gravit8 (12) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fantastic ’red’ that is very hard to describe, enjoyed on the day of first tapping at the bar (and several times after). A stand-out among great beers from La Cumbre, the details are...hazy yet it still calls to me as one of the top 10 beers I have ever sampled (La Cumbre holding 3 of the 10). Not rated as ’perfect’ but only out of prudence for allowing another beer to be rated higher at some point.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz draft from La Cumbre; November 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy, darkish amber color; it is topped by a amber tinged, tan colored head. This has a nutty, caramelized character to it up front, but also has lots of hop character to; grapefruit, ample citrus zest, and even a dank tropical fruit character speak to a healthy hopping level.
My first sip has an absolutely rich, concentrated hop fruit character to it, this is dense and palate lingering; rich without being cloying. The hops help to cleanse the palate after each sip with a n herbal, dank leaning, woody character, but there is lots of lychee, tangelo zest, and ruby-red-grapefruit too. The malt is clearly supporting here (which I wouldn’t necessarily have guessed, but am quite pleased to have experienced); the malt suggests at toasted, caramelized malt, a nice whole grain character, a touch of toasted nut character.
This is a filling, satiating, good end to my night. This is much more appealing (because of the hop focus) than I was expecting for some reason.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler and tap sample at brewery-November 2012-Before i start with this one, i must say, this is one hell of a good ASA! Pours deep mahogony/copper hue with a fluffy eggshell white head. nose is huge hops-resionous, bold, grapefruit, pine, resin, lots of crystal malt in there as well. Works very nice. very juicy! flavors are fantastic-lots of malt sweetness here, but accented so well balanced by the onslaught of hops. long hoppy finish that has you burping forever! the hop flavors last and last! I really enjoyed drinking the growler of this stuff!
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, and pine resin. The flavor hits the same notes but has more bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bitter, resinous mouthfeel. Interesting beer. Tasty.
smaynard6000 (472) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a deep, dark red with medium-sized creamy off-white head. Aroma is a mixture of piney hops and sweet malt, reminds me of barley wine. Somewhat sweet and dominantly bitter. Dry, warm, bitter finish. Quite good, could only be better in front of a warm fireplace on a cold winter night.
dnstone (2047) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep copper in color withi a white head. Pine-hoppy aroma and flavor.
LilBeerDoctor (3227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of lots of hop oils, sweaty hops. Hopalicious! Flavor of rich caramel malt and plenty of sweaty, bitter hops. This is a definite hop bomb and it was pretty good!