chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much through on aroma. First impression was something green can not identify, but not unpleasant, I got used to it. Very lean. I had this after an Anderson Valley IPA at Yard House ranch Mirage. I will re rate when its on a better playing field
NachlamSie (3251) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Pours a dark copper with a white head that doesn’t go anywhere for most of the drinking session. The aroma is pretty raw: a little chalky, some floral, bitter notes. The caramel/honey sweetness is quite palatable and meshes well with the somewhat awkard bitter notes. There are plenty of more floral acidic flavors, but some plasticity comes through as well. Overall, this is not too bad for the style.
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out of the bottle a beautiful reddish brown color, copper like a newly minted penny. The head foamed up just a little bit and off-white in color before disappearing fairly quickly. The aroma is definitely on the fruity/floral side, giving evidence that the flavor will be dominated by the malts.
My first sip of the beer was tentative. I was surprised at how much I liked the initial taste. Instead of heavy fruit-like flavors to it, it had more the taste of caramel or toffee. There were definitely undertones of fruit in the brew, but they weren’t as strong as I’d expect them to be. I also detected some spices in the mix. The finish has a bitter kick to it from the hops. It wasn’t overly carbonated to accent the hops, so it went down nice, dry, and smooth.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a small white head. Floral and citrusy hop aroma with a good deal of sweet, caramel-ish and toffee-ish. Very well-balanced, but the hops don’t have the unique mellow character of the IPA Nectar; in this one they’re a bit harsher. As it warms, a lot of the malt flavor comes through.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dull red with a creamy head. Has a few floaters that look like little hairs. Maybe fibers from a sheet filter? Lightly sweet fruity caramel hop aroma. Sweet and tangy with some resinous hops, toasted malt and earthy notes. Perfect finishing bitterness. Extremely well balanced. A very nice, easy drinking ale.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice red-brown body, minimal white head. Hops with heavy spices (maybe a honey base) and a good amount of bitterness in the aroma. Floral tastes with sweet fruit accents. Slightly tart ending, not the best Red Ale I’ve had.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Semi-translucent red amber with a few bubbles and no real head. Aroma a bit of hoppy ipa with a more flowery tinge than some. Robust, hoppy, tawny flavor with a sweet strong malt backbone. It’s allright, fits well into a class of beers that will more than do but that you will never seek out.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle at Davis, CA. Rich copper amber in color with an ecru-white head of medium consistency. The aroma produces a serious caramel toasted nose. Floral sweetness and tasty malty doughy flavor that is thick and chewey for the style. I enjoyed drinking this on the cottage porch of the Aggie Inn on a 70 degree february friday afternoon. Hard not to love a beer under such circumstances.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Orange amber with a small off white slightly rocky head. Muted grassy hops with sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Ruddy malt with a tinge of toastiness complemented by a slightly astringent herbal hoppiness. Residual bitterness and some caramel in the finish. Mouthfeel is light medium, fairly dry.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - FEB 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. This beer poors a deep copper-red. The aroma is a slightly sweet malt and caramel. This is a smooth medium bodied beer that tastes of malt, caramel, and slight floral undertoneswith a quick and slightly dry finish.