danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Getting the notebook online. Bottle. Pours a crisp red tone. Flavors just not all there. some sweet caramel malts. Hops underwhelm greatly! An OK beer but didn’t live up to the billing..
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
This has been resting in the bottom of the fridge for about two months now ever since I found it on a beer run. After having the Imperial IPA I wanted to try this; Green Flash seems to know what they are doing regardless of the style. Snap it up while you can - this should be one that everyone tries at some point.
Aroma / Appearance - The rich ruby body held up a bubbly white head. Escaping from the glass was a combination of rye bread, nutty malts and woody cherries. At the same time hoppy and malty it was a treat for all senses.
Flavor / Palate - Starting from a hoppy introduction it makes itself known without being overly aggressive. From pine it relaxes into a lingering resin on the back of the throat. I might only be able to finish one because it straddles that line between amber ale and IPA but it would be time well spent.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 20080925 12oz bottle, Spirits RB. Hazy, particle filled, deep copper-amber color with stickily lacing but quickly fading beige head. Aroma is quite pissy, chock full of Amarillo, but fading malts are doughy in the background and something is weirdly smelling of singed greens. Flavor is dominated by resinous hops and then scraped away violently by a harshly astringent finish. This is one beer that definitely took more than an ounce or two to come to grips with. At a fest or tasting, I think I would have been wooed by the hops and probably scored it higher than deserved.
20090312 - have had a bunch more samples because it’s a fresh and available hop fix. Liking it more lately, slight bump to score, up from 3.1.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Hazy dark orange-red with a small light brown head. Candied citrus and caramel/raisin malt aromas. Light citric and floral hop characters. Caramel, alefruit, ruddy earthen malt flavors then manifest. Vegetal astringent hop presence in the finish, with lingering biscuity caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat drying.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber ale? really? it says red right on it... anyway, brown rouge without a head, mild amarillo nose, very similar to Ninkasi’s believer, but milder and less sweet, dry palate and hop finish, club soda carbonation, hints at citrus rind bitters, sort of that back of the palate bitter, nothing overly sweet fresh or fruity here, an interesting and worthy ale, but by no means an amber, I’ll blame ratebeer for that though and won;t hold it against the brew
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red body with a bubbly off white head. Aroma is a kick of piney hops with nice caramel notes. The flavor is a bit in the face with the pine, but definitely good. Comes through with a caramel backbone though. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice solid beer.
pineypower (2975) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a very attractive reddish with a small to moderate off white head. Beautiful aroma of caramel with intense citrus/pine hops. Taste is complex caramel malts mix well with citrus hops to bring everything together. Dry hoppy finish, seems more than 45ibu.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark red brown with mild ehad, on draft, strong hop aroma. strong hoppy front to bitter finish and dry palate. hopy beer, showing in the dry bitterness.
jonno (2419) - JAPAN - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Wow can you say hops? sorry of course you can. THe hopping method used here really brings out a strong bitterness. Can’t see myself being able to drink more than one or two in a night though
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style and Glass: Amber/Red Ale, Pint, Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50
Aroma: impressive, hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: simple, effective, deep red, clear, persistent white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, good strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, syrupy texture, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: a great IPA derivative, I would have it again in a heartbeat, it’s a favorite, high value, well crafted. 20 out of 20.