brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
A: The pour is a deep, dark, brown color with plenty of red notes. The head is minimal and some spots of lacing are left.
S: The smell is very rich and malty. A lot of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a mild roasted quality.
T: The taste follows the nose. Big sugar, toffee, and caramel, flavors. The roasted malt is not as noticeable here. The flavors are quite reminiscent of a barleywine.
M: Low carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth.
D: I generally like a hoppier red/amber ale, but this was actually quite good. I think the flavors were bold enough to make this beer something more than a sugary mess. Ratman197 (15628) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bomber courtesy of Odeed poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, light earthiness and light fruitiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness and black cherry with a smooth lingering malty finish. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a deep brownish-amber color with a medium light tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing. Aroma of malt, molasses and a bit of citrus. Medium body with flavors of sweet caramel malt, citrus and hops. The finish is malty with a lingering sweetness. Decent brew overall. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Odeed (thanks!). Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and oranges. Tastes of sweet caramel, toasted malts, and light citrus. Definitely on the sweeter, maltier side. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Classic red ale, caramel and bread with a good dose of citrus and piney hops. Not bad.
Sammy (13003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
On tap at Toronado SD. Lacy, hoppy with good malt backing. Dry but still above average brew. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Date: 10/19/2007marcus (10873) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 13, 2016
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
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Reddish brown with a clinging beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a fairly thin smoked malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
My Bottom Line:blipp (9915) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2016
This balanced and cushy Red Ale aligns subtle caramel malts and wooden hops into a cohesive whole which is perfect to attract neophytes into the world of real (craft) beer.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy dark red.
-The caramel malt character nears chocolate.
-This mouthfeel is yet another wonder from Kern River which feels nourishing yet really easy to drink.
-The flavour profile may be tame, but this remains as competently crafted as any other Kern River brew I’ve had.
On tap at the brewpub.
Draft at BBQ. Pours amber red with an off white head. Toasted bready and lightly sweet malts, light earthy bitterness, and a quick balanced finish. Quite drinkable.