Bill Becker (2007) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017
From Aug 2008
Another bottle that I got from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits as a free sample!
This is not a twist off bottle..
A nice deep amber colour with a 1 finger head of billowy foam.
The smell is kind of light with some caramel, some hops, and some roasted malt sneeking through but it was a chore to draw them out.
The taste has some caramel malt and some roastiness to it up front with just a slight hop bitterness peeking through just before and through the finish and that's fine by me as I don't expect Red/Amber Ales to be overly hoppy until they are "souped up" examples of the style.
Ok, the flavour *does* become more bitter as the session progresses but it's still at levels acceptable for the style, me thinks.
This one also has a pretty good mouthfeel, close to medium, and carbonation is medium. Head retention isn't bad as there's still a broken layer here with half the beer gone and lacing is also decent. The drinkability is good. I'd buy this agai....err...when it hits the shelves. I've tasted Reds that weren't done as well as this one.. BeerRenter76 (1055) - Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Originally rated on 12/4/08. Well it was the only thing in the store i hadnt tried yet so here it goes. Aroma of caramel malts and some nuts. Appearance was a nice deep amber color with a thin head that didnt leave alot of lace. Flavor wasnt so bad it was similar to the aroma with the caramel flavor but the nuttiness really came out. Overall it was o.k but i probably wont try it again