buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the prior reviewer - and the brewer himself, based on what is on the label - this is a hard to pin down beer. Which is one way of saying itís all over the place. Rich deep red, malty, sweet - almost sticky. But lots of bitter grassy hops and lingering aftertaste. But, I donít know, itís maybe trying a bit hard? Itís almost a great beer; almost *many* great beers, but it doesnít quite meld, I think.
waiake (577) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
as poured deep reddy brown & frothy the aroma is spice & hops the taste is bitter strong hoppy malty flavours spicy peppery bit fruity strong flavours & a bitter finish
ANZUShophunter (206) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Poured with frothy head, scarlet is an accurate moniker. The rich hops and malts feature from the nose through to the palate. A clean bitter finish to cut through the malty backbone. A very nice brew.
crazymorton (24) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
a cracking red. beautiful combination of flavours and aromas with the perfect touch of bitterness
caramel, roasty, floral, citrus, earthy, leather, woody,
Muggus69 (1767) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle from Slowbeer
Copper body, bit of haze, beige head is creamy, hangs around.
Aroma packs a punch - spicy, dried leafy hop, notes of bitter citrus, papaya, guava with plenty of toasty, dark toffee malts .
Full body, sticky, clingy, chewy, smooth carbonation.
Palate bursts full of rich toasty caramel malts with punchy hop notes of tropical fruit, citrus & wood spice. Firm bitterness, long smooth finish.
Really nice, seems bigger than it is!
tombutlin (140) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a well rounded hoppiness, promising a complex taste. Creamy, almost yellow head. Citrus, herb & pine then a crunchy slightly sweet malt body. It went really well with steak.
Shark_Pants (534) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant clear scarlet pour, with tight creamy beige head. Huge whack of fresh citrusy and piney hops in the aroma, with the caramel malt hiding in the shadows. The taste is a clear reflection of these aromas and is highly pleasant, but the real star is the body. Big, beautiful full body of an imperial stout, smooth on the tongue and just enough acidic pop to really enhance the lively hop bitterness. Really enjoyable beer with a lot of zing.
gyllenbock (6484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brew on Quay, Auckland, August 2014. Clear copper with a small head. On the sweet side with caramel, fruit and light hops. An ok one.
mkel07 (4669) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Wine Emporium September 2013. Deep red colour makes for an interesting looking beer. Hoppy and malty all at the same time.
KyleCameron (33) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A simply amazing beer, appeals on all levels. Has a nice complex American style hop aroma that holds amazing interest. Then rolls onto the palate silkily with no edges save for a beautiful bitterness that doesnít quite coat the mouth but lets you know they added as many hops as perfectly needed to get the style they wanted. Itís like an IPA met a decent malt body, and they got along like a house on fire. The finish is awesome. I think every IPA lover and Pale Ale lover that can handle a beer with body, will like this beer.
Theis (14796) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at TimEís place - Tokyo Tasting. Cloudy amber - white head. High fruity, toasted malts, orange, light tropical, cocoa, loiey hoppy body, fruity hoppy, ok bitterness. Nice.