oRos (612) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at John’s house. Color is amber with fluffy white head. Taste has a nice malt and hop balance.
mrhoppy (868) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super hoppy Irish red ale. Strictly for the hop heads. Rubicon makes some tasty beers and this is anothrr example. I like my Irish ales to be big on the malty side. This one is all thr way on the hoppy side.
Thisis12ptfont (627) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh hops and raisin filled malts come through on the aroma. Deep, smokey brown color with a small foam. Relatively thick, dark malts upfront with subtle, grassy hops floating about in the back. Strong carbonation and full bodied. Overall, this is a good quality brew with primarily malty flavors and a subtle boozey finish. I’d give this an A rating.
culchiem (1668) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SED. Ruby with a tan head that settles into a thin film. Aroma is citrus hop. Flavour starts with a little malt but quickly drifts into bitter hop. Fruity and dry bitter palate.
kbutler1 (1259) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. As expected this pours a deep copper red color (surprise!) with a light tan head that slowly settles to collar around the glass. I am a little surprised in the nose as it has a nice citrus hoppy note along with caramel. Medium/light mouthfeel. Caramel, slight roast, apple, and a little citrus rind round this fella out. Slight lingering bitterness. No real notes of the 7%. Overall, a decent beer that overdelivered on my expectations. I would like the mouthfeel a tish heavier on it though.
bnoel09 (379) - Elk Grove, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass. Color is a ruby brown with tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is malty with strong hop notes as well. Flavor is smooth and malty on the start but finishes with a slight hop bitterness and light hop flavor. Medium bodied and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall a good Irish ale.
thetmaxx (670) - West Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle. Colour is dark amber. Decent off white head. Aroma is of hops primarily, malt secondarily. Flavour is malty up front, and bitter dry in the back. Mouth feel is medium full body, with a dry finish. Overall not what I would classify as a Red, More of a IPA.
Strykzone (3814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Hayduke for sending this my way. Enjoyed it with him and his brother Rick via Facebook chat. This beer looks like a cola with the dark brown and red color. Its head looks like a root beer but it doesn’t last as long. Soft aromatic and spicy hops lead the aroma. Only later does malt show up. The flavor begins with the expected rich malt but then those hops show up. They are pine and citrus and grow as the beer warms. The malt begins to resemble rye and this beer becomes much like a rye IPA. The hops were a very pleasant surprise and made this beer delightfully multi-faceted and very tasty. Thanks Ron!
Zymurgeist2 (625) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In cask at Monk’s Kettle. Pours a very hazy amber with off-white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma of biscuity malt - you can taste it by the smell. Think meadow of sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel is very well-rounded and coating. Slightly sweet malt gives way on the mid-palate to cereal and grain malts, with strong, spicy hops. Lingering bitterness with sweet malt on the lips.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber; thanks to bhensonb for the bonus bottle; pours clear and deep reddish brown with thin creamy white head to the edges; caramel malts on the nose mixed with some raw orange peels, wheat, hop spices and dried fruit; lots of fruit comes out on the nose mixed with dry hops; light flavors of caramel malt and citrus; smooth, malty and healthy does of pine and citrus hops; mild creamy texture and easy drinking as expected; but has a nice depth to it that you wouldn’t expect; a well crafted and damn tasty complex and hoppy red ale; yum