scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 (DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, Thanks CaptainCougar) – Dark amberish red, white creamy head. Bold pineapple and fresh melon aromas ride a thick underpinning of piney citrus and mild chocolate. Huge piney tropical fruit flavors balance well on a soft chocolate caramel foundation throughout. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Should have been called tongue numbing…. S_Side_Smitty (775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours opaque red-amber with a thick light tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and faint pine hops. Wow. The malts and hops are on equal footing with this one! The first taste is chalky thick malts. Everything seems to come together in the mid palate - an interesting malt/hop blend. The hops really show in the finish with an insidious bitterness. Awesome red ale!! zizzybalubba (1870) - 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! julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a 22. Aroma is hoppy. Taste has a bitterness to it with a grapegruity flavor. Has a piney aftertaste to it. Strong beer, deep flavor. beerladadrian (23) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2015
Purchased from the Fine Wine Delivery Co. in a 650ml bottle. Malty / caramel aroma that you’d expect from a red ale. Palate shows intense bitter dryness (hints in the name I guess), but its what you’d expect from a beer with this weight. The alcohol is noticeable with considerable heat, but it does pull you back for another sip of cool ale. tu meke, too much cuz. big fans down under.
tsd08460 (1170) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Aroma: citrus, spruce, floral,
Appearance: amber, clear, light tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, strong bitterness,
Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long bitter finish,
Excellent bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2015
APPEARANCE - beautiful dark amber color - totally comes through as a red. Head runs for the hills, but the lacing has real persistence.
NOSE - west coast hops dominate the nose of this beauty.
FLAVOR - thick resin notes stay on my tongue long after the sip. Exceptionally flavorful.
NOTES - as expected, ballast point delivers.
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
レッドエール& dtdtdtdtdt (28) - - JUL 11, 2015
Great. Aroma of hops and toasted grain. Redish brown. Taste cedar, roast beef, grapefruit, bitter, mild sweetness, earthy. Medium/thicker mouthfeel. Little alcohol taste for a 10 percenter. Outstanding. MetalNHopHead (1981) - 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.