Block (1124) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sample at the brewery. I was happy to taste the oats in this one. A nice silky body with a bit of the roasted oak flavor. The hops didn’t overpower the beer but gave a nice balance.
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a darker amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma is buckwheaty and grainy with some fun bready notes. Taste is earthy and an intereating bitterness throughout. Pretty good.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewery (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a nice orange brownish hue, gentle copper glow with a decent haziness in the body. Small frothy brighter white head atop dies to a loose ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle bready malts, touches of citrusy and floral hops are subtle. Fresh cut oats, some gentle biscuit and florals, some grass. Not bad, fairly fresh, not sweet. Initial is a bit more well rounded throwing some juicy citrus elements up front and throughout. Some bready malts, subtle biscuit, mellow toast. Grass and florals, some decent hop presence certainly shows up and keeps up. A bit rind driven, some gentle biscuity and carmelized malt feels. But the hops keep up, keep it in check. Backend is a bit dry, floral, mellow to decent citrus presence presses on. Mellow bread, oat is subtle but offers a more grainy, dry feel. Some touches of floral elements, mellow grass. Finish is a bit more hop centric. This is what I’d call a Red that didn’t want that sweet sticky caramel so they hopped it quite liberally and used oats to soften the blow. Pretty solid stuff and my favorite of the new beers today. Hoppy Red with a subtle different twist that works well for me.
Patrickctenchi (2478) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, red-copper...small, off-white head.
Pine/grapefruit hop aroma.
Caramel, leafy, piney flavor.
An amber IPA, maybe?
Not bad, but the hoppiness, while tasty, seems a bit one-sided.
b3shine (3476) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent amberish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells solid too; a nicely balanced hop-forward profile with notes of toasted malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid beer.
queenholly (2408) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler. Earthy piney, cheesy hops and earthy malt aroma. Copper with a small off-white head. Piney cheesy hops and earthy caramel malt flavor. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation.
shrubber85 (6505) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Oat malt and lemon peel aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet light orange-apple malt and moderately bitter lemon peel/metallic flavor. Light body.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to StFun! Ruddy brown pour, minimal amount of spotty lacing and an aroma of coppery malt and dry hops. Flavor is earthy leaves, plenty of chestnuts and caramel and finished a little dry. Outstanding for an amber!