BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful clear red pour with a tall foamy head that falls at a normal pace. Nose is sweet and malty with hints of fruit and hop. The heavy body allows this beer to deliver that sweet malt flavor slowly and lets it mix with the lite bitter hop finish. Im a stout man so I think this is a great beer. But I can see how Irish Ale lovers would find this a bit heavy.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Sun Devil Liquors - Pours a deep amber color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma and flavor is toasted caramel malt with light esters. Medium body. A run of the mill Irish ale.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours rather nice off red amber. Taste is so-so for the style.. im not a fan of the caramel and slight syrupy mouth which is thin.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
surprised by the hoppy finish, the after-taste of malt is quite good, appearance excellent, not an irish red in my mind, but decent
pkbites (724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer is confused. It pours a beautiful off-red with a rich and creamy malt head.
Excellent nose of fresh bakery and caramel.
But thatís where it ends. The flavor skips around. Itís not complex and not simple. This is one of the most hard to describe tastes Iíve come across. It doesnít really taste like a true irish red, but I canít tell what itís trying to do. I donít think it does either. Itís not terrible, but itís not all that good either. Iím rather disapointed in it, and probably wonít try it again.
HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep copper color with full head. Although this is not a bad beer, I was generally underwhelmed (and a bit confused) by the flavor. I thought the balance of malts and hops were off. It was like this brew couldnít make up its mind about what it was all about. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but I wonít be rushing out to buy more.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good brew from SA. Rich and malty, easy to drink. Crisp. Goes down like water, but has a very solid flavor/palate. Enjoyable.
Odyn (266) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Most definitely not one of my favorites. I was expecting more from them. I did not care for the combination of malts in the body, nor the hoppiness on the finish. Overall very disappointing.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 been waiting for yhis beer since my visit to the brewery in july of 07 the color of this beer is light brown with reddish hue you can taste the carmelized malts and has a clean hop finish. very smooth like all sams brews.nice job from a great crafter of beer ,from a great city with a history rich in brewing. ROCK ON
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok, Sam Adams night with the release of hops for the craft brews. Copper color with a touch of red when held to the light through the thicker area of the glass. Taller taupe head, fairly lasting. Smells like an amber. Light toasted malt, light caramel, light licorice, hints of fruit and perfume. Damn of forum, I suddenly am thinking of stomach acid with the first sip. Acidic caramel flavors. Touch of hazelnut and walnut pith. Dry lightly rancid nut finish. I see some earth and malt, but I canít find this one being a session brew.