smackie (54) - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty presents, A little fizzy on the tongue. Sharp club soda finish. Given as a gift in a Mixed 12 pack including #9, HiPA, and Hex.
ffaoe (678) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2017
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bob’s First Ale - moderate malty aroma. red and clear in color with light head. taste is light with notes of caramel malts. taste finishes abruptly.
Kleg (165) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bob’s 1st Ale. Cloudy rust colored pour with a khaki head and very good retention. Good lacing. Taste is a nice blend of caramel and toasted malts. Smooth. Simple profile and it works.
Patrickctenchi (6428) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: (as Bob’s 1st Ale)
Slightly hazy, copper-amber with a small beige head.
Caramel, mild berry, toasted grain aroma.
Taste is slightly spicy, caramel malt, toast, berry.
Light....but pretty satisfying to style.....
markwise (5382) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Magic Hat. Pours a red-Amber with a white head. Nose is some malt, toast, slight fruit, some plum, and a dry yeast. Flavor is similar with toast, malt, slight plum, and mild fruit. Light in body and a nice Irish red overall.
chinchill (4686) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle with best by date of 30 Nov. 2011 (from 9/2011 notes).
A- Pours a lovely red brown with about 1 finger of short-lived off-white head. Leaves some nice lacing that quickly slides down the sides of my wet glass.
S- Aroma has a roasted malt scent that is would be pleasant, but there are too many alcohol esters (I know: with only 4.8% ABV!) given the weak strength of the other components.
The taste is much better. As expected, it primarily features a medium roasted malt flavor, but there are some spicy hops in the mix. The dynamics are unusual, however, with the hops becoming a little less pronounced in the finish which is where the toasted malt flavor comes through most clearly. In any case, a fine finish nicely shaped by both the Apollo hops and the malts.
M - medium bodied beer, although off on the thin side a bit, with good carbonation; a mild bite of carbonation/hops on the tongue. Rather dry finish.
O - This is a fine red ale: Even though it is weak in aroma, it has excellent flavor, is moderately refreshing, and is a pleasure to drink.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/7/2011. From bottle. Red-brown with a tan head. Nice color really. Hoppy and malty aromas with caramel. Bittersweet flavors with caramel and earthy notes.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poured deeper garnet with a tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up nutty and chocolate notes with deeper dark fruit (prune-like).. very assertive with the sweetness.. weird. The flavor found cocoa, molasses, and maple at the core with light earthy notes laced throughout.. tacky malts on the finish. Lighter-bodied and watery at times on the palate.. on the sweet side.. OK overall feel and flow.
Fatehunter (2483) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass. Deep red color, though almost transparent. A half finger of off-white head that fell down quickly.
A wet malty smell, almost musty.
Not really impressed with the taste. Kind of "meh". A watery taste followed by a blunted sweetness.
Light bodied, almost no carbonation and smooth.
Not bad tasting, just nothing really going on. Meh.
Capa (3084) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty malts are the main player here. Brick red with a nice off-white head. Good light sweet malts, a bit of fruit, too. It drank well but was one of those beers that I forgot about during a conversation. It just didn’t hold my attention after the first few swigs. Solid.
Leighton (20170) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours clear russet with a soft, creamy, off-white head. Pretty classic Irish Ale aroma: caramel, toasty malts, leaves. Light sweet flavor, wet leaves, dull caramel, toast, mild bitterness. Light bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Faintly dry and sweet to finish, leafy bitterness, slight semi-dark fruits, toasty malts. Very basic beer but not offensive in any way, really.