mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
TheCheeseman strikes again! Pours a clear copper amber, with a tiny little white head. Smells very syrupy and malty. Maybe a touch of some apple in there, but mostly sweet smelling. The flavor is quite sweet as well, but lacking a significant little bite you usually get from barley wines. You get light alcohol heat from the 9.8% mostly in the finish, but wasnt stinging on the palate. Alot of boring caramel malts and apple citrus like you usually get, but this beer is lacking on something.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an almosy crystalline amber color. Aroma is very muted, not much of anything going on. Flavor is even a touch more benign. Nothing offensive, but nothing spectacular either.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Amber. Small tan head. Sweet, rich, lightly biscuty malt and some minty, resinous, vegetal hops. Some unnameable off flavor, also. Medium/full body, smooth.
jimhilt (2450) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a three fingered, cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is cherry and caramel. Flavor is caramel but barely sweet, sweet and sour cherry. High ABV stays hidden. Some bitter aftertaste. The ABV is 9.8% since we have a strange law here in NH limiting beer to 10%. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Malty, caramel and brown sugar, with a huge hop nose, of citrus and pine. Pours dark amber with little to no head. Very malty, caramel, with a strong catty hop flavor, and a little piney. The catty flavor is overwhelming and ruins the beer for me.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 12 oz bottle poured a clear caramel color with an off white head that turned quickly to a thin lace. A bouquet of hops aroma filled the top of my Duvel tulip. Other wonderful aromaís that follow are pine and caramel maltís. This ale has a nice creamy mouth feel with a dry finish to it .It has flavors of pine, citrus, along with sweet malt with a nice warming alcohol flavor. This is a great offering from Redhook it would be nice to see it in their seasonal rotation
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a ruby tinged darker amber color. There was very little head, and it dropped off quickly. It has a nice nose to it. I get some citrusy hops, with a faint whiff of pineapple. The taste is quite good. A nice full caramel malt body, but not too sweet. There is a nice bitterness sitting on top of it. This drinks real easy. I hope this becomes a regular addition to their lineup.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9.8% one-off, brewed and available only in NH.
Pours dark copper, with a half-inch off-white head.
Clearish body and average retention. A varied amount of streak and dots of lacework continue throughout the glass.
Aromatics are laced with tropical fruit, fresh malt, and warming alcohol. A hint of vanilla-nougat steps forward as it warms. Floral and estery in nature, but not pungent.
On the sticky side of medium for mouthfeel, and carbonation is spot-on. Slightly creamy. No syrupy character.
The pallet is where the brilliance is in this beer. It starts off with plenty of hops in the flavoring, with enough bittering to keep the beer in barleywine range. Fresh malt comes through, with some faint doughy notes, but itís strictly playing a supporting role. Again, the malt is just enough to put the beer in barleywine territory.
With each sip the fruity essence of the hops come through more and more. Peaches, melons, and tangerines. Definately plenty of that Amarillo/ Simcoe character.
The beer finishes fairly dry and clean, with some lingering boozyness and more fresh fruits.
Damn, this beer has grown on me. The restrained malt character, fullish attenuation, and hopping character of the beer puts it well within IIPA territory.
Extremely drinkable and alcohol is decieving.
Some additional hops in the nose, and a kick up on the ABV would put this beer closer to a 5.
Definately one to drink fresh, if youíre looking for a hop fix.
Too bad itís $12.99 a four-pack, probably the best Redhook Iíve ever had.