Beerbrewer85 (5) - Portales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this beer at the Saloon in Durango, CO, where they shot the movie National Lampoons ’Vacation’ with Chevy Chase. The scene where he and Christie Brinkley are sitting in a bar before jumping in the pool together was shot at this exact saloon. The beer was very delicious and I drank several glasses to fully enjoy the beer. Enjoy it if you can find it at a store or bar near you.
Peter4Beer (12) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great beer, brewed by a good bunch of guys in Durango. This should be the flagship beer
bshotbox (12) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, herbs, red, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, thin feel, lively,
a well balanced all day beer
Bludwig (31) - USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: The nose on this beer is not what I expected at all. I’m surprised, there is a definite brightness to the nose which is reminiscent of dried apricots and a slight hop aroma blended with a nice rich smelling mild malt biscuit.
Appearance: Well it’s called a red ale and red it is. There are some hints of an amber/brown around the edges of my glass, but that could just be the light messing with my brain (certainly not the alcohol). Although the head fades quickly there is a "thick" lace and still some bubbles up top, which in this case will keep me satisfied.
Taste/Palate: This is a very mild ale. After tasting such abominations as New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Cottonwood’s ESB, I am pleasantly impressed with the very light body and smooth character of this ale. There is no cloying sweetness or terrible foot sweat character, but a nice fruity tasting malt up front which becomes slightly spicy in the middle and finishes dry. I am always impressed by a quality session beer that will stimulate the palate, not offend and leave me refreshed/ thirsty for more.
Overall: Considering the aforementioned abominations, one from NC, the other from CO, it begs one to consider how such beers as Fat Tire can be ubiquitous among the bars and drinking holes of CO when wonderful, easy drinking, unoffensive ales such as this get hardly a nod. Try this ale and surprise yourself.
keesimps (2) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very drinkable malty beer that pours a nice copper color. It has a nice flavor of roasted malts & finishes with a hint of the Liberty hops, but isn’t too overpowering either way. A perfectly balanced beer that can easily be drunk one after another.
frankenkitty (1996) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, amber/orange with a fast, ecru head that left a little lovin’ on the glass. Wicked label bumps the appearance up to a "5" (graphix so nice, I’m forced to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/View-User-18655.htm&g my avatar). Circular aromas run from milk chocolate malts to grapefruity hops to spicy yeast... very well-rounded, I’d say. Flavor was smooth & rich, hopped like an IPA with caramel-coated goodness to even it out & ending with a hopcit-hit. A helluva brewski.
Pared down review: Wicked circular goodness.
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Braudog (6198) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inviting beige fomay head on a deep reddish-amber beer. Not much aroma, maybe just some light caramel tones. Flavor is mediumly bittered, smooth, with a malty sweet base. Decently balanced.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light red in color, clear with a small white head. Malty and floral nose. Flavor has a wonderful malt and hop balance. Really excellent beer. I feel that it should be classified as an English Pale ale.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/orange color - transparent with plentiful fine carbonation. A full off-white head with good retention and a sticky lace. Aroma is grassy with malt and caramel and a light citrus background. Flavor is lightly sweet with a mild hop finish. Palate is light bodied and mildly effervescent with a light hop presence.
IMHO: a drinkable, well balanced beer -- not crudely over hopped as expected.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper tan pour with a nice cream colored taupe head. aroma is caramel, sweet sugar, cotton candy like, and malt, luscious malt. nice sweet flavor with some grass on the back side. chocolate notes along with a grape blowpop flavor when you hit the center like taste. an easy drinker that could easily be a staple for me if it was available locally.