JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012brokensail (16436) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
I had this on tap at Triple Rock in Berkeley. The description basically said that it was a big red ale, and it was, with some pronounced hops. IMO it lacked a bit in balance
On tap @ Triple Rock. Amber pour with an off-white head. Fairly hop forward aroma. Lots of pine, wood, herbs, and grapefruit. Lightly minty. Some sweet caramel and toast, too. Flavor is lightly sweet. Decent caramel, toast, and bread. A hint of orange peel, some mint, grapefruit, and big time pine flavor and bitterness. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2012
A - Served a copper-red with a thin layer of white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving a touch of lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with pine/earthy hops. There is also some richer bready malts as well in the background.
T - Starts off similar to the nose with sweet caramel bready malts with some pine/grassy hop and light bitterness. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with some richer malt flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malt with some pine and earthy hops and some bitterness.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big red ale with a good amount of hops that balances the big malty backbone well. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
On tap. Pours with a hazed red hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are spicy, hoppy, pine, earthy and a bit of caramel. Flavors are bitter, a bit green, pine, evergreen, hoppy. Some caramel and medium to light esters. A bit thin on the body. Medium to slightly lively carbonation. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On draft at Triple Rock. This year’s version is an imperial red at 7.8% ABV. It pours reddish copper with a small cream colored head. The aroma has lots of red fruity hops with some caramel backing. The flavor has a strong hop presence of pine, spice and decent caramel notes before a big bitter finish. Certainly a hop forward red with just a hint of maltiness.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Clear deep garnet red with a creamy off white head. Citrus and herbal hops hang on the nose beside sweet spice and toasted grain. Tastes of citrus hops coffee toasted grain and a hint of nutmeg with a smooth roasty and citrus finish. Very good. marcus (10149) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
On tap at Toronado. Poured dark brown with a thin beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a chalky burnt malt and molasses flavor with a bitter hop finish. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Poured dark reddish amber, piney hops, caramel, roasted malts, little alcohol, little spice, slightly vegital. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Tasted at the 5th Annual (2008) Triple Rock Firkin Fest. This spiced ale poured a medium amber color from the firkin. Small sized white head. Aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet and spicy. A light to medium bodied holiday ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops were earthy and floral. Lightly spiced. Nice soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2008
Beautiful deep red-burgundy beer; smallish yellow-brown head. Hoppy nose, with dark malts & chocolate. Aroma as from dark green leaves - holly? Hop tea: with malt, aromatic hops, bitterhops, and bitter leaf vegetables as Roman salad or spinach. Good balance. Spices, retronasal, are unidentifyable. Medium bodied at best. Weak point of this beer is its rather thinnish body, beefed-up by the spices. Thank God ( and Rodger D.) this bears no resemblance to their I. Wit. This one is quite passable!