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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This time of year in the Rockies, one day can span all four seasons. Morning snow gives way to afternoon sun, sending fresh snowmelt into our rivers and into our mash tun. With a complex malt backbone dry hopped for notes of citrus and pine, it’s almost as surprising as the season itself.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Deep amber colored pour with a creamy eggshell colored head. Pretty hoppy aroma with fruity notes. Dry hoppy flavor with a dry bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (3668) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Sampled at Denver Winter Brewfest 2011. Reddish amber in colour with a nice white head. Smell is rediculously hopped. Very floral and grassy. Smelled way bitter. I expected more of a malt presence, but it IS fantastic smelling. Taste is very IPA like, with a big punch of citrus hops, but no big malt presence. About as mch malt as a bitter IPA. Unbalanced and unlike its style, but a good beer nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1837) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
amber pour with a thick creamy off white head. aroma is citrusy and lighter pine hop over medium roasted malt and toffee. Nice citrusy hop flavour, toffee, some sourish cherry fruitiness as well. lingering bitterness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickomosa (68) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Beautiful clear red color. Aroma is cherry hard candy. Taste is medium sweet with cherry strawberry hard candy. Firm body. Nice dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours a deep amber with not very good clarity, thin offwhite head, nose full of burnt fruitcake. Mouth is of medium thickness, reminds me of an old sea captain lost sea. Old salty hops and a bold almost moldy roast malt, finish with a burnt citrus-barrel. Complexity in fitting with its burnished amber pour. Somehow it all works. Thanks to Hol for her consultation in rating this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2010
I can’t for the life of me figure out what the expiration date is, but it is sometime in 2010; Sampled August 2010
The beer pours with a frothy, two-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The beer is a deep, concentrated red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ample crystal malt and American hops; specific notes of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, bright tangelo, some pine notes and even a hint of hemp are contributed by the hops while aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted whole grain, some sweet tea like notes and some dusty grain husk notes are from the malt / crystal malt.

Sweet tasting up front, but this plays up more of the citrus / fruity hop aspects than making this cloyingly like heavy crystal malt (which is definitely a good thing in my book). Flavors of tangelo zest, some lychee, and essential grapefruit oil jump out immediately in the flavor. The middle sees a herbaceous, sort of pine like, with a touch of menthol and hemp oil being noticed; these flavors linger and morph into the finish that has a soft bitterness that is amply tempered by the chewy, palate clinging malt character. The malt lingers in the long finish quite well with notes of biscuit like malt character and pale-toasted whole grain character. While this has a certain palate fullness to it the beer isn’t overly heavy, in fact it is quite drinkable, but definitely has enough viscosity to cling to the palate quite a bit.

Despite being so dark and crystal malt influenced, this beer ends up with a very well done balance between malt and hop. There are ample hop flavors here to keep me happy and, while I was expecting it to, the crystal malt notes never get out of hand. This is quite well done and I would happily drink another couple of these.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2010
bottle 1/18/2010. fo’ sho’ it is red! it is topped with a caramel tinted off white head. clingy foam lasts as a ring and film. aromas of caramel-y malt, mild pine, dankness, citrus zest and earthy spiciness. the flavor follows the same path.... very resinous and especially dry on the finish. crisp texture with some creaminess underneath... nice session brew! 8/3/7/4/16/3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2134) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Mahogany pour with a a 1 finger, ivory colored head. Aroma holds tons of hop kick, with notes of dark herbal and floral notes, almost like marijuana, with further ideas of pine sap, grapefruit, and incense. Flavor carries more malt past the initial shot of hop bitterness. The primary notes are mesquite smoked wood, pine, resin, and touches of caramel and evergreen hop. Really solid balanace between malt and hop overall. Palate is medium bodied, with a finish that is semi-dry through the hop presence. Good beer, and drinkable, and excellent for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is resiny and piney hops with some caramel malt. The flavor is piney malts with some caramel and bready malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy red ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Not too many red ales to compare this too, but man, is this a tasty one. Highly recommended!


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