keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Tastes like a fuller bodied and heavier hopped version of the local pale ale by Boulevard. I enjoyed it a lot. Fatehunter (2561) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Poured into a wide flute glass. Deep red color with a thick, finger and half of tight dirty head. Really well put together.
Big malt nose, small lemon and grapefruit, banana at the end.
This is a bold taste. Lots of malt balanced with an equal large dose of hops. The bitterness wins out at the end with an uppercut to the tongue. It is a little unruly but worth it.
Smooth and creamy texture with low carbonation. Works really well.
A straightforward and bold flavor. Beautiful to look at. An enjoyable and different amber ale. oregontarheel (45) - - OCT 5, 2013
IBU 65. A very hoppy amber. Carmel in color. Creamy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Not a strong aroma. Packs a punch for a red ale. Bitter. Good aftertaste. Best very cold
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone sociowrath (1) - - MAR 26, 2011 does not count
First of all let me say I like dry beer and wine, champagne etc.
Dry and rye: don’t expect anything fancy.
Better ice cold and in a bottle if you ask me.
Nice strong iron bite from the rye; caramel malt helps the balance.
Dry hops and plenty of them for a good hop flavor.
Color? doesn’t really matter to me but the red/gold is appealing.
Plenty of alcohol to get you going.
Not too bitter and has a clean refreshing finish; no aftertaste.
Easy drinking well hopped ale with a definite kick.
I prefer it over IPA. Cybercat (5745) - Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Comes out of the tap a clear, dark amber with a fluffy and persistent cream-yellow, fine-bubbled head. Fruity aroma has malty and woody undertones. Woody, fruity, malty flavor has earthy and caramel hints - quite tasty. Firm-bodied texture is fizzy and lively. A kingpin indeed!
Tried this in a bottle - and it’s just as good this was as on-tap!
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JUL 18, 2012
Really good, well made but the rye isnt a favorite taste of mine but really adds another layer to this red. The hops shine through and pick it up, gives a little bite and pretty good, I liked it alot jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a very dark amber with about a half finger of white head. Aroma of pine and citrus with a hint of caramel. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Lots of pine and citrus with a little caramel. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I would drink this one again. Brandon1989 (656) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
pours a copper color that had a lot of smoke and a thick white head. the aroma is malts, bready, and floral hops. the flavor is more of the same. there is quite a big hop kick up front but its not overpowering. in the taste you pick up some citrus and pine. very good beer. isermaja (4) - , Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
Great hoppy aroma, nice bitter finish and a little spice on both the nose and the palate. Gets better as it warms
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 16, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a reddish amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a great sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is one the sweeter and beadier side with a good showing of some fruity notes of apple and pear. Other sweeter smells of a caramel nature are strong as well, with some hints of a citrus and herbal hop smell mixed with these to produce a rather inviting aroma to the brew overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready and moderately sweet taste of a caramel and light fruit nature. These flavors create a strong backbone flavor for the brew, lasting throughout the entire taste. As the taste advances from the start, other flavors of a light grassy nature and some tastes of a herbal and a bit of nut taste hit the tongue. The sweetness gets a little more potent in nature at the very end, with a roasty caramel flavor ramping up in nature. With all the transitions that occur, one is left with a rather malty and fairly sweet red flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the more rich sweet flavors mixed with the decent sweetness and moderate hop, the feel is spot on, as it nicely accentuates all the flavors.
Overall – This was a quite enjoyable red overall. While a bit more on the malty side with a lesser showing of hop, it still was quite balanced and very flavorful with a good easy drinking feel. This one I rather enjoyed.