RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler on tap at downtown San Diego brewpub. Light caramel aroma. Roasty and caramel malt flavor, with hop bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced.
o_Merlin_o (193) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a beautiful red tinged golden brown. Zero head. And I truly mean zero. The top is crystal clear. Zero aroma. I can't smell a single thing. Tastes okay, but very watered down. No unpleasant off notes. Just plain and boring.
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beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2014 Pours a nice clear amber color with a white head. Aroma of toasted nuts, sweet malt, and caramel. Flavor matches aroma, very low bitterness, sweet caramel malt with toasted nuts.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber brown with a moderate head that leaves considerable lacing in its wake. The aroma consists of caramel, bread, nuts, toast, spruce, and wood. Tastes moderately sweet with little bitterness or sourness.
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a very good beer at all. Your much better sticking with AleSmith and Stone beers. Malty, not very hoppy at all, did not enjoy the aftertaste.
SoberDave (172) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from a bottle. Nice, complex aroma. Strong flavoored caramel malts with hints of cherry.
Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Great aroma which leads to a "serviceable" sweet, taste. Would continue to buy if nothing else on the shelf caught my attention.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle in San Diego. I have no idea why I bought this. I loathe sweet, caramelly beers, and that’s exactly what this is. Although the beer has the expected head retention, dark amber (red) color, and is crystal clear, I simply don’t like it. Waaaay too much crystal malt for my tastes, not nearly offset enough by bittering hops. This beer is all about the malt base and nearly zero hops to offset the sweetness in flavor or aroma. Even for an "Irish Red" style, it’s too sweet to the point of being cloying. Sorry Karl but even Killians is better.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
eh, it was free. two 6 packs. ill finish them but i wont make any effort to get any more
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very drinkable. Great ruby/ deep burnt orange color. Very minimal head, but decent carbonation nonetheless. Slightly sweet upon first tasting. Something I could probably make a decent session out of.