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Brewed with caramel malts and balanced with a bright blend of Crystal, Cascade and Simcoe hops.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 6, 2010
On tap at the brewery. An awesome red ale-really good example of a hoppy American red. The specialty malts are definitely there and give the beer nice complexity, but manage not to clash with the hops. Not overly sweet. Hop profile was nice. Bitterness and aroma/flavor strength were enough to say ooo-la-la, but not enough to say "hey, this is just red IPA".

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3998) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2010
12 oz. Red-amber with a nice lasting head. Nose of pine, malt, citrus, toasted nut and cocoa. Flavor is same except more toasted nut and cocoa. Medium body is lightly astringent, and smoothly carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
GABF 2010, heres a red/amber ale I’ll drink. mahoghany pour. rich amber. full hoppy aroma. solid malt backbone to support the bitterness. Nice agressively hopped beer. Tasty stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is floral and pine hops. Flavor is a nice mix of hops and lightly sweetened toasted malt. Crisp finish. Medium body. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
bottled 4/15/10 consumed 5/18/10. pours a bright brilliant red color with a soft off white head. it smells a lot like the ipa hop profile.... dank, earthy and spicy. only this has more toasty malt notes. the flavor is full of citrus pith, pine needles, dirty earthy hops and dank with some faint nutty caramel in the back. it is nice and dry... it could pose for an ipa...hard to taste anything but the hops! lighter in body than i was expecting but it is very crisp and easily sessioned. 8/4/7/4/16/3.9

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 13, 2010
One of the hoppiest reds ever. I see where this brewer is coming from. Amber pour with a thick head. Piney hop aroma leads to a resinous hoppy flavor with a toasted malt finish. Great effort on what is too often a throw a way style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Courtesy of northernbrews. Brilliant amber color, nice rocky head, great lacing. Aroma is full of c-hop character, lots of cascade. Pine, citrus zest, slight floral character.Flavor much the same, huge hop character, decent malt backbone, caramel/crystal. Nice attenuation. Lively carbonation. Very clean. Well done. Really nice session brew. If not for color would pass as an ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one finger thick, nicely tanned head. The beer is a dark, concentrated red hue that shows a clear, bright ruby hue when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is explosively hoppy, this is most certainly not a malt focused, forgettable “Red-Ale”; packed with enough hops to scream look at me. Aromas of dank herbaceousness, fresh cut pine needles, spicy-oily citrus, dirty grapefruit, lychee, big tangelo zest aromatics and, quite simply, a note that smells characteristically of “hemp” that it makes me think I have become lost in some hippy party.

The beer is quite bitter tasting, and much more light bodied than I was expecting; but that makes for extreme quaffability. Despite the rich color the malt character plays a much subdued role here; much of this is just a perception because of the over-the-top hop character that contributes flavors of pine sap, dank hemp oil, green tobacco, and a biting herbal, peppery bitterness. A secondary hop character of grapefruit, lychee, and bright bergamot is noticeable just behind the herbal hop character. There is actually a little bit malty, even if it is quite subdued; there are touches of toasted malt, some light caramelized malt character as well as a nicely caramelized biscuit note that are just barely noticeable as the beer warms up a bit more. The malt tends to linger in the finish after the abrasive hop character has had a chance to dissipate.

Wow, what an aggressively hoppy beer; I was expecting this to be hoppy, but the hop character has completely drowned out the malts that are only noticeable because of the rich color that this beer has. This might even be more hoppy than the IPA, at least to my poor shocked tasted buds that were expecting a somewhat malt balanced beer. This is a fantastically tasty, if you are a die-hard hophead. This is definitely not the most balanced beer, nor is it delicate and soft, make not mistake this is an in your face, harsh, explosive, celebration of the hop. This is a definitely must try session beer for the hop-heads out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewheelman (14) - Maine, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Delicious beer - hoppy, but not overpowering. Great ruby color, and a steal for $7.50 a sixpack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Deep amber red and clear w/ a slightly off white 1 finger head. Big hoppy aroma and good malty hop flavor that balances the beer nicely. A unique red ale, that I’m diggin’


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