CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent orange amber with a spotty-lacing froth of light tan head. Aroma of lemony grapefruity, slightly soapy hops with a touch of pale malt. Body starts fully carbonated and lightly sweet with some sticky resiny hops toward a crisp, bittersweet, slightly earthy finish. An average amber.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber bottle, "Brewmaster Reserve 2007" vintage, sampled in a pint glass.
Slightly hazy looking, reddish copper in color, two finger high head of pale tan, bubbly topped, creamy foam. Good head retention and fair amount of sticky lace.
A simple, but appealing nose of toasted sweet caramel and earth bready malts, with spicy, leafy, citric hops. Quite balanced smelling, no smell overwhelms the other.
The right level of carbonation, ample, but not fizzy. Smooth moderate body with a nice refined feel in the mouth. Malty tastes of toasted caramel, caramelized sugar and grainy bread. I am going to assume that Nugget hops are being utilized from the leafy, herbal spiciness. Orange and lemon citrus flavors as well. Finishes dry and spicy, softly bitter, along with a lingering toasted graininess.
A well brewed red ale from Full Sail, quite enjoyable and easy to drink.
Ungstrup (30467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. An amber beer with an orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of citrus, malt, and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and fruit, leading to a dusty hoppy finish.
JRBowie (18) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a must buy!!! must try.... It rolls over the toung smooth with no crisp edges. Wait let me back up.... This beer comes in a 22oz dark brown bottle. With an unasuming logo that doesn’t do it justice. But lets face it any true beer geek, isn’t into lables. Ok this is a red ale, or should I say "Speacial Red Ale"
From the moment you pop the top this beer is alive and wants out. good heathy head only a slight hint of hops...not for those of use that have to have jack hammers on the tounge. mellow wonderful beer.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a fat-two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, concentrated red beer. The aroma is enticingly hoppy from a distance with notes of herbal & citrus like hop notes. Aromas of grapefruit, berries, tangerine, pine, and a solid, spicy / herbal backdrop are all quite noticeable. A touch of malt peeks through the hop notes, contributing a touch of sweet aromatics and some biscuit-like malt notes. What the malt does accentuate is the fruit, mostly berry like notes.
Fairly dry up front (I have a feeling that is the steak I had for dinner though), it does pick up a light, malty sweetness towards the middle. A slight, bitter, hop bite finishes this beer off and lingers on for a bit in the finish. Aggressively hoppy throughout, this beer has a pronounced herbal hop character that is a mix of pine, green-hay and perhaps a touch of menthol. A backdrop of citrus flavors help to round things out (mostly grapefruit notes) as does some malt character that leans towards caramelized malt sugars, biscuit-malt and some soda cracker notes towards the finish. This has a certain heft to it that allows it to stick just a bit to the mouth; this is still fairly easy drinking though.
Not a bad beer, seems to be a slightly bigger version of Full Sail Amber, or at least of that heritage. It could almost use a bit more malt character to stand up to the sharp hop notes in the finish (a sort of astringent, almost menthol like note). This is not bad, but for some reason it just can’t hold my interest for long.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours from the 22 ounce bottle a clear brownish Red with a substantial off white creamy head that fights a loosing battle against evaporation, with the lacing a velum like sheet on the glass. Nose has a malt sweetness, clean and crisp, with the start nicely malted; sweet and pleasant at front, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a strong acidity with the hops pleasantly spicy, dry aftertaste, another nice beer from a fantastic brewery.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
14-Oct-07 (22 oz bottle: Purchased 07-Jun-07 for $3.83 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) When I first sampled this new Brewmaster Reserve several months ago on a tasting at BevMo, it was not all that impressive -- it came across as just a hoppy red ale with some rough edges. But here I am with a six-month-old bottle, in better tasting conditions, and I think it’s really at its peak. Once the bottle is opened and the beer tasted, it’s apparent how beautifully crafted Nugget really is. Upon pouring the deep-copper colored, perfectly clear beer into the glass, the tall, light-tan head builds to a good inch in height, then slowly recedes, maintaining a full quarter-inch layer of creamy foam on top of the beer. Malty, moderately caramely nose is enticing, and the modest, dusty hop aroma off to the side adds intrigue and complexity. On the palate, lightly sweet caramely malts present a smooth, welcoming entry point for the beer. Citrusy, gently bitter hops balance the beer with perfection in the evolution, hanging on for more prominence in the finish and adding a bit of dustiness and gentle dryness to the mouthfeel. The beer has wonderful body for an amber/red ale, medium in weight, and shows no thinning whatsoever in the finish. Carbonation is soft and nurturing. The hop bite keeps the mouth refreshed without any lingering roughness. Lacing is patchy, but that head retention is going strong, even now at the end of this session. Nugget may not be flashy, but it’s a pleasure to drink and a worthy entry to the Brewmaster Reserve series. It’s deliciously malty without being heavy or cloying, the hops are in perfect balance, and any rough edges have smoothed out beautifully. All in all, a very impressive effort from the folks in Hood River.
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours a brownish copper with thin light tan head. The aroma is mild with mostly sweet malts followed by mild spicy to floral hops. The flavor starts lively with sweet malts, some roasted malts and spicy to floral hops.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark red, creamy tan head. Toasted and caramel malt aroma with some heavy hop notes. Quite tart and a little chalky. Toffee and mild hop flavor. A bit thin in body. Good balancing bitterness. I assume the prominent hop in this ale is Nugget.
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a nice hop scent. Color is a full amber with ok carbonation and a nice head. Taste is malt with a mild bitterness. Starting with a medium body it goes down easy with a malty flavor coming in and hop flavor and bitterness right on top of it. This is a well done beer where the hops and malt seem to come out at the same time.