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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed to celebrate the birthday of our great nation, our American Red Ale starts with a crisp hop flavor and ends smooth and sweet. IBU 45.

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3.5
Tmoney99 (14384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Draft from Party Source. Poured a clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasted and had good lacing. Good malty and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick dry texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.6
Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2009
On draught at Winking Lizard. The beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit accents along with some malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character. Notes of citrus and bready malt as well. The finish is citrusy hops and mild malt with a lingering bitterness. Above average overall.

3.5
alexsdad06 (10289) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Draft @ Party Source. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma was floral and citrus with some caramel malt there as well. There was a slight soapy hint to the nose as well. The flavor opens with a soft bready malt, mild caramel, and citrus hops. The finish has a nice bitterness with more toasted malt coming through. I didn’t get much sweetness from this. Medium bodied, decent.

3.2
phaleslu (10126) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Draft. Clear golden/amber pour with almost no head. A lot of malt and hops on the nose and in the flavor. A few minor secondary flavors- floral notes, bread, and some earthiness. Light body and bitter on the palate. Not particularly unique, and feels a little too common compared to most of Great Lakes’ offerings.

3.5
JaBier (7871) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On tap at GLBC. Clear amber pour with a big tan head. Citrus hop aroma with sweet and bready malt notes. Bready malt flavor up front, giving way to big hops and a bitter grapefruit finish. Tried this one side by side with Burning River and am not tasting a whole lot of difference. Good stuff though.

3.3
FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Sampled on draft at Johnny’s Wife’s Place in Jeannette PA this beer poured a medium amber color with a huge yellow-white head. The aroma was moderate floral and light fruity hops. The flavor was lightly tangy and bitter with a nice amount of fruity and floral hops and a nice malt backbone. Good balance though a bit thin in substance. Nicely Enjoyable.

3.5
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Imperial draft served on tap at Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a sunny clear copper, decent offwhite head that sticks around laces well, decent carbonation liveliness. Aromas are some nice floral and grapefruit hoppiness, grass, caramel and toffee malts. Initial is smooth caramel english malts, nuttiness, good bitter floral hops. This is an ESB by the book off the bat and a very nice one at that, more intense than it’s so called "Amber" tag. Good bitterness balanced by toasty English malts, drinks very well with sweetness and bitterness in harmony. I can applaud any ESB that is served in honor our nation. Finish a bit of toffee sweetness with moderate bitterness. Top effort bya brewery that does ESBs very very well.

3.1
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Poursa nice amber orange. Aroma is caramel, light soap, butter. Taste is bready, caramel sweetness, bitterness in the finish. not a big fan of ambers but this is decent

3.7
Braudog (6678) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Draft at Dublin Pub in Dayton. Bright but dark copper with a pleasantly rolling bubbliness. Nice rich caramel malt forms the basis of this, but there’s also a nice crisp hoppy bite to bring it together. Yummy. (#3576, 7/4/2009)

1.7
cheap (5799) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Odd slightly freshly cut veggie aroma. Creamy head on a beer with an iced tea look. Strong odd flavors. Not too sue what to thinkl about the personality of this beer. Difficult at times. Bitter medicine finish. Virtually flat. Better give this one another chance, not as smooth as I expect for an amber. Yes, you can certainly tell this is 6+%.


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