Tasting: October 29, 2011
Style: Ale (Red)
Other information: 5.1% ABV – Dry hopped
Pours a rich red with not much of a head. Nice aroma. You can easily pick up a grassy/earthy hop over a sweet base. Unfortunately, the flavor isn’t as easy to pick up. You might get the same hop and sweet malt, but it’s tucked behind a watery and fizzy front. Funny, the hop does show itself fairly strongly on the finish in the form of strong black tea and orange rind – but I don’t expect my flavor to come after I’ve swallowed. I’ve let this one warm up — but no change in result. I (somewhat) criticized Stone’s Levitation for being a watered down version of what would be a good beer. Same applies here — but I would easily put Levitation ahead of this one. I’ll call it 78 points.