hayduke (5750) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a clear deep amber color with a robust beige head and great retention. Excellent sticky lacing. Nose is fruit and citrus., Near full body and a smooth mouth feel; The flavor here is really rich malts and the hops balance nicely with a lot of citrus and a earthy, citrus, and bitter finish makes this and outstanding amber. Loved every drop. Strykzone (7854) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Bomber from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Huge beige foam that falls oh so slowly. Thick layer of lacing. The beer is clear amber with a little carbonation rising. An earthy and fruity aroma. First sip brought hops big enough to be an IPA and the second brought maltiness as in an Amber. Some spiciness and plenty of earth are tasted. Lots of citrus fruit throughout. Definitely a well hopped Amber. A win! lightbias (455) - USA - APR 5, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a mason jar glass, the head is enormous, the deep foam actually thick and dense enough to be forming a divot where the beer is being poured through it. It’s like an ice cream, but with the promise of a much higher ABV.
The aroma is light caramel, a bit grassy, and with some spruce in the foundation. A bit of light apple is present as well, and with the first sip, I find that apple bracing and sour, a bit of old melon in the flavor. The taste is slightly pungent, not bitter, but sweet, the dryness finding it’s happy place on the flat of my tongue and digging in for the night. I’m not a fan of the flavor, but the palate is actually pretty nice, drying just enough, leaving a slightly oily feeling on my teeth, the body of the brew a bit heavier than light, and the carbonation very satisfying, although it does lay flat a little quicker than I’d like. The finish is long, dragging itself out over more than a few minutes and prying at my taste buds longer than I like.
Basically, if the flavor didn’t have that odd, citrusy, over-ripe melon, I would enjoy this more. As it stands, I won’t be back for this brew, but will try the brewer again. I’ve heard good things.
Natai (152) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours a murky, rusty red with a sizeable off-white head and fair lacing. Some pine and citrus followed by aromas of cereal and nut more typical of a red. Crisper and more refreshing than your typical red, largely due to the more hop-forward character. BeastMod (3) - - DEC 24, 2014 does not count
Pours ruby red with two fingers of head. Aromas are first of citrus and pine with notes of biscuit and caramel malt. Hop forward reminiscent of citrus and pine followed but a nice biscuity and toasty maltiness that ends i a firm lingering bitterness. medium body with a somewhat dry finish. My new go to everyday beer!
Fatehunter (2650) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Pours two fingers of head on a clear amber body.
The aroma is malty, pine and lemon.
The taste starts with moderate bitterness, then some spice in the middle, finishes with lemon and grapefruit bitter. Great balance and profile.
The texture is soft.
An excellent tasting beer. slowrunner77 (13408) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
"A well balanced hoppy red that pretty much everyone in our group thought was better than the IPA or IPL. Lower ibu but seemed hoppier with brighter aroma and flavor with a caramel malt balance and hints of fruitiness."
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Yah, it’s alright...a bit weak IMHO. Hints of apple malts and a bit of a bitter end, but fairly wet overall. oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Tap at Clark’s corner. Pours amber with white head. Lots of sweet malt with a nice hop balance. marcus (10975) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours reddish amber with a nice beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a medium-bodied smoked malt flavor with a smoothly bitter finish.