A: Medium Amber with definate red tinge with slight haze. Off white, medium full foam. Definately some lacing on the glass.
S: Very rich toffee maltiness covering sweet, medium dark fruitiness. Any hop aroma seems to swirl into malt.
T: Not thick syrup the aroma suggests. Soft sweetness, disaptes into caramel and orange citurs blend. More fresh fruit aftertaste, almost no hop bitterness. Carbonation levels are balanced.
O: At first taste I wasn't sure about this beer. On subsequent trys I became a big fan. The initial red ale tea notes gave way to much deeper and complex toffee with blends of citrus/tropical fruits. FFFs has no fear in making each brew totally it own.
Poured clear with a nice three inch, off-white foam. Lacing is above average with the foam becoming frothy as it recedes. Lacing
Aroma has more hops than sweet malt. The hops is mostly citrus with a touch of floral. Smells more like an ipa than anything else.
Taste starts off with nice hops then the middle brings on some malt while the finish is once again all hops. Floral and citrus all around. Nice.
Medium bodies beer with medium or better carbonation that is befitting. Hop juice almost came out of this fresh bottle.
Like any of the hoppy beers from FFF (do they make anything that isn't?), make sure to have it fresh. Easy to have several or, in my case, a bomber in one sitting. If you are expecting a real red, pass, if you like hops, go for it. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers