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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A full-bodied deep mahogany ale with ruby red highlights. Citrus notes of chamomile, grapefruit and Meyer lemon brighten the aroma. A zesty array of hop flavors from mango and bitter orange to green mint and hibiscus meld with the nutty, roasted caramel and subtle dried fruit flavors of the complex malt profile to create a surprisingly fresh, yet warming example of the style.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Bang on imperial red,sent from craftshack.Very drinkable after a long hot busy day, but really many brewers could have made this same thing. Tangy and malty and bigger mouthfeel. Lots of head and lace.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Ruby in color, fairly dark, large frothy sandy head, super nice lacing.   Sweet citrus and pithiness on the nose.   A bit more hoppy than sweet on the tongue.   Strong sweet pith and citrus peel overall.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Feels pretty viscous at times.   Finishes with a strong citrus based hoppiness, malty, slightly sweet, and overall a tasty example of a big Red/Amber Ale.   Not as malty as I would have thought, but decent enough.   Certainly more hop than malt, but thats okay.   Enjoyable example at least.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (900) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Bomber purchased at Distillers Outlet in Poway ($8.49). Pours a nice garnet-red hue with two fingers of beige foam. Aroma of sweet-ish malts, wet pine forest, some citrus, honey, and floral hops. Flavor of pine sap, nutty caramel, bitter and semi-sweet citrus, brewed dark tea, and some sticky dark fruit. Though the hops are quite noticeable, this has only moderate bitterness. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The relatively high ABV is utterly concealed here. Solid imperial red ale. (70, 796)

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on June 28th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark red haze.
Aroma: Aroma of lemon and light grapefruit.
Taste: Medium bitterness, pine, orange, caramel on the end.
Palate:Medium body, slightly slick, no carbonation, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: I am always a sucker for this style. This one is more accesible than some of the more aggresive ones, has a nice amount of flavor. Kind of wish aroma was more hop laden.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, roasted malt, grapefruit, and pine. Flavor of caramel, grass, nuts, citrus, pine, some earthiness, and roasted grain with a dry, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Clear copper color with ivory head. Pine, tea leaf, caramel aromas with mild alcohol. medium body, average carbonation. Nice flora, tea leaf hoppy flavors with a light caramel base brew---drying finish--good strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2246) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Poured from a bomber thanks to Mike. Notes of caramel, citrusy, floral, malty, toffee, fruity. This was easy drinking, surprising with this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
improvjock (321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish red with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is a mix of citrus hops and sugary malts. Flavor is piny hops, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
bottled, thanks to mora2000, red amber pour with no head, aroma is hoppy caramel, flavor is nice creamy malted caramel with some hops, good finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Medium red with a white head. Aroma is pine with some caramel and sugar notes. Flavor is resinous pine, as well as some juicy orange, caramel, brown sugar and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.


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