alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Botte; poured a dark amber-ruby color with an off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, sugar, bittersweet, earth, flowers and melon. Flavor was full and very nice. Caramel, earth, fruit and bittersweet. Solid bitterness. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Appearance: deep burnt ruby and garnet. Khaki head leaves a solid layer of lace all around while a thin film lurks in the middle. Swirls with a thicker head and retains the lace.
FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Nose: malty and hoppy at same time. Melba, cinnamon sticks, caramel crunchies, nutmeg. Red apples and pears. Bark in the back. Hop leaves freshly separated from their cones.
Palate: malty up front and in the middle with a dry finish. Hops are most prominent in the finish; dry, leafy, and green. Caramel and apple skins. Candied sugars are faint, lurking around the edges. Sweetest up front, leaving a lingering kiss of caramel on the lips. Sticky sappy hop resins.
Final Thoughts: quite drinkable with an incredible balance of hop juiciness and malty sweetness. Well done.
750 ml bottled 11/15/10. Pours reddish brown with a half finger of head. Considered a red ale but would recommend to IPA drinkers as well. Overall a nice brew. Would buy again especially for $8.49. A caramel malt flavor and a decent amt of hops w/ out going overboard Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
A full litre had to be shared by two others. Pours above average slightly dark body with lasting quarter-inch head. Malty aromas mostly. Above average mouthfeel, red style is not normally my favourite but I appreciate the toasted malt and the balanced presence of so much hops: summit, simcoe, chinook, and nuggets. Better with food, it was drinkable and satisfying. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Brilliant clarity, dark orange, foamy white head. Nose is big American hops, mostly pine resin and grass with a hint of lemon. Flavor is surprisingly malty, bread crusts, caramel, and light roast, with a heft of hop bitterness and modest resinous hop flavor, finishes of the sweeter side. Medium-full, thick and chewy, mild carbonation. A very well-balanced imperial red ale with a nice showcase of American hops, drinkable even at 8% abv.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
750mL bottle, bottled 10/2/10. Poured clear, coppery-amber with a nice cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up juicy medium-skinned fruits (some skins and some syrupy meat).. spicy grass and floral hoppage around.. a little prickly alcohol and pepper on the back of the nose. The flavor found the same fruits along with caramel and a hit of molasses at the core.. fresh fruity bitterness and grassy hops on the edges.. peppery finish with nice lingering hoppy bitterness and some syrupy sweetness. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. well-balanced for the most part, but a little hot at times.. overall a solid brew. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at Hamilton’s the night the Chargers lost to the Raiders for the second time in one season. Needless to say I got embarrassingly looped that night. I’m using this as a place holder to go back to rerate again. This is one of those wonderfully creamy tasting IPAesque brews. I’m quite suprised to see it listed not as an IPA. Great beer though. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, spruce, evergreen, caramel malt, hop oil, resin, light grass, and slight citrus. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, caramel malt, grass, hop oil, pine, evergreen, light resin, caramel, and evergreen. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Light caramel malt, hops, pine, evergreen, grass, light resin, and hop oil finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Strykzone (7560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
750 ml. bottle was brewed on 10/11/10. A difficult beer to color. Call it brownish red. Murky and a smallish off white head. Aroma is not big and is citrus fruit with pine. A few other hop notes in there, too. The flavor is dominated by hop bitterness. Some fruit, some pine, some floral, etc. and a bit of caramel. The bitterness is cloying and covers up far too much of the flavor. For example, I think there are some spice notes in there but they are overpowered. This beer is a hophead’s nirvana but is just too bitter for me. nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a well-formed light beige head. The aroma has slight citrusy hops, sweet caramel malt, and fruits, red berries in particular. Sweet red berries, currants and cherries, on the flavor, with caramel, and herbal/citrusy hops lending orange and pineapple notes. Hops are not too assertive. Medium-full body with average carbonation. This is a fine beer, but I expected more hops. Maybe their "pursuit of hoppiness" wasn’t successful?