chickenflea (309) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a marvelously clear copper body with a white, diminishing head. The lacing was thick but uneven.
Smell: Caramel malts in the nose with a nice bit of toastiness and grain. A bit like sweet feed. The hops are piney with fruity undertones.
Taste: Light bready caramel malts joined by crisp, hoppy flavors of pine resins and grapefruit. Herbaceous hops round out the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied, with a pleasingly smooth mouthfeel. Average carbonation.
Drinkability: Though the hops can be a little cutting at times its a rather likeable red ale, and quite quaffable. Perhaps now my favorite red because of the assertive hops.
jeverszeuge (543) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
ersma: die brauerei hat immer ungewöhnliche und häufig sehr lange namen für ihre biere.
rötlich-braun, recht klar. die verschäumung ist noch ok.
der geruch ist süßlich, malzig mit viel karamell , aber auch leicht fruchtigen anflügen.
der antrunk ist hopfenbetont, etwas bitter und süßlich-fruchtig. grapefruit, litschi, beeren. die mitte wird fruchtiger und herber, karamell im hintergrund. der abgang ist ausgewogen herb-süßlich. auch hier viel karamell.
die flasche ist sehr ansehnlich.
fazit: rundum überzeugendes red ale. ausgewogen intensiv. probierenswert.
10,12,11,11,13,11 - 11,15 - 18/
Sigmund (4511) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.8%, OG 1072, IBU 54.2. Red (or reddish brown) colour, moderate off-white head. Pleasant fruity (berries, dark dried fruits) and malty aroma with some caramel notes. The flavour is distinctly malty, again with some caramel notes, without being overly sweet. Fruity and resinous hops with a firm bitterness in the finish.
20107589 (244) - randers, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
coffe and floral aroma, appear clear and red without head. bitter and sweet taste. average carbonation
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant burnt deep umber hues of garnet and ruby with a voluptuous creamy head which slowly fades into a stubborn blanket of fluff and bubbles. Swirls bready and soft.
Piney and grapefruity hops are front and center with a sweet caramelized crunchy underbelly. Grapefruit slightly dominates the pine. Essence of vibrant greenery. Dew-dropped freshly mown grass. Sticky hop resins in the middle.
Sweet crunchy melba and candy apple skins along the sides. Grapefruit leads into sticky lemon peel in the back followed by parching thirst-inducing pith of two said fruits. Sticky pine trees and hop resins in the middle also leave my lips sticky. Quaff and repeat.
Not overly complex but big, bold, and bursting with aroma and flavor which is just the way I like my Imperial Reds/American Strong Ales. Even better, it was balanced, making for a pleasant session that ended sooner than I would have liked…but thankfully it was just one bottle out a whole 6pack so I had more to enjoy and enjoy I did.
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mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose is a tropical fruit hop bomb with rich, malts beneath. The taste is aggressively tropical-hoppy at first, but has a sweeter, maltier finish than an IPA would have. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and well-carbonated. Overall, this is a solid hoppy red. Very, very tasty!
ClubGonzo (3203) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Deep amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is pine, licorice, melon, peaches, hints of alcohol and red berries. Taste is licorice, pine, grass, alcohol and hints of herbs. Mellow and pleasant. Full body, medium to soft carbonation. A pretty decent ASA.
PhillyCraft (2584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Old school beer here, gotta love shit that came out in the mid 90s. Pours a hazy amber with 1-2 inched of tan head. Tasting notes were heavy bitter hopping, citrus, flower, grass, light malt. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Finishes nicely with slight warming in the gut. Solid beer from Lagunitas.
hbchrist (50) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I admit that I am biased against reds, as I have never had one that I enjoyed. I approached this with an open mind. The pour was clear and attractive, but the palate seemed to fade quickly in my bottles. The aroma was hoppy, but not distinctive. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys this style.
freeofthoughts (595) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged near one year. Pours red copper with off white lasting fizz. The aroma is so similar to much of lagunitas’s line, see lightly caramel grains and a light citrus earthy floral hop. The taste is once again similar with a more malty lean to this one. Slight grapefruit pear and floral hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Goes down quickly. Almost a drying finish but slick enough to keep the grainy sugars around to outlast the hop flavors. Really nice overall, they know how to make a smooth hoppy brew.
chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (2012 release) served in a Unibroue snifter. Pours a deep orange-amber color, hazy, with a small sudsy head that is mostly short-lived. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.The medium strength aroma features citric hops with a very solid, medium malt base. The malts are also obvious on the tongue. Overall, the balance is tilted towards the hops in the aroma and towards the malts in tasting. Mildly bitter early on and through the finish. The flavor include suggestions of biscuits, oranges, candied grapefruit, caramel and some faint herbs.
Medium body and carbonation.
O: Easily recommended; very good balance and mix of flavors. Inferior in most respects, however, to the bigger and more expensive Lagunitas Lucky 13 red.