theisti (4177) - Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2013
12 oz bottle from a trade with BrewJay. The pour is brown ruby copper with a large three inch light tan head that falls slowly and rockily. The aroma is caramel toasted malt along with softer pine floral hop resin. The taste is the caramel malt mostly, though the resin and bitterness of the hop’s are in the back and the finish. The palate is medium bodied, a bit chewy, the bitterness and a bit of alcohol is in the finish. Nice take on a style I don’t normally love. Thanks Jay. J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Burnt wood notes in the aroma along with earthy notes. Clear copper/amber color with a light tan head. Scorched sugar and molasses sweetness followed by a creamy vanilla flavor. The alcohol becomes very evident at this point along with a good bitter earth/forest hop presence. A bit of butterscotch in the back along with more charred wood notes. Finishes dry and sweet with a lasting bitterness. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Imperial ale flavor. Good alcohol flavor mixed with hops and good citrus finish. Very tasty beer. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark red amber body, clear with short tan head. Fruitcake, maraschino cherry-almond bread, pine, juicy ripe oranges, pressure-treated lumber and brown malts. Pumpernickel bread shows up in the finish. Brutal bitterness, medium-high sweetness, somewhat savory, decent malt firmness. It’s seemingly dry even though I can tell on the approach that it’s sweet. Sweet but not too sweet, and the hop acids cut the sugar well. With the silty / minerally Sierra Nevada yeast and strong pine resin character it seems like a different iteration of Celebration, which was one of the original American Red IPAs. So it’s got that going for it. penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Pours ruby orange with a light tan head. Aroma is lots of pine, grapefruit and orange, and some toasted malt. Taste is a pretty standard (but tasty) grapefruit and pine, with some herbal notes. A bit of caramel and toasted malt as well. Resinous mouth-coating bitterness. Full smooth mouthfeel.
dfearnley (2284) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle to tulip
Aroma of toasted malt, pine, and alcohol.
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick bubbly off white head, shrinking quickly to 2mm and then lasting. Taste is toasted malt, dark chocolate, and strong bitterness. It starts sweet and then ends bitter...so this is unbalanced. If both were together, I’d say this was a great beer, but as it is, it’s just good. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
2013-12-14. Crisp dark red brown body moderate head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly hoppy over malty core. Flavour is richly malty up front, touch Of toasty roasty malt, mild bitterness. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Enjoyable. On tap at Abraxas, Miami VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Enjoyed at the Three Penny Taproom. A well balanced, but very hoppy red ale. Love the hops and it is a very beautiful ruby in color beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours a reddish brown into the nonic pint glass. Large white head that lasts for awhile, fair lacing on the glass. Aroma is resin and floral hop notes combined with caramel malts. Don’t get the citrus however. Some booze in the taste upfront. Nice finish but a little off with the carbonation. Pretty good ASA but not one to remember. Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle from Thistle News. It pours deep red with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, pine, varnish, jammy berry and Dr Pepper. The taste is varnish, pine, caramel, red berry, jam, cherry cola, citrus peel and some alcohol. Med+ body and moderate carbonation. Decent.