ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 Bottle - Pours a coppery red with a large off-white head...aroma is huge, soapy and piney, a very interesting brew...Starts off with a bitter bite, and slowly leads into caramel-y malts and finishes slightly sweet, with the bitterness apparent in every stage...not an overly hoppy brew, but moreso than its winter counterparts...
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Widmer Gasthaus in Portland, OR--Floral summit onion hop nose from an amber-copper body with hints of clear chestnut. Silky thin white head. Spicy, smooth like it came out of a laboratory. Not bad.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Widmer NW Red 8 3 16 5 9 41
1/19/08 On draught at the Portland brewhouse. At first thought it was the W í06 re-brewed, but their menu made no mention, and this was a much more drinkable brew. Aroma is c-hop forward balanced by sweet malt, very PNW pale ale in character. Appearance is clear copper with a moderate off-white head and heavy lacing. Flavor is a blend of ESB and APA characteristics, with a near perfect balance of low flora bittering hops and sweet caramel malt. Simple, and VERY easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium carb texture and a spicy/sweet finish. Overall, very well made, great blending, and can down one in a heartbeat.
Earlier Rating: 2/9/2008 Total Score: 2.9
From the bottle, summer í06. Overall, this just struck me as slightly stale. The malt was just too low on sweetness, and the hops came of as very earthy, with a low flora to them. Dryness was a bit high for the style as well.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade from Ross, thanks! Pours a coppery red with average off white head. Aroma is of light citrus hops and caramel and sweet malt. Taste is same as the aroma but the alcohol shows up, barely. However, this is a very smooth and enjoyable beer.
DeaconBluez (4) - Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a red...almost brown in color color. nice head retention. the smell is rather hoppy. hints of grapefruit and sweet malts as well. hops stand out...but not a huge aroma coming from this. taste is of sweet caramels.there are bitter hops in there as well. lemons and grapefruits. there is a somewhat burnt fruit taste in there to me. mouthfeel is is somewhat oily...not what i was expecting but a nice surprise. it is somewhat drinkable as the alcohol likes to rear its head. a very nice brew that i wish was more available to me. would pick it whenever it came it out in the winter
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice brew that had a major hop hit a long with some graininess to it. Had some malts but the main player is the hops. Had a nice bitterness on the tongue.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper clear body, thin light beige head. Fruity citrus hops and chocolate milkshake, sweet perfume hints. Well blended sweet rye-like malts (chocolate) with some hops in the background. Pretty pleasant, reminds me of the Terrapin Rye PA, but just a little sweeter and different.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured copper/red with a medium off white head. Faint citrus and sweet candy like nose. Taste is candy sweet, hoppy and lots of malt as well. The intial sweetness is nice and the caramel malt comes in the end. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with decent bitterness. This aint half bad.
dwyerpg (4267) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully hoppy aroma. Really a nice beer throughout. Much more hoppy than what would be right if this was actually a red ale. That said, I was very pleasantly surprised by this.
chadje (170) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 One of the best Red Ales I have had, granted I havenít had a lot. Donít usually notice the aroma, but this one smelled really good, really stood out. It is smooth and a very good tasting beer. Will miss it when it is gone as it is only seasonal. 12 oz. bottle poured into a chilled mug, at least the first bottle. Hope they keep this year round as I would like to add to my rotation.