andrewje41 (4885) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2018
500 mL bottle poured. Much thanks to Jow for this bottle. Always a pleasure to try a top 50 beer in any style. Even cooler to try the number one. Didn't get this cracked within the suggested 90 days, but it wasn't possible. Besides, it's still amazing, and quintessential for the style. Copper, amber pour, slight glow. Beige foam head that lasts. Bready malts, some caramel. Cool flavor, light body, but extremely flavorful. Low bitter hops, balanced nicely with the malt. Really good Amber here, and probably the best one I've had. Deserves to be number one I suppose. Tasty! Tmoney99 (15415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2018 Bottle. Poured hazy dark amber color with an average to large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were met with a solid brew. ffaoe (1120) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2017
piney, light citrusy aromas. dark amber/red in color with massive long lasting head. taste is well balanced. nice underlying malt background with pine, light citrus and resin notes gripweed57 (3170) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2017
500 ml bottle. Radiant copper red color. Huge frothy beige head. Fragrant, toasted malt nose. Notes of caramel, butterscotch, roasted pecans and earthy hops. Toasted malt flavor. Earthy, rich, nutty notes. Slightly toasty, with notes of Demerara sugar and golden raisins. Quite nice. Thanks, Zoe. tapefuzz (1067) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2017
On tap at brewery. Pours an amber, reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is floral hops, toffee, grapefruit, light earth, and a little something tropical. Taste is very hoppy; toffee, earth, some caramel, coffee, pine, and some toast. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel - although a little too heavy for the style.
HeadyDE (905) - Delaware, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Could of sworn I had rated this?, guess not,bottled 10/10, superfresh, pours a darker than anticipated amber, red color with solid frothy 1 finger head that stands for a while, nose is sweet, malt forward with some dark fruit, mouthfeel is familiar red ale, but unlike most of the style, full of flavor and intensity, I really don't like red ales, but this is worthy..solid slowrunner77 (13941) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 28, 2017
Deep amber color. Aroma is malt forward, caramel light chocolate and nuts but is also hoppy with pine and sticky spicy hops that assert themselves a little more in the flavor. Prickly with a moderate bitterness. Good red. hershiser2 (4055) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle, Market Street Wine Shop Downtown. Pours brown with a soft beige-tan head. Aroma is floral hops, pine, caramel, honey, resin. Flavor is toasted caramel malt, herbal notes, caramel malt, pine, slight coffee, slight chocolate. Very nice indeed. Westy1130 (134) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Pours a dark rustic/copper amber (one of the darkest amber ales I’ve seen). Piny and floral scent with dark/tropical fruits. Taste: orange, lemon and grapefruit zest with hints of oak and black cherries. Malty at first, with a hoppy after bite. Very well balanced. Ernest (7989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle (May 15, 2017 bottling) Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (graham cracker, toasted wheat bread), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of clove, grape taffy, and chicory coffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Striking sourness is undesirable for the style, and the aroma is weird too. Almost seems spiced or artificial flavoring-like. Looks nice but otherwise not pleasant.