IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bakersifelds Brews in The Village Nose of caramel with some hoppiness added. Hazy cherry walnut color with a small brown head; flavor showed caramel malts and rosatiness with a nice hop finish!
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you Jak, from work....Pours a slightly cloudy amber hue with a frothy head that fades slowly with nice lacing. Aromas of a touch of cumin, hay, a little touch of hops, a little caramel and a mild touch of pine. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a mild hop bitterness. Flavors of pine, mild carbonation, and a touch of ketchup/cumin. The cascades aren’t as noticeable as the amarillo hops, maybe because I am from so cal which is a cascade haven. Very well balanced for the style that I’m normally not a big fan of. A definite session ale.
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too bad for a california red. I was expecting a "red" ipa. What I got was actually more malty and nutty. The hops were kept in check and this was a nice change of pace.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
anber body with an off white head.lots of sweet caramel in the aroma.same goes for the flavor.mouthfeel was on the medium side and for an amber this is awsome.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep Ruby, almost brown, thin white head. Aroma is malty, light caramel, plums. Taste is fairly hoppy with a mild background hoppiness, faint chocolate.
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at BBQ. Pours amber red with an off white head. Toasted bready and lightly sweet malts, light earthy bitterness, and a quick balanced finish. Quite drinkable.
hopdog (11629) - 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.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade. The pour is surpirsingly dark for an amber ale. Deep dark red. Head reduces to a thin layer of creamy tight bubbles. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet with some indication that there is hops present as well. Flavor is initially sweet but I can quickly taste some light hops. Some fruity notes as well. It’s pretty much to style - caramel malts with just touch of hops to keep it from being overly sweet. Definitely quality if not overly interesting.
Ratman197 (13420) - 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.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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.