mrhoppy (861) - 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.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - 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.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, 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.
LtDan (1676) - 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.
joeneugs (2141) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby copper with a nice tan head. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and minerals taking the lead. Candy like malts in the background balance it out, but this is a surprisingly hop forward brew. The flavor is caramel, earth, piney, citrusy. Very good.
bnoel09 (378) - 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.
Oakes (10935) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - FEB 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright amber-red colour. Big floral peachy aroma with a light caramel malt note. Rich hoppy, malty flavour. There is nothing Irish in these orangey bitter hops. Deceptive strength. Pretty damn good American red ale.
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
Strykzone (3812) - 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!
hayduke (2928) - 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.