Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 On tap @ PnP Carlsbad. Pours brownish amber with lasting tan head. The aroma is a big pulse of sweet roasted malts, sweet sugary malts, maybe some biscuit or meladonin malts too. Simply a malt bomb in the nose. This viscous mouth feel ushers in yummy sweet roasty to somewhat biscuit maltiness and nuttiness. The high power malts are quickly met by nearly equal intensity grapefruit hop bitterness. I love these big flavor beers. Ahhhh, big flavor, big yumminess.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Tap from Carlsbad. Huge floral aroma. Big crisp flavor balanced out by a malty texture and hints of toffee and caramel. I could have had a few of these but didnít because I was driving. This reminded me alot of the Ballast Point Tongue Buckler. Awesome beer.
Re rated on 8/19/11 my original rating was aug of 09 and I rated 4.2, Iím now rating as a 4.6. This is so deliciously incredible. Itís the best of a huge red beer with a double IPA texture, crazy good smooth robust texture and finish. I already filled my growlers with beer for my wife otherwise Iíd get one of this! Killer beer!!
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is quite hoppy as too be expected but with a decent amount of caramel to it as well. Very agressive and very good.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Clear, deep copper-red with a thin, fine, light-tan head. Citrus peel hops followed by resinous, earthy hops over toasted malt grain notes. Sharp, piercingly bitter hops with caramelized orange peel flavors. Some caramel malt nuttiness and grain astringency as well with strong yet well-integrated alcohol flavors. Big, full body with a hugely bitter mouthfeel that really hangs around well into the long, warm alcoholic finish.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: pine hops and roasted malt. Pours dark brown/red with nice full tan head. Flavor: begins with intense piney and spicy hops. Finish is smooth malt and dry hoppy throat. There is a wonderful balance between the intense hops and the intense malt. Really unique and really, really good! Medium to heavy body, nice lacing. Drinkability is high. Never tasted and smelled anything like this!
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at ōlbaren. Pours a clear dark red with an off-white head. Smells of cheesy hops. Bitter with a storng hoppiness. Aromas of grapefruit and cheesy hops. Hints of rye. Tiny hints of bread. Full bodied. Looong bitter finish. Good stuff.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Carlsbad Pizza Port. What a great beer. Deep red amber color. Creamy microbubble 1 finger head that dies slowly. I love swirling and watching the dance on top of the beer. Alchohol present on first taste, gives a little bite, but in a pleasant ways as it blends well with the malty sweetness. One of the best Pizza Port beers. Itís really good. I hope itís available often.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado. Nice brown color with a medium head. Big aromas of caramel, raisin and malts. Very hoppy flavors initially that are then superseded by malty tones. Caramel and raisins are present as well as some bread flavors. Very complex, hides the alcohol very well.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was at the Albertsons picking stuff up for the wife when I decided that I would cap my night of online courses with a growler of something at the Pizza Port (Carlsbad). It seemed busy as usual. I asked the bartender for an IPA, but I could only select from one board of listed brews. I asked for the 547 because I remember it was like an IPA to me, and I liked it when I first sampled it a couple months ago. Anyway, this beer basically reminds me of Founders Red Rye and Three Floyds Brian Boru. It is like an IPA to me, but has that Irish or Rye ale thing going on that reminds me of said named beers. Pizza Port calls it a double Red. I call it delicious. It has a creamy, thin yet not watery mouthfeel, accompanied with a bit sweet, dessert like bready backbone that is also a bit spicy, with some orangey, citrusy hops... and that alcohol zing... mmmhmmm. It is great. It has enough for me--at least. And I am quite the fan of this type of brew.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. light red pour with a 1/4" white head. bitter citrus nose. really bitter mouthfeel. dank, floral hops come through with a bang! bitter finish with some malt to back up the hops.