NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Milkboy. Clear medium copper pour with a wide splay of beige foam. Red fruity sweetish dark bready flavors. Cherry hazelnut pumpernickel. Blood orange marmalade. Red peppers. Spicy hoppy red ale.
60minuteman (1016) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells nice: of pine tree and red pepper hops. Slightly smoky flavor, burnt hop, spice. A bit boring. Bitterness is medium.
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours reddish copper with an off-white head. It has a medium / light body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with mild toast, light sweetness and dark crackers. The finish has earthy / woody hops, caramel, spice and a touch of horehound candy. Pretty good for the style.
mjg74 (2790) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Medium amber/ruby in color. Nose is fairly well hopped with a bit of maltiness. Roasty up front. Some breadiness as well. A touch of sweetness. Earthy hop finish.
ARH (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted in a samer glass filled from a tap. Caramel, bread crust, and light spice notes come through on the nose. The clear, dark, rich amber beer is topped by dense and soapy, off white head. A thick ring and a thin, small film island is retained as an average lace is left on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet and light bitter blend. The sticky, medium-full body has a soft, yet buzzy, carbonation. Bready caramel notes appear in the smooth finish and bread crust lingers in the aftertaste.
boxofrane (2387) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from wegmans. Pours hazy reddish brown with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is heavy on caramel, quite malty. The taste is very caramel malt based and overly sweet. Not for me.
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color with red twinge, cream colored very fine thick head, smooth medium mouth feel, caramel taste up front followed by hops and malt, medium strength bitter finish. Tasty but a little too bitter finish.
Sarlacc83 (1342) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Brownish red with a circle of creme colored head. Some lacing.
N: Biscuit, pine, grapefruit, cracker, leaves. Hint of orange rind.
T: Balanced bitterness and sweetness. Clean, but not complicated.
M: Medium body, puffy carbonation, a hint of alcohol.
O: An old Portland standby that is a good lead in to heavier beers. The balancing act here is still pretty nice, and the beer is still clean and refreshing after all these years.
brokensail (12911) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Laurelwood PDX. Amber pour with a white head. Strong citrus zest aromas here. Some nice toasty, bready malt and a touch of caramel. Lots of pine and a slight herbal note, too. Flavor has a nice citric grapefruit bite. Some bitter grass and pine work well with the sweet caramel and toasted malts. Enjoyable.
hopwine (523) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Red amber pour, good retention and lace. Spruce and honey bread nose. Flavor is orange marmalade, mild toffee, more honey bread, with mild grapefruit rind/grainy finish. Really well balanced and approachable.