harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottled: 1/14/11 (dunno why the lapse in distro)
A: Pours a red, red beer. Single finger peanut head slowly falls to a medium sheet of the same. Clarity is brilliant even from the get go. Sheets of lace as the beer warms, initially nada.
S: Plenty of hops on this. But not as PNW as I had anticipate. The profile trades in the resin, weed, pine and earth for the cotton candy, sweet citrus and lightly floral hop characters. There’s also a prominent vienna, caramel malt profile amidst this one. Good nose even at two months (I think distro lapse was likely related to their commitment to bottle conditioning).
T: This is red. This is imperial. Plenty of hops up front, again, a bit sweet, but this time I think it’s from the ABV rather than the hop profile. The resin comes into play now. Sharp on the palate without burning, almost a pine cone/sap flavor (don’t ask how I know). Again, plenty of malt to help back this one up - typical of the style and true as such. Nice. As it warms, becomes more balanced and almost reminds me of a beefed up Marzen.
M: Creamy, medium to heavy body with low carb for the style. I wonder if this batch needed a little more priming addition for appropriate carbing. Leaves a slight slick on the palate and tongue.
O: this beer was originally released as part of the brewer’s reserve and during their 20th anniversary. At the time, the beer was made with a little more hop character and the yeast was more prominent. The original was intended to highlight one ingredient to reinheitsgebot: hops. It fit the profile, and is exceptionally memorable. Is this as good? No. Is it a good beer? Yes. I would like to try a little closer to bottle date, but given the conditions it was stored, I can’t see too much of the hops having died by now. I also think this would age into a hybrid English/American BW with a year on it.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2011 Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, thanks to Ed. Pours a cloudy amber with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is chewy caramel malts, hint of toffee, pine and fruit hops. The flavor is caramel, malty, slight toast notes, a hint of chocolate in the finish. The hop profile is American, resinous, some citrus, pine. I am not sure how to feel about these red IPAs. Not bad, just a little sweet in the finish. EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Citrus/apple fruit, caramel malt, herbal aroma. Citrus, spicy hop flavor, with sweet, caramel, and little apple/cheery. I like the caramel malt flavor better than the aroma. Seems kind of low in carbonation? (Bottled 3/20/13; drank 12/1/13) BrixandBrews (24) - West Richland, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Delightfully bitter, rich and crisp. This beer is my new favorite red, and could be fast becoming my second favorite ID brewery. ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 20, ’12
Poured from a bomber into a tulip.
A: Citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way. Some pine as well. Also some sweet caramel notes. Maybe rye?
A: Hazy brownish red color. About one finger of head that dissipated quickly. Gray lacing with average retention.
T: Strong flavor. Light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit leading the way. Also rye, iced tea and orange rines.
P: Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish.
O: Decent beer, slightly above average, I would love to try again.
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours hazy dark rust with quickly dissipating off-white head. Some yeast friendlies hanging about. Sweet doughy bread on the nose with hints of caramel. Pronounced fruit hop sweetness up front with some caramel undertone. Not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. Bready. Wooden. Thick, smooth, somewhat sticky. Pleasant brew. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottled on March 20, 2013, about 6 months. Pours a dark orange with a hint of reddish brown and a thin veneer of off white fizz. The aroma is more caramel toasted bread malt with a little fruitiness and light wooden stalk herbal hop thing. The flavor is nice and full with a little caramel and strawberry coming through the bready toasted auburn malts. The hops are much more mild than when I had this fresh but it is still fitting, a light earthy wooden dried pine with some pleasant herbal qualities and a light grassy element. Lower carbonation helps it go down smooth but doesn’t quite have the sparkling punch to match the grain body. It’s bottle conditioned so I’m sure some other bottles are more appropriately carbonated. Still very enjoyable and tasty. juicyhops (49) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Classic big american red. Red color, dense body, sweet nose, big resinous piney hop flavor balanced with malt sweetness. poisoneddwarf (2688) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2013
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 8/13/13; about 2 months old. Aroma is grapefruit, caramel, earthy. Pours hazy copper with lots of floaties. Has a medium beige head with good retention. Taste is bittersweet with an emphasis on bitter. Flavors of bread, citrus. Body is medium, carbonation average. Not bad, but those floaties are really unappetizing.Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, spicy hops, & some citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pine hops, caramel, and fruit/citrus; Nicely balanced; Not too bad.