fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Dark red color with a decent head. Citrus and other fruits in the aroma. Flavors of malt and a good amount of hops. Bitter to the end. A very nice beer. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Good caramel malt notes with some mild raost hints. Good conditioning tight head. some mild fruits green apple orange zest and apricot. with good balanced bittering. Some mild citrus and pine hops in the nose, less on the palate. Clean and soft finish showing some caramel and citrus. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
From the bottle this brew pours a slightly hazy red with a tall off-white head. Aroma has a blend of dusty malts and mild hops. Fruit malt start with an almost rotten apple tart taste to the finish. Very bitter in the finish with more residual rotten apple in the aftertaste. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pours deep ruby in color with a head that is colossal in size and tumoric (Yes, I made up that word) in its falling. Well balanced aroma that shows a bit of malt (caramel, biscuit and fruit) and hops, which are most likely Centennial or Chinook, or a combination of both, which brings a touch of spicy characteristics and citrus to the aroma. Flavor is uniquely enjoyable with malt flavors of caramel and biscuit and a lovely hop flavor and bitterness. This Mad River beer, like the Scotch Porter, is suprisingly good. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Poured dark cloudy brown with a small head and light lacing.
Aroma of malt and fruit.
Flavor is fruity, malty, nutty.
Almost a bit to sweet for me, but not to bad overall.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Very very cloudy body with a lot of solids in it. Deep red color. The aroma is amazingly fruity, especially compared to the flavor. I was worried when I first smelled it. It ended up being a surprisingly balanced, decently hoppy red ale with a strong citrusy flavor. Much better than I expected from the smell. Not what I’d associate with Jamaica, though -- this is not a warm weather beer. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Murky orange-red body (very murky!), big puffy cream head. Sweet citrusy, earthy, toasty aroma. The flavor caught me off-guard at first with strong pineapple juice notes. These coexist with earthy, floral hops notes, caramel, and pear. Yeah, pear. This is a weird beer, no doubt about it. Tastes like something that should end up in a thermos or an 8 ounce cardboard container with a picture of Slimer on the front of the box. Noteworthy. Thanks Dan (jah noth) for the bottle! DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle from Drafting Room, Exton. Amber/ruby pour with aroma of malt, toffee, dark fruit. Tastes as an amber should, with the caramel/toffee/fruit elements, plus a hop kicker at mid and end palate. Nice balance and notable complexity. A nice beer. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Whole Foods in La Jolla, CA) I last rated this beer in December of 1995, which was pretty early in my rating "career." My notes state, "The nose gives a clue as to what is to come: an extremely well hopped beer that quickly overwhelms the sweet, strong and alcoholic malt with bitterness." And then I gave the equivalent of a 4 in the flavor rating. Haha, how times have changed for me. I love this beer!!! What a total flavor bomb, especially considering it’s "just" a red ale. Strong malty flavor, lightly roasty, moderately sweet, caramely, and yes, quite bitter and hoppy. But this is an extremely well balanced beer. There’s a moderate presence of alcohol, and it actually tastes like it’s been aged in wood, so I have to wonder if this bottle sat on the Whole Foods shelf for awhile. Regardless, it’s a very tasty brew. And the nose is equally aromatic, very malty, sweet, hoppy, alcoholic. Medium to full bodied with a very substantial mouthfeel. Deep, ruddy amber color is bordering on brown. Fairly cloudy in appearance, partly from the abundance of small, dark particles suspended in the beer. Small light tan head barely rises above "sheen" status, but maintains a wide rim around the edge of the glass. No lacing, however. I might have to try another bottle to test the freshness issue, but if this is an old bottle, it sure ages wonderfully! SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville, NC. Dark reddish brown in color. Great lacing. Outstanding sweet maltiness. Crisp palate with caramel goodness. Tastes like a scotch ale!