nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Standard Tap in Philly. Man, I’m absolutely crushing this series. 7 for 7 so far. Ticking successes like this are always exciting. This one has a bright red color, mostly clear, with a two-finger light beige head. The aroma is hoppy and citrusy with some caramel malts to back it up. Good if not too exciting, flavor, with caramel malt, mild toast, grapefruit, and pine. Medium-plus body with an average carbonation level. Enjoyable and one I’d be willing to revisit, but not terribly memorable.
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped 750 from michael-pollack. Pours hazy dark ruddy amber with a creamy/bubbly beige head. Strong citrus aroma. Full bodied. Quite a mix of fruity/floral/citrus/pine. There is something tropical, but it’s not clear. Pretty sure it’s not pineapple, but it might be mango. Finishes floral bitter with some underlying malt sweetness. But it ends beautifully bitter.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Total Wine - Pours a hazy amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, and pine hops. Flavor is also floral, pine, and citrus hops with a bit of malt sweetness. Alcohol isn’t too noticeable. Finish is kinda fruity and a little bitter. Medium to full body. A very good beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Pours a clear deep copper orange with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a fresh citrusy hoppy nose with some lightly sweet toasted caramel malts. Starts with pretty good fullness and malty sweetness with lots of juicy grapefruit and clean bittering hops before a resiny bittersweet finish. A pretty true to style and very drinkable imperial red ale.
jtclockwork (14922) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber. White head. Fantastic nose of tropical fruits, hops, caramel malts, pineapple and pinewood. Taste is caramel malt with tropical fruit and dry pine finish. Thick caramel malt body.
r464 (2264) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper amber colored with an off white head. A balanced flavor of malt, yeast, and hops. Strong, with hints of fruit and a tidbit of spice, this is a strong one to be savored.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh, boy – this is great beer! Colorful and full-bodied, but with lovely lasting tastes of malts and caramel, citrus and pine, and hoppy to boot. It goes down so smoothly – I cannot say better than some of the more complex reviews already given here. It deserves the phrase the brewery gives it: “richly flavored.”
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, fresh. The body is a mostly clear to very lightly hazy rusty scarlet-amber color. A small, frothy, bubbly head is off-white and quick to fade, leaving a thin film with a skinny, rounded edge. Drooping, rounded arches and spots of lacing mark the glass. The nose is distinctly hoppy, loaded with resinous pine most prominently, but also showing plenty of grapefruit pith and oily citrus rind. It comes across as alcoholic and somewhat astringent, almost soapy at times. Underneath, well attenuated bread and biscuit malts lay the baseline for the bold hopping. Flavors follow suit, very bitter, with tons on pine resin and citrus pith. Malts are dry and biscuity, hinting at buttered toast. I definitely get a little diacetyl out of this brew, along with too much alcohol. The palate is substantive, yet fairly dry, peppered with lively carbonation and finishing long and parching, delving into astringent territory. Overall, this brew wows with the hops at first, but quickly reveals a multitude of flaws. Decent and drinkable, but far from special.
italianjohn (2890) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap ... Clear amber golden pour soapy thin off white head .... aroma is citrusy, resiny and a little piney hop and caramel malt ...... taste is bitter and citrusy hops little piney and chewy caramel malt in the backbone with a great lingering bitter hop bite to it ... sticky lacing and very rich brew abv snuck up on me with this one very sessionable the color was the only thing off with this one was hoping for a deep red ... an awesome brew
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Kyle. Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma has a nice pine hop note with a bit of citrus and a bread backing. Flavor started with light citrus and grew to a pine hop note that was nicely balanced.