Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Draft. Red, pretty head. Spruce and slight earth aroma. Flavor initially of grapefruit, quickly turns spruce with an earthy finish. Hint of roastiness. Body a bit thin. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Dry hopped version on tap: Pours a rich reddish copper with a puffy off-white head. Aroma of floral fresh hops and dry caramel maltiness. Body is semi-sweet and full with a nice balance of hops. Finishes dry and lightly bitter. The dried hopping really adds a nice touch. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 11, 2004
Pours dark red with a good sized tan head. Taste is a little sweet with a decent amount of hops. This beer isn’t too extreme with some ingredients which makes it very enjoyable and drinkable throughout the entire 220z. bottle. rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Deep reddish-amber, slightly hazy body with an inch thick beige colored head and a good deal of latent carbonation. The aroma is caramel malt and a whiff of sourdough bread along with a decent dose of piney and floral hops that are typical of Rogue. The taste is dominantly caramelized malts, along with some sourness, and a hint nuts and smoke. The hops are assertively bitter at the start of each sip and reemerge in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy, and is helped along by the high level of carbonation. This beer packs a lot of flavor, and has a decent session potential, but is a bit too bitter when consumed at cooler than cellar temperature. As it warms to near room temperature, a more robust sweet and malty character emerges mid-palette, making the beer much more appealing. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
This is very nice red ale. Pours turbid reddish brown, with aroma of malt and hops. Tastes malty, with a hop, malt, and sweet finish. Nicely balanced and very smooth at the finish.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2004
This is one of my favorites. Pours cloudy amber with a pleasant creamy head. Flavors of toasted malt, pine, carmel, and sprucy hops. Earthy and remarkable. balanced and delicious. another solid offering from rogue. TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
aroma of piney hops, roasted malts. Very nice ruby red apprearance, white foamy head with above-average lacing. Earthy flavours, hoppy bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Lingering creaminess. A dry refreshing finish. A solid pint from the boys out west. 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Big beige head, initially creamy then very rocky and leaving behind thick, splothcy lace. Fully lasting head. Attractive copper body, lots of red, slightly cloudy. Aroma is yeast and caramel malts and definite hop presence, but hard to pick out; hints of citrus, fruit(pear, apricot) and honey with warmth . Front is foamy, medium body finish is watery texture and dry mouthfeel; much mouth watering. Caramel malts make a guest appearance right quick, some coffee, then a toasty, grapefruit peel bitter finish. Some pine in there and sour. Interesting and complex red! Your mouth goes on a flavor and mouthfeel tour with this one--fun! IPA-ish and bitter, long duration finish. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
Large, rocky, tan head, decent retention and lace. Clear, red hued brew, good looking. Toasty malt nose with a nice flowery hop presence. Medium body. Dry, crystal malt flavor, toasty with light citrus notes. Finish is dry with a good malt, hop balance. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Appearnace: deep, dark reddish, nearly copper hue, and an impressive, fluming creamy tan head atop, softly crumbling down.
Aroma: terrifically sweet, creamy, nutty, with a hint of spice.
Wonderfully filling mouthfeel, a sense of flooding and washing over the mouth, tongue, and all applicable areas. Good'n' malty, but very little hop presence.
Delicious, sweet, giving and warm texture. Long, sweet, happy finish. A refreshing occurence of flavor occurs again and again, a constant supply of tastiness, with a nice emergence of fruit in the middle.
Hops show up a little late on the palate and are well-appreciated.
One of the better tasting Red Ales I've ever drunk and down, and I'm sure I'll revisit it again, and again. Quite a nice little beer! (The 22oz. serving size in the typically handsome Rogue bottle was a bit short, I felt. Maybe Magnums are in order?)