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SanTan Night of the Living Red

SanTan Night of the Living Red
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Imperial Red Ale. SanTanís rendition of the style involves a big blast of a new specialty hop called Nelson-Sauvin. This hop is named for itís county of originís famously popular Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in Marlbourough , New Zealand. The Nelson- Sauvin hops give an unmistakable aroma of apricots and a slight taste of fresh peaches. This full forward hop character is balanced with a solid caramel malt flavor. Hints of roast and espresso linger with the staying flavor of the fruity hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (1112) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2015
On draft. Dark brown with a red tint and beige head. Citrus and biscuit aroma. Taste is similar with caramel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
On draught at Ground Control. Awesome citrusy hops and caramel notes. Taste is semi sweet and bitter. Medium bodied and dry. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Draft @ Whole Foods, Chandler. Deep amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma of biscuits, caramel, citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor is very malty, lots of caramel and toast but not too sweet, firm hop bitterness balances nicely. Medium body with a thick mouth feel. Really nice beer, lots of malt and a fair amount of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Poured up on tap at Sun Tan a month or so back with a deep ruby red hued amber body and supporting a full tan head of foam. The aroma offers up some malt roastiness along with a peach and tangerine like fruity mixture. The taste is fairly fruity with near ripe peaches and nectarines and then it picks up a flash of orange wedges before thin layers of resiny hops mix with a mild degree of malt roastiness to round this out nicely into the finish. Pretty tasty stuff and served too darn cold for the style, when will they learn?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2013
On draft (nitro) at Whole Foods Chandlerís Watering Hole. Pours a golden-red amber with a huge, even, foamy cream-colored head. Nice hoppy aroma. Smooth from the first sip, with the right amount of hop bitterness and a light malt backbone, before an off-putting vegetal tone (perhaps onions?) appears. Smooth texture with a very abrupt finish.†This would have been quite good if that onion flavor had not spoiled it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On Nitro, red amber beer with a slightly off white head. Citrusy and resiny and damn tasty. Highly enjoyable brew and the nitro doesnít kill the hop character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Deep copper pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of earthy, resiny hops, and caramel. Caramel malt, perfumy resiny hop flavor. Medium bodied but a bit fizzy. A very bitter beer just a tad off balance and just a tad away from being excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2011
on tap-pours a light tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is pine/resin, secondary medium malt. Taste is pine/resin, secondary medium malt-roasty/caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2011
tap at the brewpub-pours deep red with a soapy eggshell head, pine, woody, dank hops dominate the nose-woody and peppery as well. huge piney hop flavors here but something tastes different here-very clean yet the hops exhibit lots of robust character. body is crisp, medium carbonation. long somewhat woody and resinous finish. We were told that this beer has my favorate hop in it-Nelson Sauvin, which really suprises me. all the NS hopped beers i have ever had do not exhibit the characteristics of this beer. I am pleasantly suprised that the hop can take on different character. long woody finish that goes long after the drink. I really dig this beer and could have been the best beer brewed in AZ i had at the RBWG. usually, the NS hop has an almost wine/grape not to it which doesnt show on this brew. Really good beer here!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Sampled on tap at SanTan Brewing; March 2011
The first thing I notice is that there is a ton of tropical fruit character (guava, mango and others) plus a tropical floral character to the nose of this beer. The beer is a clear, dark red color that is topped by a amber tinged, tan colored head. Aromatic notes of toasted malt and caramel play a subtle role here in the nose; this is more because the hops are so expressive than that there is not ample malt in this beer. The hops also provide notes of black pepper, green peppercorns, a hint of green onions, and a really prickly smelling note somehow.

My first sip sees me noticing a spicy, green hop character that mixes with ample notes of garlic chives and a big bitterness that can be rough and raw at times. The malt plays a supporting role here, though an important one; it provides a big, somewhat thick, chewy body, an ample caramelized malt backbone and, as it warms, a slight touch of sweet tea like flavors. The finish has some toasty malt character, biscuit maltiness and even dry cracker like grain character that lingers on the tongue after each sip.

The hop character is a really interesting direction for the Nelson Sauvin variety; it is really spicy and chive like. My enjoyment of this beer is definitely boosted due to this beer having a single hop focus; I am really enjoying my glass of this beer, but I get the feeling that the chive character would get on my nerves after a bit.

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