beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2014 spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown with a large two finger head and very well laced. Aroma is brown sugar. Taste is strong bitter hops and semi sweet cocoa. I did not detect the high abv except in the after effects. Very drinkable and smooth. Hard to believe this would be classed as an American Amber. Maybe an Imperial Amber! IBUs must be at least a 60.
Pours a burnt reddish brown with a khaki head. Hop, caramel, fruit, citrus and malt aroma. Hop, resin, citrus, caramel, biscuit, fruit, toffee and malt flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. Bitter but balanced. Hop, fruit and biscuit finish. slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"a nicely balanced imperial red, and quite drinkable if not terribly exciting. aromatic carmel malt, citrusy hops, and a little biscuit on the tongue as well."
douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2014
On tap at APEX. Pours a red color with a medium white head. A big fresh fruity hop nose. The flavor is toasted malts, caramel, a bit of bitterness, some sweeter candied fruit. Very solid brew. chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12 oz bottle.
Hazy dark ruby-amber; large, fairly creamy, durable tan head that leaves ample sticky lacing.
Aroma: Complex and fruity. More malts than expected to go with the hops. Moderate-high bitterness.
Flavor: A strong but very good sipper. Lingering bitter/sweet aftertaste with some roasted grains. Complex. Floral/fruity/herbal hops.
O: another fine Calif. DIPA.
andrewje41 (4519) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a strong malty aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted malt, with a little bread and chocolate. Bitter hop finish. Very smooth and refreshing for a strong ale. Very much enjoyed this.
glennmastrange (2939) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Heavy cookie, cereal and roasted for the malt, moderate pine and cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with date, dried cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon and whiskey. Head is small, frothy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is muddy medium red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. A pretty solid American Strong Ale overall. AWISLguy (3419) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart. Pours an amber brown with a beige head, some floaties. Aroma has sweet caramel, grapefruit, stone fruits and some chocolate. Taste is malty sweet, with caramel and some brown sugar, but also quite bitter from grapefruit and lemon zest. Some pine and a lot of sticky resin. Some alcohol. Medium bodied. Finishes bitter, from what must have been copious dry hopping as it has that tangy super-bitter late finish. Very extreme, but without a good blend. Fatehunter (2640) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a thin head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a deep malt smell. Wonderful.
The taste has a bold lemon bitterness trying to break out of the big malt bill. Great balance.
The texture is heavier with moderate carbonation.
An awesome bold red ale.
Bule (2309) - California, USA - APR 14, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy reddy brown color with a lot of flocculates. Huge malt flavor and some mild hoppy bitterness.
KansaiBeerLvrs (5498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle at home served in a half-pint glass. A clear ruby amber Brown pour with a thin head. The nose is floral hops & big malt notes. Medium to thin bodied. A very malty, bitter & strong ale... Tons of generic citrus & biscuity malts. Served in a champagne flute I get earthy, boozy, whiskey-ish & tobacco notes. Surprisingly different.