cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 <b>12 oz. bottle</b> from Plaza Liquors - Pours a deep amber color with a one a 1/4 finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Has a light citrus, herbal hops, and caramel malt aroma and flavor. Medium body. Decent beer.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a slighly Brune color of amber. Sweet, malty aroma. Citrus hop flavor with a sweet malt backbone. Good bitter balance. Clean lingering finish. A pretty nice beer!
kramer (4363) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via Bück Dich. Pours a dark reddish copper with a 1 cm beige head composed of fine bubbles. Clear with no sediment in bottle. Nice citrusy hop aroma, some sweet malt below, but hops are center stage. Lesser fruity and caramel malt notes. Flavor has quite a bit of bitterness to cut thru the caramel sweetness in the base. Finish is abrupt and lightly bitter. No sense of the 7% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost sticky from all the malt. Finish is a little cloying. Overall, a pretty decent beer, especially for what I was expecting seeing it labeled as a "Red Ale". It confounds me when brewers label stuff so ambiguously.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich amber red color with a nice dark creamy head. Grapefruit aroma with a touch of sweet malt. Grapefruit and orange hop flavor with smooth caramel malt backing. Some spiciness (almost like a touch of rye). Medium bodied. Easy drinking.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Clear and deep amber with a head that left behind some nice lace. Invitingly sweet nose. Soft and creamy texture, not necessarily heavy. Really tasty malts, with lovely notes of toffee, bark and nuts. Hops were vibrant, with aromatic fruit such as apricot, pear, peach, plus fresh-cut grass, spruce tips and spring flowers. The rich sweetness of hard candy and caramel offset the flowery bitterness well. Fruity alcohol lingered on the tongue and then began to warm the throat a little. I enjoyed this one. RERATE: 2008. Appealing copper color with a creamy, lasting head. Smooth and solid body. Rich on the tongue. What a great beer. Toasty, cozy and easy to drink. Hints of smoke and wood. Sweetness was reminiscent of the Boston Baked Beans candy coating. Spicy, vibrant hops were full of grass, flowers, citrus and pine. Grapefruit bitterness balanced things out. Great beer. Kind of reminded me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, but with a richer and bolder malt backbone. My new favorite seasonal.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Pours a clear, rusty amber/brown color with a slightly off-white, small, slightly fizzy head that lasts. Very hoppy nose, mostly citrusy grapefruit, floral, but with light bready caramel. Hops dominate, but not overly so as with IPA’s. Citrusy, herbal, and mildly earthy with the malt flavors sitting in the background ready to really emerge but they never do. Notes of caramel, yeast and nuts. Palate is medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and a very smooth feeling, almost creamy. Finish is subtle and not abrupt with the malt actually making more of a statement as it dries out. IPA does not do justice to the interesting character of the beer, more full and sweet flavor than most IPA’s. Good and definitely worth a try even for non-IPA drinkers, like myself.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beer pours a clear, medium red-amber color with a small, frothy, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. Aroma is lightly malty with a note of toasted grain; hoppy with moderate notes of resin/pine, grapefruit; trace of yeast with a note of bread. The flavor is moderately bitter, lightly sweet, moderately salty (bleh!) with a long, moderately-to-heavily bitter flash, lightly astringent finish. Kind of a soapy aftertaste, too. The body is medium, the texture is thick and velvety, the carbonation is average. I could do without ever meeting up with this brew again; the saltiness in the flavor is really wrong!
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Bottle (Oct 28, 2008 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent.
The 2006 batch seemed richer, this is kinda watery and ordinary. More citric and astringent this time, too. Not bad, but ehhh.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep copper color with a small off-white head. Strong grapefruit hop aroma. Some alcohol notes. Bitterness starts fairly quickly. Short malty beginning. Some nutty notes. Grapefruit flavor in the middle then all bitterness for a long dry finish. The malt and sweetness opens up a good bit as the beer warms up.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a light frothy head. Nose is nutty, a bit like a brown. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a dry roasty finish. Not a lot of sweetness in this brew, quite nice.