RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A perfect blend of malt and hops, this light red ale features "Belgian Special B", one of our brewer's favorite malts. The sweetness of toasted caramel and maple are evident, finishing with a slight hop profile.

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detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pours a nice clear copper color, with just a thin layer of foam on top. No lacing. Very mild malt in the aroma. Smooth and drinkable, but very mild malt presence. Fairly generic, maybe a little bit o’ honey in the aftertaste. A little bit of hops kick in at midsip, and the finish is a bit on the dry side. Lightish in body, fully carbonated. Easy drinking, but not complicated at all. Exceptionally clean.

JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Simple, some malt in the aroma. Hops and malt in the taste. An ale? Tastes like an ESB to me. Good.

ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Middling quiet softish malts, not yet integrated into the total flavor. Like the festivus, several tones come through in competition. Yet finishes smoothly on the palate and is friendly through several tries. I would have this again.

beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Softly dark golden amber yellow color with a small fluffy off-white cap that keeps a good stay. Lacing in average amounts of strings and spots while maintaining an always present little skim and thick collaring. Aroma is lightly lofty thats sweet and a bit toasty of a honey baked bread. Taste is swift and quick with a tender approaching malt thats sweet and bready, very slight caramel and thin maple syrup notes. Finish is really nice and subtle, great little backing of a dryish floral hop sweetness that just floats across the back end with care. Nicely done and very well balanced with a easy smooth cleanness to it. Feel isn’t much I’m afraid, clean, sweet, and crispened, a bit soft and a tad thin within a thinner mediumness of body, yet, plays a creamy smooth sweetened edge from the malts and one pleasant-as-all-hell subtle hop finish. An excellent little drinker, wets the whistle and keeps a great balance with a fun subtle finish. Major session material and growlerable!

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Brown/Amber Coloring with Good Creamy Head. Spicy/Hoppy Aroma... Definitly Not a Perfect Balanced Blend of Malt and Hops. Toasted Caramel...almost a Grainy Flavor. Medium Body. Some Malt in the Background With Hoppy Notes Spiking the Tongue..Mild Carbonation. Decent, But Nothing I’d Ask For Again.

badgerben (5374) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark amber color with a medium head. Aroma of citrus with a little spice (nutmeg?). The taste is hoppy and bittery, but it does not suffer from tasting like a pine forest. Very carbonated. Definitely served way too cold, although the taste and aroma did not improve remarkably when it warmed up. Decent, but unfortunately, not special.

Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Smells like someone is cooking in the house and someone else is starting a fire in the fireplace. Malty, bock-like, slightly fruity notes fading into a dry, murky piece of toast. Good sessionable beer, though served too cold. (on tap at brewpub)

Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2004
At brewpub on 12/23/2004 - Appearance is lighter amber color with a decent head and some lace. The aroma is of hops and malt. The flavor is much the same with a decent balance. This really seems to be a decent session beer, but nothing special. I like other efforts that this brewer puts forth much more.

jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Tap @ brewpub. Medium amber color with a laced light brown head. A balanced hop aroma made this a good plae ale / Summit substitute. Not a remarkable beer but easy drinkin’.

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 I must thank wawood beating me on this one, and tackling the task of assigning a stylistic designation. The bartender, Andy, called it a hybrid, and the brewer, Mike Hoops said it was close to a Scotch Ale, but he was still thinking about that. These were the only other clues... "...highlights one of my favorite malts....Belgian Special B, wonderful toasty caramel and maple flavors make this a smooth and delicious beer. Don’t worry some new hop flavors are evident.."....but on to drink the thing. Rusty copper color, clear, with a big, but swiftly diminishing light cocoa-tan head. Malty aromatics, rich, amber/coppery tones, herbal and a tad spicy, with subtle hop characteristics popping through. Really has an ESB/amber ale feel in the nose. Very clean entry on the palate, smooth and brisk. Malty taste, but a minimum of hops, but they play well with the flavor. There’s a touch of graininess, and a bready feel, with a caramel glaze over it all. Medium bodied, mild, even-keeled finish. Very tasty, though...I like it more as I finish the pint. There’s a slick oily feel that adds to the drinkablity. Excellent session brew, and a surprise of sorts, after recent introductions of a spiced ale and a coffee porter, to find a new creation that’s a simple, uncomplicated quaffer.

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