Foxbush (2143) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2017 SFtaster (72) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 220z bottle into chilled tall glass, snacking on Trader Joe’s salted, roasted almonds. Reggae music in the background (KPOO 89.5FM in SF). The bottle was bought at a retail location in Eugene, given to me as a gift, and personally transported to San Francisco.
The color is deep amber hue and very inviting. Nose is nicely floral scented of fresh hops. Palate detects bright citrus notes with perfect malt balance in the body. This is my favorite style of beer and Ninkasi hit a home run with this release.
I visited the brewery while I was in town recently and enjoyed the sampler (6 tastes for $5.50). Look forward to a return visit to the tasting room, but more importantly to see my friends David and Carolyn.
12 oz bottle from Growlers to Go, Short Pump, VA The red ale poured a deep red color with a beige head that slowly dissipated. Not much lacing. Some floral hops on the nose. The medium body ale has soft carbonation. The hop presence creates a full mouthful of citrus and tropical fruits. The nice balancing act with the rich malt creates a wonderful ale. Easy drinking ale with lingering hop bitterness after each swallow. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
December 4, 2014 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber. Clear and deep refractive burnt copper with an average lasting creamy/foamy shiny beige head. Spicy rye aroma, lots of dry wheaty bitterness - a little poopy too. Taste is surprisingly sweet - a bitter rye ale with candy notes and alcohol; odd. Chewy, astringent, still with an extremely long coating pithy almost unpleasant generic bitter finish. hershiser2 (3834) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Bottle, Harris Teeter (Barracks Road). Pours slightly hazy reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, pine, nuts. Flavor is chocolate, pine, citrus peel, nuts, sweet caramel, dark fruits. A bit too sweet for me, perhaps, but still kinda tasty. Beaver (1872) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2017
The aroma is cola malt with some nutty cardboard leather.
The flavor is sweet nutty cola and caramel malt with a bit of a bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it’s not well balanced with overly sweet cola malt and an overly bitter finish that just doesn’t all go together.
Pours a clear reddish coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malt, toast, dark fruit, and some light hay and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more malt and toast.
RhetoricalAns (973) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2017
Mahogany brown pour, couple fingers of fluffy off-white head. Rich sweet malt aroma, caramel, slight toast. Dark fruit cherry and plum. Taste is again heavy on the sweet, slight bitter finish. Lots of rich malt, little bit of nuttiness, citrus hop in the finish, grapefruit, little bit of pine. Tale of two beers, bit disjointed but both the big malt and hops come through. Big full body with lower carbonation, syrupy. ogre71 (359) - Utah, USA - APR 9, 2017
I expected a better beer from Ninkasi, didn’t really care for this one was a bit to hoppy for me. RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 4, 2017
Deep clear copper with a strong one-finger beige head and nice lacing. Aromas of rich caramel, earth, toast, and a touch of dark fruit. Caramel sweetness rules the palate, accompanied by gentle earth hoppiness, brown sugar and light toast. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and a lingering caramel in the finish. dandeman (1104) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2017
Bouteille 600ml du Canada Craft Club. Profil olfactif assez caramélisé avec notes de crème brulée, et une perception de cerises au marasquin. Perception de houblons résineux discrets et de fruits tropicaux. Puissance olfactive moyenne. Un col immense sur un liquide rougeâtre à la limite du brun. Limpidité remarquable. Mousse éternelle. L’entré de bouche laisse place à des notes de caramel brulé se déclinant dans une finale mi- houblonnée et mi- maltée avec la présence de noisettes, de grain et une amertume résineuse assez astringente. L’équilibre sucré / amertume est notable mais ces éléments se déclinent de façon très distincte en bouche. La classification ’’Double Red Ale’’ du brasseur est plus juste que la classification RB. Ressemble beaucoup à un Barley Wine sauf pour l’amertume de grain qu’elle développe. Assez réussie. Bien amère et bien sucrée. Spab (4235) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2017
650 ml bottle from Canada Craft Club. Pours a clear copper colour with good-sized light tan head. Aroma is rich caramel, toast, light fruit and some earthy hoppiness. Flavour is big caramel with lots of toasted grains, earthy hops and a bit of fruitiness. Average plus body. Nice.