nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Santa Clara Valley Brewing from San Jose sounds like your crappy local brewery that’s likely to elicit either uncontrollable yawning fits or exclamations of "F*** THAT NOISE!!!" San Jose is seriously the most boring city in the world, even more boring than the town of Boring, Oregon or a drill bit that is literally BORING into the ground. The plants in San Jose actually use borophyll to extract boredom from the sunlight. Needless to say, I must say I didn’t expect much. Well, it’s good they don’t revoke your ticking license for calling it wrong (although they may revoke it for logging just 180 official ticks in 2014, which is pathetic). Anyway, I was wrong. On to the beer. I’m going to use the brewery’s own words and call the appearance an "exquisite cinnabar color." It is just that. Crystal clear and deep. A beautiful one-finger head rises to the top, fading gradually up your schnozz one pop at a time. The aroma is pleasant, with caramel, dried fruit, and grapefruit. The flavor is sweet but balanced. Bready and caramel malt gives way to a citrusy and piney hop finish. Medium bitterness. Fairly full body, with the hefty 10% ABV extremely well-hidden. The carb level is exactly where you’d want it to be. The best thing to come out of San Jose? Maybe, but that’s not saying much.
fonefan (38082) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ As Santa Clara Valley New Almaden Red ].
Clear medium red amber color with a large to huge, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grass, riped fruit, orange - citrus, dusty hops. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, riped fruit, sweet fruit, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
yespr (34358) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is pine and herbal. Sweet, flat malty and teaish herbal. Dry, bitter and herbal. Dry into the finish.
yngwie (14910) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. An almost clear one, dark reddish brown in color and with a small, dense, beige head leaving some lacings. The aroma is hop-dominated, piney and citrusy, with a resiny touch and some caramel maltyness. It’s quite bitter on the palate, with almost enough caramel maltyness to deal with it. Not much sweetness, quite a lot of pine cones and resins. Some alcohol warmth. Full body and a nice carbonation level. Lasting bitter and resiny finish. Quite nice this one, but a bit too heavy on the alcohol. 141219
Meilby (8972) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, orange, grape, citrus, pine and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Rasmus40 (12922) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - grapefruit and pine. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 191214
Zymurgeist2 (1246) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to tulip. Rich caramel with moderate floral hops. Deep amber - brown. Clear with minimal tan head. Taste is full caramel. Balanced well with tropical and floral hops. Moderate high bitterness.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit aroma. Light cocoa and grapefruit flavor with malt and pine. Medium bodied. Light cocoa and pine linger with grapefruit and light caramel.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beer boxer. Pours reddish brown with a nice beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with a slightly sour dry finish.
oRos (1320) - sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from beerboxer. Pours red with white head. Taste is very hoppy for a red. Has a nice malt finish