FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
thewheelman (14) - Maine, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious beer - hoppy, but not overpowering. Great ruby color, and a steal for $7.50 a sixpack.
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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’
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
daknole (10202) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Pailhead (5555) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BOLTZ7555 (2958) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear crimson pour with a stark white head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma possesses tons of floral hops, green leafy/grassiness, and a bit of honey to finish. Similarly, the flavor leans toward the hops vs malt profile with lots of citrus and a bit of pine. Medium mouthfeel.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crimson red with generous head that leaves plenty of lace. Nose has plenty of toffee and candied citrus. On the palate the toffee comes through again with passion fruit citrus to balance. Has that "juicy fruit" flavor to it. Medium to light bodied and easy drinking.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear crimson with a big foamy beige head. Has a grassy/floral aroma to it. Medium body, Hoppy but not overwhelming, has a good balance of sweetness. Pretty good red ale.