ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to pick out specifics in the aroma. Some hops and citrus. Fairly smooth but the end is pretty bitter. some grassy notes. For the style, not a bad brew I guess...but I don’t care for it all that much.
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a beautiful clear red amber, with a thick cream head that sticks around forever. still waiting. great lacing, by the way. ok, now it’s subdued enough to smell. great citrus hops take the forefront, tons of pineapple and grapefruit and maybe a bit of apricot. really citrusy. the malt plays a solid role as well, contributing solid amber, bready/nutty/caramelly notes. in the taste, the citrus hops slow down a tad, giving way to some fruity, piney, and floral notes. but the malt comes out much more, and really that nutty/bready crystal taste. very solid. palate is lightly bitter, but lingering, with a sort of earthy aftertaste. solid creamy yet slick mouthfeel, and plenty of carbonation. medium-to-heavy body. absolutely delightful! the first time i had this beer, it was on tap, and it was ice cold. i thought it was quite bland. now that i can taste it warmer, it’s tremendous. glad i bought a case of it!
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear cinnamon color with frothy off-white head. Nose of caramel, orange, butterscotch. Medium body, a bit flat in the carbonation department. Syrupy, with brown sugar, birch, resin. I remember liking this much more in years past. Copying, overly malfunction, generally boring.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - 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’?
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on-tap at TJ’s. Poured a reddish-amber with a one-finger, off-white head which dissaptes to a coating. Lacing is ample and lasting. Nose is caramel, grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and bready malts, tempered by the bitter grapefuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Brew is mildly sticky and oily. It is a little sticky but not unpleasantly so. There is no hint of the higher ABV in the taste but it is the only thing preventing me from having another.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at fountainhead. Pours a deep clear copper with a frothy white head. A fruity sweet aroma. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt. Has that traditional strong ale taste. A subtle hop bitterness with a carmel sticky fruit finish. Not too gummy or heavy. I could have had another.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear dark amber, finger thick tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toasted malt, caramel, earthy, citrus hops, slight pine, a little fruity. Taste balanced, toasted and caramel malt, citrus abs pine hops right behind, a little roast and bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel fuller side of medium body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol and hop astringency, slightly dry finish. Overall tasty, complex, balanced beer, another great seasonal from GLB, maybe the best red ipa I’ve had.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Copper pour with off-white foamy head. Big hops notes in aroma, smells of citrus/grapefruit. More hops in flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and a little spice in the flavor. Building heat. Malt sweetness is fighting to get noticed, but it’s losing the battle due to the strong bitterness. Bitter finish. Not very balanced, but I’m digging it.
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Part of October Dayton Beer Tasting event. Pours deep amber with plenty of citrus hops. Full mouthfeel supported by malt and hops balance.
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, rich red with a small white head. Aroma is quite hoppy and includes some dark malts as well. Flavor is very hoppy with a slightly malty finish. Distinctive GLBC hoppiness that is present in some of their other beers, most notably Burning River. Excellent beer, complex yet smooth.