topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is lots of citrus and piney hop resin, light caramel, and a good bit of bitterness.
rader58 (823) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby in color. Aroma of tea leaves, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, grass. Flavor is grapefruit, tea, pine with a sweetness of molasses. Fairly bitter and dry, but not overly so.
jjgmd (1745) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful dark red, with a nice head. Moderate bitterness when the ale hits your palate, very citrusy with strong flavor of sour grapefruit. The beer is medium to heavy bodied with a long bitter finish. Good IPA, but not for the meek, IBUs ?
obguthr (4659) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cedar nose with subtle grapefruit hints, mainly woody. Crystal clear rust, thick yellow sticky head. Cherry and oak flavor. Well balanced, quaffable. A little piney in the finish. Well hopped, but not with the varieties I’ve come to enjoy in reds/imperial reds. Despite that, I enjoyed this quite a bit.
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish pour, off white head. Lots of resinous hops and sticky toffee malt aroma. Flavor is much the same...a bit of diesel fuel...not bad.
bu11zeye (12301) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber/cranberry body with a tall rocky pinkish beige head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, and florals. Flavor of pine, citrus, rye, and roasted malt.
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle. Great beer right from the pour. Dark red/orange color with a dense head. The aroma is fantastic and the taste is as well!! Great citrus/pine/hop balance. One of the best Red IPA i have tried!!!
Headbanger (3541) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle Batch 1 12/12/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Shaker-Pours a dark amber almost brown with a small loose tan head. Aroma of hops, pine, malt, and caramel. Taste of hops, caramel, malt, and toffee. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice job.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sexy reddish brown color with generous head. Beautiful appearance. Nose is assertive with fresh hoppy citrus, pine, and hint of holiday spice aromas. Palate offers a clean taste, good balance of piney citrusy hops and candied malt, with an oily quality across the palate. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Spectacular beer, but I just wish it was gentler on the wallet.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Deep Ruby color, light tan head of thick foam. Aroma of spicy malts, heavy deep caramels, earthy pine hops. The smell alone reminds me of the aroma of the Rogue Brewery the first time I walked in. Mmm, good. Nice pine and grapefruit, heavy malts, all around. The flavor continues to deliver. Toasted malts, heavy toffee, deep grain character. Bitterness lingers on the palate, nice grapefruit, with an odd medicinal hop note. So well done, very impressive. Loads of toasted malts, then the leather character, and pine bark bitterness... superb! I absolutely loved this brew. Merry Christmas to me.