MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
Unfortunately, weeds were growing through the green pea plantation in our bottle. The citrusy hops and wet earthy, leafy finish were definitely bothered by this DMS rampage.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the hazy orange-red.
-Carbonation is expansive, yet does not succeed in alleviating the horrible chaos reigning in the flavor profile.
-The wetness in the hoppy finish somewhat recalls the fecal earthiness perceived in the nose (sorry for saying that, but that’s what I got).
-This one cannot be this bad all the time, so I promise a re-rate once another bottle crosses my path.
Bottle; no date!
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, creamed-amber to tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish-amber, almost cranberry colored brew. The aroma is quite malty with notes of biscuit malt, soda crackers, fruity raisin notes, and some definite berry aromatics. The aroma almost smells artificial in some way; it is not, but something about the malt sweetness gives me this impression.
Lightly full, medium body here. It is still fairly sweet, with that amp’d up berry character here in the flavor. Toasted biscuit malt notes are evident up front and there is a touch of dark grain astringency in the finish, though I wouldn’t say there is any roast character here. Lots of caramelized crystal malt character here, this brew is practically definite by it. The hops play a supporting role here; most noticeable as a light to nipping bitterness in the finish, but there is also a nice herbal hop flavor here as well. There is an almost saccharine quality to the berry-sweetness in the finish here, not sure what is giving the beer this taste, but it is a touch distracting at times. Still this is mostly a really nice, malty beer that is easy drinking and great for those who like the malt focused equivalent of a Pale Ale.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Has a light toasted/carmel malt aroma. Has a sweet toasted malt flavor. Medium body. An easy drinking beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darker amber with a moderate head, decent lacing and good retention. Aroma is caramel, floral hops, various fruits. Flavor brings this with a medium to light body and a dry finish. I still don’t care about this style.
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo, La Mesa. Pours a dark amber/copper color. No foam to speak of. Malty aromas. Some dark fruits. Kind of bready. Toffee as well. Smooth mouthfeel. Rich and malty with a fair amount of spicey hop bitterness. Pretty rich.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head. Fruit and bread aroma with citrus hops. The body tends to light, with medium carbonation. The taste is nutty caramel and bread with hop bitterness showing up in the finish.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice ale. Has a lot sweety malty aroma. Appearance is an orangy brown. Mouthfeel is smooth. Flavor is very malty wiht lots of barley infused in it. Overall a nice beer.
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the brewpub. Malty aroma. Reddish amber color with a beige head that laces a bit. Starts medium malty, smooth and creamy, medium mouthfeel. The hop bitterness only arrives towards the finish, and balances the remaining malt.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I felt that this red ale was much deeper in flavor than most red ales I have had, which isn’t that many. It had that same chalkyness I get from guinness, but the beer was lighter and less viscous making the chalk almost reasonable. Low hops for sure. Very drinkable.
scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a fine red ale. Pours a nice copper, amber with a nice head and fine lacing. Nice balance of malts and hops with a strong bitter kick. Recommended.