Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the Prohibition era-themed ales from this Californian craft brewer. Light greyish beige, irregular, moussy, creamily lacing head over a clear, stunningly beautiful red robe with calm sparkling; the colour is deep bright red like a young red wine. Lovely aroma of grapefruit flesh, blood orange, cedar needles, brown bread, dried berries, dried thyme, walnut, toast, pomegranate, strawberry, cloves, ’speculoos’, elderberries - a clean and ’warm’ maltiness paired well with a dank American hops bouquet. Restrainedly sweet ’dried fruits’ onset, clean and crisp, with a salty and a sourish edge to it for balance; hop bitterness already manifests itself subtly at this stage. Minerally, smooth, malty body, very toasted, nutty with soft caramelly sweetishness underneath; finish brings a wave of powerful hops, very aromatic, citrussy, piney, peppery, floral and at the same time deeply bittering, stopping the malt juiciness at once and drying mouth and throat while at the same time refraining from becoming overly abrasive. Beers like this did not exist in pre-Prohibition times, but I like the association with this gloomy period in American beer history, and I like the sober labels this brewery uses to express it. As for style: isn’t this a red IPA rather than an amber ale? It has a lot more hoppiness than the average American amber ale, and it is truly, deeply, profoundly red in colour... Anyway, whatever it is, this is a delightful craft beer I could drink every day. Cheers to Speakeasy!
AgentAle (1406) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark caramel and vanilla. Taste is roasted malts and a light creaminess. Very well balanced with soft bittering hops balaced well. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
astanford (36) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
caramel, bread, roasty, spruce, herbs, leaves, smoke, brown, hazy, white foam, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, average carbonation,
Bulk_Carrier (3428) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber color with a nice looking foamy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Spotty lacing glossed the sides of the glass. Semi-rings of the lacing is clingy.
The smell started off with an ample amount of sweet caramel riding into the sweet sticky citrusy hops.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and melds together nicely. There’s a nice sweet caramel to orange aftertaste leading into the sweet semi-wet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation is fairly light. Tangy to sweet orange caramel stickiness rides my tongue nicely.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Amber/Red ale. I’d have again.
jcartamdg (2868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an amber brown with a thick offwhite head. Aroma of caramel malt and English hops. Taste is very malty with a bitter finish. Not very exciting.
williamstome (1641) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty character with fresh fruity hops. Flavor of roast, caramel, nuts and fruit.
Beerhunter111 (14784) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Klare dunkel orangebraune Farbe, mittelgroße beige Schaumkrone. Der Geruch ist kräftig hopfig, harzig, Citrusfrüchte. Der Geschmack ist sehr hopfig, bitter, harzig, karamellig, reife Früchte.
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Poured a light copper Brown colour with a slight tanned head. Nose has caramel, toffee, almonds and nuts, malts, and earthy. Not my kind of beer
Carlos87 (27) - - JUL 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful amber color with a dark, creamy head. A bold malty biscuit nose that opens with a smooth malty taste with a hearty aftertaste. Great brew!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
willisread (2040) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Kalahana. Clear copper with some red highlights. Big pine and danky resin aromas on the nose. Taste is more balanced with some caramel sweetness coming through but the leans toward the hoppy side. Very well done amber. Nice bitter finish that lingers. Really solid.