3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s an American strong red ale made with rye, but really it sits somewhere in the common set of Barley Wine and Double IPA. Aroma is apple crumble and maraschino cherry, touches of alcohol but without any hot ethanol notes. Gingerbread, seeds, hay, pepper and caramelized sugar. Rich and full body with fine natural carbonation. Sugar is braced by hop acidity / bitterness, while carbonation gives a proper burst of life. Sugar is in that sweet spot, providing ample juiciness without any fatiguing unfermentables... it does quickly dry out in the finish and finally shows its forceful hop bitterness. From bottle, with orange-ruby tones and a fine and lasting head. There’s a lot more depth here than you typically find in Barley Wine-strength hoppy red ale.
stevoj (2154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish/amber with small head. Rye grain adds some nuttiness to the flavor and overall presentation. No grain sourness detected, overall very smooth.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially average sized, creamy/frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, cookie, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with notes of dried mango/papaya, dried pineapple, gum, toffee, fruitcake.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Ladies and gents, we have a winner! This is my first experience with Moab and they certainly knocked this one out of the park...enticing, clean, and balanced, you really couldn’t ask for much more out of this style (an ASA heading towards Barleywine, or Imperial Red for trendy folks...I’ve never liked our Specialty Grain "style" since since it’s not a style; it tells you absolutely nothing about the beer character). The aroma is an enticing explosion of rich sweet malts and tropical fruit galore, with no trace at all of icky resinous/raw hops. Think Green Flash Barleywine or Eel River Triple Exultation or Humboldt 500 BC. It’s almost perfectly balanced in the mouth (for this kind of beer) and thus extraordinarily drinkable...the alcohol burn is a touch strong, but honestly that is my *only* gripe with this (otherwise it might be a 5 for the mouthfeel). It starts lusciously sweet, but finishes with bone-dry bitterness (without astringency or strong acidity, this is ginsu-blade bitterness here). And most surprising of all...so clean! No husks or off notes whatsoever to my nose...really well-made. And despite the alcohol burn, it is insanely quaffable due to the extraordinary flavor balance. This is one of those occasions where I could hardly write a review before drinking two full glasses. Major kudos to this brewer for making me like something in a style that I usually hate.
cstuartj (975) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pours a cloudy rusty red with a thin head, laces well. Nice nose, hops, spice, malt. clean attack with a bitter finish.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and earth aroma with light malt. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and grapefruit linger with light pine and light spice.
mikedR (1212) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very nice. I always have a hard time describing rye ales, but this is a good one. With the hops, you get a nice extra twist, with surprisingly not overwhelming bitterness. I like it.
scottw86 (1103) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a muddy looking brownish color with a medium-sized off-white head. Nice aroma with lots of rye, molasses, spruce, and resin. Taste is full flavored with lots of good hoppy notes. Good malty backbone with a slightly nutty flavor. Honey and rye blend well with pine and caramel. Overall very nice!
drjay44 (2635) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. swing top bottle. Pours a medium, well retained ivory head, withh some lacing, over a slightly hazy dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is rye, light dried fruits including fig, light pine, hints of citrus....taste is rye, lightly sweet with toffee/caramel tones, hints of floral honey, finishing with a lingering pine,resin, citrus peel bitterness....mouth feel medium, soft, light alcohol warmth, carbonation low. with a mildly acid finish. This beer is nicely balanced and well made. The rye and various hops add a nice complexity to both aroma and flavor. BJCP 8/2/14/5/7
Beergeek23322 (2263) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Humongeous swing top bottle. Dark amber color with a white head. Caramel, sweet malt and fruity aromas. Good balance and a nice hoppy finish.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a large, tall bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a cloudy deep, hazy amber color with a big foamy and creamy deep off-white head that had great retention, and very good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a blend of rye, pine, floral and citrus hops, along with some grainy and earthy hops and lighter bits of caramel malt and spice. Its taste was a mix of bitter hops and rye, with a significant amount of spice, and a bit of sour characteristic. It had a somewhat wet and watery body, but a very full and thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation and life, and a dry finish. Thank you Scott & Tab for the great birthday present!