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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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We tend to do things a little differently here at Ritual, so when the call came in to make a new style Red ale, we immediately deferred to the full-flavored segment of the taste spectrum. We certainly didn’t skimp on the malts (after all, we used eight different varieties), giving this beer a multi-layered complexity of caramel and toffee.

Balancing out the malty backbone required hops, hops and even a few more hops. The result is a rich, layered, full-bodied beer bringing together a classically complex malt backbone with an assertive West Coast finish. 1.060 O.G.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (775) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
650ml bottle. Clear copper pour with loads of head. Aroma is smoky caramel, pinecone. Thick mouthfeel with plenty of caramel malt. Fairly dry with some bitterness, but not many hoppy flavours imparted at all. A bit one-dimensional, but mostly achieves what it’s trying to do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lusikka (6206) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber hazy colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of strong red berries, bread and grass. Flavour of bread, strong metallic notes, sweetness and vegetables. Medium bodied. Clearly something is wrong here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2014
22oz bottle. Deeper amber pour, fuller bodied. An amped up amber, hefty malt backbone, toffee, caramel, medium taking a back seat bitterness. Just don’t like ambers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (969) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a copper color with a clean malt aroma. Taste is very simple and dry. An easy drinking red with minimal character. An unfilitered look to the beer with floating malt throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2590) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3 Nov 2013, cask at Ritual Brewery. Amber, clear, no bubbles. Nose is nice; peaches and very faint grapefruit hops. Med body and almost entirely flat. This is a lot sweeter than the normal version, peaches are bigger, hops aren't as noticeable. I like this better than the normal extra red. It is a heavy beer but flavors aren't extreme. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 11/3/2013 Total Score: 3.4
3 Nov 2013, tap at Ritual Brewery. Light brown and a tad cloudy. Nose is slightly sweet, mild alcohol, maybe some soft or mealy peaches. Med body and faintly fizzy. Slightly bitter, red malt, some peaches. Nice enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
On tap at brewery. Clear dark orange with a fizzy white head. Toffee, citrus, and toasted cereal grain aroma and taste with an earthy, leathery bitter finish. Smooth medium bodied palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4911) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Received in a growler swap from whatsupstairs. Thanks! Shared with Hayduke. Our first face to face tasting. Amber and lightly hazed. A big funky looking beige head. It subsided unevenly. Hops in front of the nose are citrus and floral. Nice. This seems fresh and the hops are bright. Thanks again, Justin. Biscuit in the malts. Caramel, too. There are prevalent fruit notes that are also quite nice. Bitterness comes along with some sour flavor that is grapefruit. Perhaps Cascade hops. This is borderline Pale Ale and is heavy on the hops for that style. Midway the floral notes move to the front. Toffee jumps in. It becomes earthy and is chewy. The hops put this over the top for me. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
From a growler share with Strykzone. Poured a copper red color with an off -white head. Nose if caramel malts and floral notes. Medium in body with a soft carbonated mouth feel. Flavor is fruity with floral and earthy notes, and big toasty malts. The floral hops are big for an amber and lead to a good chewy bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
Draft @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, CA. Pours a dark amber reddish color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with hoppy hints. Fruity malty earthy hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty earthy hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle thanks to mashmaster. Pours a reddish amber color with a white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Taste is malty, sweet, and stone fruit. Sticky, medium body. Good stuff.

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