90 Green Lakes Organic Ale, Deschutes Brewery (OR). 5.2% ABV (3/10)
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of peach and apple cobbler with a nice toasty crust, clay and citrus yogurt follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with brown sugar and butter cream notes. Finishes with a nice wave of grapefruit-marmalade-on-nut-bread-toast hop and malt flourishes. Beautifully arced flavors make this a pleasure to drink.
90 Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale, Rogue Ales (OR). 5.8% ABV (3/11)
Copper color. Hearty, earthy roasted grain and root vegetable aromas and flavors with a smooth, dryish medium-to-full body and nut, rye and pine notes on the long tangy finish. Refreshing and rich.
90 Dry Hopped Red Ale, Rogue Ales (OR). 5.3% ABV (2/11)
Deep amber color. Bright hoppy aromas of leafy greens, lemon curd and cake with a frothy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed green tea, okra- and kale-accented finish. A very nicely hopped and food friendly table companion; serve with spicy sausages.
90 Organic Free Range Red, Laurelwood Brewing Co. (OR). 6.1% ABV (2/11)
Bright deep amber color. Aromas of caramel pudding and honeyed Meyer lemon cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, frothy, clay, leafy microgreens- and radish spouts-accented finish. Very earthy, pure, subtly styled and balanced; will be great at the table or on its own.
89 Stepchild Red, Hop Valley Brewing Co. (OR). 6% ABV (3/11)
Deep reddish copper color. Aromas of lemon-polished pine plank, warm grapefruit compote, mustard seed and frosted scone with a supple, zesty, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory and astringent, baked apple and citrus, pine bark and peppery hop finish. A hophead’s red ale.
89 Fixed Gear American Red Ale, Lakefront Brewery (WI). 6.5% ABV (3/11)
Hazy reddish copper color. Bold grapefruity and piney hop aromas and flavors with an underlayment of sauerkraut and borscht. Round and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dusty grain, honeyed citrus pith and earthy hop-driven finish. A nice savory food beer to pair with sausages and spicy stews.
88 St. Rogue Dry Hopped Red Ale, Rogue Ales (OR). 5.3% ABV (3/10)
Copper color. Bold aromas of crystallized ginger, honeyed grapefruit peels and tangerine butter on toast follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with creamy lemon frozen yogurt notes. Finishes with a touch of vanilla mint, citrus chutney and surprisingly smoothness.
88 Lancaster Amber, Lancaster Brewery (England). 3.7% ABV (3/10)
Bright amber color. Aromas of warm multigrain toast drizzled with caramel follow through on a round entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with a touch of toasted nuts. Finishes with a charming, grassy hop fade. A clean, well-crafted session beer; bring on the fish and chips.
88 Brunehaut Bio Amber Ale, Brunehaut Brewery (Belgium). 6.5% ABV (9/10)
Cloudy deep amber color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts and chocolate. Round and silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Seamlessly integrated flavors display hint of dried fruits, roasted root vegetables and hay on the gentle finish. A lovely sipper.
88 Full Sail Amber Ale, Full Sail Brewing Co. (OR). 5.5% ABV (3/11)
Bright copper color. Mild aromas of honeycomb, rye cracker and dried pear with a round, frothy dryish medium body and a praline, pepper and astringent, frisée-like hop finish. A nice session beer.
88 American Amber Ale, Rogue Ales (OR). 5.3% ABV (3/11)
Deep amber color. Creamy lemon curd and coconut cream aromas. Crisp, lightly fruity and medium-bodied with a nicely astringent hoppy bite and a touch of wood sap. Solid.
88 Jamaica Red Ale, Mad River Brewing Co. (CA). 6.5% ABV (2/11)
Dark copper mahogany color. Aromas of honeycomb, stewed fruits and vegetables with a supple, chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, raisin bread crust and leafy, citrusy hop twang. A very good choice for meaty curries and hot spicy stews.
87 Danny’s Irish Red Ale, Moylan’s Brewing Co. (CA). 6.5% ABV (2/11)
Bold aromas of grilled romaine and oven-roasted peanuts with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body where notes of toasted zucchini and date breads, white cigar ash and kiwi emerge. A very interesting odyssey, with the emphasis on the odd.
87 Rad Red Amber Ale, Upland Brewing (IN). 5.6% ABV (2/11)
Pale amber color. Aromas of caramel mocha custard Danish and plaster with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted whole nut, peppery arugula-like hop finish.
87 Hobgoblin Ale, Wychwood Brewery Co. (England). 5.4% ABV (3/11)
Deep copper color. Nutty praline and pumpernickel bread pudding aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, nicely balanced craisin, fruit nut and earthy hop finish. A nice session beer.