mambossa (289) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear royal-red pour with two finger off-white head (fairly vigorous pour). Malt-loaded toastiness, autumnal foliage and sweetness, inklings of cascade-like hops on nose. As always with Great Lakes, supremely balanced. Sweet, richly gliding toasted malts escorting a tapered yet satisfying grapefruit flowery hoppiness. Artfully crafted. Not sure about such negative reviews, but Great Lakes tends to brew very traditionally and with great balance and integrity. Of course it won’t be a complex hop bomb, it’s a red ale. Either way, very proud to be a stones throw from these guys.
samsmith33 (772) - - OCT 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Aroma spice, light hops, hoppy taste. Good, not great. On tap at central Jersey beer fest.
zizzybalubba (1792) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh (enjoy by November 29, 2015). Reddish-orange pour with a frothy beige head. Aroma of graham cracker and toffee with faint floral hops. The taste offers an assertive malt-forward sweetness of toffee and caramel but the hop presence is certainly noted. Tangerine and tropical fruit flavors cut through the sweetness to avoid it becoming too cloying. A nice beer overall but I would have preferred more hop character.
mstrcrwly (981) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle poured into a snifter..amber with an off-white head..aroma of pine,resin,caramel..tastes of caramel,pine..disappointing.
johnnymusky (888) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at g will liquors fall tasting...really smooth great balance leaning to the hop side...good beer
hman43 (1156) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours dark amber with a white head. It has aromas of floral hops, roasted malts, some pine, and citrus fruits. It has a pleasant mixture of floral hops and smoky malt elements with a moderate bitter kick on the palate.
katrinaez (1355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Only a slight hop and barley aroma. Nice deep red color. Slight spice and lots of hops. Almost a nutmeg but the hops kick it overboard. Tap
FlandersNed (394) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Clear reddish-brown tones with a large tan head. Semi-dried leafy, toasted malt & bitter hop nose & flavor. Full body and medium carbonation.
libertine (405) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber with a thin white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma Lots of tropical fruit, malt and resinous hops on the nose. The sweetness of the malt and the hops are really balanced. Full bodied. The texture is oily with a big lasting bitter finish. I had went to buy a six pack in the local beer store and there was a tasting of great lakes products. Immediately changed my beer choice today.
jsporrer (711) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark orange-brown with a thin off white head. Very strong and interesting aroma. Some piney resin hops with a sweet fruit mix. Nice body, slightly oily and clings to the glass. Taste is similar to an Imperial IPA with some bitterness but more malty sweetness. There is a medium dry alcohol warmth at the finish. Its a little harsh. Not exactly what I expected from the description but not bad.