pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
5-2-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Odeed lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Brown red amber in color with an okay head. Sweet doughy smell with perhaps some citris in there too. Flavor is bland and watery with a hint of hop residue - but nothing big about this at all. Super thin with lackluster carbonation. Not a horrid beer by any means - just nothing very bold about it.
Bottle as one of many generous extras from Odeed. Thanks man!3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours a reddish cloudy color. Smell is mild caramel malt and light tame hops. Taste is mild as well, with faint hop flavor coming through, but I found this to be lackluster flavorwise. Could be in part to palate fatigue, but still wasn’t overly flavorful. No flaws stuck out, however, and it was an easy drinker.
Oooh, big overcarbonated gusher of a beer when opened, and it grows a 6 inch head when it’s poured into the glass. So, you swirl it a bit, let it settle, pour a bit more, rinse and repeat, and you’ve shaken most of the excess carbonation out of your glass. First impressions of the nose is the light tingling of butter and a more heavy tingling of acidic, sharp yeast, with some nutty and woody base malts in there as well. Tastes basically as it smells, with some buttered yeast, some black pepper and some other chemical-like flavors that all sit atop this resnious grain and bran flavored amber ale, with a moderate level of bitterness and essentially an empty finish. Not completely ruined by the infection, but still not that great. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2008
22oz Bomber - Trade - IrishBoy cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Aroma – Nice malt aroma with a light hop background.
Appearance – reddish amber color, clear with a nice head.
Flavor – A nice malty beer. The hops where very nice but not huge. Needed more spice and flavor.
Palate – Light Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – A decent amber ale the reddish color throws you. The flavor is light and makes you wish it was stronger to support the great color.
22 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a slightly hazy mohogany color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel malt, light hops, and light esters. Flavor is a lightly sweetened toasted malt and light hops. Hop flavor and bitterness lingers in the finish. Medium body. A decent beer. Thanks Richard.
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Dark amber color. Toasted caramel malt aroma. Body is light with a little toasty caramel malt and a crisp and mild hoppy finish. A very drinkable ale. fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Not too bad for a california red. I was expecting a "red" ipa. What I got was actually more malty and nutty. The hops were kept in check and this was a nice change of pace. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Date: 10/19/2007ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
cloudy dark red, huge dirty white head, bits of lace,
dry dark caramel aroma with an astrengent earthyness,
sweet caramel malt flavor, well balnced earthy hops, harsh bitter finish,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 7/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy red body with a profusely fizzy, off-white head.
Smell: Aroma of caramel malts, toasted grains, and a mild citrus hop presence.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with a nice measure of sweetness. Notes of toasted grains and lemon. A spicy, earth bitterness emerges on the finishes, but remains rather light. Simple and straightforward, but this is an amber ale we’re talking about.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Though I’d prefer a more milder level of carbonation, I still thought this one was pretty good. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a hazy copper bronze with a large, over-carbonated off-white head. Aroma of slightly earthy grassy piny hops and some pale toasted malts and black pepper. Starts with a mild malty sweetness and drier, earthy bitterness toward slightly toasted bittersweet, slightly citrusy finish.