CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper reddish color with a thin light tan head. Aroma of toasted crystal malt and some hops. Body has a nice crisp sweetness and dry finish. A nice drinkable red.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thouroughly enjoy this beer every time I visit the station. Not a typical red ale. Teh beer's appearance is stunning. Deep red with an off white head. Aroma is floral with bready overtones. Very bitter and hoppy. Massive doses of American C hop dominate. Decent balance but fairly dry in a good way. A highly drinakable and hoppy offering from the Station
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Draft, re-rate, 4/24/04 I'm re-tasting this, since this is the house beer that Matt has tweaked the most as new brewmaster. Body has darkened, I think, to a garnet red color. Head in thin but a little rocky, leaving thin tan lacing. Taste has more hop bitterness than I remember. There's also a slight orange note in the roast malt, then some slight earthy and winy notes amongst a good caramel roast. A definite improvement.
Draft. Well, I find I don't have too much to say about this. A nice roasty quality and a decent enough taste, but it gets overwhelmed because the Nut Brown is the next item on the "sampler platter." This is actually the best session beer of the place, instead of the Zephyr. You'll likely have a much higher opinion if it's the only beer you have in one night.
Oakes (13879) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jamaica Red, African Amber, Panama Red...all right, enough of this silliness. Those places don't brew great beer so cut it out!! Yellow-amber. Huge dry-hop aroma - citrus, cedar. Long, woody, bitter palate. Big hops loaded onto hops. Faint toasty malts (at Flossmoor...no way!) but really one-dimensional.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub: Hazy orange color, light hops aroma, thin body. Good example of the overdone style.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice C-hop aroma. Dark amber in color. Strong northwestern hop flavor, powerfully bitter, some astringency in the caramel malt flavor. But nicely balanced--sweet enough to counteract the healthy hop charge.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red like cream soda; floral hoppiness in scent; some cheery taste with overwhelming florals, nice lace. Average drink.
argo0 (12496) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red brown body. Aroma is malty, caramel, slight roasty, and floral hoppy. Taste is well-balanced -- malty (caramel & peaty) and hoppy (floral & herbal). Medium body.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, toasty and lightly roasty aroma, some fruit and spice as well. Dark amber-red color, creamy light tan head. Mostly malty flavor, a little sweet and toasty, developing some pine and spice as it progresses. Surprisingly hoppy, bitter, flavorful finish. Nice.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely, crystal clear ruby brew. Light brown creamy head with great lacing.
The aroma is malty and floral. Very crisp and clean.
The flavor is perfectly balanced with blasts of caramel and butterscotch up front. Moderately bitter and tangy on the backside.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Medium-length, bitter, dry finish. Very close to being a world-class brew!