Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2017
16 ounce can
salvaticas (893) - - AUG 27, 2017
A decent red ale meets the definition of a typical Great Lakes release - solid, predictable, but not earth shattering. Despite a proliferation of competition from the likes of Platform, Rhinegiest, Fat Heads, and others, this deserves the shelf space it should take up until the end of baseball season. It doesn't hurt that single cans are relatively affordable.
Aroma / Appearance - A reddish cherry core pours like melted licorice. The strong willed vanilla head refuses to melt away for a long time. Spicy brown sugar, red cream, and sourdough bread add complexity that stands out yet without a complete "wow" factor that makes you want to linger.
Flavor / Palate - Lipton's malty iced tea fills the mouth with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Red vines wash away the bitterness. The pedestrian finish falls short of remarkable though it does settle for playing things safe. I wouldn't go out of my way to get a 12 pack though if you live in a beer wasteland it may be a solid fallback.
Can pour. Pours a dark reddish amber. Super bright and aromatic - cinnamon and spices, interesting. Light bodied. Subtle malty flavor - weak finish. Not bad. ganache (6003) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2017
Pint can from VE. Nose semi-sweet caramel and nice malt; nutty with low, fruity Cascade mingling with crystal. Very nice! Pour deep, clear caramel-amber with a foamy, tight beige-tan head. Caramel and crystal malts in the mouth, medium bitterness throughout, firm with nice melanoidin and nutty, grainy malt character; a little more sweetness than expected, perhaps even a touch of smoke (perhaps compromise to smoke) and wood. The Simcoe seems more expressed in the mouthfeel than the flavor, and there’s a nice quenching smack because of it. Seems like more alcohol than there really is, a sting there to match the heavy crystal. there’s a lot to like here, but I don’t know that I’d ever want more than one at a time, very much a slow-down sipper for me. [2017.08.17: 3.5] Drake (14033) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Tallboy can Beer Run. Clear red, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, berries. The taste is pine, resin, apple, caramel. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. hershiser2 (3533) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2017
Pint can from Wine Warehouse. Pours red with a large, soft off-white to beige head. Aroma is pine, floral hops, caramel: quite nice. Flavor is nice floral hops, bitter nuts, pine, caramel, resin, citrus. Dry and very solid.
chucklemation (1734) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2017
Pours a copper-red with a long-lasting white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel malts with floral, pine, and earthy hops. Flavor is citrus, floral, pine, and earthy hops with some caramel malts and resin. Dry, with a well-carbonated, crisp body. Pretty good. mrjaxson (607) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2017
A great deal of depth in this amber, not of which is indicated by a mundane, caramel-heavy aroma. The taste is a wonderful combination of sweet and bitter, and the finish is resinous then chewy then dry. Enjoyed on tap. DialSquare (5102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2017
Draft from Giant Eagle in Grandview: copper pour, light tan head. aroma of resiny citrus, bread. tastes are caramel malts, citrus hops, toasty, light spice. arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Reddish brown. Everything you would want in a red. Dry red fruits, mild hopping. Malty, yet balanced. MarkSachon (1034) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Draft at Hough’s in Pittsburgh. Nothing to rave about here and disappointed that Great Lakes has been dragging through the mud of late. Hope they get better down the road.