kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish-amber pour with thin off-white head. Nose is a very citrus piney hop blast. Taste is more balanced with a nice dose of citrus hops at the outset layered on top of a longer lasting light caramel and biscuit malt sweetness. Very tasty one here.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is citrus and pine. Pours a deep dark amber with a nice off white head. Taste is malty sweet and hoppy bitter. Good beer.
peteinSD (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a generous BA trader - thanks! Pours a semi-hazy amber red with a small layer of tan foam. Aroma is sharp pine with some bitterness and minor citrus and a substantial malt backbone with some lingering sweetness. Taste is clean, balanced hop bitterness with pine leading into semi-sweet malt with raisin and caramel before giving way again to the pine and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and slightly coating. Hugely quaffable but with enough hop bite and malt presence to make the beer very engaging. Iím really impressed by this beer - excellent.
tommann (2979) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Pours a deep red with a large frothy head. Aroma is orange piney hops with some toffee. Taste has caramel and orange jelly. Low bitter piney hop finish.
mjluman18 (35) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
slightly more hops than expected for a red, but it works well. nice piney aroma, and pours a rich red-brown color. nice balance between the malt and the hops with a slightly earthy taste. leaves you feeling refreshed and wanting more.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color w/ a creamy, off-white head. Smells of bread, caramel, some hops. Taste is well-balanced between the malty sweetness & bitter, piney hops. Love how hoppy this is for a red!
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 3/1/11. 12oz bottle poured into my Sweetwater pint glass. Best by: 4/28/11.
Pours a clear dark amber with a thick finger-width beige head on top. Good retention; lots of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is bursting with fresh citrus, pine needles, herbs. Very fresh-smelling. I dig it.
The mouth is moderately full. Good heft to it, but drinkable still. Thereís a bit of a hop smack at the onset, but this flavor is fleeting and short-lived. Thereís not a lot of depth to this one. Mild sweetness on the finish. Bready. This is a stellar drinkable beer, but I thought aspects of it could be more pronounced. Itís not a palate-torcher, which is fine, but there needs to be a bit more "pop" to the flavor. Still, I could see myself having this again and again. Good beer.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasty beer. Balanced taste of grapefruit and pine, surprisingly smooth given the reasonably high abv. Very drinkable.
stravale (2390) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Alesela
Reddish light brown...hazy..big off white head that dissipates with some lacing
Aroma sweet rich caramel malts...some pine and soft grassy hops.
Taste of rich caramel malts, quite malty, hint of sweet toffee, barley sugars, some sappy piney hops, soft resin hops, some citrus zest
Palate - medium carb, medium body, quite viscous, some stickiness, tangy bitter sweet palate. Finish as main flavour and rather dry with a sweet malty bitter zesty finish, cleans well
Overall - tasty malty hoppy amber ale
gururyan (640) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Exceptional brew, very impressed with this one. Well balanced, great drinkability, some hop in the red for the hop lover in you, freakiní great!