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Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 16 4 9 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to Wetpaperbag. I had actually never heard of this brew, but I am getting more and more excited about Red Ales. Served up in my DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours a really nice red brown, lives up to the name of the style. Held to the light you get some really nice red and yellows coming out. The pour got me a good finger of off white head. The head has decent retention, slowly falling to nice and decently thick collar. Spotty lacing sits on the glass. Pretty good carbonation activity going on here. Overall, good looking.

S: Smell is actually pretty tame. Getting hops and malt but its all pretty subdued. The hops are nice and bringing on some pine resin. The malts are caramel and somewhat sweet. There is a wierd earthiness coming out, but I can't put my finger on what it is exactly. Can't tell if this is good or bad. Its ok in this department.

T: Taste brings it a bit more than the nose. Getting some really nice pine coming out here. I mean it smells like a pine cone. Nice resin presence. The malts are caramel and biscuity. The earthiness is probably coming out in the form of some nice barley presence. Has a really nice balance. The hops have bite, the malt cuts it a bit, and the barley brings a nice earthiness that makes this a really nice balanced brew.

M: Medium bodied brew that is a bit on the lighter side. This brew does have a slick and sticky feel. The brew is a bit prickly on the throat from the carbonation presence. ABV is light and there is just enough to let you know its there, but it doesn't take anything away from the feel. Aftertaste is all piney hops.

D: Yet again, a great drinking brew from Deschutes. Smooth and easy drinking with no crazy wieght or alcohol to slow this down. Sits nice and light. Easily a brew you could drink a sixer of without realizing. The flavors are nice and balanced and bring a nice complexity to it. I was shocked the nose didn't come out more, but it absolutely shines in all other categories. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-30-2009 03:40:00

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 07/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 4 9 2009
I picked up a single 12oz bottle today from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor. For some reason I thought I had already reviewed this one.

Pours a caramel color with some red hues when held to the light. A massive two inches of foam adorns the top of this beer with excellent retention and thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

At first sniff I pick up notes of caramel, toast, sweet citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and lemons. A light touch of chocolate scent in the background. Fruity esters from the yeast remind me of the flesh of raisins, dates, and a bit of plum. Some flowery and slightly earthy notes also can be detected.

The taste is similar to the aroma, starts off with some caramel, toffee, chocolate, and toast upfront. In the middle are a variety of fruits that I also detected in the nose: raisins, plums, and dates. In the finish are the hops with a citrus flavor of sweet lemons, flowers, a touch earthy, and orange. The second sip has a lot of Amarillo flavor, lemony, citrus and flowery. The finish is semi-dry, clean, and refreshing. Low bitterness in the finish but enough to keep this one balanced and linger on the tongue for a bit.

Moderate carbonation, very easy on the palate. Drinkability is high as well.

Served In: Pint Glass

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