gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle, courtesy riversideAK. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Small, tan head, and decent dripping lacing. Chocolate malt aroma, caramel, and some slight citrus, albeit subdued. Kinda boring. Chewy malt flavor, some hazelnut. Coffee is a bit subtle, but it’s there. Roasted qualities overall. Medium-bodied. Feels kinda funny on the tongue. Wouldn’t really want it again. Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2007
On draught at the brewery. Judged as a dark Irish Red rather than an American or British Brown Ale. Aroma is toasted malt forward, caramel notes and very light hop flora. Appearance is a brownish red, dark, with a low off white/light tan head. Flavor is toasty, and has an almost tannic quality like a wine. It is lightly sour, with light hop flavor and bittering. Mouthfeel is med-light body, with low carb texture and some warmth. Overall it was pretty good, a little sour for my tastes, but very well made, and actually fairly easy to drink depite the sourness. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2007
On tap at Brewpub Seattle. Pours out a clear brown topped with a white head. Nice nut and a little vanilla as well. Pretty good. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2007
A deep brown color with a thick white head. Had a deep flavor with good use of malts and good balance with hops and a light nutty flavor. This also had a deep easy to drink flavor. This was a fun beer for the night. jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Sweet and malty aroma, almost a bit too sweet? Taste is a bit different than I expected. Watery feel throughout, almost a hint of fruitiness as well. A bit stale in the finish, I kept waiting for something to stand out, but it never did.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
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There is a an off note in the aroma that is a little medicinal and a little vegetal and a lot sharp with sickly sweetness. Maybe some stale Irish moss. Body is a very light amber that never really goes brown and sports a quickly dimihsing white head. Slightly grape/apple fruit accented fore. Extremely watery mouthfeel and flavor. Dry/stale finish is almost expected. Perhaps Hales should follwo the English approach to Brown Ale cause if this is the Irish approach they suck at brown ales. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottle: Clear brown color with light head and average lacing. The nose is lightly herbal with a bit of musky caramel and light hops; a bit of bitter cocoa. The flavor is chewy, lighter in body than I like in a brown with a balanced finish. The flavor is toasty with some light cherry and cardboard notes. Finishes lightly dry, eh, not that great. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Nothing really impressive here. Has kind of a salty peanut butter, sweet caramel maltiness. Bready and creamy, with a really light body. An easy session brown ale. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Sweet, piney aroma, slightly perfumey; light chocolate and bready malts; subtle nuttiness; light bodied with a hint of creamyness; a little metallic; well balanced; OK. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle: Brown with red tints and a light cream head. Aromas and tastes mainly of sweet malts, but no indication of a "nut" flavor. The sweetness is actually pretty strong like sap from a tree. The body is thin. ok.