mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Super hoppy Irish red ale. Strictly for the hop heads. Rubicon makes some tasty beers and this is anothrr example. I like my Irish ales to be big on the malty side. This one is all thr way on the hoppy side. DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Pint on tap at the brewpub. Lightly sweet, sugary malt nose present with some hints of citrus orange. Some cereal and grainy malts, too. Nice aroma...quaffable. Moderatly hazy amber body with a medium tan head and ok lacing. Herbal, sweet, malty, brown sugary flavors in the start and in the middle. Towards the end, this becomes quite hoppy with piney, orangey, and some light hempy hop flavors, too. Centennial and Simcoe hops perhaps? Either way, not a true Irish Ale, per se. This is closer to an "Imperial Red" in the mold of Yulesmith, which is definitely not a bad thing. Yum yum. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
Bright amber-red colour. Big floral peachy aroma with a light caramel malt note. Rich hoppy, malty flavour. There is nothing Irish in these orangey bitter hops. Deceptive strength. Pretty damn good American red ale. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
From a Big 3 Liter bottle from the Brewers. Talked to a brewer and I really have to say this was really enjoyable. Pours dark red with a tan head. Nose is super awesome and very nice reminiscent of nelson, smells like super citrus orange juice. Taste is malty and sweet and nice and hoppy and nice and big. Glad to try it. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear dark red. Atop, sits a big dense tan head.
Aroma: Citrusy Amarillo type dry hopping, caramel and red apple skins.
Taste: Spicy sweet malt, burnt sugar, and a mild but noticeable hop bitterness that lingers.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad creamy.
Overall: A really nice red ale. Please don’t let the name fool you, this is much better than your typical Irish red. The malts are nicer, and that California kiss of hops takes it from good to great.
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Pours ruby copper with a nice tan head. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and minerals taking the lead. Candy like malts in the background balance it out, but this is a surprisingly hop forward brew. The flavor is caramel, earth, piney, citrusy. Very good. bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Color is a ruby brown with tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is malty with strong hop notes as well. Flavor is smooth and malty on the start but finishes with a slight hop bitterness and light hop flavor. Medium bodied and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall a good Irish ale. fezzy (105) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Great dark ruby-red color with a head that is even rather orange itself. Hoppy nose dominates malt scent, lot of grapefruit and pine. Taste is super hoppy (more grapefruit and pine, plus orange) for an IRA, which I personally find extremely yummy, but with a robust, earthy caramel malt presence that stands up to the hops very impressively. Very easy to drink. Maybe too hoppy for the a traditional IRA, but a very good offering by Rubicon. hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
On tap at the brewpub in Sacramento. This came in the glass a really rich red color, with a light pink head and light lacing Hops greet you in the nose and smell like citrus and pine. Very nice clean mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly bitter hops, and the finish is bitter also. Really easy to drink. leiris (1) - Davis, USA - MAR 15, 2010 does not count
Nice, fairly hoppy, red ale. Red ales aren’t normally my thing, but I picked this up because I typically can’t find Rubicons at my grocery store, and I was pleasantly surprised. A well balanced ale; coppery taste and smell, some honey and caramel in there, not too sweet or malty; rich all around. Not your typical red ale.