Bill Becker (2008) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
One sip, drain. My first thought: Maybe this one is WAY old, because it def tastes oxidized (cardboard). Then I realized that this one had JUST recieved new branding and that was impossible. Tastes like sugary cardboard. I really hope this was an off bottle. That was just about terrible.
From Jul 2006
Poured from 12oz bottle a clear red-gold with a medium sized head of foam that slowly dissipated leaving about a 1" layer that stayed for the entire session.
The smell has a malty nose to it...perhaps some caramel sweetness there.
The taste is malty but not really sweet. There's some roastiness going on with a bit of hoppy bitterness and there's a bit of a nutty flavour there as well and over all, I'd have to say it makes for an off the beaten track tasting Red Ale that hits *my* palate nicely.
Bottom line: I like this Red Ale and I'm going to get some more, no doubt about it.
fidemaster (336) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2017
YUCK. Not sure if I had a bad can or not. I read some other reviews and mine tastes nothing like that.
Not much aroma. Dark brown ale color. starts off with no sweetness but a bitter coffee taste. Burnt and Bitter. finishes like an ipa with a horrible bitter grapefruit taste. PASS!!! alexsdad06 (11231) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle picked up locally from notes. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have lightly toasted bready malts, hints of caramel, herbal and earthy hops, slight off not, equals a pretty average amber. Dal9000 (674) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pours dark brown red with a minimal head. Immediate almost sweet malty slightly banana bread. Thin mouth feel. Taste fades fast
---Rated via Beer Buddy kevinator (2867) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Aromas and Flavors of spicy hops with a mild earthy sweet ending. Both were somewhat muted though. Golden amber color with a light/medium weight. Good carbonation.
ajtrupp (340) - Broomfield, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2015
An interesting banana sweetness prevents this from being a bland beer. Not bad, just not very big. hockey9930 (322) - - SEP 20, 2015
Dark ruby red. Malty aroma with caramel and toffee. Also a malty flavor at first but more noticable hops later. Kinda bland and not as hoppy as other red ales. TorbenJensen (1590) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Very nice dark beer with a glow that resembles red wine. Foam is rich, but quickly falls into a continuous layer of about 3-4 mm. It smells of toasted malt and sweet ripe fruit. The taste is spicy something indefinite, but it also carries on a good mellow flavor of roasted malt which to a certain limit tangential it burned. Ripe fruit like plum and peach mixes lively with a great rich flavor of hazelnut and large amounts of caramel malt. The hops I can read as Willamette and it is precisely known as its slightly spicy taste, so I think it’s the aroma of hops which are encountered in the beginning. As amber ale is probably a little too pushy, but since it is an American I might easily expect a little excessive type correctness. It is quite tasty and lovely amber ale which I like. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2015
12oz bottle. Filtered copper-burgundy body. Thin, creamy, off-white/beige head. Pretty solid on the malt side, but the hops give it a kind of an odd earthy feel. A pinch bigger than medium bodied, pretty easy going. An OK example of the style. N3lson1 (1010) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Drank from a nonic pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of a craft brew pack of eight. Pours a beautiful mahogany, brown color with a bit of beige head. Has a slight roasty aroma with something musty. Has a decent initial flavor that just drops into an off putting complexity, reminds me more of a couple of vienna lagers I’ve drank in my day. Expected more from this amber by FCB.