williamherbert (1395) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A deep, dark red color. Has a nice head that goes away pretty quickly, but leaves a nice snowy lace on the side of the glass. Very clear, though hard to see through due to the darkness of the color. Carbonation seems minimal.
Nice malty smell, with a slight hint of hops. Slight fruity-pungent smell.
Very unusual but not at all unpleasant flavor. Definitely tastes like an amber. The so-called hops in the captain’s name are very minimal; only a slight hoppy accent in the aftertaste. The malt has the bitterness consistent with most reds. Slight bitter and sweet make a good balance.
The beer is slightly flat, which is not bad. Has a cask feel, but a little more pop in the carbonation might have added some kick to the beer. Due to the strength of the malt, I don’t know that I could drink many of these in a row, but it is a nice up-kick for those who love a toasted malty flavor.
rick10485 (53) - oneonta, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Ale surprised me. Pour a thick dark amber red, explosive with hoppy aroma. As a red ale, it definitely had signs of an IPA. It takes your tastbuds for a journey and pushes your preconceptions of what a red ale is. Def. not a traditional REd. But is good if you like something different
Sammy (9683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish tinge to this bottled beer. Good amount of lace and moderate head. It is hoppy more than malty, not a bad red. Malty aroma, doesn’t whiff of c-hop.
beastiefan2k (2867) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a dark red body, too dark to see through, and a small sticky head, Aroma is hops (piney, sweet, whatever) first then a slightly infected malty Irish Red behind that. Taste is actually kind of light, some spiky sweet hops and a malty backdrop. Light bodied with average carbonation. Just a plain old hop beer with maybe a slight infection.
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-red with an average size lasting off-white head. Very mild sweet aroma with fruit, sugar and light hops. Flavour’s also sweet with fruit, sugar, caramel malt and very light hops -- it’s quite bland tasting. Average bodied. Just alright, it’s very mediocre.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Nice red color with a puffy off-white head. Aroma is light and very floral with a good dose of hops. Flavor has a lot of strong hop notes at the beginning with a citrus and floral middle and a very hoppy, lingering, and bitter finish.
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful ruby color with a thin tan head, no aroma to speak of, light hop flavor followed by some malt then hops again, nothign special, actually pretty bland. Very dissapointed.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, no date from jah noth, thank you Dan. Pours a clear ruby with a one finger fading beige head. Aroma of lightly toasted bread, a bit of sugar cookie, and fairly weak citrus hops. Flavor has a little bit more bitterness than the aroma led on with some light acidity and a mild bitter finish. Flavor not so great mainly because there is nothing going on. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Could have been much worse.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not sure if I got an older bottle but this just arrived on the shelves at Beers of the World. Aroma is very subdued, no hoppy punch, just a little in the background. Frothy head subdues rather quickly on this medium red ale. Prickly sweet malts are present but this seemingly is lacking the citric twang of its predecessor -India Red Ale. Rather flat and bland. I am a bit disappointed.
iguenard (9) - Ottawa Area, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, the aroma certainly is a surprise - a pretty decent quantity of citric hops pierces through the head with force. Malted barley and maple trees combine to enrich the bouquet and surprise me with their appeal. I wasnt expecting this from a beer simply labeled "red ale". The body is dark amber, with hues of deep red, and it’s head is thick, chunky, bread-colored and laces nicely on the glass. Bitterness kicks in quickly to evaporate the cherries, cranberries and sweets that first comes. The palate is bitter and sticky with hops resins. A bit of a metallic tinge gives a brief appearance before the hops kicks in and makes you forget the problem. Long sweet sticky finish that lasts. The mouth is cool, rich and well carbonated. The transition is well balanced and the sweetness is not overbearing. Sticky lips. Impressive for a beer bought in the cheap singles bin, probably past its prime, but aged well despite well below-average storage conditions. Im glad I tried it, and look forward to the other landmark ales I got in the same bin.