LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear dark red. Atop, sits a big dense tan head.
Aroma: Citrusy Amarillo type dry hopping, caramel and red apple skins.
Taste: Spicy sweet malt, burnt sugar, and a mild but noticeable hop bitterness that lingers.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad creamy.
Overall: A really nice red ale. Please don’t let the name fool you, this is much better than your typical Irish red. The malts are nicer, and that California kiss of hops takes it from good to great.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear bright red amber with a creamy off white head. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet tart and earthy taste with grain and sugar notes but a little watery on the back end.
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours reddish brown with a thin beige head and a strong citrus aroma. There is a sharp hopped up caramel malt flavor with a very dry finish. Nice recipe.
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Color is dark amber/brown with reddish tinges. Very slight off-white head. Rich malty aroma with a touch of citrus? Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is caramel with a lot of something like cascade/citrus for hop. Very nice. Very balanced. Finishes with roast and hop bitter. Really quite good.
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Copper/bronze beer with a light tan head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light summer fruit flavor with light malt. Medium body. OK bitterness, but great hop flavor. Grapefruit and light malt linger.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Big 3 Liter bottle from the Brewers. Talked to a brewer and I really have to say this was really enjoyable. Pours dark red with a tan head. Nose is super awesome and very nice reminiscent of nelson, smells like super citrus orange juice. Taste is malty and sweet and nice and hoppy and nice and big. Glad to try it.
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub in Sacramento. This came in the glass a really rich red color, with a light pink head and light lacing Hops greet you in the nose and smell like citrus and pine. Very nice clean mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly bitter hops, and the finish is bitter also. Really easy to drink.
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beachwood BBQ and the brewpub. An interesting Irish Ale, as this had a nice hop profile in the aroma and flavor. Copper color with a beige head. Aroma of hops - citrus, pine, earth with some mild toffee and some roasted malt. Not initially sweet up front, more of a moderate earthy bitterness, but toffee makes it’s presence known in the finish. Finishes rather clean with a light dryness. As it warms it becomes sweeter and balances out the initial hoppiness.
DYCSoccer17 (3288) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap at the brewpub. Lightly sweet, sugary malt nose present with some hints of citrus orange. Some cereal and grainy malts, too. Nice aroma...quaffable. Moderatly hazy amber body with a medium tan head and ok lacing. Herbal, sweet, malty, brown sugary flavors in the start and in the middle. Towards the end, this becomes quite hoppy with piney, orangey, and some light hempy hop flavors, too. Centennial and Simcoe hops perhaps? Either way, not a true Irish Ale, per se. This is closer to an "Imperial Red" in the mold of Yulesmith, which is definitely not a bad thing. Yum yum.
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear nut brown. Grapefruity hop aroma. Sweetish and roasty. Extremely hoppy for an Irish ale. The mouthfeel is lightly soapy and the finish has aromatic orangey tones and medium bitterness. Not to style, but a damn good beer!