joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Pours a golden orange color with a small off white head. A very sweet yet hoppy aroma. The taste is of mandarin oranges with a semi potent hop bitterness at the end. Its medium bodied, and pretty tasty, yet kind of one dimensional. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Only house beer on tap, guess they’re not brewing until November probably. Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Good strong fruity and grainy aroma and taste with a crisp finish. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Light orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and slightly bitter, Smooth taster. Touch of smoke and wood. Alcohol taste is also present. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(Draft: E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord, CA) Some wild claims on the beer menu for this beer, so let’s see if it lives up. For a beer with "very little hop flavor", it sure has a decent hop bitterness, especially in the finish. But on the whole, this is a very sweet, very caramely beer, and if less bitter would be pushing a Scotch ale. The sweetness is a bit too sugary for me. Moderate alcohol presence is a bit of a distraction in the finish. Sweet and very caramely nose, with a stronger than expected aroma of alcohol. Sweet and heavy on the palate, the bitter bite doesn’t really cut into the thickness. Deep ruddy amber color, with a full haze for a very murky appearance. Not a whole lot of head when poured, it was light tan in color and quickly faded to a bubbly thin ring. Some droopy lacing near the top of the glass. Contrary to what the menu insists, this is not even close to being "one of the best experiences in malt" in my life, but it is a decent beer. But in the end, the beer has a slight harshness, and thus is not something I could drink much of, so I don’t know how "approachable" this really is. joet (2672) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2002
A creative monster weighing in at around 7.5 ABV. Lots of aroma -- citric notes in the tangerine, tangelo range, some distinct cola aroma, roasty, bready, and a snappy tang. Mild cocoa and molasses flavors as well as some fruit esters. This is definitely a beer for real beer drinkers.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is clear orangey amber with a thin tan head...smell is sweet molasses and corn?...taste is sour and sweet with alcohol...yuck... pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Tap: I’ve had English Strong ales I have liked way better. The color is a clear red brown color. Aroma is nothing in particular, pretty weak. Initially, it is a real sweet malty flavor with some weird sour notes following it. monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
A decent red, but something weird about it. Pours a great amber color with a tan head. Smells fruity. Taste is fruity too, but a strange aftertaste. Had at tap at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Interestingly, I got this beer on tap @ the Bistro In Hayward, not Pete’s Brass Rail. The bar keep said this was the end of the keg, and it did seem a bit flat. The color was attractive ruddy brown with a thick cascading head. The nose and flavor were malty sweet, but as I worked my way down the pint glass, I could finally get a good whiff of the beer, which dropped a point as it went a bit vegital. The flavor was decent, and ended with a fruity influence. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Dark color with a tannish head. Strong aroma. Some chocolate in the taste. Some hops in the taste as well. Very strong! A very good beer.