RateBeer
overall
96
99
style

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with caramel malts and balanced with a bright blend of Crystal, Cascade and Simcoe hops.


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 (1522) - 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’

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a one finger off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is nice ripe citrus and toffee. The taste is citrus, caramel and resin. Medium bodied. This one caught me by surprise. Great red ale – nice and hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Reddish pour, beige head. Lots of hops in the nose. Citrus and spicy hops with some herbal notes and a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy and has a real nice bite to it. Citrus and resinous hops. Nice little malt bill to keep it balanced. Nice beer indeed!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate citrus hops, pine, and faint caramel. It pours a transparent amber with a small soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with light caramel and fruit. The finish has moderate citrus hops. Light-bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Pours a reddish brown with a soapy tan head with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is caramel, malt and a good blast of hops. Flavor is a good dose of hop bitterness with a nice malty backbone and some caramel nuances. Well balanced, easy to drink and a nice bitter finish. This is good stuff.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  12  13


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50