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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Napa Smith’s summer brew with a big hoppy flavor and 7.2 percent alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dacrza (737) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
DATE TASTED: August 22, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: last night of camp thoughts--a good eight weeks...APPEARANCE: handsome reddish-brown body supports a thick off-white head that laces reasonably well; subtle bubbles... AROMA: sweet caramel and cinnamon; hops are light and aromatic--suggestive of soft pine; malts lend a Scottish allure...PALATE: like a brown ale, beginning with a solid malty backbone; hops tickle the teeth, but the malt holds the trump in the profile...TASTE: significant warming aftertaste; medium-bodied, almost an IPA; the alcohol is palpable... OVERALL: an intriguing purchase that may not live up to its bomber status; rounded enough to be a thought on St. Patty’s day, but not powerful or substantial enough to demand attention on a non-holiday night; not much of a summer beer either; still, not without its merits or usefulness...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
355 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma sweet and malty with lots of caramel and citrus hop notes. Taste with caramel, citrus. Taste: caramel and citrus peel with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pkbites (795) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Nose of caramel, soup bullion, and red goop. Head is creamy off white and dies before the pour is finished. Slightly cloudy muted red. Mouth feel is very watery. Flavor is barely detectable until the swallow. Then a slap of bitter hops hits you. Higher alcohol content is not noticeable. What the purpose of red beers are I know not. This screams mediocrity. 2.5 out of 5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (10310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
Draught @ Napa Smith Brewpub, Napa, CA
Pours clear deep golden/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus and biscuit. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long malty, caramel and bitter finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at brewery. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of malt, some spicy notes and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some brown sugar, red berries and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. It pours a clear amber body and a small off-white head. Sweetish malty caramel aroma with some faint citrusy hops. Medium body with very soft carbonation. Caramel and citrus peel in the flavor, some bitterness. Sweet finish. Decent, but a tad uninteresting, one in the crowd. 130807

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Rich. Malty. Not too hoppy. The only quibble that I have is that it would be more balanced if it were lower in alcohol. As it is it is a bit too cloying. Make it a 6% and it would be perfect. Look at the label closely; there is a happy ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (2768) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at brewpub on 061713. Hazy amber, small white head. Aroma is malty, hard bread, roasted grain and light hops. Taste is medium sweet with fruits and caramel, light bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2013
From notes still on my phone from the 2011 MWBF. I’d forgotten I’d ever had this. Another red beer with a dog name on it, I wonder where that started. Pours orange color, kind of hazy from the bottle. A little foam. A nice malty smell with more supporting hops, perhaps orange and mango flavor. Very spritzy texture. Taste still has tropical juice instead of the regular citrus hop. Now there’s a bit of frizzy orange juice after all. Pretty amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (462) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle, a beautiful clear amber color, with a big fluffy off white head. The look of this red ale is nice. The aroma is malty, maybe some fruits. Can't tell. Almost has a funk smell to it. Taste is hoppy. I would try this again on tap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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