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RATINGS: 324   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2010 damn. this is pretty good. Nice bonus beer surprise from doodler. thanks scott. Pours a clear ruby red with a small tan head. arom a of orange, caramel, citrus. PLus a weird grass earthy hop resin glow underlying all that other shit. FLavor is sweet malt hop mixture. Ok balance, but i would vote for an even higher hop to malt ratio. A nice hoppy red ale, not as hoppy as green flash hop head red, which is awesome, but deserves it’s place amongst the best amber ales out there. who knows. Only knocks on the beer is that it gets a bit earthy doughy note as it warms. Also, found myself wishing there were more hops in this. pretty good. would drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2290) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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.

3.6
   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (5176) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle. Poured a beautiful dark orange color with an amazing three finger white hear that retained throughout the entire beer. Aroma was spruce with caramel, pine and floral undertones. Very malty taste, with hops, caramel, and some toast. Longer finish, medium body. Above average beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Clear, dark copper color with a large head. Moderate citrus hop aroma with some light pine. Light biscuit and caramel malt flavor. Orange and piney hop flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3598) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2011
355ml bottle. Pours a lovely chestnut/orangey/ember-llke ale, with some bubbles and some head (a little more head and it would be 5 in the ’Appearance’ category). The nose has pine and sweet maltiness. The taste is more pine and sweet malt, so disappointed it looks like a red ale but tastes like an IPA. For the palate, I would like to have experienced more body and although it is initially quite creamy, the refreshing finish starts far too early. Overall, this is a nice beer but why does it need to taste like an IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Tap. Clear dark amber pour, slightly sweet aroma and a good 1/2 inch head. Flavor is plenty of nice slick malt, a little mellow mild malt cherry and a very clean aftertaste. Better than expected!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2395) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 20, 2012
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


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