highibus (694) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep red with decent off white head. aroma of sweet malt and light hops. flavor is a bit off though. some sweetness and an astringent finish. meh.
sebletitje (6230) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours clear amber, white head.
Aroma is malty, grassy hops, light citrus.
Flavor, similar, some malts, and grainy mouthfeel, light citrus finish followed by malts.
jgb9348 (4435) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper coloured body with a light ruby tint and almost no head at all to speak of. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, metal and a touch of hops - not much though. Medium-bodied; Assertive metallic and bloody taste with malt, caramel and a touch of nuts in the main flavours. Aftertaste shows some light hoppiness and a dose of yeast. Overall, a decent, but rather one-sided (malty) beer with some off-flavours (metal) noticeable throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 02-October-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 18-October-2009.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber. Malty, citrus, dank hop nose. Flavor is fruity, sweet malt, caramel, pine and citrus hops.
Snegurochka (340) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, bought at QFC in Wallingford, sampeled at Superpower beer session I in Tromsø 13.01.09. Dark amber. Sweet hops and citrus. Lively carbonated. Dry. Great colour and I love the design. A good session beer.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A balance of malts and hops. Very red in color. This is a pretty nice amber. Goodmalt flavor with a hint of hops at the end. A little bit of caramel. Low carbonation on all of hales beers.
boFNjackson (4001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured a dark reddish with a small,off-white head that eventually disappeared. Big malted and sweet aroma. Medium carbonated and foamy palate. Barley malts and sweet character. Vanilla and oak and caramel for an overall sweet brew with low hop profile for a slight balance. More sweet than hopper overall.
nuplastikk (4086) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Orange-brown color, looks filtered. Thick and sticky hops balanced out by a solid malt backbone. Pretty nice Amber, that’s for sure. The black malt gives it a nice mellow underlying choco-roastiness, to even out the Amber malt. MIld, dry, almost peppery, finish. Fresh and nice, another great one from the NW.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well the name and the labeling are crafty with the whole Stalin-communism vibe but the beer looks more like light brown disappointment than red menace and I prefer American-Imperialist vibes anyway. The smell is a little like perfume and reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which is instantly a good sign. It leaves a dry after taste, has a good pale ale flavor, slight bit of grassy hops, bitter, good stuff but nothing approaching Nugget Nectar. In addition to this and the Mongoose, Hale’s is looking like a good addition to the selection here.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-03-2007 20:30:12
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper color with a small, diminished lid of beige bubbles. Interesting aromas of grapefruit zest and licorice. The licorice isn’t too strong, so as I have strong objections, but close. HInts of grain and dough in the background. Grainy start that is quickly taken over by a citric and pine-like, near cleaner, type flavors. Earthy pine in the finish. I seem to be catching a bit of chlorine in the mix. Slightly astringent linger. Just another amber, that does not excite my synapses.