Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to aracauna for this sample. Pours ruby red with a thin but stubborn pinkish fine head. Smells of oranges, roses, wildflowers, lemons, cereal. Taste is moderately sweet with some brilliant grape and orange notes. Some nice citrussy elements creep through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is nice ad tingly. Finish is very orangey, but in a more balanced sweet way. Grapefruit notes are there, but very subdued. This is an amazing beer.
jtclockwork (6235) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark muddy brown with tan head. Nose of rye, malt and hops. Taste of brown sugar, caramel malt, hops and rye.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2007 Big thanks to Degarth for letting Quake1028 and I share this one.
It poured a murky red color with lasting tan head. Nice aroma of thick and syrupy malts creating a slight barleywine dark fruitiness with a pine to citrus hop backbone. The flavor is pretty malty for the style which works nicely. It starts with sweet malts and dark fruitiness. Then a drier roasted malts enter to give a nice added maltiness. After that a slight hop flavor joins the fun that is tough to pin down just which hop it may be. Nice mild beer that doesn’t represent the aggressive hoppiness indicated on the label.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish garnet coloured liquid, mounted by a frothy, lasting beige head with fine bubbles that mostly last. Attractive, potent nose manages to find an impressive balance on the rather thin edge separating this ingredients monster from being too malty or too hoppy. Here, the chewy, full on crystal malts meet their match in this vast array of aromatic hops ranging from the usualy american citrus and piney character to deeper intricacies like a woodsy earthiness and spicy tree bark. Full bodied, chewy and vigorous mouthfeel. Surprisingly not so bitter, just enough to balance the sweetness. Gracefully done for a punchy american brew.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby colour with a big beige head. Malty, grapefruits, hoppy aroma and taste, sweet. Medium to full body with a sweet dry finish.
blutt59 (5913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bb2008 bottle, pretty ruby brown color with tan foam, aroma is caramelly malt, flavor has good hop gapefruit and malty flavors however finish is a little metallic
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to blankboy for this one. Clear refractive ruby-copper with an average creamy tan head. Rich, lush hoppy aroma - there’s juicy malt there, and hints of leaves and even a whiff of cream, but it’s mostly fresh citrus/resin mouth-watering hops - nice! Taste is much the same, quite a nice blood orange sweet character to it - these hops are NOT harsh, this is smooth and fresh, the malt stays right with it, the linger is only medium and the aftertaste is non-exsitent. I see why this is a "red" ale - it tastes "red" - juicy, lightly astringent, light bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy - a session I2PA if there ever was one, keep these coming, I’ll drink them all day. Excellent - and big thanks, Paul - we need more of these.
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 In short: IIPA with focus on the rich sweet malted body. Very good but far from the hop bomb the name suggests
How: Bottle (2007 batch) from Beerlando. Thanks a lot buddy!
The look: Clear burgundy body with a medium tan head
In long: A rather sweet beer with red apple skin, dried fruits and plums swimming in lots of caramel and toffee. Some red liquorice candy. Heavy malt profile to say the least. Short bitterness of medium intensity that mixes fruity and foresty flavours. 8.3% is apparent. Body is a bit fluffy and carbonation is comfortably average. This is a very good moderately hopped beer with the focus on the very nice rich and sweet malted body. Some might be disappointed by this very good beer but only because the name leads you to believe that you’re getting this over-the-top ultra-hoppy bitter IIPA but that’s not the case here. I’d even say the balance is towards the sweet malts. You can make an excellent romantic comedy but if you call it Terror at Death Creak you will get some disappointed customers.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz., 2006. Thanks, um, either Boboski or FranksnBeans! I think. One of the all-time great labels. Pours opaque dark mahogany brown with a big, thick, sudsy off-white head that falls quickly to not much. Big cobwebs of lace in the corners of the glass. Ultra sweet, brown sugary, caramelly, bready nose. Not so monstrously hoppy, olfactorily speaking. Body’s on the high side of medium, not much carb. Thick, oozing sweetness all over the mid-palate: caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread again. Thick, sticky sugar on the finish. Not really what they’re aiming for here, but if it’s too sweet for *me*, it’s too sweet for almost anybody.
drowland (5694) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this in a trade. I prize this beer for its originality and quality. Big hop aroma with a sweet malty flavor that finishes with delicious hops. Creative and yummy!