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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Dark amber with a frothy but short lived light tan head. Spicy hop aroma. No chance to identify the malt- overly hopped- Resiny aftertaste reminds me of doing bong hits in college back in '75.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
A 12 oz. bottle pours a clear, dark amber body with an average light tan head that left good lacing. The nose features a pleasant, by nondescript fruity aroma barely disguising the malt base. Initial palate is mildly sweet, but quickly yields to hop resins. The midpalate presents a rather plain flavor spectrum, which is reminiscent of orange pekoe tea. The finish is dry and fairly long lasting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - DEC 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle pours clean coppery brown with slight fluffy off-white head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates. Aroma is of caramel and nutmeg with hints of malt. Front palate is malty, middle is nutty and rich and finish is roasted. Very, very roasted. Past the point of roasted to the point of bitter. Drinkable beer that could stand up to a nice wintery dish like pot roast with roasted veggies and potatoes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Pours with average head leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Dark red almost brown color. Light brown sugar smell. Awfully watery when it hit my mouth, and didn't taste much other than carbonation. Finishes dry. Nothing exciting to see here, but not overly offensive either.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 re-rate 2003 edition ok either the original i had was a way dif recipe... or this went down hill really fast, a stale malt aroma that is kind of doughy - with a bit of light hop scent, very nice ruby color with an offwhite huge rocky head that dissipates to a thin ring, man the flavor used to be so good! but now it tastes very metallic and very bad medicinal bitterness - has hints of fruity sweetness but is majorly hidden behind the metal and bitter, my thoughts are this bad boy needs some time to age, ill stuff 2 in the closet and rate in 6 and 12 months later and see how it goes! definitely ESB's big brother, better than all the other redhook brews, just too bad they dont make it year round..

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero12 (183) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Extremely good beer. Very heavy coffee malt nose and taste. Minimal carbonation and a clean/bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 This is a nice take on a winter red ale, dark amber with a milky head. Notes of caramel, citrus, toffee and still rather hoppy too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
not bad for a grab-and-go sixer. Deep amber hue, mild hop flavor with a sweet aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Caramel malts. Harsh finish. Completely average beer. DIdn’t expect much more from a red hook brew.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Pours a darker copper color with a thin tan head that hangs around for a bit. Taste is nothing too remarkable...thin malt and hops. Has a strange coppery like aftertaste that is just plain weird. It doesn’t taste like I just drank a beer... Not one of my favorites.


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