BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a large, frothy off-white to light tan head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral, citrus, and pine hops, some resin, cookie and biscuit malt with fruity esters of pear, apricot, and apple. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with supporting, lightly sweet malt backbone and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
arminjewell (5591) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark red pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of muted spice and grass, some caramel, toasted notes, hints of bread, nuts in there, slight toffee and dark fruits as well, pretty layered. Taste is a nice mix of slight grass/floral hops, hints of citrus right into some spice, bread and caramel, nuts and cocoa notes come through, hints of toast, finishing fairly dry and slightly bitter. Pretty nice, nothing over the top here but all worked together well.
notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber - compact, lasting head - aroma is a mixture of toffee, earthy/woody/citric hops, light bright fruitiness - creamy texture, with soft carbonation - sturdy malt base that tastes of sweet toffee at first, but as the hops become more apparent, the malt is a bit more Biscuity - hops arrive through the middle, tasting a touch peppery, moderately citric - snappy and firm through the middle, with just a lightly sweet finish, with lingering peppery hops - a killer "amber ale," but really more like a "red IPA."
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 40į. Color is a hazy amber with good carbonation and a thick tight off white head. Aroma is a fruity citrus hop scent. It has a medium body that goes down with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor has a sweet fruity feel, then roasted malt, toffee, a hint of pepper and ends with citrus hop spice giving off a mild bitterness. In the after taste the citrus stand out a little more, a bit of pine shows and the bitterness holds on. Overall its a good Amber, a lot hoppier then most.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, creamy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark amber/red.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation.
This would score higher if not for personal preferences...itís not really flawed, per se, itís just not the sort of execution I like. First issue is the hop odor...just not a fan of that rough resinous-grapefruit rind treatment. Just too reminiscent of floor polish etc. Likewise, in the mouth itís rather citric/acidic, which Iím not a fan of, even though itís overall well-balanced. But itís clean, looks great, and has a nice mouthfeel. This is the sort of beer that would score in the high 3s for me if it was simply more elegant and polished, rather than done up in the typical American rough-edged, abrasive format.
kptron (17) - Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Up front sweet hop nose, blended with carmel-y notes. Dark ruby red, with light head. Medium earthy sweetness, rounded out by a nice piney hop bite. Lively and dry on the palate. A damb fine red ale! This rivals Odelís Red.
strongpieman (1370) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is my second beer from Marble and it is very good overall. Aroma shows off hops but is softened by the malt balance. Deep amber color with a little red, nice head, a little cloudy. Full flavored with no problems. Very well done for this style.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice clear amber. Little head. Aromas of malt, hops, candied sugar and a touch of alcohol. Initial taste is malty, smooth a crisp. Has a nice hop bitterness. Almost a rye-esque flavor. Usually not a big fan of reds but this one is quite delicious. If you can find it...try it.
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Poures a slightly hazy deep red with a thick one finger off-white head. Great head retention and lacing.
Piney hops dominate the smell but that is quickly followed by some toasted malt and hints of chocolate. A really unique smell and great balance of hops and malt.
The flavor, like the smell, begins with a piney hop flavor being dominant. This is quickly followed by toasted caramel malt and some dark chocolate. The hops are still there throughout and lead to a mild bitterness lasting through the finish.
This beer is a wonderful balance of hops and malt. A unique flavor for a red ale, it is truly a one of a kind beer and an amazing one at that. Glad I am able to get it locally.
freeofthoughts (625) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper red with eggshell head. Smells is oily grapefruit with an ipa familiarity. The taste is smooth and full, both a bit oily and grainy. Floral and grapefruit hops are the strong point but it doesnít finish dry. There is a bit of medicinal taste but it is still enjoyable.