mrhopsbeertalk (202) - 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.
thomashall (299) - 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 (7897) - 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 (2679) - Final Resting Place, 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 (6778) - .....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 (168) - - 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 (4031) - 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.
LuckyDog (614) - - APR 23, 2015
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not a big fan of reds. This one is fairly hoppy. Moderate malt. Great color.
BeerFanDan17 (1032) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very tasty red with great hop notes. Slightly bitter but good palate of honey and butterscotch. Pours a deep reddish brown.
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ClarkVV (4166) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at Meadhall, 4/9/15
Clear auburn-magenta colored body looks very appealing, topped by a beige head that is well-retained.
Pine, iced tea, candied oranges, white grapefruit and wintergreen in the nose all speak to the specialty malts (must be crystal...and yes, I see that is the case looking at the commercial description) mixing with the aggressive citrus and pine of the columbus hops. A bit of odd buttercream-like note with warming, which I dont think is diacetyl but rather some odd aromatic from one of the malts. No alcohol in the nose.
Bitter up front; very much so. Resin and dry grapefruit/orange rind immediately assert themselves while the classic this-is-why-you-shouldnt-put-crystal-malts-in-an-I Pale ale effect is immediately felt; that being an iced tea-like flavor with a very hard, (think hard candy texture, like a jolly rancher) texture to the beer and some toasted malt dryness with a complete lack of balancing sweetness. I’ve been pretty outspoken on not putting crystal malts in an ipa and for that matter, may as well leave out most of the other specialty malts too. Throw in a bit of debittered black malt if you want the color and maybe just a touch of special B if you really want your hop-focused beer to have some weird malt notes that don’t work with the hop flavors....Anyways, back to the beer. It’s massively bitter with no balancing malt sweetness or even a soft texture for the hops to sink in to. As is, it just assaults the palate and the acidity builds up on the finish. Furthermore, despite having amarillo in the hop bill, there seems to be only a passing fruitiness from it that is easily outclassed by the bully that is columbus. While falconers flight has a lot of enjoyable hops in it (simcoe and sorachi ace are awesome), it’s still very high in alpha acids and seems to be abused here, leading to more detrimental acidity and unbalance. In summary, I did not like this beer.