Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barclay’s in Berkeley, CA. Pours a clear deep copper with thin tan head. The aroma is light with faint roasted malts and malt sweetness. Not much else in the nose. The flavor hits with a bolt of semi sweet caramelized malts and mild pine and sweet citrus hops. The flavor is bold, rich and tasty. Solid, not stellar, offering.
omhper (22887) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Draught at the brewpub (7.75%) Reddish amber, minimal head. Light orangey nose. Sweet and malty with clean, rounded mouthfeel. Some dough is evident until resiny hops takes over and gives a long bitterness. Well balanced, but not exciting.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from tap an amber color with medium-sized frothy head. Aroma is malt and bread with a dash of floral hops. Flavor is sweet malt, bread, and a slightly resiny floral hoppiness that leaves a mild bittering at the end. It was tasty and nice to drink. I would drink it again.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap only at Petes Brass rail in San Ramon CA. Good carbonation some citrus hop notes a bit of biscuit type flavors. Mild bitterness. Some soft white fruit notes. Mild finish with good mouthfeel.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord, CA) Some wild claims on the beer menu for this beer, so let’s see if it lives up. For a beer with "very little hop flavor", it sure has a decent hop bitterness, especially in the finish. But on the whole, this is a very sweet, very caramely beer, and if less bitter would be pushing a Scotch ale. The sweetness is a bit too sugary for me. Moderate alcohol presence is a bit of a distraction in the finish. Sweet and very caramely nose, with a stronger than expected aroma of alcohol. Sweet and heavy on the palate, the bitter bite doesn’t really cut into the thickness. Deep ruddy amber color, with a full haze for a very murky appearance. Not a whole lot of head when poured, it was light tan in color and quickly faded to a bubbly thin ring. Some droopy lacing near the top of the glass. Contrary to what the menu insists, this is not even close to being "one of the best experiences in malt" in my life, but it is a decent beer. But in the end, the beer has a slight harshness, and thus is not something I could drink much of, so I don’t know how "approachable" this really is.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interestingly, I got this beer on tap @ the Bistro In Hayward, not Pete’s Brass Rail. The bar keep said this was the end of the keg, and it did seem a bit flat. The color was attractive ruddy brown with a thick cascading head. The nose and flavor were malty sweet, but as I worked my way down the pint glass, I could finally get a good whiff of the beer, which dropped a point as it went a bit vegital. The flavor was decent, and ended with a fruity influence.
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ The Bistro, Hayward, CA. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty caramel aroma with some floral hoppy hints. Very malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish, slightly fruity hints aswell.
joeneugs (5450) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden orange color with a small off white head. A very sweet yet hoppy aroma. The taste is of mandarin oranges with a semi potent hop bitterness at the end. Its medium bodied, and pretty tasty, yet kind of one dimensional.
Sledutah (6836) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at EJ Phair
Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with a off-white head and nice amount of lacing in the glass
Aroma: Caramel, biscuity and sweet malts
Taste: Caramel, sweet malts and a medicinal bitterness in the finish
monk191 (1680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent red, but something weird about it. Pours a great amber color with a tan head. Smells fruity. Taste is fruity too, but a strange aftertaste. Had at tap at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
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