Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2000
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delightful, nice palate and a great aromatic nose, decent bite and a quaffable beer to say the least.
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with just a trace of head. The aroma was complex, and very malty. Was surprisingly not very bitter (a good thing in my book) and very smooth. A very good, drinkable beer, better than most Hale’s Ales I’ve tried.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the brewery. Judged as a dark Irish Red rather than an American or British Brown Ale. Aroma is toasted malt forward, caramel notes and very light hop flora. Appearance is a brownish red, dark, with a low off white/light tan head. Flavor is toasty, and has an almost tannic quality like a wine. It is lightly sour, with light hop flavor and bittering. Mouthfeel is med-light body, with low carb texture and some warmth. Overall it was pretty good, a little sour for my tastes, but very well made, and actually fairly easy to drink depite the sourness.
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant nuttiness, not too sweet, A LOT of diacetyl. Very round. Had it more body, would be a great beer.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet/deep amber with a cream head that evaporates like a wave, this beer was surprisingly delectable--which shouldn't have been such a surprise coming from Hales. The aroma was pleasantly malty and nutty--quite similar to an irish ale. The flavor had an easy, musky malt profile with some nuttiness and resembled and amber ale. Excellently balanced, this vaults to one of my favorite brown ales.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (3.5 / 5.0) Clear bright amber brown color. Light head. Mild toasted hop front. No nuts. Tangy mildly doughy toasted nut cocoa light sweet fruity citrus body. Very mild flavor. Tangy clean mild hop citrus end. Thin. Sampled 3/18/2004.
2005 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear bright dark mahogany red color. Mild toasted nut hop front. Mild sweet smooth toasted chocolate nut biscuit cherry toffee body. Mild tangy lingering sweet mild hop citrus end. Bottle conditioned. Mild. Nice. 3/31/2005.
2006 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear copper brown color. Toasted mild chocolate nut hop front. Slightly creamy mellow chocolate biscuit doughy mild fruit ester body. Clean refreshing mellow chocolate hop end. English flavor. Sampled 3/19/2006.
2007 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Bottle conditioned. Light lace head. Clear bright amber brown color. Mild cocoa nut fruit hop front. Smooth nutty mild sweet toffee cocoa mild Brown body. Tangy hint to smooth mild hop end. A little weak but good Brown. Sampled 3/18/2007.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (3.75 / 50) Mild lace head. Clear bright red brown thin dark color. No Sediment. Bottle conditioned. Mild cocoa hazelnut hop front. Subtle creamy dry sweet mild toasted thin milk chocolate body. Dry mild hop citrus tang hint easy refreshing smooth end. Tasty but a little bland Brown. Sampled 3/19/2008. 6-Pack $8.49.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty aroma with hints of hazelnut, reddish brown, nice and malty with lingering nuttiness but slightly metallic
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at Hales. Soft copper colour. Partial head. Soft malt aroma. Moderate body with strong nutty flavours. Finish reminds me of peanut butter! My wife tasted it and discounted my peanut butter claim but could not place the unusual taste.
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color. The head started out nice then almost disappeared. Light body but nice cloudy/clear balance. Not much smell till after you have a drink. Then the aroma fills the nasal cavities. Not bad. Redhook makes a better Nut Brown ale.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice light orangish brown color. Aromas of toasty malts, brown sugar, and nuts. Flavor is lightly sweet malts and a nice touch of hops, and a nutty finish.