Dr_MedievAle (167) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark, but sparkling clear, copper color. spicy/earthy hops on the nose, taste: bitter and floral hops, saltiness, a little bit of malty sweetness. palate: thin body, average carbo, bitter and long lasting finish. is this the ’bite’?
drfabulous (3996) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Al’s Bar. Malty. Hoppy. Big taste for red ale. For whatever reason, unrated, or never head. Very tasty.
rlpeeler (88) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap slightly red tinged amber with medium off white head, very clear lovely looking. Taste is slightly hopped with some subtle malt coming through the finish. Not at all overly hopped as others here seem to have experienced. Certainly well worth a try.
gripweed57 (682) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Deep reddish brown color. Small creamy beige head. Rich toasted malt nose. Hints of dried fruit and earthy, resinous hops. First sip brings bittersweet toasted malt and lot’s of spicy, peppery hops. Make no mistake, this is a real hop bomb. Notes of vanilla, raisins and roasted nuts come to mind. Finishes dry and bitter. A big brew with a serious bite.
bowlnman1990 (85) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: sweet malt and hops. App: deep red, thin white head. Taste: bitter hops. Palate: full and long finish. Overall: decent
Thewade (319) - USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich and hoppy. This was a great brew that I will buy again. Well balanced.
Beerathon (1167) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Highly hopped? Um, not in the flavor, nor the nose. I found this beer to be on highly disappointing. Dry finish, muddled hop/malt flavor. I expect better from Great Lakes.
EithCubes (4901) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (enjoy by 12/10/13). Nose of deep earthen caramel and pine/woodsy hops, slightly pungent if not catty, pours very dark red with a soapy beige head. Taste in the mouth mostly dry, the hop-edges are dulled, some booze shines through in its heft, bitterness is mild, faint citrus under the lightly doughy, earthen caramel. Very full body. Balanced, yes, but it’s hard for me to get excited about these big red when the overall effect is something akin to a two year old IIPA.
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. This is a very well balanced beer. Hops were subtle, bitterness mild and maltiness fair. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
DocJitsu (955) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark ruby-amber with a caramel colored head. Toasty toffee, ripe red fruit, and grassy hop. Cottony, filling mouthfeel. The flavors reflect the nose and are well-blended.