pinkzambia (1505) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Clear red brown color with a small skin-like layer of a head that stays there most of the drink. I agree with Gromit that it does have elements of a strong ale. The alcohol syruppy taste and feel were evident to me, but the bitter aftertaste and some of the aromas reminded me of an IPA. Overall, the taste seemed to be pretty well balanced. Itís better than most Widmer stuff. But not my favorite.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I even pulled out my olí Widmer pint glass to give this a try. Full disclosure: Thereís very little from Widmer I actually like, and Red Ale is probably my favorite style (and I will take this time to renew my request for itís inclusion in RBís style listing!)
Great offering for the style; a mix between an Amber and an IPA. Iím going to rate it as what I consider to be a Red Ale and not an IPA.
Pours a redish amber color with a decent head which has great retention and leaves a fine lace down the sides of the pint glass. Donít know what more to ask for in appearance.
Aroma is both sweet and hoppy with some fruit esters hiding (citrus and others) with a hint of pine.
Flavor is a bit hoppy for the style, but without over doing it. Very well balanced. This probably should have been catagorized as a Strong Ale now that Iím drinking it as Iím actually reminded of some Stoneís Arrogant Bastard, but admittedly itís been a while since Iíve had that. Lots of subtle fruit flavors going around as well. Iím getting a tiny bit of oxygenation at the very end.
Palate is very thick and creamy, yet another reason this should be a SA. Nice hop bit to the finish as well. I think this would do well with some rest time as it seems a bit young.
Overall, Iím impressed. I wish Widmer would do more like their special releases instead of the mass-produced crap where they make their real money. I drink a lot of Deschutesí Cinder Cone Red during this season. This is a bit heavy to supplant that as my go-to, but Iíll certianly be buying more of this.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep copper, translucent, light carbonation, moderate to large off-white head, foamy, good retention, fairly decent lacing.   Hop nose, slightly floral, a touch of alcohol, maybe even a bit of berry.   Moderate hop start, slightly malty, bitterness fades quickly leaving a citrus and floral aftertaste.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but quite nice.   Finishes with a sweet citrus peel sort of twang.   Good, but could stand to be a bit fuller in body and maltier.   Otherwise I can dig it.
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a dark reddish color with a great foamy head. This was a great beer. Good flavors and very well balanced. The hops had a good flavor not over powering like some reds. Good Job Widmer.
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
í06 NW Red, in a bottle by the way, dark red.brown color, thin off white head, caramely floral hop malt nose, smells great, excellent flavor, wow, warming hop buzz slides all the way down the throat, slightly roasty, alc finish, great hop complexity i can really taste the north west in it
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn this was good. A nice change of pace from everything that I have tried today. Finally someone got this right. So many red ales were just bland and boring but this is right up front with a great caramel malty sweetness, and then you get this smack of bitter hops that bites you back with alot of citrus and fruit rinds. This is great, I wish they would bottle it.
OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Redbones. Good aroma, bittersweet. Caramel, citrus. Clean reddish orange color, small to no head. Bitter flavors Like aroma, Citrus, lemon/lime, grapefruit. Lillte metallic and smoke, caramel. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. Tasty beer, classic northwest flavors. Wouldnít of guessed Irish ale, but hey Iím not complaining. Iíd of said an amber. Good beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Widmer: Reddish copper color. Citrusy grapefruit hop aroma. A little dry, nice hoppy flavor with strong citrus notes. Not bad.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Reddish colored and clear. Nice white head with decent lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel and toffee with a touch of hop floral aroma. Light to medium bodied. Nicely balanced flavor, probably a little hoppier than most Irish ales but pleasantly so and this makes the beer a little more drinkable. Decent.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep rust color. Smells of hops and a slight caramel. A real dry beer. Rather hoppy, to the point it over powers the malt. Not really well balalnced, yet could be a good replacement for an IPA?? Possibly... Not for me though.