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 (891) - 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 (646) - 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 doesn’t finish dry. There is a bit of medicinal taste but it is still enjoyable.
aztecabrewer (1) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awsome beer! Have it every time I visit family in the Las Cruces/El Paso area and bring some back with me to San Diego. Perfect balance of bitterness and malty sweetness. Hints of choclate add another layer of complexity. Aroma is definetely IPAish, floral, citrussy. Need a keg of this beer.
dnstone (2127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-amber in color with a soft off-white head. Excellent hoppy-piney aroma. Very IPA-esque with a nice malt body underneath.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at Great British Beer Festival, day 4 on 5 August 2011. One of a surprising number of beers from New Mexico at GBBF - how’d that happen? Coppery colour more than red. Excellent hop presence in the aroma - a good mix of pine, grapefruit and herbaceous. Just a touch of toffeeish malt. Firm hoppy stuff on the palate too. This sort of thing can descend into a rather sticky, caramel mess but no such issues here - the hops and firm mouthfeel kept everything in check. Well-balanced and most enjoyable.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is one of those bottles that comes soooo close to being excellent, but falls just short. The malts are semisweet and solid, laying a nice, earthy foundation for the beer, but the all-star lineup of hops never makes an impression. The citric and piney notes are subtle, too much so for such a heavy, caramel-leaning malt load. Still, I find myself continuously sipping this pint, so don’t take me too seriously. A nice mid-range red ale, between the horrific sweetness of the Irish Red, and the endless bitter hoppiness of the American version.
BadAprilia1000 (237) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- Nice red pour with a pillowy tan head. Smells of caramel and citrus. Tastes of Sweet malts and hops. Very balanced and tasty. Good beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a rather effervescent deep rutty brown with decent yet big bubbly tan head. The aroma has a nice mix of nuttiness, roasted malts, a dash of chocolate malts, some earthiness and a faint pine and floral hop like sense too. The taste hits with a pleasing and semi bold load of pine hops, sweet nuttiness and roasted malts. As in the aroma I get a floral hop note and some chocolate too. Interesting mix that I find very agreeable.
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2011. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy piny citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter piney flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney citrus finish.