PalCabral (138) - - JUL 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours hazy reddish brown with a beige-white thick head that slowly settled to a nice layer of scum throuout the session. Iíd call the beer color mahogany hadnít it been for the haziness of the beer. Iíd give it a 4 in appearance but the foam head pulls it up to a 5:er. The aroma is a lovely mix of crystal malts, maybe some melanoidin/aromatic malts as well, and some piney hops. The taste takes the aroma impression up one more level. The beer is sweet from the crystal malts, and I guess some roasted malts are souring it somewhat. The balance from the hoppy bitterness comes in the second wave, but they are thankfully not overwhelming, backing up the sweetness rather than taking over. The texture is so soft, itís delicious, and the beer reminds me of a belgian brune, albeit a bit lower in alcohol and with a less expressive yeast. Itís simply a wonderful beer of itsí type. Good work!
bpreo (1926) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes a lot stronger than it really is. It is one of the more pleasant Ale styles I have had in a while.
Svesse (6735) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, as "Crystal Bitter") Reddish amber colour, slightly hazy, with lasting rocky off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of treacle toffee, apricot marmalade, orange peel, red-currant and caramel. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, toffee, red fruit and a balanced citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Gets a bit sweet after a while, but itís tasty and quite well balanced. Quite nice.
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap clear chestnut brown with a small skin of a lasting head. Sturdy lacing, Light toasted malt aroma, and woody light toast malt flavors. A slightly bitter astringent brown ale. Im used to a more fresh hoppy bit in redís. Still, not unpleasant.
LuckyDog (603) - - DEC 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle may have been stored wrong. Lots of foam. A little sour. That said, the flavor is pretty good.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz in Seattle. Rosy Amber malts. Some sweet hops. It just tastes too clean, like others from this brewery.
stevoj (2649) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely crafted ESB, bitter with some sweet, syrupy malt in the background. Nice lasting velvety head on a medium amber body. Sweet aroma, bitter taste. Very enjoyable.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this beer under itís pseudonym "Crystal Bitter ESB". Reddish amber brown in color with light tan head, medium collar, good lacing and wisps. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is too bitter for a bitter in my opinion. I get some earthy hoppiness, burnt caramel, and wet wood. Medium body and medium carbonation as well.
78samh (197) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint poured reddish brown. Mild hop aroma. Spicy hops and bread. Dry and bitter. Not bad.
ACHops (900) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ The Cask. Pours dark reddish caramel with thin off white head. Aroma is sweet roasty caramel malt. Taste is big dark roasty carame malt, clean aftertaste. Nothing remarkable, but solid malty beer. Plenty of flavor for a red ale.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with a huge creamy beige head. Aroma of some caramel and hops. Very drinkable.