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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A smooth, rich red ale without the bite (5.5% alcohol). This 3-time gold medal winner is a combination of 5 different styles of malts, and several different Yakima Valley hops. The use of ""crystal malt"" in the brewing process imparts a rich caramel flavor. This combination creates a flavor packed red ale like youíve never had before!


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain, malt syrup), lightly hoppy (apricot), with a note of vegetables (yellow squash, etc.). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. A syrupy, raw, vegetal, clumsy affair. Sad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Caramel and toffee malts with a lot of toast and bread on the nose. Creamy sweetness, minimal hop profile, just a bit of a floral note. The flavor is a touch watery, but decently sweet and malty. Some toffee, caramel, and toasted bread. A hint of metal on the finish. A bit of grass, too. Surprisingly decent.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Amber is not one of my favorite styles and this one comes up short on convincing me too. Pours a dark orange with minimal aroma, the taste is thin with only a bit of malt flavor to work with. I would pick the blonde over this red.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is some caramel malt but also a weird vinegar sourness. Flavor is better with some chocolate malts and a bit of cherry let on the tounge.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2011
From a 12oz bottle from Pickís Liquors poured into a Shaker. Off white head. Very thick and takes a long time to dissipate leaving a little lacing. Color is a dark amber or light brown. Aroma is very malty. Bready with some cereal grains. Also a slight floral hop smell. Taste is medium bitter and lightly sour. Definite caramel tastes and a slight hop tastes. Medium bodied with a very slick texture. Lively and very fizzy carbonation with a long slightly sweet finish. Overall, itís a pretty damn good beer. Especially for the price, and the fact that they donate some proceeds to charity give them some brown nose points in my book. Iíll definitely be buying this one again!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2011
A dark brown, almost black pour with a late forming light tan thick head. The aroma is a bit swampy and funky, even a bit smoky. It also has some pleasant malt. Flavor is grassy and funky. There is some light fruit and in general this beer is sour. Actually, it is the closest to a sour style as any Amber Ale I have had. Certainly not what I expected but it was fun.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beermanusa (77) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Contract brewed by Indian Wells Brewery. Served in a 12 oz brown bottle. Pours a nice color with a clear dark amber color and a white foam. That is were I should have stopped. Aroma was very medicinal with a hint of bubble gum. A bit overwhelming. Tastes like a gram cracker and sweet unique (in a bad way) malty taste and an after taste that stays with you for a while and wish it didnít. They need to consider changing contract brewers. Will retry if they do.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Sampled on 8/13/2010. This amber ale pours a medium to dark reddish brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied red/amber ale. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are citrusy and herbal. Decent carbonation. A touch sweet at the finish. Decent Ďredí ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
Cloudy red amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma had roasted malt, caramel and hints of hops. Flavour had roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and vague hops. Finished somewhat dry and slightly bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1229) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
muddy brownish copper with hardly any head or lacing. Caramel, graham cracker and a subtle sense of bananas come through on the nose, but none of it particularly pleasant. Taste features sweet caramel malt and butter. light body, medium carbonation, and a lingering sweetness. This wasnít too good, but extra points for the cause.


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