ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Cloudy red pour with a white head. Orange peel and coriander dominate the nose. Bitter citrus rind. Flavor is orange peel, maybe some slightly spicy hops. King of flat tasting on the palate and over spiced. Not good.
BrewDad (4508) - Olympia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden in color light head with a good aroma of alcohol, Light belgian yeast and nice wheat flavors this was a nice beer.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle at Richís goodbye party hosted by Dave. Pours a lightly hazed amber-red with a tan head. Pleasant aroma of caramel and malt with a bit of fruity Belgian yeast. The flavor is caramel and malt but is not sweet along with some fruity Belgian yeast. A bit of orange detected as well. I didnít pick up the ginger in the aroma or the flavor. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. Solid.
Chad9976 (1026) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date but I assume it couldnít be too old because I bought directly from the brewer himself.
Appearance: Dark blood red with a purple or mahogany hue. Forms a small, white, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Noticeable spice aroma plus perfume and flowers. Potpourri-like.
Taste: If you know me you know Iím not usually a fan of ginger or overly-spiced beers, yet "Ancestral Red Ale" could definitely be described as very gingery and spicy and I really enjoyed it. This is one of those brews that defies classification. Itís has the color of an amber ale, the yeasty character of a witbier, and the general palette of a Christmas beer. The synergy between the three definitely works in its favor.
A light ginger flavor is probably the first thing I notice about this beer. It gives way to a fruity, malty character similar to that of a British pub ale. Then the palette transitions to citrus and black pepper thanks to the addition of coriander and bitter orange peel. Thereís a taste akin to Sangria here, but without any dryness or tartness. A slight alcohol presence actually seems to aid the taste delivery. This is quite an eccentric recipe and it fortunately it works out well.
Drinkability: While itís true that "Ancestral Red Ale" is a robust, spicy beer, itís not aggressive on the palate at all. The body is on the fuller side, but the mouthfeel is calm, smooth and soft. Thereís a slightly bitter aftertaste, but itís easily tolerable. At 7.7% ABV itís on the heavier side with a hint of noticeable alcohol presence, but nothing "hot" or overtly boozy. I could see this beer pairing well with Japanese, Chinese or other Asian cuisine, or as a liquid dessert.
douglas88 (5173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Dr Post! Pours a clear reddish amber hue with a medium off-white head. A sweet caramel nose with light floral hops. The flavor is mostly earthy dry caramel malts, light bitter hops. Clean and smooth.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep cola brown with an off white head. Toasted and bready malts, with some lighter dark fruits, toffee, and earthy hops. Earthy, husky, and grainy finish. Good, not great.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Summer Secret Santa 2012! Cool label, seems like an interesting brewery... The beer is quiet. It must be the Beer Diviner. Anyway, the body is a murky chocolate brown with a dark ruby highlight; there is an off-white head and minimal lacing. The mouthfeel is super smooth, light, but not watery to me. The aroma is nothing to note, however. The flavor has a plum tartness to it yet it also doesnít taste sugary -- itís balanced in a nice way. Overall, I would have never picked this out if I was in the locale, but I enjoyed it so Iím glad I tried.
MaBeer1972 (1221) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Oliverís in Albany. A medium amber brew with thin tan head that soon goes away. Carbonation is ok. Aroma is deep sweet malty and some what fruity. Flavor is tart and a little tangy. Good balance though. Easy drinking and flavorful. Not too heavy. Rather good.
Jow (1684) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from westmere bev in Albany. Pours reddish amber with nice frothy head. Nose of fruit. Tastes quite good flight juicy fruit gum, malt, yeast, hay, floral, and light caramel. Lightly carbonated but refreshing