rnlanders (11) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is stale, bitter, without any particularly dominant tone - don’t sniff it. Very appealing pale red. Taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, and lightly sour - very pleasant going down. Tastes sort of like a weak-flavored Flemish red. Average fizziness with a medium body. Overall, strongly recommended as an everyday beer... but seriously, don’t sniff it.
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL swing-top bottle from TraderJoe’s, Roswell. BBE 02/10/13. Pours clear reddish amber color, light tan foam. Smells of sweet malt, earthy floral hops. Tastes like a sweet amber lager. Italian Killian’s Irish Red. Some toasted malts, caramel backbone, wooded bitterness, finishes very dry with a brown sugar character. Medium bodied, creamy texture. I assumed I was paying for a fancy bottle, the beer is not all that bad. Very refreshing. (3260). Happy Leap Day
bhensonb (11360) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml swingtop. Opens with a pop! Pours copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma of mild roast malt and nuts. Med body. Foamy carb. Flavor is nutty, roasted malt, and something a little like noble hop. It’s pretty balanced, and it drinks very pleasantly.
marcus (6675) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s Sacramento. Pours reddish copper witih a thick beige head and a sour fruity aroma. There is a thin caramel malt flavor with a slightly sour cherry taste. It’s tastes pretty good although it is a bit watery.
nick76 (4250) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is malty and grainy with yeast and a hint of nuts and fruit. The appearance is copper with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a really nice session beer.
Palidor19 (2987) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy on the flavor with a great emphasis on yeast and wheat favors. It has a strong bite at the end with a touch of cereal.
Drake (8616) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half liter bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a large fizzy tan head. Decent head
retention. Aroma of toasted malts and stone fruits. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, stone fruits, candied citrus and a
bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Interesting.
mattymatty2000 (1) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like everyone else, I found it at Trader Joe’s. The bottle is pretty neat looking, and I’d heard that the Italian beer scene is picking up, so I was curious. Poured down the middle of a British pint glass to reduce the carbonation (that I read about here before opening it). A substantial head developed, but dissipated relatively quickly. There is some lacing on the glass. The flavor is of a typical red ale, malty with a very little hop in the nose. Overall, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but an enjoyable beer.
beerbill (3502) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml ceramic flip top bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a moderate-large tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. The aroma is dusty malt along with a bit of caramel. The flavor is malt with just a bit of toast along with some caramel. Mild-moderate hops bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. So so.
CanIHave4Beers (3327) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange color with a small head that fades away but leaves a wispy reminder that it was there.
The aroma is malty, a touch dusty, with some toastiness and light fruitiness.
The flavor is malty, not especially sweet... but with plenty of nice spicy hop character and some nice crisp snappy maltiness.
Reminds me a bit of Breckenridge Avalanche, just a whole lot better.