Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2017
From Sept 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!
This pours a hazy red colour with close to a 2 finger head of foam. Nice lacing.
The smell is a nice mix of sweet and bitter. Good caramel malt and pine and citrus hops.
The taste follows the nose...strong flavours of both caramel malt sweetness and ample hoppiness with pine being primary and citrus being secondary and I notice some roastiness and some grain after the first couple of sips. Very close to being balanced but the pine just edges out the malt.
The mouthfeel is solidly medium as is the carbonation, and it finishes with some roasted malt goodness and just a touch of pine. Nice. Nice and very drinkable. Btw, head retention is quite good as is the lacing.
Bottom line: This is definitely one of the better Red/Amber Ales I've tasted to date. I'd like another please. ;^) ClarkVV (6949) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottles and draught from debut onwards, most recently 2010.PhillyCraft (8193) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Copper-amber body is clear and topped by a medium-sized, beige head with moderate to moderately low retention.
Specialty malts and fruity hops are joined by a touch of pine and lots of pepper. Just enough caramel-like sweetness balances the beer gently and the alcohol is well-concealed. This used to be an amazing beer at the start of the brewery, as did most of their other beers. I assume it went downhill and is pretty mediocre now. Lots of fresh, juicy, fruity hops. Almost NE IPA juice levels, though with a stronger pine/grapefruit bitterness. Crunchy/hard specialty malts and light woodiness, with light yeastiness lingering and ample, engaging carbonation.
Backlog, bottle pours a amber golden with 2 finger white head. Smell and taste are ashy and bitter hops, sticky malt, pine resin and dry wood. Medium bodied. I could drink one of these but would get tired of it after that. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of HOPS, and some other hints, maybe fruit, maybe coffee. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and hoppy as hell. ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
A: pine up front with a superb combination of citrus and hops in the background. Some light maltiness does come out slightly.
A: Pours a murky amber red with a nice 1finger offwhite head. Fair amount of lacing and retention.
T: Follows the nose with a bit of the fruit, but dominated by biting hops. Not the balance I was hoping for.
P: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation.
dafozz69 (9) - Sanford, Maine, USA - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
Pours a amber red with white head that lingers to lace. Aroma of floral and caramel. Moderate mouth feel and carb. Well balanced malt and hop profile. Finishes crisp with slight bitter after taste. Not a lot of complexity but a nice drinking IPA. jamaty (2268) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Júntese una belga tipo dubbel o similar y una IPA americana y el resultado es esto. Si lo haces bien, claro. Color marrón muy bonito. Espuma poco marcada. Aroma de IPA, claramente lupulado, resinoso, frutal. En boca estamos ante una cerveza diferente. Inicialmente se aprecia claramente una rica base acaramelada, tostada, dulce. Pero progresivamente se va envolviendo en una explosión lupulada que te lleva a pensar que estás tomando una IPA americana. Y de gran calidad. Porque realmente mezcla con efectividad dos mundos. Aunque gana por goleada el de IPA. Muy amarga, floral, frutal. Gran experimento ¿nuevo estilo? Duchammer (186) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle poured read with a white head
The aroma had herbal and floral notes with light Carmel notes. Taste had caramel malt. The predominant taste is bitter, but it wasnt a hop blast! The palate is invigorating. I didn’t find it to be too complex, but it’s still decent. tricksta_p (5341) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2015
Aroma of malt, caramel, citrus, fruits, resin, hops. Flavour is light sweet with a medium bitter finish. Very dry. Wish I could have tasted a fresher sample, but even aged it was damn fine, even though it has probably lost its hoppy edge. benfergy (248) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2015
The aroma has hops that are herbal and floral. As I sip, I also taste caramel malt. The predominant taste is bitter, but it isn’t overwhelming. The palate is invigorating. I didn’t find it to be too complex, but it’s still good.