In the ale category Amber/Reds are early on the road to dark beers. Pale Ales, use malts that are light in flavor and color. Moving into the Amber/Reds realm the malt flavor begins to stand out more and begins to compete more with the hops. Many well hopped Amber/Reds I've had seem to have an identity crisis. The malt and hops flavors battle it out in your mouth for an unpleasant experience. However, there are some very good ones.
A friend bought this from the Pangaea Bottle shop. It has an ABV of 6.4%.
The beer pours a dark amber color with a foamy, medium sized, slightly off-white head that leaves lots of lacings. Be warned, this is a bottle conditioned beer so there will be yeast and a bit of hop sediment floating in the drink. What does that mean? Extra nutrients and vitamins for you. And your beer is alive.
The aroma is upfront with the sweet malts and supported by citrus and pine hops. The taste hits you with the sweet, bready malts, hints of dark fruit, and the hops, citrus, pine and a little bit of spice at the dry finish. Medium thick body, nice cabronation and rich.
This is a great example of a West Coast Red. Well balanced flavor - the malts and hops balance each other well. I suspect that the bittering hops were down played in place of dry hopping. The IBU isn't particularly high, but the hop flavor is very present. This is a Must Have It.