Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2007. Head is mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, dough), with a strong note of lemon juice. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Another one with good look and feel, but completely falls down in the nose and flavor balance. The sourness is just like someone dumped a bunch of lemon or grapefruit juice in it...just plain weird. It’s examples like this that make me shake my head in wonder.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this one. Dark red pour with a tiny white head that turns into an oily ring. Resin, pine, grapefruit, and malt make up the aroma as well as the taste. Thick without being syrupy in mouthfeel. Hops and citrus dominate the beer with the malt tempering it enough so it is not overwhelming. This one is just so good, my description simply can not do it justice.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 On tap at Solana Beach - mid april. this was absolutely delicious...right down my alley, a HUGE beer...very very hoppy but still very balanced with its malt background like most of their creations. Has a bit of a caramel taste and the finish coats the palate nicely. mmmmm. a very big recommendation on this one if you like big reds. This brew reminds me of Shark Bite Red on steroids.
I have to say the bottle sample I tried was just awful! Not sure the discrepancy in batches here...but cloyingly sweet. Almost undrinkable for me. Probably a 3 - 3.2
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught pint at Solana Beach on 3/23/2007
Lovely, soft, strawberry-amber body with some darker ruby tints and a yellow-flecked, medium-beige head that is large and well-retained, providing webs of lace down the glass. Clarity is medium-high. Some glassiness/chill-haze and light carbonation in the liquid.
Expecting a big malt bomb from a "Triple Red", I was quite surprised to smell what seemed like yet another IPA. Fortunately, quite a delightful one. Very grassy and floral hop aromatics are very heady, but definitely strongly aromatic and pleasant. Extremely fresh, they slowly, but irreversibly give way to a more expected citrus hop nose, as Rastacouere points out. Some crystal malt mixes in with the citrus hops and produces an orange hard candy-like note, but juicy, red grapefruit notes destroy the hardness and plenty more melon and sweet oranges dot the finish. Definite wintergreen and pine resin linger around as well, but I never found it too bitter in the nose. Soft, buttercream-like malts spill forth with warming and provide a nice balance without becoming entangled in the hops. No alcohol that I could find, despite its strength, and a very strong aroma overall.
Creamy malts and a light, but engaging carbonation produce a very soothing texture. The malt has notes of toastiness, vanilla, medium-dry caramel and sweet cream, but never gets cloying, adding more texture than it does flavor. Crystal malt is fully absorbed in to the soft base malts. Pine and grapefruit lay on top of the malt, from the start, and provide a good deal of bitterness, but also a huge flavor. Cherries, lemons, nectarines and peaches emanate from the hops, while red apples and a berry-like malt fruitiness is complementary as well. Some doughiness builds up on the end, and the creaminess thickens somewhat. Add to this a very large pine-like acidity and it’s quite a mouthfull. But for all that, I found the alcohol to be very well-controlled and the beer quite flawless. Definitely a beer to be approached slowly, but from the wonderful opening of floral and grassy hops, to the creamy, soft texture and ample bitterness, I think there’s a lot to enjoy here.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 3/30/08, 22oz bottle, 2008 vintage, first bottling, thanks to doubleo for this one. pours dark ruby with soapy white head. i was expecting a hoppy aroma, some bubblegum and citrus with caramel malt and alcohol coming though. citrus, pine, and peachy hop notes with a big chewy caramel malt backbone. a bit of booze to go nicely with the flavors and it doesn’t even warm the throat. carbonation was pretty low, not sure what happened with that. a nice imperial red, fun to drink, and drinkable, just wish it was a bit more of a hop bomb than it is.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2006: Dark hazy amber color with an off-white head. Big hop foward aroma but with enough sweet malt to back it up. The flavor starts out with pine and malt and then becomes all hop. Medium bodied and very tasty. Big but still balanced.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006. Pours to a ruddy brassy body with a richly creamy white head. The aroma is richly hoppy but fully balanced with lots of rich malts. Nice blend. The flavor is malty, toasty, nice red style characteristics.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 06. Deep reddish amber. Aroma is of citrus hops and lots of malt. Taste is hoppy right from the start, with alot of caramel malt, a touch of roast or chocolate, with a full palate and nice lingering bitterness. Alcohol very well hidden.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at PP, Solana Beach thanks to fordest - cheers m8. Reddish brown in colour with a small head. Both malty and hoppy. Notes of citrus and dark fruit. Dry finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Solana Beach Pizza Port. Clear toffee brown color with garnet highlights... not unlike rootbeer in appearance. toasty malty nose. Incredible depth of hoppiness and malt flavor in waves - and amazing number of waves of flavor. a taste sensation.