smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle - deep ruby body with a smallish beige head. The head was quickly gone. Deeply malty aroma - very barleywine-ish. Is that a word? Also quite fruity. I get cherries. Pretty fizzy mouthfeel. Grassy flavored hops come through as the brew warms. Very nice malty sweetness. Good! turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle poured a dark red brown with a huge, thick, creamy head and lacing that hangs in sheets!
Big hopy aroma with a flavor to match.
Great easy drinking ale that reminds me more of a good IPA! MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2005
22oz - Sweet malt-hop combo on the nose. Dark brownish red color with a small head that disappeared quickly leaving decent lacing. Flavor is sweet and smooth. I can’t decide which hits first or is stonger, the hop or the malt. I like that fact and it makes for a real smotth drinkin brew. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
Rusty brown pour with a thick creamy lightly tanned head. Citrus, florals, and hints of pine jump out in the nose, but sweet toasty caramel malt tones lie just beneath the surface. Smooth grapefruit and piney bitterness flavors up front, slightly grainy throughout, with a light sweet caramel malt bringing it home. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry, bitter finish. Very nice as with most of BR’s brews, but Scottish Style Red Ale?? Hmmmm....let’s just call it an IPA and move on please....
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2005
22oz bomber. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Sweet malt and hop aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet malt on first sip, before turning dry and bitter with the hops coming through.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 Subtle hoppy, malty aroma. Poured with a very thick light beige head that lingered a while. Deep reddish brown color that was dark, but translucent.
Roasted, caramel malt flavor offset by a restrained hoppiness. Pleasant aftertase was a good blend of the flavor characteristics.
Fairly rich, well-carbonated mouthfeel bordering on creamy due to the fine carbonation.
Overall, a very nice beer: a balanced and rich amped-up red ale. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle from LoweredSixth. Pours a ruddy brown color. Nice compact off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is pleasantly malty with just a touch of hop presence. Body is medium and smooth. Decent carbonation. Malty initial flavors are overridden with a long slow hop buildup and finish. LIngering bitterness. Nice. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2005
Poured a clear effervescent reddish brown witih a creamy off-white head. Clean aroma of grapefruity hops. Taste is predominantly hops with small notes of a smooth sweet malt backbone. Not especially complex, but well-crafted and very enjoyable. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
4/9/05: Bottle.HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2005
XL-amount of fir tree hops. Red to brown bodied with a slightly dirty white head. Large head and tons of lacing. Strong and flavorful. Flavor: fir tree hops and some florals with a hint of citrus. Slightly bitter finish. Nice name ;)
Pours a dark amber with a huge fluffy off white head. There’s a ton of carbonation in this brew. Earthy hop aroma with caramelly grain. This is like a soupped up American Red. The high carbonation leaves a unwanted tingle which makes it hard to taste other qualities.