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A red ale with a malty mouthfeel that finishes with a hop kick. Our flagship session beer at 5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2010 (Sample Date: 12/5/2009 Source:Food Lion) Rerate: Light citrusy grassy hop aroma. Slightly cloudy golden amber with small white head.Fairly dry and lightly grainy with grassy hop flavor. Dry moderately bitter finish. Original:12 oz bottle from local Food Lion. Slight carmelized malt nose with a touch of earthy grassy hops and some fruity sourness. Mostly clear deep amber brown with a moderate rocky tan head. Grain with light carmelized malts and grassy hops dominate flavor. There is some other stuff going on that is a touch sour, fruity, cardboardy, and soapy. Body is light with high carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering grassy bitter astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours a dark red colour with a medium sized almond coloured head. Aroma is pleasent, cherries, red licorice and slightly grassy notes. Taste is pleasent, rich, with a generous amount of caramel malts and soft hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Dark copper color. Smell of wheat, hops, malt and brown sugar. Taste of malt, hops, burnt caramel, light pine, peanut shells and minor fruit. Very weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12oz bottle. Thanks to Immy. Pours dark copper in color with thin brown head. Aroma malty and sweet. Taste malty, nutty and sour which was a turn-off!!!! with dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 6, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear, dark amber with a slight off white head. Mildly sweet nose of caramel, and nuts, somewhat tannic. Earthy flavor, mildly nutty, light tea. Not bad, but not great, either. Light side of medium body with decent carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 On tap at CAH Innsbrook’s Viriginia beer event. I am currently feeling very irritated with myself because they were also pouring the Cream Ale and I didn’t realize I hadn’t tried that one, so I skipped it. Grrrr. In any event, medium amber, slightly reddish, clear, good head. Light malt flavor, faint caramel, a faint roast note, and some faint floral hops on the finish. Aroma was very faintly floral. Light bodied. Just not much going on here. The roast note is what saves this. Glad mine wasn’t infected, hope they get their sanitation issues straightened out. RERATE 9/5/09 - much the same, but I noticed much more malt body this time out, with a distinctive bready note. Bumps up one point overall.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
subcell (96) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2008
I purchased a 6 pack from Farm Fresh and got home with much excitement. That quickly ended when I smelled this beer. Then I tasted it and it was very sour and off. I later found out from Grape and Gourmet about the contamination issues. I would really like to try this at the factory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine North in Richmond. Hazy pour is the color of Boston baked beans. Fruity aroma with caramel, toffee and berry notes. Taste is hoppy with berry and sour cherry notes along with a malty finish. A little on the thin side. Some people below seem to be getting sour notes and some are not. I did. Do we have infection issues again?

Update: fewer infection issues in the second bottle from the same sixer. Rating updated accordingly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
From a fresh bottle bought direct from the brewery. Nice and strong but bitter. Though beer is supposed to be bitter. Reminds me a lot the hopheads of Victory. However this doesn’t have an unpleasant finish. Very drinkable and I’d say good for any occasion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Nice slightly hazy ruby tinted deep caramel body with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of grapes, malt, yeast and a bit of candy sugar. Light-bodied; Strong grape flavour coupled with malt and a bit of raisin flavour. Aftertaste shows a very light bodied beer with most of the taste just on the malt. Overall, a light beer that should be drunk on a hot summer day on the water (due to the name & front of the beer). I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors on 03-May-2008, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 26-May-2008.

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