justinehrlich (18) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Interesting caramel tasting beer. A little bitter, but smooth aftertaste. It is really good amber. scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2002
This ale is perfectly balanced between the flavor of hops and malt. The hops are very similar to the type used in American pale ales. The malt has an outstanding caramel flavor. Hop bittering and flavor prevail in the finish. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
i don't have my glasses, what's that craggy roast beef looking thing on the label supposed to be? a hypothetical cross-section of my liver i think. i can see the beer just fine, tho: gorgeous teaky irish setter red with a top as lush as a sheep skin seat cover. auspiscious nose tells of woody incense and tropical fruit markets, a pop-tart toasting and about a teaspoon full of scotch. carbonation is engaging, it ushers the lovestruck sweet and bitter flavor elements--they're all over each other, with that avuncular scotch effect in full accord. while i never cry at these fabulous gastronomic marriages, i do give a maudlin sigh that it couldn't go on forever. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2004
These hoppy red ales are certainly a favorite of mine. Floral aroma with sweet malt. Brilliantly red amber in color with a flatness in appearance. Rich, caramel malt flavor with a hint of cherry. Nicely balanced with citric/grapefruity hops. It us a satisfying, medium bodied brew. I prefer red rocket and Jamaica Red, but this is very nice as well. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Nice copper color with a medium tone to its body. Nice capping of light tan foam sits atop in a firmly set smoothness. Dwindles down to a good skim and solid collar as the lacing is mid-light with some spotting and strings.
Aroma is well rounded and favoring a mostly fruity, apples, pear, those sugary malt juices thing with a caramel glimp and a light floral hop and leafy dryness.
Taste is not quite as broad as what the aroma gives way to, but still isn’t all that bad. Rounded in more of a malty fruityness bringing an apple, pear, slight cherryish thing with a fair caramel lean along its front and middle. Finish has a floral hoppyness that closes in on some woody/cardboard dryness into the finish.
Feel is clean, and medium/light with a calm yet active carbonation thats smooth and favors the malt base well.
For some reason this stuff just glides right down with some amazing ease. Really nice to drink. Smooth and just the right amount of flavor and body to get its ’point’ across. But an APA? I don’t think so. I totally thought I was drinking an Amber. Styles aside, this one favored well with me.
nearbeer (5606) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Bottle. Shiny, clear and dark auburn, with a huge head that lasts and leaves foamy lace. Aroma is nice balance of caramel-brown sugar and spicy hops. Flavor is smooth and interesting: starts slightly sweet with nutty caramel and eases into a slow turn to a citrus-pine, slightly bitter hop finish. Palate is refreshing: light-medium bodied, slightly watery and silky. This is a great beer. Buddahchild (28) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Good session beer. this and the esb are great for around the fire. both are very balanced with hops and have a good bitter finish. this has a malt character and a Dark copper color. Argentine (14) - Walla Walla, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Aroma; light Pinappley American hop essence. Some maple syrup/malt. Taste; Carmel malt well balanced against toasty malt. Quite hoppy to a level that almost overpowers the malt= a good thing. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Had this for over a year and somehow the hops still stuck around. The aroma is a balance of hops and malts separately noted. The color is rch amber but not quite red. The flavors of hops and malts are also distinctlyu noted in the flavor as well. The cascade hops bring a bit of settling bitterness. Onionkid (390) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle. A floral and grassy, hoppy aroma that’s not too strong but nice all-around. Tastes sweet and of chocolate and toffee on one hand, but on the other very grapefruit, hoppy inspired. A nice, all-around flavor. I don’t have too much experience with amber ales, so if this is any indication, I’m looking forward to a long-lasting love with the variety! 5.1% alcohol.