rumproasts (5592) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014 mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber with a white head. nose is light cardboard, bread, sweet, sticky, and grass. easy on the palate, caramel, cardboard, grass, florals.
bottle. amber red with one finger head. caramel malt and oxidized hops. starts sweet and just kinda fades out. could really use some hops. SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
$4 bottle, 750ml .. deep amber copper .. great foam .. quite a bit of dark fruit, some mild herbs and weak berry .. . a decent dark ale, but not getting all that much enjoyment out of it- but for the price, it is most certainly worth a gamble .. . . someone told a rock to be more human, and the rock replied, ’i could never be so cruel’ ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2013
No, no hints if basil, no whispers of olive flesh here... It is, simply, a red ale. My palate couldn’t tell the difference in substyle between this "Italian Red Ale" and any other red ale.
My only complaint: it’s not red. It’s more golden, slightly copper, in color, with a weak off-white head. And it reminds me more of an amber than something worthy of being labeled a "red". It’s extremely light bodied - so much so that it feels more like a lager in the mouth... Wet, heavy, and clean, with light caramel and a possibly pilsener malts providing a distinctive grainy character that’s light and kinda skunky. The finish needs alot of help. It’s not very pleasant, leaving a flavor on the the palate and in the sinuses that I could very well do without.