vyvvy (4469) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish amber with beige head. The aroma has Irish ale yeast, toasty malt that is somewhere between nuttiness and metallic notes. There is a bit of hops with spiciness and touch of fruit. It has a medium body that is very crisp and quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts off with very sharp, heavily astringent and light hoppiness. The finish has metallic astringency that overtakes everything. Didn’t care for this.
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/21/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of big citrus/pine hops, moderate dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apple, light pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, light pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee/roast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy red ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Pretty disappointed that they went and changed the recipe for this beer. It was my favorite Irish red ale before, but now it barely represents the style at all. However, it is very enjoyable for what it is as a hoppy red ale.
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy reddish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of orange peel, caramel, toasted bread, some nuts, hints of slight yeasty notes, hints of grain, slight biscuit. Taste is a mix of earth, grass, bread, hints of dark nutty notes, some toast, caramel, finishing bitter, slightly sweet. Just ok.
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours hazy bright golden orange with a frothy off-whtie head, good retention and lacing. oranges, spices, minerals and metal - carbonic acid, spicy graininess - decent toasted malt features, some coffee grinds, hint of sweetness, resin and earthy traces, grass and bitter herbs, pepper, some off fruity notes. fizzy carbonation, light body - tad watery, dry and bland grassy-spicy-herbal finish. too bad..
cheap (4381) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Man, I love these short stubby 12 oz bottles, such class. Has a sweeter initial wine like attitude on the smeller. Dark Iced tea in color. Tastes much stronger than the 5.6% listed here. Quite medicinal as the session continues. However, it does have a good sizzle on the tongue from the refined co2. Finish is straightforward heavy alky malts. Almost cloying at times but in a good way. The more I drink the harder it is to ignore the rude ale attributes.
krumbum (578) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wet light roasted grain, hop smell. Reddish brown with just off white head. Smooth intro the light roasted malt and hops hit simultaneously. Light bitter remain after the sip.
koleminer20 (849) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dan's. The pour is a nice coppery amber with a decent head and some good lacing. The aromas are solid on the malts, but that's about the effect of the strong points. There is a sweetness and maybe some caramel, but there is a lot to be wanted here. The hops are pretty much nonexistent. The flavor mimics this. All malt, some good sweetness, but remaining bland and longing. The mouth feel is iffy. Thin and lacking a bit of carbonation but the aftertaste is sweet, lightly dry, and decently lasting.
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574deadzone (1137) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin on the peninsula. Pours a deep dark amber/ruby with a small eggshell ring of foam. Mellow nose of caramel apple and a little toast. Fairly sweet with some bitterness and a dash of tartness. Lighter bodied, average carbonation, slick on the palate. Good with food.
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep copper with one finger head. very strong malt base with nice complexity. i’m not a huge fan of the style, but this is a mighty good beer anyway.
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - MAY 8, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
no entiendo. no tiene nada de english (aparte de lo que pusieron en la pizarra) y menos de pale ale. si no ustuviera bebiendo tanto no me la tomara.