JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Off the charts aroma of tangerines and clementines. Semi-sparkling nice clear red appearance with a quickly disappearing white head. Slick flavor, not overly sweet with deep hop resin. Mild caramel and toffee with hints of grass. Kind of similar to red seal but hoppier. Very nice. Thanks Brad!
JohnRMurdoch (2701) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2011 Bottles @ Blackfriars & from Mybrewerytap.com. Hoppy pine aroma. Medium brown colour with a reddish tinge, not much head. Strong hoppy flavour. Smooth & well balanced. Great one.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was my payment for doing my sister’s taxes... sweet deal.
I’m rating this against the BJCP guidelines for an American Amber Ale.
Aroma- Floral hops, some pine, a little bready and some esters.
Appearance- Deep amber color, fantastic clarity. Creamy tan head with great retention.
Flavor- Hops all over. The sour receptors on the side of my toungue tingle quite a bit. I think the sourness comes from a citrus hop character, it is not unpleasant. High hop bitterness. The malt profile is drowned out by the hops.
Palate- Highly carbonated, medium bodied beer.
Overall Impression- This is a great beer. I love this kind of hop character. Any points I detracted were because that kind of hop dominance is innapropriate for the style, but those detractions still added up to a 4.2 rating. Great beer.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber with a creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet fruity, piney, resiny hops with a little pepper and some nutty malts.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit with a nice piney lightly resinous hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a very nice drinking well balanced beer. It has some great hop flavors.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too many red ales to compare this too, but man, is this a tasty one. Highly recommended!
mhurley (5) - Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderfully hoppy crisp red all with American hops that come through in the aroma and flavor. The color is red and vibrant. The flavor of the hops is nicely balanced with a malty caramel flavor. A very enjoyable beer.
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. The aroma is fabulous: sweet, smoky and freshly hoppy. Slightly lighter in taste and mouthfeel than I expected; less of a prounced flowery hoppiness, more of a herby, light citrus bloom to the fresh tang. Plenty of orange peel and faint nut from the rye. Balanced and very good.
mfrato (95) - - JUL 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a solid reddish amber. Malty upfront and then a kick of hops. Amazing red.
Cybercat (2774) - Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma has a firm hoppy overtone, more like an IPA than an amber ale to me. It pours a luscious clear dark copper with a thick, pale copper head that leaves considerable lacing. Malty flavor has a hoppy, slightly bitter overtone and hints of caramel and apple. Smooth texture has good body and good fizz. All around, darned good!
spacecube (520) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, pours a transparent red with a small head, great caramel malt aroma with piney hops, wish there were any UK beers with this distinct aroma. Really well balanced finish. Excellent ale.