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RATINGS: 314   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, itís almost as surprising as the season itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2285) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2010
I canít 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 isnít 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4965) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer is transparent and orange / brown in color. The aroma brings dank hops, alcohol, and pretty much smells like a red ale. The flavor is decent, with alcohol more prevalent than expected. The beer is growing on me the more I drink it. The feel is a bit on the thin side. Overall, a solid example of the style. Iíd drink this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-23-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - MAY 5, 2013
Pours a dark red amber color with white head that stays present while drinking. Starts out sweet but has bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6896) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2013
355 ml bottle @ Oharaís Freehouse, Tampere.
Pours clear copper color with a small head. Aroma of resin, caramel malts, sweet fruits and mild hops. Flavour of nuts, malts, sweet, resiny hops and some hints of toffee. A bit sweet and nutty, otherwise decent. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2856) - FINLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle 12 fl.oz. Pours deep amber in color with a small tan head. Very strong hoppy in aroma, some sweeter notes as well, some pine too. A bit of light grapefruit bitterness in taste, although this isnít on the whole that over-the-top bitter, more leaning to the sweeter side. Quite soft. Some malty sweetness and a light grassy bitter in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet malts and fruity hops, medium bitterness, and a quick finish. Lighter earthy/spicy hoppy notes. Well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (3925) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy chestnut brown with a tinge of red, thin off white head, piney hop aroma with a hint of spice, sweet malt taste with pine hop background hint of peppery spice, enjoyed this one.

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