fidelis83 (2509) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Dark amber to garnet pour with a 2-3 finger creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, wet cereal, earthy grain, then floral, spicy, citrus and fresh pine hops, light bready and tree fruit notes. Flavor is dark caramel, fruity yeast, an odd hint of banana here and there, earthy grain, light toffee, then sweet and bitter citrus, earthy floral, pine, cooked guava and spicy hops. Medium body, dry, slightly chewy entry, light to medium carbonation, light boozy warmth, dry, slightly astringent finish. Good stuff for sure, I don’t know why this isn’t classed as an IPA, but it’s good. wlajwl (7075) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Aroma is pine, bread and spices. The flavor is grapefruit, malts, fruit, mild hop resin and a spicy/slightly sour finish. mtravis63 (30) - Haughton, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
From 12 oz. bottle. A little scent of caramel, nuttiness, spruce, and faint citrus. Amber/Copper color with thin tan head and medium lacing. Lightly bitter and slightly acidic feel to the palate with a stinging feeling for about a minute after taste continuing to a and hop resin finale. A very thin texture with little carbonation. Overall the First One Down wouldn’t be my last one I would drink! AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Fresh but substantial notes in the aroma: characteristically fruity Amarillo hops, grapefruit, a bit of peach, some molasses, candied orange peel, a little pine, and dark caramel. The alcohol becomes a factor toward the bottom third of the glass. Sturdy mouthfeel, with mild carbonation and a medium body. The taste leans bitter, with some dark-caramel sweetness that maybe obscures some of the freshness brought by the hops. Otherwise very enjoyable and tasty -- and yes, warming. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12 oz bottle
**Summary** - A gift from Santa this year I cracked this open to celebrate the holidays. After sampling it I look forward to trying the rest of the Utah beers that were in the package. For a state that is not known for its beer they seem to make some interesting stuff.
**Aroma / Appearance** - A one finger eggshell rested delicately above a blood red fluid body. Minimal lacing was to be expected from this midrange ABV release. The smell of warm malts and hops was a change from the spiciness of other Christmas ales. Like a young barleywine it invites more attention.
**Flavor / Palate** - Hoppy and oaky at the start it transitions to a sweet but light aftertaste. Deceptively smooth it was easy to enjoy. Above average and above my expectations the malty taste made this well worthwhile.
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle sampled at bockyhorseys place. Pours a nice ruby reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of hops and caramel. Flavor is Hops, caramel, bread. Earthy finish and quite sweet. mcox90 (2140) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of Douglas88. Pours a lovely deep amber color with a 1/2" off white head. Aroma is fruity hops and caramel. Nice substantial palate. Flavor is fruity/floral hops with a nice sweet background of caramel & brown sugar. Nice balance of sweet and hop bite. Very enjoyable. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, Caramel aroma hits the nose. Amber body. Carmel thickness and moderately sweet. Good winter warmer berr. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Not the largest fan of the variety, but this beer surprised me. Crisp flavor. Hops nice and smooth to the tongue. viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Nice head and lacing, clear dark amber color. Smells of hops, citrus, ligh malt. Taste is of carmel, malt, hops, citrus. This is a very good session beer. Reminds me of a light Arrogant Bastard.