hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
growler sent by psprings sampled with the crew 9/27/09.
slightly hazed pinot/red/cherry stained wood with a small tannish head.
phenomenal aroma... intoxicating... fairly sweet yet full of tart cherries, cinnamon, dough, grass, minerals/slate, earthiness and brown sugar.
the flavor is incredibly reminiscent of tart red cherry pie... along with cinnamon, slate, grass, skin bitterness and a nice tannic dryness. tart dry finish leads into a lingering fruity aftertaste... fruity, but in no way sweet.
medium bodied, dry, prickly and delicious. something very comforting in this one! 10/4/9/4/18/4.5
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler shared by hellbilly and psprings. Thanks guys! Deep maroon pour with almost no head. Tart cherries, cinnamon and other spice, plums and malt. Liquid cherry pie. Simply amazing.
VikingHammer (501) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery.14 oz pour in to a chalice. Aroma of tart cherries and hints of citrus hops. Dark red with a small off white head. Tart with a sweet finish. Amazing beer. Worth the journey.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma of cherry pie, delicious, juicy, tart cherries. Amber rbright red appearance with a nice head on top. The flavors of juicy tart cherries so smooth on the palate. There is no notes of vinegar, very smooth.
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what an awesome surprise this one was. Pours a ruby red with nice little lace and a great tart cherry aroma. flavors are more of the same with cheery pie consistency of slightly tart cherries and I can even taste what seems like a little cinnamon .. very much like a New Glarus Belgian Red but a totally different beer being not as syrupy sweet as their cherry beer this one is a winner for sure..
devman171 (509) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at the brewery, pours bright red low head, aroma is light cherry. Taste is huge cherries with great tart mouthfeel, awesome!
kbutler1 (1324) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of kramer (thanks man!). Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Head is slight tan and forms a nice little "coaster" on top as it settles. The aroma is very much ripe cherry and almost a wood like quality that I can’t put my finger on. Not tart smelling by any means but more like sweet cherries. The taste is very nice; starting slightly tart and transitioning nicely to a sweet cherry flavor. Not too sweet though to be overpowering. Mouthfeel is light/medium. Very much a fruit beer as opposed to a true kriek. Very good. Right up there with New Glarus fruit beers which I am most familiar with.
OldStyleCubFan (76) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First..huge props to sideshowe for the growler. I really appreciate it. I had a glass last night at a small tasting and a big glass tonight. This is an amazing beer & probably the best non-sour/lambic fruit beer in the world. I like the NG cherry and ras but this is head and shoulders above those. Slightly murky garnet color with minimal lacing. This beer is all fresh cherry...its weird when a fruit beer can taste brighter and fruitier than the actual fruit. This delivers big time. The perfect balance between huge fresh cherry puree and drinkability. Tart and just almost sour. A masterpiece.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler shared by BOLTZ7555 – you rock J! Pours cloudy iced tea brown with a thin white head. The nose is light sour fruits, faint vinegar and apple pie spice. The taste is apple juice, cinnamon, nut meg, cherry skins, malt and light vinegar. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Very good!
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler into my Narke tulip.
The beer pours a dark plum/marroon, with a light tope head that doesn’t raise much, not a ton going on here...The aroma is super sweet, lots of sweet cherries that have a candy/medicinal quality. Light tartness. Its pretty nice, could use a little more tartness to even it out better...The taste is sweet light tart but good, after awhile a little too sweet, its almost sticky like candy. Again with a litlte more tartness this would be great...The feel is really nice, almost stickyness in the mouth....It starts out easy to drink, but after a glass overwhelmed by sweetness. Good thing I split this with three people. This is good for a glass but thats it.
Overall, this is a really good, a total fruit beer not much of a lambic quality at all. Very similar to NG Belgian Red. I would recommend this for any fruit beer fans.