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 (269) - 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 (6881) - 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 (16691) - 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.
jstraw (1919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red-amber with decent, creamy, beige head / Nose of weed and pine / Medium body, chewy with big, sharp, hops, and with good, long, finish / Earthy flavors of weed, cut pine, and caramel, with citrus notes / More of a red ipa, but quite good.
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5th August 2011
GBBF. Cask. Hazy deep brown beer. Light dry palate. Even malt base, nice hops - fresh pine and a little citrus. Semi dry finish. Nicely hopped drinkable red.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ brewery tap, Santa Fe. Is a rich, ruddy glassy hue. Too much caramel in the aroma for my likes, because I find that interferes with the really pleasant forest hops. But I quibble. Toasty malt character, and a great balance throughout and a fairly big body with mid to high gravity. Well-structured beer even if it’s not my cup of tea.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper amber with a retentive light beige head, decent lacing. Nice citrusy and floral hop aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nice caramel malt back bone, with a hint of toastiness that is countered by a firm grapefruit and herbal bitterness. Dry and hoppy finish, with some lingering resin and husky grains. Pretty solid beer. Amber? No way. Malty IPA in my book. I need to get more of this
Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After the boring Amber, my expectations for the Red were pretty low. Well, I was really impressed by this beer. It’s a very strong example, so there is room to pack in some burly flavour. Dark amber-red colour is already a step ahead of the game. Smells good - probably the Simcoe talking. This hop character combines well with the richer crystal malts used. Rich, nuanced, almost smoky, there’s a lot of reasons to give the Red a second look.
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orangish red color with a foamy tan head. Aroma is fairly hoppy with spice, pine and earth. Nice heavy nose. Sappy. Flavor is dry, spicy and lots of hops with a perfumy flavor. Tastes fairly hopped for a red but not bad!