mrhopsbeertalk (131) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Aroma is subdued, with notes of citrus, cherries and fig. The flavor is surprisingly big bright and bitter. Lost of citrus/lemon, cherries, caramel and 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.
sudomorph (586) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby/caramel with a three finger, cream coloured head that sticks. Aroma has great notes of citrus, pine, caramel, a bit of bread. Really nice. Taste is balanced with notes of resin, pine, caramel, and a short finish. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a lively carbonation and a bone dry finish. Overall an awesome beer. Balanced caramel/piney flavours with a great mouth feel.
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a soft red-orange with a tawny head. Nose is malty and kind of chalky, piney notes. Definitely vitaminy and chalky, pine notes.
Chalumeaux (56) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber color floral piney aroma smooth drinking with a nice hop flavors not overpowering.
bigda83 (177) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red color and mildly hazy with a tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, biscuits. Taste was mostly what the nose brought. I got some pine, or maybe a bit of spruce as well. It was sweet, but not overly sweet. Body was medium, carb was perfect, and this was a decent brew. Not my favorite from Maine, but I have yet to have one that I dislike.
mikedR (1165) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I would call this a red ale, not an amber, which I perceive as being a different style. I haven’t looked at the malt bill on this one, but I’m getting strong rye notes. There’s a hint of spiciness, and a good dollop of hoppiness. Good.
crazyvin (1934) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish amber body with a thick beige head that faded to a minor coating, good lacing. Aroma had a nice kick of grapefruit hops initially, a good balance of bread and caramel malts, and a bit of pine hops. Flavor had a nice sweetness through out. Hops were surprisingly well balanced. Grapefruit hops were certainly robust and the pine hops were assertive. I also had notes of mild dark fruits and bread. Finish was nice and dry. A full bodied beer.
AdamJackson (2565) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown. Murky nice head fades fast. Nose is bitter with lemon and cloves. Taste is a minor sweetness. Lots of tangerine with cinnamon and apples. Peppery finish.
popery (1402) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, jlindros. Pours a nice bright, reddish, copper-ish amber color. It seems to be fairly hazy, though it is a bit hard to tell. The head is cream colored and puffs up quite nicely. Easy to swirl back up, as well. Lots of little bubbles. Good lacing and retention. Lots of hops in the aroma. I’m getting earthy and fruity flavors: berries, citrus, grass, pine, spice. The hops dominate, but there’s a solid malt character underneath. Toasty caramel and brown sugar. Mild bready sweetness. Good dose of nutty flavor. Mild vanilla. The taste is dry, particularly for the style, and medium bitter. Dried out crystal malt caramel backbone with that spicy, earthy, fruity hoppiness on top. Starts off with honey and caramel before the grapefruit rind and pine resin bitterness takes over, bringing with it all of the more delicate hop notes, as well. Lots of hop flavor in finish, which hits with a nice shot of bitterness and lingering fruit. Prickly carbonation. Seems a touch higher than most Ambers. Light feel for a 7% abv beer, not really surprising since it’s rather dry. I don’t love the style, but this is an excellent example and a very well made beer. It’s dry and bitter with good flavor. Easy to drink. Seems like it would go great with pizza.
merc7186 (2058) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Bready Malts, Floral, Mild Citrus
Appearance: Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Great Lacing
Taste: Bready Malts, Piney, Mildly Floral, Mildly Bittering Hops
Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Bitter
Goodgrief (1784) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
All of the beers from these guys are so good. Ruby Amber pour, super head and good lacing. Pungent alcohol and caramel aroma. Caramel malts, floral hops with light citrus notes. Nice burn. This thing is perfectly balanced. If I didn’t have to sell my children for medical experimentation, I would drink these fellas beer all the time.