mrhopsbeertalk (253) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2014 Aroma is subdued, with notes of citrus, cherries, fig and a little booze. The flavor is surprisingly big bright and bitter. Lost of citrus/lemon, cherries, caramel and plenty of toffee. I’m not sure why they say specifically this is not a ’red IPA’. By my estimation that’s exactly what this is. The balance and flavors work well together, refreshingly different... great beer.
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with copper colored edges and a frothy, two finger yellowish-beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Good retention, possibly too much so, with signs of over carbonation. The pillowy foam head takes forever to settle and coated the glass with soapy lacing on the way down.
Dank, floral aroma with a prominent earthy hop presence that’s countered by a sweet malt backbone. Earthy and spicy with resinous oils, grassy pine, spruce tip and fresh buds followed by subtle tropical fruit and malt sweetness. There’s a touch of grapefruit and citrus zest along with caramel malt, toffee, biscuit and vinous fruit. There’s a stronger malt presence than I usually prefer in hoppy beers but it works really well in the nose of this beer.
Full bodied with a blast of dry, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Sticky with resinous hop oils, subtle spiciness, grassy pine and earthy, soil-like flavor. Good hop flavor but not as complex as the nose suggests. A bit one dimensional and lacking the citrus/tropical fruit sweetness found in the aroma. Fortunately, there is plenty of flavorful malt sweetness filling this need and balancing things out nicely. Strong caramel malt presence with hints of toffee, biscuit, toast and subtle dark fruit sweetness. Really well balanced and easy to drink with no heat whatsoever. The malt backbone perfectly counters the dry bitterness of the earthy, floral hops. Similar to Zoe but more flavorful and better balanced in my opinion. I could drink several of these in one sitting.
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown colour, off-white head. Hoppy aroma, pine, fruity hops, toast, bread. Bitter flavour, sweet malts, light red fruits. Bitter finish, bread, caramel.
(from 66cL can @ Milo’s place. Thanks for sharing!)
jmm635 (957) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice rich amber color with a rocky beige head. Aroma of hops, citrus juice, sweet caramel malt. Red ales really aren’t my favorite but this one is pretty good.
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle shared by Bvery...thanks! Cloudy amber pour with minimal head. Minimal hop and malt aroma. Taste is in your face hops but finishes really nice. Good stuff.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky amber pour with a soapy rocky head. Hop forward - earthy, some pine. A bit dank. Amazing amber.
Bulk_Carrier (3021) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the side of the bottle reads "042815."
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a two finger white foamy rocky head that dissipated in about a minute and a half. Light stringy lacing sticks in a semi-thick sort of fashion.
The smell starts off with a citrus zest with the citrus rind running over top of a light caramel presence. Its there for the style but doesn’t show a whole lot of depth.
The taste is mainly bitter through the citrus zest and rind. Sweet is only there to balance in the caramel, but even that isn’t exactly balanced once again. Bitter citrus aftertaste that leads into a sliding bitter citrus finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation packs enough sharpness but still allows the bitterness to display most of the sharpness.
Overall, for an American Red/Amber ale, this one is a bit more hoppier than others. Might not necessarily be a session beer, but more likely one just to enjoy as is.
SudsMcDuff (7309) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle provided by French Frey .. . pours a dark amber .. medium head, strong lacing .. . what’s italy? .. . red malt, borgoune, and reduced pancake syrup .. . mouth is fine, as is the finish .. a decent amber .. . . paul oakenfold, exclusively on radio one.
raoul_duke (212) - - JUN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber fun whole foods. Really nice looking amber red with very little carbonation but a gigantic head. Smell is hop forward, a bit different than you?d expect considering the look. It takes minutes for the head to dissipate. Aroma is pineapple and citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit off for me. It?s a bit thick. Not enough carbonation for me. The taste is ok. Some caramel at the end. I don?t love this one, but it gets the benefit of the doubt because of the brewery.
asaphelps1 (13) - - MAY 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid red ale, has a nice malt structure and when you can get it fresh, the hops come through nicely.
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber red with one finger head. malty caramel base, lightly sweet with a fruity nature. medium hops with mild bitterness. excellent.