hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
this was not as great as i wanted it to be. though hoppier than i expected from a christmas seasonal, the metallic overtones cancelled out the pure enjoyment of the flavor. the red appearance indicated a sweeter aroma while the coppery floral aroma prepared me for an IPA’s worth of fine hoppage. but neither happened. overall i found this a nice addition to the christmas line-up, but certainly not something i will run back to anytime soon. i’d take a widmer broken halo over a brrrr anyday of the week.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
For some reason I decided to try this, good choice. Nice orange color, looks like SN Celebration. Smells and tastes piney, caramel, a hoppy beer but might as well be an IPA. I like the idea of hoppy reds/ipa’s during the winter, warming tasty with a bit of the caramel spice. Go buy Brrr, OB Gordon, Celebration, decorate your tree!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2008 07:03:59
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Pours clear caramel brown with a smallish off white head. Aroma is citric hops and toasted and caramelly malt. Flavor is a bit lagery, lots of hops, and a decent yeasty note.
danem (14) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy tan amber with medium off white head which dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is typical sweaty yeast with pine notes. Flavor is dominated by bitter pine and citrus, surprisingly so after a rather plain aroma. Finishes surpriingly bitter as well. I wouldn’t call this an amber, but I like the pale ale characteristics. Good stuff, will look for this next winter.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Buebie poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark, clear brownish amber with a small off-white head that dissipates to a ring with a rogue swirl of bubbles along the top. Lacing is sporadic.
The aroma has toasted malts with a hint of caramel sweetness with a surprising floral hop aroma that was almost as strong as the malts especially when it warmed a little.
The taste starts with a slightly earthy hop bitterness and gives way to the sweetness of the malt backbone. The finish is dry with some pine bitterness lingering between sips.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly active carbonation profile that amplifies the bitterness some.
This is a very good amber beer with a solid hop profile that keeps things pretty interesting. Tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, straw, meal), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, citrus), average yeast (sweat) with notes of alcohol and rind. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
mybrainhurts (350) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New to my area. Citrus and pine, juicy hop aroma, almost like a liquid christmas tree. Fruity and caramel malt for flavors. Citrus, hoppy dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. This is not an amber. More in line with Imperial red ales. I like this one.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of googzoid10, another excellent extra.
Pours copper with white head.
Aroma is hoppy more IPA than announced with notes of citrus and herbal hops.
Taste is hoppy, smooth and well balanced with velvety mouthfeel, with more faint notes of malts.
Very good beer!
IrishBoy (3725) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Enniskillen. Nose of piney hops and light caramel. Lightly hazy copper with a medium, glass lacing, beige head. Flavor is bitter ivy with some grapefruit. Definitely a way overhopped for an amber beer. Tastes like a very hoppy IPA. Rated as to taste not style. Pretty tasty.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good burst of pine hop aroma, clear dark caramel, minimal head. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the hops dominate. So I guess I’m rating this mostly on what I look for in an amber, not a pale. Still tasty and I’d drink more.