obguthr (3857) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tea and grass nose, moderate strength. Cloudy rust, medium yellow head, good lace. Meaty tea and dried leaves flavor, savory and hearty. Subtle caramel base. Finishes almost smoky. Full body. Now this is an imperial red. Don’t get me wrong, I like the hoppy ones, but red ales are malt forward by definition. This typifies what the style should be, a big hearty malt bomb with just enough hops to make it interesting.
Iphonephan (3301) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Magnolias in Purcellville VA. Pours a clear amber with a fine ecru head. Light malty nose. Flavors of rye and citrus hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.
Butters (3775) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Clear reddish copper pour with decent light tan head. Big caramel malty earthy sweetness balanced nicely with a citrusy hop punch. Smooth despite the abv which is very well hidden. Not something to seek out, but i’d drink it again.
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Mellow Mushroom. Dark red, slight head fades quickly. Aroma is caramel with a lot of hops, mostly grapefruit and pine. Flavor is essentially a match. Lingering bitterness. A bit more complex in the malts than this makes it sound like. The 9% was well hidden. Nice beer, but didn’t get me excited.
Drake (8601) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s not yet Halloween in Ratebeer time, but it is here, so on with the Halloween themed beers! This one is a bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy red color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee malts with spicy, citrusy hops. The taste is citrus hops, a mild pine of pine and strong toffee malts. Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side but not cloying, mild lingering bitterness, moderate carbonation. Nice beer.