That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful, clear ruby red with an awesome bubbly, white head. Pine, flowers, and spicy hop aromas all over the place. One of the hoppiest ambers around, and it is a compliment. Hop-forward, but very balanced, with a rich malty presence in the finish. Delicious. This is a mini Hog Heaven. My third Marble experience, and I’m becoming a fan. robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours a rusty red with nose of heavy hops, some sweet floral notes, white chocolate, and some butterscotch. Tastes a little more like a sweeter IPA than an ale. Not sure how I feel about this one... drjay44 (3709) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours medium, well retained light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear copper (SRM 15) body....nose is pine, grapefruit, lighter toffee/caramel, very light fruity esters.....taste is toffee/caramel, leading to a pine citrus moderately bitter finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. This is a very well done Red Ale. It is too hopped to fall into the Irish category, but it is nicely balanced otherwise. It is "an easy drinking pint". BJCP 7/3/14/4/7 smaynard6000 (1166) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Growler from the brewery. Dark red color with light tan head. Light aroma of toffee. Nice full flavor with some caramel sweetness and a hoppy bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Among the best red ales that I’ve tried. jbardin (161) - New York, USA - MAY 31, 2012
On tap at the brewery in Albuquerque, NM. This redhead is the right balance of bitter and sweet. Would definitely drink again.
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BeerandBlues2 (13311) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a large, frothy off-white to light tan head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral, citrus, and pine hops, some resin, cookie and biscuit malt with fruity esters of pear, apricot, and apple. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with supporting, lightly sweet malt backbone and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark red pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of muted spice and grass, some caramel, toasted notes, hints of bread, nuts in there, slight toffee and dark fruits as well, pretty layered. Taste is a nice mix of slight grass/floral hops, hints of citrus right into some spice, bread and caramel, nuts and cocoa notes come through, hints of toast, finishing fairly dry and slightly bitter. Pretty nice, nothing over the top here but all worked together well. notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Hazy amber - compact, lasting head - aroma is a mixture of toffee, earthy/woody/citric hops, light bright fruitiness - creamy texture, with soft carbonation - sturdy malt base that tastes of sweet toffee at first, but as the hops become more apparent, the malt is a bit more Biscuity - hops arrive through the middle, tasting a touch peppery, moderately citric - snappy and firm through the middle, with just a lightly sweet finish, with lingering peppery hops - a killer "amber ale," but really more like a "red IPA." RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 40°. Color is a hazy amber with good carbonation and a thick tight off white head. Aroma is a fruity citrus hop scent. It has a medium body that goes down with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor has a sweet fruity feel, then roasted malt, toffee, a hint of pepper and ends with citrus hop spice giving off a mild bitterness. In the after taste the citrus stand out a little more, a bit of pine shows and the bitterness holds on. Overall its a good Amber, a lot hoppier then most. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Head is initially average sized, creamy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark amber/red.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation.
This would score higher if not for personal preferences...it’s not really flawed, per se, it’s just not the sort of execution I like. First issue is the hop odor...just not a fan of that rough resinous-grapefruit rind treatment. Just too reminiscent of floor polish etc. Likewise, in the mouth it’s rather citric/acidic, which I’m not a fan of, even though it’s overall well-balanced. But it’s clean, looks great, and has a nice mouthfeel. This is the sort of beer that would score in the high 3s for me if it was simply more elegant and polished, rather than done up in the typical American rough-edged, abrasive format.