frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Mahogney color with a large fluffy off white head. Aroma is of malts, rye, and some light smoke. Malty, some smokey peat notes, piney hop bitterness. Well balanced. Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Auburn/brown and makes a thick off white head. Laces nicely down the glass. Not much aroma to speak of, slight malt character. Flavor starts off hoppy strong and finishes very mild. Nice balance here between hop and malt. I taste a bit of a woodlike character here. Palate is thick and creamy, leaves a light coating as it goes down. It is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
Holy hops batman - not that that’s a bad thing. Beautiful copper colour with a fairly minimal head. Good hop/malt blend throughout with some sweetness and some citric bitterness. Nice balanced medium-bitter linger to it as well. Cheers to IPFreely and DougShoemaker. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Metallic red in color. Very handsome.
Very pleasant and very frangrant aroma. Caramel, peat and toffee malt backbone but the hop fragrance is what shines with an immense amount of floral, spicy and citrus notes. Lovely.
Malt accentuated flavor with tons of caramel and butterscotch. The hops are floral, very pleasant, moderately bitter and barely acidic and display flavors of grapefruit and wood.
Centennial hops. Yum Yum.
Great beer. SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Dark brown with red tint and hop fumes. Head very thick and will eventually settle while lacing the glass. Being a red ale I didn’t expect it to be this bitter or extremely hoppy but thats exactly what it is. Flavour has citrus with pine background and perhaps some kind of sugars. Sharp all the way to the finish.
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
ruby-amber in color w/ a big & foamy tannish head. light reddish hue to the head also. hoppy & sweet malty nose. malty flavor and not much carbonation. slightly sticky, watery mouthfeel. some hop at the finish but not too bitter. malt sweetnes comes in stronger upon warming. nice red ale, enough hops to make it CA style. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2004
I can see why this was recommended to me as a scottish ale with really nice hop character. THe typical scottish flavors were there, including a very nice malt character. Hops were quite good, as well. I really enjoyed this one. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Poured a reddish amber color, and had a hoppy, semi sweet aroma. Flavor was bitter and slightly sweet as well, but is a great beer! mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Pours a very deep ruby/amber color. Aroma is strongly sweet, hoppy, and floral with some citrus notes as well. Strong hoppy bitter flavor. An alcolhol flavor is present as well. Not too shabby. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Definitely interesting. Probably closest to the hoppy kind of American ambers but the alcohol’s a bit high for that. It sort of splits the difference between that and an IPA. Actaully, it could easilty pass as an IPA given the hopping rate aside from the color and a bit of roastiness... Anyway, I liked it a lot. Not the most complex beer but very tasty and beautiful with a big foamy head that leaves a thick sheet of lace. I dig it. Try one. You’ll like it.