sonnycheeba (3751) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours very dark amber with average, fizzy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, earthy and grassy hops, figs, pears, light pine, and faint spice. Flavor is balanced sweet malt and hops (medium bitterness) with some faint fruit esters; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well named. Very red. Sweet caramel in the nose followed by piney hops. Flavor is the same....with a coffee taste lingering. Decent amber.
johnbuck100 (241) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6-pack from whole foods, foggy bottom. Extremely complex. first sip reminded me of deschutes hop in the dark. toasty, chocolaty hoppy red amber ale. Wow. full of flavor but not overwhelming with alcohol. Very Very nice and Highly recommended. I think I’ll have another.
SSSteve (3831) - - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler. a new hoptober style. this time an amber instead of the original golden ale. this one pours a clear rusty color with a large, creamy, beige head. aromatic hop nose with a bready and light cocoa malt nose. just like the last version, these hoptober beers have been very hop forward obviously. it drinks with a slick medium body from the growler pour. a generous malt backbone in this one. juicy, fruity hop notes with light florals in finish.
Reid (1946) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz single from a 6-pack from Roths Sunnyside Market,S.Salem
Dark amber ale with a large thick bubbly light tan head.
Nice fresh aromas of resiney/citric hop and caramel malts
Taste is excellent and very well balanced..though you never lose the better aspects of the hops or malt.. intertwined but still recognizable as distinct.
Nice mouthfeel very smooth then a nice after taste.
Overall an excellent drink even in hot late summer
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The burnt umber colored body was clear, and topped by a two finger thick, foamy, beige head. I could smell the bright hops even before bringing the glass up to the nose. Once I did, the nose was dominated by piney, earthy, spicy, and musty hops. As anticipated, the taste was quite bitter and earthy, with a flash of brown sugar mid palette, and a carbonated, drying, finish. The body felt medium thick, oily, and soft. This is better than the typical New Belgium seasonal, and approaches the quality of the Lips of Faith series.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good. What else is there to know. Ok. Deep red ale. Small white head. Bitter malty aroma. Flavor is oaty barley with a bitter stomp. Nice bite. Good way to drink an amber cuz the other way, with less hops, sucks.
jmohno (1137) - Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark ruby red.Light head froth light lacing.
Aroma is nice fresh hops pungent herbal dankish resin with light citrus tones,some sweet dark toffee,busicuit malt. It turnes pretty herbal mostly as it warms.
Very smooth,creamy,hoppy more on the herbal earthy side with dark carmel light roast mild chocolate. More citrusy in the finish,very good balance of malt/hop taste. Enjoyable beer.
rondphoto (2288) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber with a frothy, long-lasting off-white head and swirling lace. The taste is an immediate combination of caramel malt and light, but persistent, US hops. The bitter and sweet balance each other well, making this highly desirable for anyone who likes their malt and is open to the hop experience. Well-conceived and executed light amber ale. Recommended.
TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a benefit dinner, 6oz pour.
Great aroma and appearcance. Solid red with a good taste. Hoppy finish left me not thrilled with flavor but overall a solid beer.