JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
This is a damn near perfect red ale! perfct red in color with no haze or floats. Sweet, slight cherry aroma with some lightly toasted malt. Slight cherry and caramel flavor, balanced nicely by crisp, tart hops. Finishes with some residual sugar. This beer is great! harrisoni (19556) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2006
On tap at Pilsener Room and also Laurelwood, Portland. My favourite beer of my 2 week travels of the PNW. I came here with no love of amber ales, and this not only changed my mind, but completely won me over. Copper/amber with lasting beige head. Lovely hop. Good creamy feel in mouth with malts. Nice hop finish. Makes you want to drink more. It was so good, I bought the T shirt. I drank more of this than anything else I tried. jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Amber in color with red twinge, cream colored very fine thick head, smooth medium mouth feel, caramel taste up front followed by hops and malt, medium strength bitter finish. Tasty but a little too bitter finish. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
On tap at Laurelwood Publick House in Portland, OR. 5 ounce sample. Some piney/grapefruity hops present in the nose initially. Light toasted malts are also present. Pretty hoppy with cascades dominating. Some scant sweetness present in the aroma as well. Dark copper/light amberish transparent body with frothy off-white head and nice lacing. Very attractive. Piney/hempy hop flavors immediately hit the tongue, but not destroyingly bitter. Backed up by lots of sweet, caramelly malt goodiness. Small hempy hops come in at the end, producing a light bitter finish. Well done! paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby red with a nice off white head. Aroma is
huge citrusy cascade hops, lightly roasted caramel malt. Flavor is much
the same, citrusy, sprucey cascade hops up front, balanced with a very
nice bready, caramel, nutty maltiness and finishes with a medium sprucey bitterness of the cascade hops. Very nice beer and I don’t really care for
red ales, but the nice hopping is what really makes this a great easy drinking beer.
Squizzle (305) - Ashland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Aroma is beery but this beer is good. I drank a six pack perfectly timed with the right friends over a week of house visitors in Ashland, Oregon and let me tell you it was great! BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2007
On Tap Brewery -
A deep reddish brown color with a a decent head. A deep malt flavor with a good amoutn of hops. This was a great flavor and a great beer. Oraganic this was a great beer and I will drink again and again. slugstout (18) - Zig Zag, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Another quality beer from Laurelwood. Bottle from John’s Market poured a beautiful red color with a nice white head. Good lacing. A little hoppy for an amber. More like a I.R.A. Still, a well balanced beer. Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Great clarity, colour intensity and head retention on this one, as well as concentric rings of lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral hops, butterscotch, doughy malts, and straightforward light maltiness. An earthier hop presence shines in the flavour along with nutty malt impressions (Munich malt, perhaps), a whisper of cocoa and a hint of old coffee. Straightforward beer style done right. Full-bodied for the style with gentle yet, tingly carbonation and a medium/long palate duration. This is proof that an organic ale can stand up to the rest of ’em. As this is a year-round beer, I must imagine that being organic, the spec on the malts will have slightly more variation in their specs, which might in turn mean the recipe must be tweaked with each brew to compensate, making it a bitch to brew (or not). I give Laurelwood tons of credit for helping lift doubts about beers produced from organic malts. I doubt the hops are organic, but if they are, even more kudos. Goes great with simple pub food and a go to session beer for me when living the dream of the 90’s in Portlandia. This was my favorite amber and still may be. Rate to style, haters!