GarrettB (1062) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
June 9th, 2011 - I often complain that ambers don’t exhibit a lot of variance, but sometimes you find one that is exceptional, and in a good way. One example is Fort Collins Brewery’s Red Banshee - a fair looking woman but promising a dark howl, hue and cry of flavor. Like the woman on the label, the beer is a deep ruby red, with a loose, tan head. Caramel and maraschino cherries sweeten up the aroma, topped with a hint of apple - curiously rich for an amber. Finally, the flavor has abundant deep caramel tastes, almost as dark and sweet as a dark chocolate, with a deep hint of sweet, ripe fruits, almost like the merest (basso) peep of raspberry jam. All in all, this is a deep and satisfying brew, readily available and pretty cheap, and showing off everything an amber can do.
DCLawyer (1507) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle tasting. Bright red with small offwhite head. Sweet malt over lite hops and spice. Plain.
tmoreau (2485) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass, displaying a clear & bright, coppery amber color, with a decent layer of tan head foam that was quick to reduce to a bubbly film, but left a lot of clingy, waves & foamy patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma was initially, light grain, soft malt, sweetness, and esters as dried fruit, with a hint of artificial cherry. Again, as with my experience with the Major Tom, the nose turned a bit, showed more ripened fruit, and revealed a hint of cardboard, after rehashing halfway through the tasting. Light to medium bodied, with presentable carbonation, the taste didn’t seem to be affected as much by the off notes, as it presented esters, plus a moderate, earthy hop bitterness that possessed some lingering nature, a little sweetness, and a bit of malty creaminess to the mouthfeel. No dating on the bottle, but purchased recently. Saved somewhat by the fair flavor presentation.
Diablokev (152) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is light maybe of hay. The appearance is ruby with cream head. The taste is a bit bland, only ok. Easy to drink, overall just ok
Tmr (37) - - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Boulder Colorado
A: Dark reddish brown - 1 finger of an off-white/tan head- not much carbonation - good lacing and legging
S: toasted sweet malts - fruity raisins/dried fruit - toffee
T: brown sugar - slight hops
Body: sweet - earthy
TThumper89 (8) - Otsego, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle into a beer mug. A striking ruby hue and spicy floral nose punctuate the pleasant sweetness of this brew. Crystal malt coalesces with the earthy flavor of Willamette hops. A hauntingly beautiful combination. Good, mildly malty sweet, refreshing summer beer.
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Block (1461) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A smooth and sweet beer. Some reddish malt flavors in the middle. Finishes sweet. Light.
liquidbread86 (41) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice red ale. Good balance of hops and malt. Exceptionally refreshing; good for a hot day.
flip_soeperman (622) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really dark red burned sweet beer. Almost like a burned caramel aroma, with sweetness, not cloyingly, but sweet. Not a very nice beer to drink.
swesson (243) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours a light ruby red, creating a medium-white head. Nice lacing up the glass. Smells of sweet caramel, hops.
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chickenflea (340) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. A truly beautiful beer with small tan head over a clear deep red body. Head leaves the building rapidly. Excellent noble hop aroma for an amber. Love Willamette. Malt aroma is not neglected. Smells almost like a Maris Otter malt. Lots of good caramelly sweetness. Excellent balance in the beer with the sweetness gradually overtaken by the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and lively. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. I want to take another sip to start the whole trip over again. A very nice American amber.