RedSox2004 (1869) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown/mahogany with a two-finger thick tan head that dissipated to a solid film and left great lacing. Pine hops were the strongest aroma with big roasted malts clearly present. A delicious beer, strong resinous hoppy flavor balanced with strong maltiness that lingered in the background. Medium body with light carbonation that left a real good mouth feel. A big, big awe-inspiring beer williamstome (1865) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Deep ruby pour, small off white head. Fruity aroma, flavor of caramel, fruit, very tart and bitter. Great mouthfeel. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
On draft at brewery. This is a big amber ale - it almost qualifies as an American Strong with it's bold malts and excessive hoppiness. Beautiful dark amber color with a moderate off white head. Hoppy aroma with citrus, pine and a bit of malt sweetness. Flavor is hops: spicy hops, floral hops and piney hops almost, but not quite balanced by the caramel malts. Long bitter finish with an astringent "tongue buckling" quality. zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Tasty Beverage Company, Raleigh, NC. Deep rusty orange pour with a reddish hue and a thick off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, wet grass, and light toffee notes. The taste is awesome with bitter grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine combined with an assertive caramel malt backbone. Somehow this is easily drinkable even with the high bitterness and alcohol. As with many "American Strong Ales" this is not quite a DIPA and not quite a barleywine. Great brew! ebone1988 (1856) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, juicy and very nice. Appearance is red, pink to off white head. Taste is malt, pine, tropical fruit, juicy, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with a crisp carbonation and lingering aftertaste. Overall, another fine offering from Ballast Point.
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Reddish-brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol and spicy hops. Taste is bitter hoppiness that settles as you continue to drink. At first, the hops explode then settles. Roasted malt is also noticable. Very hoppy as described-big beer=big flavor. Ok lacing. Another fine beer from Dakine! jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 Location/Date:Bottle on July 12th, split with Dave and Bryan.jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark copper.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel malt.
Taste: Medium bitterness, nice amount of caramel malt, muddy at times..
Palate:Medium body, short aftertaste.
Summary: I enjoyed this and like the style but is not my favorite of the style.
Awesome. Big hop taste. Lots of sugar and orange peel. Lors of alcohol. a good beer all around. jefcon (1833) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Strong citrus aromas with a citrus bite up front. Drying and somewhat bitter, like orange peel, with a serious amount of IBUs. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
pours a nice copper color with a good tan head which lingers for a while. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and Pineapple. flavor is of bitter pine and grapefruit hops with some carmel and nut flavors in the background. finish is bitter and dry with a slight alchool presence. overall, this is a very nice Red Ale.