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75% American Red Ale, 25% Ale Aged in American Oak Barrels. A brash American Red ale, dripping with citrusy Centennial hops, mellowed by a touch of oak. Aromas of toffee, citrus, crushed herbs, vanilla and fresh-sawn oak. Complex!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6743) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11. Courtesy of Hopscotch. Couleur cuivre, épaisse beige. Houblonnée et citron, note de pamplemousse, fine note de vanille et de bois. Légèrement fruitée. Le goût de tonneau est un peu en retrait et laisse aussi une bonne place pour le malt et caramel pour se faire noter parmi cette bière qui penche un peu plus sur le houblon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
750 ml bottle, courtesy hopscotch. This one pours a hazy, dark reddish orange color and topped by a tall, thick head of khaki colored foam that slowly recedes to a thin, lasting film that leaves patches of lace all around the glass. The aroma shows bright orange citrus and grapefruit hops followed by a sweet caramel malt base and some toasted oak and vanilla. The flavors follows the same lines with rich caramel and toasted grains beneath the bright orange and grapefruit citrus hop bitterness. There is a touch of oaky vanilla on the back end that smooths things out. Medium bodied and smooth on the mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that leads to a dry, semi bitter finish. This is tasty stuff right now, but I could see this falling off pretty quickly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14036) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle @ J&C, Friday session, 2011. Thanks. Pours clear amber with a large creamy white foam. Nose is oak, vanilla and dark fruit. Fresh and fruity hops. Lots of vanilla and hoppy peach. Smooth body. Ends dry!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tulip draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep coppery hue, a good glow, healthy haze, with a big frothy cakey tannish head, light, sticks around, laces well. Aromas are a healthy dose of citrusy hops, lemons and grapefruit, florals, faint pine, with a touch of melon, moving into toffee, oranges, a touch of spiciness. Initial is really crazy, a blast of vanilla beans up front which mellows the initial hop onslaught, a growing bitter hop bite, lemons and florals, grass, touches of grapefruit. Some toffee, biscuits, and toast, the vanilla really sticks on the initial moving into decent florals, bitterness into the finish. Lingering touches of spicy and mellow vanilla envelopes the palate, kills away the big hop bitterness, cool and sweet. Into the backend, more soapy and floral bitterness comes out, touches of more mellow orange, some earthy maltiness, toast, biscuits, lingering toffee into the end of the middle. Finish is orange and lemon, decent bitterness, lingering vanilla, touches of spice. Really interesting, the vanilla transforms the beer, but not for worse. Very interesting, strangely enjoyable with the vanilla not getting too crazy. Some Orange Dream bar elements..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazed red with a frothy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose held dry oak, citrus and caramel malts. Dry oak on the palate with light hops and semi sweet caramel in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2010
On tap at Taps. Poured a dark auburn color with not much head. Aroma of caramel, wood, oak, citrus and fruit. Aroma of earth, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, wood and hops. A bit of band aidness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
I had this from a 750 ml bottle. This amber pour has a nicely complex flavor of hops and oak. It’s very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
Pours an amber color with a huge amount of head to it. Can smell the hops as soon as I poured it. Nice piny hop smell to it. Wow very hoppy for an amber ale but I can pick some of the oak. Would of been a nicer beer if it weren’t as hoppy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at Provisions. It pours orange/red with a khaki head. The aroma is hoppy with orange, grapefruit, and some solid maltiness. The flavor is different with some licorice, berries, anise, mild hops and some caramel. Fairly light bodied considering the strength. It’s kind of like a spiced amber ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours amber red with a cream colored and full frothy head. Strong piney and hoppy aroma. Citrus fruits, earth, pine and a toasted biscuit presence. Strong bittering hops are notable throughout. Slight caramel malt backbone and a long dry finish.


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