mikemccarthy (94) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a deep, transparent copper with a thin, tan head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing. Aroma is deeply bitter with an absence of floral notes. Lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Heavily bitter taste, as promised by the style and claims for this brew, but with complex undertones. Good beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5 Dogbrick (14443) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, roasted malt and caramel. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good all around. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle. An amber color with a foamy off-white head. A malty and rye aroma with a fair hop profile. Smooth with a nice finish of chocolate and light pine. Dodgrblu (757) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
22 ounce bottle from Total Wine; dark reddish color, thin head, sweet aroma, bitter front with caramel finish. One of the better rye offerings. prettyham (28) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Not to many Imperial Red Ales out there these days and this one is on top. Great aroma, perfect balance between the hops and slight malts sweetness. I will be buying more.
Ratman197 (15870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, orange zest, earthiness, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light orange zest with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish. bb (10113) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Bronze beer with a tan head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light caramel flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine linger with light darker malts. DYCSoccer17 (3720) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at Bel-Air in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this is initially hoppy with mostly pine and herbal hops. Some caramel and toffee malt aromas back this up, as well as a little candi sugar. Light roasted coffee barely comes through, too. Transparent garnet-amber body with a medium to large, frothy, strong cream-colored head present. Attractive beer. Starts with a good deal of lightly sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors. Becomes more roasted in the middle with a little burnt malty char. Finishes sharply bitter with a good deal of herbal and more pine hops? Perhaps some Chinook. A big, brash beer, but it seems to work pretty well. Kind of like Arrogant Bastard on steroids. My complaint is that the body seems a little thin on this beer. jtclockwork (17914) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel, pine, grapefruit rind and citrus hops. Medium body. Dryish resin/sap finish. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2012
A - Pours a dark red-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops and some caramelized sugars and dark caramel malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops, some bitterness, and some dark caramel malts. Through the middle, some caramelized sugars come through with some pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars, grapefruit and pine hops, some bitterness, and some light smokey flavor.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lightly warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good complex red ale. Nice overall balance.