brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a deep, dark, brown color with plenty of red notes. The head is minimal and some spots of lacing are left.
S: The smell is very rich and malty. A lot of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a mild roasted quality.
T: The taste follows the nose. Big sugar, toffee, and caramel, flavors. The roasted malt is not as noticeable here. The flavors are quite reminiscent of a barleywine.
M: Low carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth.
D: I generally like a hoppier red/amber ale, but this was actually quite good. I think the flavors were bold enough to make this beer something more than a sugary mess.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Date: 10/19/2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
cloudy dark red, huge dirty white head, bits of lace,
dry dark caramel aroma with an astrengent earthyness,
sweet caramel malt flavor, well balnced earthy hops, harsh bitter finish,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 7/20
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of Odeed poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, light earthiness and light fruitiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness and black cherry with a smooth lingering malty finish.
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Odeed (thanks!). Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and oranges. Tastes of sweet caramel, toasted malts, and light citrus. Definitely on the sweeter, maltier side.
Sammy (9322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado SD. Lacy, hoppy with good malt backing. Dry but still above average brew.
Dogbrick (9160) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a deep brownish-amber color with a medium light tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing. Aroma of malt, molasses and a bit of citrus. Medium body with flavors of sweet caramel malt, citrus and hops. The finish is malty with a lingering sweetness. Decent brew overall.
3fourths (8496) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oooh, big overcarbonated gusher of a beer when opened, and it grows a 6 inch head when it’s poured into the glass. So, you swirl it a bit, let it settle, pour a bit more, rinse and repeat, and you’ve shaken most of the excess carbonation out of your glass. First impressions of the nose is the light tingling of butter and a more heavy tingling of acidic, sharp yeast, with some nutty and woody base malts in there as well. Tastes basically as it smells, with some buttered yeast, some black pepper and some other chemical-like flavors that all sit atop this resnious grain and bran flavored amber ale, with a moderate level of bitterness and essentially an empty finish. Not completely ruined by the infection, but still not that great.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This balanced and cushy Red Ale aligns subtle caramel malts and wooden hops into a cohesive whole which is perfect to attract neophytes into the world of real (craft) beer.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy dark red.
-The caramel malt character nears chocolate.
-This mouthfeel is yet another wonder from Kern River which feels nourishing yet really easy to drink.
-The flavour profile may be tame, but this remains as competently crafted as any other Kern River brew I’ve had.
On tap at the brewpub.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy copper bronze with a large, over-carbonated off-white head. Aroma of slightly earthy grassy piny hops and some pale toasted malts and black pepper. Starts with a mild malty sweetness and drier, earthy bitterness toward slightly toasted bittersweet, slightly citrusy finish.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color. Toasted caramel malt aroma. Body is light with a little toasty caramel malt and a crisp and mild hoppy finish. A very drinkable ale.