FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Pours a orange amber. Medium sized white head very fizzy, dissapates quickly. Some ambery malt aromatics with a slightly floral hop note. Mild nose, divulges some toasty flavors, hop presence mainly in a lingering residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery.
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell was nice and mellow with a lil fruit/hops.
I was expecting a lil more of a red color.
I thought it was a lil more hoppy compared to other reds... Nice caramel sweet start with a dry hop finish.
I like this.
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Kevin: Coppery more than red hue with a initial frothy off-white head and good lace. The aroma as notes of nutty and bready malts, floral hops, a touch of apple, and some vanilla. The taste starts with a mildly fruity and bitter character, neither overpowering and balanced with some malty background. The finish has some spicy notes as well as a sublime dash of smoke. The feel is quite disappointing, seems flat despite some lively hits on the side of the tongue. With some more vanilla and carmel notes and a deeper palate to back it up, this beer could go places. Much better than the golden lager.
Tejas (889) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2005
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, this one looks better than the blonde but still has zero aroma. Has more flavor too. Some roasty malt flavor but that’s about it. Why do brewers brew average beer like Rahr has done? One and done. Thus far Rahr doesn’t go into the regular rotation.
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red tint, of course, with a decent off-white, dense foam of a head. Moderate aroma, but there is obvious enough hops to give up some floral scents and a dash of sweetness. The flavor has a lot more to it, with caramel as a dominant element and plenty of hops, fruits, and some paper mulch for extra measure. A lingering metallic edge takes the glow off, and the palate is surprisingly flat in its rich body, making a sweet, sticky body that hangs too heavy for me. Still, a decent brew for a Dallas-Fort Worth creation. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewery. Mild nose-not much there. Nice deep mahogany body with no head. Low-mid hop flavor, slightly bitter, caramel, apples, and dry spice flavors. Very dry. Would be an ok session beer.
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gingerman, Dallas. Little head, dark orange and red appearance. Very light carbonation leaves it flat with a tobacco and orange flavor. Sticky and wet caramel malts... very sweet and refreshing but not enough to overcome its flaws.
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper-red. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat weighty. Malts have notes of cooked caramel, toasted bread, crackers, and unsalted nuts. Hops have notes of grass, light herbs, and a little earth. Mild sweetness, a hint of sourness, and a moderate bitterness. Decently balanced. A little gummy in the finish. Overall, not too shabby!
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is probably only funny to me, but I bought three pints at once - this, a pint of Sierra Harvest for my gf & one of their Celebration for me after the Rahr. I sat down and stared at the three pints having walked 150 feet and forgotten what was what. I sip the Celebration and know immediately what it is. I then sip another and figure it CAN’T be the Harvest and commence to discerning this and that ... well after a minute I think I better try the third pint and sure enough ... the hops in the Harvest have quieted to all but a murmur, but it’s obvious that I’ve made a mistake. The Red (after all that) is right there on my OKAY scale. Clean, and not without character, but I could live another 20 years or more without having a red beer. We may be drowning in IPAs and ales of all sorts and I do look forward to other beers from Rahr as there’s not a thing wrong with the two that I’ve tried thus far, but if you’re going to do a lager - can I have a Dopplebock, bitte?
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper brown with a thick, but short-lived, fizzy off-white head. Aroma is a nicely sweet caramel malty blend with some lager yeast character. Body starts with decent viscosity and caramel maltiness. Some toasted malt flavor shows up toward the semi-dry finish. This smooth, well balanced brew would make a nice session beer. Thanks JCW!