Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2002
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Classic red color. Caramel comes to the nose. Then there’s a wonderful party of caramel, a hint of chocolate, and just the right bite. Lots of different things in one beer. Outstanding specimen. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Red-brown in hue, with a strong hop smell (almost IPA level). However, it certainly isn’t an IPA, which is okay, for this is a fine red ale nonetheless. Their description of the the beer is suprisingly good, especially about the dryhopping coming out in the end. Has a faint hint of nuttiness as well. TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2001
Is it just me, or is it weird that this is the top two ambers I have run across in the past week? This is up there with mogollon amber. Pours to a mountainous, rocky head which has stick power like a champ. Hoppy and fruity nose, strong and rich, lasting bitterness like biting a hop leaf, creamy mouthfeel, which finishes semi-dry and somewhat grainy. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Med red color. Large head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. A full bodied Red Ale. Big flavored chocolate and caramel malts. Hops are bold, bitter and grapefruity. This is a pretty aggressive beer, yet there is some smoothness to it as well. Interesting red ale. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2001
Red ale is a pretty pathetic style overall, but this example is delectible. The malt is really on display here, with both caramel and chocolat malts high-lighted in a major way. The finish balances it all out with a nice finish. Dry-hopping really gives it a nice aroma. A triumph.
geofflilley99 (6) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2002 does not count
Pretty darn aggressive beer. Malty, bitter, and unyielding to the last drop. Agree with Shadallion about the inherent pathetic quality of the ’red ale,’ but this actually gives a sorry excuse for a category a good name. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2001
Huge head; almost had to defend my house against its encroachment! Beautiful, red hue. Bitter, strong, rich, and rather hoppy, with a nice bitterness about it. Quite theeee healthy brew! Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2001
Yes! I totally remember this stuff from the GABF 2000! The guys that were serving it yelled ’Rip Roarin’ Red!’ (I think they had been dipping into it, too, I saw a lot of that, hehe.) Flavorful and bold red ale. Great carbonation and overall yumminess. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Appearance: fully red color, bright and a little dark, with an impressive head, towering in scope and size, tall and fluffy, creamy, lacey.
Aroma: Sweet, fruity (vinous, perhaps), spicy, peppery, nutty, big with the maltiness, and showing it’s slightly above-average alcoholic strength.
Feels richly roasted, even burnt, without even tasting it. Toasty .
Nice hops up on top, and a thick, lush, cherry-ish mouthfeel, sweet and fruity, again. All of the flavors detected in the nose return in the flavor, and it’s a welcome arrival on the ’buds. Very thick, very full, very tasty. Assertively chewy texture, tangy, fruity, wonderful. Long, fruity, hoppy finish, sweet, seductive. I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this beer, no matter how hard you twist my arm. My notes from the first bottle consumed say: "Feels a little thin near the end, but loses none of it’s special charm." Well into sample #2, I don’t know what the hell I was talking about, and all charms shine ...well, no, now I get it, yep, it does fade a touch, but it’s still a great tasting brew. Warm, cheery, substantial. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pretty impressive for an amber ale. Deep Amber color with a yellowish head. Head disapated quickly, but left nice lacing nonetheless. Aromas of caramel and hoppy citrus. Flavors of hops too. Very good finish.