wlajwl (3924) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is light pine, sweetish malts and a hint of spice. The flavor is light grapefruit, fruit, caramel sweetness, malts and a tangy/tart finish.
nearbeer (3774) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Pint can. Pours a cloudy copper-brown with a lasting quarter inch of creamy bubbles. Aroma is spicy toffee, toast, dark cherries, resin, and earthy dried wood. Flavor is big toffee on the front followed closely by orange, a touch of cherry, then a finish of peppery rye and dried resinous wood. Medium body is soft and chewy, but well balanced by the tingly rye and hop finish. Low-average carbonation and no notice of the 8% abv makes this unique ASA dangerously drinkable.
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ When Pigs Fly. Hazy amber color with some retention. The aroma is spicy hops and caramel. The flavor starts with caramel and toffee. Notes of rye and some faint herbal hops notes in the finish. Its medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I never would have guessed it was an 8 percent beer, so it does have some drinkability. However, overall the flavor wasn’t getting me real excited.
rocbyter (1904) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong robust malt aroma with a moderate amount of resin hops. Cloudy orange color with medium tan head. Moderate bitter beginning with that fades slowly in the finish. Palate is a little weak in the end.
edgallow (2190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel malts, pine, spice and fruit. Taste is the sweet malt and earthy pine.
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MaltOne (221) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(pint can) Pours red amber, with a creamy buff head. Aroma is pleasantly complex - Butter biscuit, slightly sweet, a bit of spice. Taste starts like a Scotch Ale, slightly sweet, malty, then the finish adds a dry, bitter component to the sweeter start, creating some balance to the initial Scotch Ale impression. Mouthful is unctous leaving some sweet and some bitter on the palate - creme brulee with bitter orange. Overall a very interesting brew. The rye and the hops add a new, and pleasant dimension to what would otherwise be a somewhat familiar profile
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Amber pour with a short white head. Aroma is spicy hops, floral hops, caramel, toasted malt and fruit notes. Taste is spicy hops, earthy hops, caramel, sweet malt, toasted grains and fruit notes. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a moderate dense carbonation. Ends with more caramel, spicy hop notes, floral and earthy hops, soft citrus and sweet malt.
rangerred (936) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can into a nonic.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger white head. Not very good head retention at all but the lacing is decent leaving some clumps on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is extremely malty right off the bat. Lots of caramel and toffee along with a slight bit of toast. Earthy hops are also quite prominent with some pine and tree bark. The spicy rye also makes an appearance.
The flavor largely follows the aroma. Lots of caramel, toffee, and pine along with a decent amount of rye thrown in for good measure. There is a little bit of dark fruit but not prominent at all it just adds a little bit of depth. Bitterness is on the moderate side but remains restrained leading to a moderately sticky finish.
Overall, a decent strong red ale and a different brew from all the IPA’s and IIPA’s out there. Another good beer from Finch’s.
ads135 (3036) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Skunky and wet cardboard. The rye doesn’t really come through at all. Well hopped with a decent mouthfeel and body.
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich dense amber with very little head. Nose is rich, candyish hop character and tons of malt sweetness. Lightly spicy notes and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is a mess. Malty and astringent with an herbal/spicy hop character. Full-medium body with an abrasive palate.