky aroma., There is a classic red ale flavor with a lot of smoke and a raspy feel.
barn0216 (215) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep red-brown color, clear, with a beige head and very good lacing. Flowery, pine aroma. Taste is bitter throughout, piney, with peaks of caramel malt poking through. A bit of alcohol burn in the finish.
womencantsail (6860) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber pour with a white head. Nice citrus and floral hop nose to this. A bit of pine, and lots of caramel an toffee malt sweetness. There is a bit of pine hoppiness and bitterness on the palate, some floral notes, and a nice orange peel. Some sweet toffee an malt flavors, too.