RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV

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Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2012
This is a really good red ale. It has solid hops that are not too bitter. Slightly more hop body than malt. Brown in color with nice tan head. 9.1 joek, 9.1-bd

portableparty (2346) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2012
22 oz. bottle release #15. Pours dark red brown with a tight soapy khaki head that slowly fades to a spotty film and creamy collar. Aroma is resinous hops and earthy caramel malt all mixed up with some candied sugar. Taste is good and bitter resinous hops that come off like spruce and pine with a well mix of sweet burnt caramel malt and finishes slightly warming. Palate is slick and sticky all at the same time with a chalky dry warming finish. Really enjoyed this one!

Gription79 (2886) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 29, 2012
22 ounce bottle.
Aroma: toffee, resin/citrus/pine hops, sweet breads
Appearance: muddy brown with red hues, off white head
Taste: huge hop flavors-citrus,pine, some toffee, toasted malts
Palate: medium bodied, a little sticky, on the sweeter side
Overall: this was bottle release #15 @ 7.5%, the alcohol was well hidden, fairly easy to drink, not a bad beer

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22 oz. bottle (release #9) from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is floral hops and toasted malt. Flavor is pine and floral hops, esters, and toasted caramel malt. The piney hops linger in the finish. Medium to full body. A good beer.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
(22oz bottle, Release #7) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, bread, toffee, grass, and citrus. Flavor of caramel, toffee, bread, and citrus.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: September 18, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: opaque dark red, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet bready aroma, lots of earthy hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, bready sweetness, lots of earthyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottled. Amber / brown pour. A nice brown sugary and caramel aroma with a hint of hop (Very mild) . A big caramel and fruit flavor with again, a mild hop presence. A little odd for a red ale. And while I think this is an ok beer, I have to rate it on being a red ale (Which, well, its really not)

burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Woa. This thing is a monster. 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Very very dark red almost brown with a HUGE beige head. Aroma is quite scary, caramel and chocolate malts, and massive hop aromas. Taste is quite strong,very malty up front. A little bit sweet with some toffee notes. Then comes the onslaught of high alpha hops. Very bitter with a little bit of grapefruit rind. Pretty well balanced but definitely not a beer that I would recommend to an unexperienced beer drinker. Phwew!

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks! Poured a clear amber color with an off white head. Toffee, earthy hop, and a whiff of orange. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Earthy flavors with hints of toffee and orange liqueur.

emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Extremely muddy/dirty pour, reddish brown. One finger of sandy tan head. Malty/bready nose, spicy alcohol and piney hop nose. Convoluted dirty character. Flavor is a mess, rich and piney, phenolic and warming alcoholic notes. More body than necessary, compounds with an oily hop character.

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