Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
This is a tasty and drinkable amber ale, like Fat Tire, but with more flavor. Pours a dark red with large, lingering head. Slightly hoppy finish. Citrus hops, sweet caramel and coffee, toasted malts, bread. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear red-brown (garnet) with a thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, taste is malt, crisp finish. Not bad. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
A nice reddish copper ale with a nice thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, nice pungent hops with nice caramel malt with rye grains, nice citrus notes, resinous well done. In mouth, smooth grainy malt with nice floral hops, roasty and nice. On tap at New Belgium Hub at DIA, August 7 2012. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Crimson red, thin lacing. A little basement, musky aroma; woodsy. Smooth palate, malty but with some bitterness on the finish. Woodsy, earthy flavors with an herbal/spice note on the back palate. Quite a nice showing for New Belgium. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Wonderful head retention.
Aroma is a bouquet of piny hops with a touch of caramel and roasted malt. Very tiny bit of chocolate.
The flavor has lots of hops up front but that transitions nicely into some subdued caramel and toffee. There is some toasted malt along with chocolate/coffee but it is very subtle and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Bitterness is on the moderate side with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a really good fall seasonal in my opinion. It is something unique and is really quite drinkable. Definitely worth picking up.
nearbeer (5563) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
On tap. Dark amber with a lasting quarter inch of foam. Nose of dank green herb, char, toffee, citrus and pine. Flavor is the same goodness that the aroma promises. Medium body is watery, has medium carbonation and finishes to the dry side. SpringsLicker (3665) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours a clear, deep amber under a tall, long lasting sticky head of off-white.
The aroma carries toasted malt and a light pine resin from the hops.
The flavor is well balanced, neither sweet nor bitter with just a touch of dryness in the finish. More hop aroma than flavor.
Ok PourBoyJones (12) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Very nice color and strong head. Sting hop aeroma. Nice flavor of hops, light body, and easy finish. arkurzynski (2456) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Deep brown-red. Aroma of dank, woodsy pine and toasted, almost roasted malt. Flavor of bitter pine and, again, that near ashy roast malt character. Dry, bitter finish. Quite blah and not overly well-balanced. Somethings just not right. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Location/Date: Bottle on August 18th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark red.
Aroma: Aroma of red malt, faint hop.
Taste: Medium light hop, caramelt malt. Needed maybe a hint more power.
Palate:Light body, slick, light carbonation.
Summary: I like this beer, I just think it needs a little cleaning up(or an alternate version) with a bit more hop power in the aroma and taste.