kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at The Bruery. Nice citrus hops and sweet malt. A lot like Loakal except without the oak. Nice.
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour has the Bruery’s typical haze and is an amber color with a small off-white head.
S: Nice citrus hops are noticeable right away. Plenty of pine hops and grapefruit peel, with just a bit of tangerine. There are plenty of toasted malts and bread with a light sweetness.
T: Perfume is the first thing that comes to mind when I taste this beer. Lots of grapefruit and floral hops to go along with all the pine. There is a moderate bitterness which is balanced by bread and toast with a bit of toffee. A slightly drying feel on the back end.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.
O: The flavor wasn’t quite as hoppy as I had expected, but the beer was still quite good overall.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at The Bruery - special Beer for Boobs event - $10 for a pint glass with two fills, only able to get this beer by purchasing said pint glass. Glad I showed up when I did as just a few minutes later, this nano series was gone forever. Clifford uses the Loakal Red as it’s base, but without any oak aging. The hops are also stepped up considerably with almost all Amarillo. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a slight, tan head. The initial aroma is of hops, pine, and citrus. The beer tastes somewhat similar to the red, but just with the hops amped up quite a bit. Finishes with a strong hoppy flavor with a nice maltiness in the middle and a bit of earthiness. Overall, I was quite impressed with the beer and would have been quite upset if I showed up 15 minutes later, spent $10 for the pint glass, and then not have been able to get this beer.