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.
very little hop aroma, but strong, warm, full malt aroma. The honey malt came through very clear. It was exactly what was expected.
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.
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.