nj_BierMaven (124) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Bottle pour, somewhat cloudy amber red. In-yer-face citrus and malty aromas, really need to pour into the glass and don’t serve overly cold or the maltiness is hidden. Aroma doesn’t escape the bottle well enough to do it justice. I did pour it too cold, and noticed improving malt balance as it warmed, just seemed too bitter and crisp when it was too cold. A "sessionable" red ale and at 6.5% you’re in trouble because it tastes so darned good you’re left wanting another, and another, and . . . . jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 25, 2012
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours amber with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel and lightly toasted malts plus some citrusy/floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer for the style. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
I was struck to see that this is an amber ale, but it starts with such a big, big aroma, it has Double IPA character and aspirations, including a perfumey note and a rounded hop flavor. Good beer. (bottle at Ale Jail beer festival, September 2012) ScottageCheese (4) - - SEP 15, 2012 does not count
Excellent Red Ale from Wisconsin's 2nd best craft beer maker! Smooth finish, malted hops with a hint of caramel. Darker Red beer, but a fantastic beer!
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A - Pours a hazy amber-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with grapefruit and pine hops and a touch of red fruit.
T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some bready malts come through with some resiny pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, tropical and pine hops, and a bit of red fruit.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter and dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced red ale with a good malt and hop balance and a nice hop profile.
jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle. Amber body with a frothy, off-white head. slowly diminishing. Aroma of toasted grain, cookie, pine, resin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finiehs lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Best thing about it is the lingering bitterness. Otherwise, it’s mostly raw hop taste, though that is balanced with malt sweetness. tmoreau (4734) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 On tap at the annual CBS picnic, self served to clear plastic with an orangey amber hue, a nice layer of light tan, creamy, head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose was mild but a pleasant dose of citrusy orange & grapefruit, resin, light toastiness, and caramel sweetness. The flavor was similar notes that projected moderate strength, but good balance. The hop bitterness was medium, the body was a little lighter than medium, maybe due to softer carbonation, and the finish was dry. Decent, and paired well with the picnic faire. Again a draft encounter, this time at Marquette Kitchen & Tap in Lombard, IL.. Presented a lasting, cakey/rocky layer of head foam, with clingy spray as lacing. Noticed some added pit fruit in the aroma, medium bodied, better effervescence, and more of a moderate citrus & rind statement to the hop bitterness. +.2 Leighton (22771) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2012
Keg at The Pony Bar UES, NYC. Pours clear, rich amber with a small, creamy foam head. Character holds caramel malts, light berries, piney hops, toasty sugars. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Very faintly syrupy. Light warmth towards the end, somewhat sticky, faintly resinous with more pine, a bit of toasted malts, caramel. Fine beer. RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
Smells of toast, citrus, caramel. Flavours of the same. The malt flavours are up front and finishes slightly bitter with grapefruit and citrus notes. Not bad. tallguyinc (8) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012 does not count
First time i drank this warm and of course it didnt taste that good. Second time drank this cold and man was it worlds better. Great ale. Smooth and refreshing. Its had a sweet vanilla taste. And almost a hibiscus flavor.