I will be stealing ohio's format for reviews because I like it I won't be giving a number out of 50, because I have no idea how to do that appropriately.
Old HO Red Ale
Uncapping / Pouring / Aesthetics: Slight pfft on popping the top. Aroma was strong and fast straight out the bottle neck. Small head on pour, about 1/4 inch. Head faded almost instantly. The color was right on, deep amber to red. Not much for clarity, but was not expected for this specialty ale.
Aroma: very little hop aroma, but strong, warm, full malt aroma. The honey malt came through very clear. It was exactly what was expected.
Palate: First second: More head needed. 2+ seconds in: Malty and round as expected, but thinner than anticipated. In no way is it a thin beer, but the flavor combined with the mouthfeel was like a light, fluffy caramel. Was sweet, tasty, no hop flavor. I love it. The honey malt gives a sweet edge that I really enjoy.
Upon a second sip I'm noticing great carbonation. Fully carbed, all the way through. Bubbles rolling off my tongue from beginning to end.
Proximity to the Style: As a specialty beer, you can't do much with this. It has red in the name and it's definintely red. It's not a high ABV specialty or a spiced specialty and characters from neither of those come through, so I guess it's right on here.
Overall Impression: Pleasant. I couldn't drink this at the pub all night, or even at a party. But there are certain settings I could see myself putting down 4 or 5 pints. Fall evening, with a friend or two, after dinner. I would like to have seen more head. I figured the oats would have taken care of that, but maybe needs some more, or some dextrine malt/more dextrine malt if there was any. The head may have faded because I chilled it overnight. I've heard that can effect the carbonation. But, the carbonation level did seem right on.