Ibrew2or3 (6450) - 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.
Cletus (6322) - 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.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 355 ml
Appearance: poured as amber-brown red with large, mid dense foamy crown. Off tanned with sparse lace.
Nose: Ahh, rich sweet brown malts , chocolate sweets with light fresh hop top. Malt presented here very nicely. Good blend. 8-
Flavor/Palate : Full big bodied, bready hint of rye (wood oven baked) bread. Toasty , even earthy in character with rounded feel. Dry alcohol on edges. Very high on top you will find hop scent. It is named as Big Hoppy Monster but even bigger show is malt.
Rastacouere (6106) - 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 (6067) - 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 (5999) - 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
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Blood red caramel, big beige foamy head, fantastic lacing. Big sweet malty nose with heaps of citrus shavings. A touch of tea leaves and caramel. Oddly enough, I am getting some Lakerol (Norwegian salted licorice, and I love it). Malty start, semi-sweet, tea leaves and very soft citrus peel. Certainly doesn’t feel like 8.3%. Somewhat full bodied, but the mouthfeel seems fairly average. Finishes clean, by now its more of a tobacco leaf with subtle candied citrus peel. Great stuff! Thanks to the real Larry of RateBeer.
HogTownHarry (5977) - 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 (5929) - 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.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Dan! Poured a hazy amber red with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice pine hop note with a slight backing citrus note and a hint of darker sweet grain. Flavor had strong pine throughout but was balanced by the presence of a grain note.