Nik925 (745) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong flavor onset of hop and malt. Great balance but the bitter takes center stage and is almost out of control. Really bitter for an amber, but still keeps its delicious malt taste-able. One of the better showcases for malt as this one finishes as good as it starts. The flavor profile is similar to other beers in the middle, but when I get that taste, normally it then has a bad aftertaste, no so with this one. One of the best beers in this style easily.
Braden99 (29) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An Imperial Red with tons of depth and richness. A fantastic beer, but not an everyday beer (for me) due to its bite.
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 This is a re-rate from the bottle. I had this on tap at the Del Mar microbrew festival but after picking up a 6 pack i feel this needs a re-rating. Very hoppy aroma with a floral greeting to the nose. Brilliant red and orange color with small patch of foam. Strong in its flavor of mostly hops and caramel malt structure this amber ales out does anything i’ve had from the bottle.
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask, it's insane. Reminds of a cask ale from the north of England. Cask version is very balanced, draft co2 versions tends to be on the hoppy side.
Last batch I had in San Clemente was not the same. Can taste very similar to Rogue Dead Guy ale.
Ruddles (28) - - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Man in the Moon, Stockholm.
Robust, bitter and fruity. Aroma, raisins, apricot, caramell. Nice and bitter red Ale.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a port staple, the only which i have been able to have both at the bar and out of the bottle. A vey robust reddish orange color to it with a minimal amount of head. The hops are killer in this one, subtle malts, with a nice kick of hops. Seems to have an aged quality to it, robust, historic, grand.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice hoppy ale. Reddish in color as promised by the name. Nice head with good lacing. Tastes of hops with a secondary taste of malt. Good hop complexity, i.e., one hop flavor does not dominate. A very good drinking ale.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This had a nice head.Color a brown.Aroma was a bit fragrant of hops and fruity.It tasted full-bodied,yet somewhat smooth.A very good red.Perhaps is rivaling the widmere 06.Had it on tap at the Carlsbad Pizza Port.They were out of take home bottles.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) I got this especially after the guy at the store said it was good. It is not a strong flavorful beer, but I really liked it. It had a nice flavor, nice character, nice drinking beer.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Pours blood amber brown w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth that slowly recedes to reveal thick lather. Medium nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Big and malty w/ citrus chards to match. Theres a defined caramely biscuit character. Mild nuances of cherry, apple, pear, and leather. The hops really stand out throughout the whole drink. Has a long, deep bittering on the finish. A well balanced session brew. Overall: A bolder, hoppy specimen for it’s genre.