raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hard to categorize collection of aromas—leather, fresh grass,. resin; citrus wood tang in the flavor, hops barely contained by a resin-syrup, hint of brown sugar and smoke; light and frisky in the mouth. modest off-white head on clear orange-amber. mildly bitter lemony finish
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbla tasting. Hazy and tea colored. A small tan head. Lots of hops are tasted. They are floral and citrus. Slowly malt moves in with big sweetness. Bitterness is big but not over powering. This was tasty and big.
CampesinoTino (714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark ruby red color with creamy off-white head. The aroma is a fragrant blend of floral citrus, hops oil, caramel and malt. The taste begins with ruby red grapefruit and bitter hops resin upfront followed by toasted malt, pine, dried mango and a slight alcohol kick at the end. The body is creamy with adequate carbonation and a ripe citrus finish and sharp bitter aftertaste. Overall, a surprisingly smooth blend of rich caramel malt and aggressively bitter citrus hops flavors.
Nikiel (863) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In tap at hub with Carla. Pours reddish brown with off-white foam. Smells slightly sweet with hints of beet sugar. Feels smooth and slightly thick and tastes slightly sweet with the bitterness joining the alcohol with hints of beet sugar.
can8ianben (1285) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like a boosted up version of their regular red. Superior! I like this one a lot. Full bodied, loads of caramel color and flavor. Delicious.
drfabulous (3565) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce thanks to Lance. Big red ale with strong bitter hop aroma. Caramel in body. A bit of ice tea lingers around in the taste. Hops overall subdued in taste after aroma.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The beer pours a very clear amber with a thin off-white head. Pretty standard.
S: Starts off with some fruity citrus hops (including some citrus peel). There is a light floral note to go along with toffee and bread. A strong candy sweetness that sort of ruins it for me. A little bit of pine on back end.
T: Same sort of story here. Very sweet with an almost candy/sugar flavor. Hints of tropical fruits as well as citrus peel and pine. A moderate bitterness along with grass and chalk; perhaps a slight booze note.
M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Really a let down for me. I had hoped for a nice hoppy red ale, but that’s not what I got. Overly sweet and just not very good.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber color/ ivory head. Mild tea leaf, floral, dark caramel aromas. medium bodied. Tea leaf, toffee, pine, caramel bittersweet flavors--
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really floral to the point of almost being dish soapy. For 100 IBUs and high ABV this is well masked. Big flower taste here. Like drinking edible flowers.
manuchampions (1225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Bottleworks in Seattle. Pours a clear, dark amber with thin cream head. Aroma is lush with piney hops and a solid caramel backbone. Taste is indeed more floral and citrus (as advertised) and the malt slips into the background. Really tastes more like a solid IIPA than an American Strong but I do sometimes find the styles overlap. Mouthfeel is excellent, slightly thick and moderately boozy but really quite wonderful. Finish is remarkable with the hops allowing the malt to re-surface near the end. Delightful.