Ernest (6749) - 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 (18) - 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 (1601) - 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 (989) - 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 (684) - 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.
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 (2370) - 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 (7513) - 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 - howíd 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 donít 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.