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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber ale with pronounced hop bitterness and aromatics, substantial and balanced.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Cask @ Toronado 1/4/08. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Nose is muted but hoppy. Taste is sweet and hoppy and a little bitter.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pint at Road in the hole. Cask. Ok aroma sweet. Little grass, Little caramel little Apple. Clean reddish Orange color. Good head and lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body thin smooth mouthfeel. Dry bitter finish. It’s ok. Nice lingering bitter finish. Fine bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Draft @ Flavor. Pours a hazy amber color; fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and medium-bubbled lacing; great texture, beautiful show. Solid presence of red fruits, basic wet malts, and a very light earthy bitterness in the aroma; slightly reserved. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of earthy bitterness coupled to a slightly vegetal / green apple note that detracts; nice citrus / mineral bitterness, but the off note really complicates things; a touch misguided. Funky bitter (at least that’s what my notes say). Lengthy finish: earthy bitterness, fruitiness; nicely dry and bitter end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Hand pump, Toronado. Pours is dark amber/ruby. Strong malty aroma along with a bit of piney bitterness. Very malty overall, with a strong bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
On tap at Flavor in Santa Rosa. Dark amber color, dry bitter, tasty, tho. I liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
On cask at Toronado SF. Damn tasty brew. Well made, very nice overall. Really does well on cask.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Draft at The Linkery in San Diego. Pours a dark golden amber color with a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind. Floral, earthy aroma with a nice balance of piney and citrus hop notes.  Pine needle, grapefruit and orange peel along with some biscuity malt. Fuller bodied than expected with a good balance of dry bitterness, citrus rind and sweet malt.  Slightly dry and resinous with some pine needle and floral notes countered by some grapefruit and orange peel. Decent malt backbone provides balance without taking away from the hops.  Slightly sweet with hints of caramel, subtle toffe and biscuit.  Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Tap. Mahogany color with a slight cherry flavor. Good malt nose and a rich full bitter. A nice treat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2001
An amazing nose packed with malt and hops. Great full hop flavor with good mouth feel and relatively clean finish for a hophead beer. I could see this as a session beer. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Cask from the Toronado in SF. Pours copper with a tiny light beige head. Nose of toffee malts and English hops. Balance of sweet and bitter taste. Simple but great.


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