SFtaster (58) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 220z bottle into chilled tall glass, snacking on Trader Joe’s salted, roasted almonds. Reggae music in the background (KPOO 89.5FM in SF). The bottle was bought at a retail location in Eugene, given to me as a gift, and personally transported to San Francisco.
The color is deep amber hue and very inviting. Nose is nicely floral scented of fresh hops. Palate detects bright citrus notes with perfect malt balance in the body. This is my favorite style of beer and Ninkasi hit a home run with this release.
I visited the brewery while I was in town recently and enjoyed the sampler (6 tastes for $5.50). Look forward to a return visit to the tasting room, but more importantly to see my friends David and Carolyn.
deyholla (7696) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a clear deep red with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of bread and grain notes with a bit of grassy hops and just a hint of grapefruit. Flavor has more of a combination of grass, bread, grapefruit and sweet grains as well as a hint of caramel.
ej1oo1 (25) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely a red. Solid ale taste. Moderate bitterness and a decent aftertaste. It’s okay
jlioi (24) - - FEB 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best IPA I've had. The hops are there but it is a dull flavor without much body to it. It also is plain so in order to really be a good IPA it should have a better kick in my opinion.
BeerFunGuy (820) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours Amber with thick sudsy head. Strong malt flavors and aroma. It is well done and the smoky flavor is big and bold.
George999 (228) - Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle the aroma is bitter and hoppy, taste is very hoppy and bitter matching the aroma, it finishes biter with a little roasted notes.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, dark amber-copper color, with a thick pillowy tan chestnut head, leaving some laces. Nice sweet dark dried fruit, bready, toasted, biscuity, caramelized, roasted malty nose, with a fruitcake, toffee, dark chocolate, date square, faint sponge toffee, Graham’s cracker accent, and a subtle crème brûlée, caramel, english pudding, bran muffin, caramelized bread crumb note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a very good sweet roasted, biscuity, toasted, chocolate, caramelized malty, fruitcake, burnt toast, dark bitter chocolate, light flowery minty, leafy,grassy hop character, with some black coffee, subtle tobacco leaf, earthy vegetal tea leaf, sugar pie, dark dried fruit, nut, toffee flavours, leading towards a yeasty, fruity, dark bitter chocolate, fruitcake, dark dried fruit, caramel, roasted, biscuity, caramelized, toasted maltiness, earthy greeny leafy, grassy, minty, citrus hop bitterness finish.
whoisghost (97) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red with a dense, cream coloured head. A beautiful and fruity aroma, theres also nice hints off biscuit and toffee brought about by the dark malts. Those dark malts are a big presence in the taste, toffee and molasses. A rrally nice bitterness hit which helps balance the sweetness. The aftertaste and palate are wonderful, the beer just melts in the mouth and allows the hops to linger. Good carbonation and density.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[My bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size diminishing frothy off-white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy along with some toffee, nuts and some light vegetal notes. Malty flavour with a decent amount of hops, alcohol and a very bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.
joelwhite (30) - - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good Ira! Super stoked! Definitely going to drink this beer again! Good hop flavor balanced with a nice malt undertone.
cmonster (997) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear, deep red-brown with at good sized head. Excellent retention and lace. Nutty, cereal, barnyard aroma with hint of fruit and resiny hops. Light sweet, medium bitter attack followed by a malty mid-palate. Medium body, creamy texture, and a very long, bitter, dry finish. Well made red ale.