Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap downtown Kona (canít remember the bar): Bright copper hue gained it points but the quickly fading head lost some ... kind of offset to the middle. Prickly, very lively carbonation made the medium-bodiness (with a somewhat sticky base) seem lighter than it was. Malts were toasty and nutty, with a disappointingly mild sweetness. Weak hops followed in the background, producing a stark and dull bitterness (herbs, flowers, plant stems, earth). Aftertaste was one-dimensional and a little unpleasant. This one didnít do much for me. Not balanced (flavor-aroma-wise or bitter-sweet-wise). Canít even say thisíd make a good session beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer was a clear, medium-amber color without any head to speak of. The aroma had malty notes of toasted grain and heavy hoppy notes of grapefruit and pine with a miscellaneous note of honey. The flavor began with moderate sweetness/light bitterness and faded into a long, heavily bitter finish with a super bitter flash at the end. Super bitter isnít usually my thing, but this "flash" in the finish amused me and won me over. The body was medium, the texture was creay and the carboation was lively.
Rballs01 (277) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this Hawaiian red ale in a Japanese restaurant in Maui. The atmosphere of this Maui-pad contributed greatly toward my love for this beer. The waitress placed it on the table and the color was radiant. Bright red, slight maltiness, nice full flavor. A great local beer.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery brewpub in Kona. Nice red appearance, good caramel toasty malt but could use a bit more hops in the finish. A decent red but there are certainly better.
Braudog (5356) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red, as you'd expect, with a toffee head. It has a caramel character, slightly hopped, almost nutty at the finish. An excellent amber.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(24Mar2003--draft at brewery)
5.7% ABV, 26 IBU.
As close to perfection in a red ale as I've seen recently.
Not outside the box, but executed perfectly.
Pours dark copper, with a complex aroma profile of specialty malts
and a light aromatic hop presence.
Crystal and caramel malts dominate the flavor, but an odd (not unpleasant)
"sweet potato" presence keeps things interesting: sweet with a full mouthfeel.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish gold with crisp white head. Taste of floral hops and sweet malt, with nice bitter finish. Pleasant enough local brew, drunk on draft in Hawaii, and no doubt improved by location.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Body is dark amber.
moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread),
lightly hoppy (grapefruit).
moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic.
lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Puss Gutt99 (206) - Oldtown, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
great look to it, but the taste didnít match
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2000
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fair nose and some hop presence. Drinkable I suppose, but only fair to average as ales go!