thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2016
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a small sized head of foamy white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated golden red brown colored body and a very good lacing. The mild aroma was malt hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of Irish red malt caramel and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again. hershiser2 (3245) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2016
Bomber, from Wine Warehouse, I think. Pours hazy brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, caramel, black tea, orange peel. Flavor is orange peel, dark fruit, burnt caramel malt, grapefruit rind, and finishes with bitter cold coffee. PugUglyBrewer (658) - - SEP 29, 2016
The red ale to end all red ales! This is definitely an acquired taste and should have been called pallette wrecker. I digress that it is a tongue buckler indeed. Pours a deep, dark Amber with a pillowy white head. The aromas and flavors are devilishly dank hops in harmony with heavenly rich toffee, caramel and sweet cereal. The finish is juicy citrus and sawmill fresh pine. MarcoDL (4957) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Draft at Ballast Point. Dark red color. Aroma of malt, candy, caramel and bitters. Taste has bitter toffee, malt, pine, boozy candy and a bitter dry finish. Nice, but a little one-sided. nearbeer (5421) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2016
650 ml. Clear amber-copper with a lasting disc of cream. Big nose of toffee, resin, citrus zest and dark bread. Flavors of toffee, resin, minty green herb and citrus zest. Some dark fruit and wooden-grassy hop on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and slick with medium carbonation and a nice dry slant to balance the big maltiness.
tricksta_p (4658) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, big resinous hops, lots of pine resin, sweet ripe orange. Flavour is medium sweet and nicely bitter with a long bittersweet finish. Slight booziness. Body is medium to full, nicely rich and thick. A bit expensive but rewarding! MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 28, 2016
California isn’t short on heavily hopped red ales, so it’s lucky I have lots of love to give. Tongue Buckler has an appropriately subtle name for its mild manners. Deep red pour. Rich, creamy suds. Caramel malt and piney hop aromatics. Big flavor profiles coming from both malt and hops. Toffee, pine, and bitter citrus. Alcohol flavoring is entirely hidden, but you’ll definitely feel it after downing a bomber. For anyone who like the whole American Strong Ale / Imperial Red thing, this certainly works. HuskerTan (2202) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 27, 2016
A- Caramel, malty, pine.
A- Reddish copper color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Burnt caramel, malty, medium bitterness, floral spices.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.
O- Loads and loads of burnt caramel malts and a touch of floral bitterness. Not bad but equally not all that exciting. bulldogops (2495) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
Rating #1720 - 2015.06.02 - Bottle from the brewery in San Diego . Clear amber-reddish pour with a bubbly white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is a bucket load of earthy spicy hops. Taste is sticky caramel malty sweetness, with a powerful punch of hop textures. Medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, medium bodied. Lots of cool assertive hop flavour in this one, very tasty. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tap at el Bait Shop. Deep reddish brown body with a khaki head. Nose piney with some toffee. There is also some wood. The taste is definite pine resin with toffee and black tea. A sweeter finish. Bits of black pepper spice in the aftertaste. Big body with warming alcohol. Overall well done.