durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber pour with creamy beige-yellow head. Really lovely to look at. Hops, citrus, and resin dominate... also orange and grapefruit peel and a thin honey taste, and a slightly creamy finish. tasty, but not as much caramel/malt as I hoped in a red... not as balanced as I hoped. More bitter/hoppy than sweet. Felt thin overall. Bit of a disappointment after loving Green Flash IPA.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle on 5/27.08. Deep, clear reddish amber pour with a big creamy head that really lasts and leaves bands of lace all the way down the glass - beautiful. Aroma of caramel and citrus primarily, with a certain floral quality in the background.
Medium body and lightly carbonated, resinous, leaves a dry palate. Solid, rounded caramel malt sweetness up front, grapefruit bitterness builds slowly to a long, bitter finish.
This is one helluva amber ale. If most were like this, I would like the style a lot more. Seems more like a hopped up APA to me, although it’s a little heavy on the sweet malts for that.
nearbeer (4877) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. that says 6% abv. Clear dark copper-ruby with a three-finger, lasting head. Resin, orange blossoms, and fruity marshmallow aroma. Flavor is initially orange honey; turning to earthy resin and honeycomb fairly quickly. Then comes pecan, tea leaf, orange peel and a woody, toasted bitter nut finish. Light-medium body leans to the smooth side and finishes dry.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Bruisin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: clear dark red, creamy beige head, lots of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and crystal aroma with lots of citrus and earthy hops,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of bready character, lots of earthy hops to keep it dry and adds lots of bitterness, just a touch of caramel sweetness, long bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red, as suggested by the name "hop head red". Also hoppy, as suggeated by the name "hop head red" Very green hop aroma - grassy, perfumy. Woodsy hop in the flavor, as well Herbal and resiny, as well. Nice stuff.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Gate. Deep copper in color with a little off white head. Hoppy and caramel malty aroma. Citrusy earthy and piney hops. Orange and grapefruit notes. Malty nutty and spicy flavor. Finish is nice and hoppy. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from naven. More malt than I anticipated. Creamy and nutty with a hint of hops. Just okay.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capones. Matt suggested I try this and it was my first choice for the night. Orange/Amber pour with a huge hop aroma Piney, caramel and fruit flavors tingled the palate. With a really good hop finish. This went over well.
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized tan head, excellent retention and plenty of sticky lace to go around. Clear, deep amber hue. Nose is spicey hops, loads of citrus, juicey with good malt underpinnings. Body is med/full, lightly resiny, good carbonation. Chewy caramel malts backed by a big hop blast, powerful and agressive, the way i like,em. A dry biting finish that lingers lovingly. Another winner from Green Flash. Seems to be my regular drink here lately.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish color with a big floral/citrus aroma that is quite powerful and inviting. Flavor is dominated by citrusy-floral hops and a fair dose of caramel and sugary malts. Pretty nice one - especially for the style.