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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark ruby color, moderate head of foam, big fruity nose. Robust fruity palate is packed with apple-pear character, nice malt backbone, barely balancing hops in the finish.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2568) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Thin offwhite head of fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Light malts, vanilla, nuts and some soft bready malts. Hint of spices (cinnamon). Color is a dark crimson. Fizzy mouthfeel. Very lively, with more spices, roasted malts and a bit of hops and bitterness. Sharp dry flavor from the hops and roastyness. Finishes clean with a lingering nuttiness. A decent brew but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Pours an amber ruby red color with a medium beige-white head. Very faint aroma of apple-pear juice and hops. Taste is bland ale flavor with tiny hints of watered down hops and malts. Not much going here.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Light amber in color with a small white head. Aroma is of caramel and toasted malt. Flavor is slightly sweet,malty, a touch of hops and finishes with a faint tartness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12 oz. brown screwtop bottle whose lable would seem to indicate that it is among the last to have been brewed by the Belfast Bay company as opposed to Shipyard...


Surprisingly dark red, almost brown in color with about a finger of off-white head. Smells malty with a hint of hop bitterness. Roasty malt flavor, maybe a hint of skunk unfortunately. Medium to full bodied. Tasty, but it would be better if it didnt have just that hint of skunk quality to it. It gets better as the skunkiness dissipates somewhat. A pretty decent ale, Id say. Too bad Shipyard brews it now, only because the character of the ale will probably change a little.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle: Clear orange with a thin white head, caramel and stale hops in the aroma, medium bodied with mellow carbonation, starts and ends very slightly bitter, off-taste at the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a clear dark amber with barely any bubbles. Aroma and taste are of rich malt, mild hops, caramel and fruit. Moderately bittersweet ending.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
da845 (139) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Had this beer in brunswick Maine. Is a very tasty red beer. Has a very strong good taste that is not sweet, nor bitter, nor sour....just tasty

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle and served in a standard pint glass: Well it didnt pour red or ruby damnit, more coppery with a small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma displays no Lobster damnit, but does some caramel and biscuity malt, apple and pear, and surprisingly a pils hop character more than an ale esters I was expecting. The taste is quite grassy and herbal with a acidic twang. The malt is a side note on the finish. Rather straight forward brew, not much palate depth. The mouth feel is fizzy and has a dry and metallic finish. An okay brew, quaffable but not much else.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2006
bottle .. copper/amber pour small white head . aroma of malt . smooth medium body, good flavor balance caramel malt and a little hop bitterness . dry and a bit sour ending ..not bad

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle (12oz - best before Aug06). via trade with Fyrecrakker05. Poured bright clear copper with a large lasting foamy-rocky off-white head, decent lacing. Rich aroma of sweet, bread-dough yeast, dairy cream, oily-resiny juniper-like drop herbal hops, rich caramel, almost butterscotch malt character with warming - I"m quite surprised! Taste is more bitter than I expected, still lightly lactic but the caramel seems more artificial, the hops are slightly stale, funky-resiny rather than floral-herbal, and theres an odd note of wet newsprint and mushrooms, but theres solid malt here and that saves it. This has a longish finish, with almost harsh hop bitterness at the end - mouthfeel is very thick (I felt it at the back of my throat), almost cloying without being all that sweet, not all that carbonated - and I dont know if its the power of suggestion, but I get some brine in the finish. Unusual - more of a "red" than an amber, not that "red"s a style.


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