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RATINGS: 98   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (689) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
22oz Bottle, Reddish brown pour. Piny grapefruit aromas that blend well, very full, but not overly bold. Great mix of hop flavors and sweet malts, smooth. Finishes with honeys and bitters and some burn from the alcohol. Damn good! Very well balanced and very drinkable.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (798) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Pours slightly cloudy brown with ruby highlights. Medium tan head that dissapates. Aroma is strong alchohol, dank citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is morecof the same with some bitterness and a touch more tropical fruits. Its just too much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"Another big red going for balance between Carmel chocolate and nutty malts and sweet and bitter citrusy hops. Pretty well done though not enough to justify the price tag."

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1165) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Pour from 12oz bottle. Clear deep red brew with one finger of dense tan head. Great aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, a little caramel. Taste is sweet at the start, a light resinous bitter up front, moderately complete fruity towards the end and then with a drier finish. A little boozey at the very end. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkeh (204) - Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Pours a dark ruby red color, foamy beige head that provides excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, red barley, mild grapefruit, some pine, spruce, and honey. Taste follows the aroma nicely. Medium bodied, this is a very good beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2014
well, i really don’t like reds or imperial reds so but i have to try them all . . pours a deep ruby tan .. lots of bangin foam head . fantastic lacing .. . a bit warm in the throat .. . deep caramel and red malts .. . a very well made beer, balanced beautifully .. . . Did you ever spell a word so bad that your spell check has absolutely no clue what you’re trying to spell? What do you end up getting, you end up getting, like, a question mark. You got a million dollars of technology just looking back at you like, ’You got me, buddy. Which is pretty amazing because I have all the words.’

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ametras (404) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
22oz bottle. Clear ruby red with a frothy beige head. Flavors are caramel, brown sugar, toasted malts, dried fruits, pine resin, minerals, citrus, grass and alcohol with nutty and earthy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2605) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/20/2014. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial red ale. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (531) - - AUG 16, 2014
Bomber. Caramel malt sweetened followed by citrus hop notes. Pours a deep red color with one finger of tan head and a little bit of lacing. Starts with sweet caramel flavors with notes of citrus. Finishes dry with good citrus hop flavor. Nice red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1936) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bomber: dark red pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is toffee, bready. Piney hop. Light peppery spice. Flavour is fruity, some alc sweetness on front of palate. Bready and caramel. Pine and citrus hop through mid palate. Despite an obvious alc note, it manages to not be overly so. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3958) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is red, beige colored head, and red in color. The smell is malts, grass, resin, caramel, and syrup. The taste is alcohol, strong, hops, grass, and ok.


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