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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.’s (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
A - pours burnt amber red with high fluffy white head that clings to the glass. S - strong caramel malts up front, leads to a faint soapy piney hops. Simple. M - medium bodied high carb brew. Lingering bitterness. T - strong caramel malts up front, goes immediately to a grassy bitter citrus hop palate. Honey and candied citrus undertones. Lingering sharp bitter hops with soapy notes. Very sweet tones float under the bitter hop bite. O - pretty good. 6

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
22 oz. bottle - Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 2/3 finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and pine hops. Flavor is floral, citrus, and pine hops and toasted caramel malt. Finish is fairly smooth and not overly bitter. Medium to full body. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Anova167 (319) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
On cask. Ruby red pour with little cask bubbles. Aroma is earthy malts and floral hops. The flavor is initially malty, but is followed up by a punch of fairly one note massive bitterness. I think this would have been better on normal draft with more carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8913) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2012
Clear red-chestnut to mahogany beer under a huge yellow head, leaving lace. Very orangey nose, sugared oranges on liqueur and orangepeel, point of mineral aroma, some banana, and lots of dry hops. Bitter, with a background of caramel and toffee. Faintly roasted and very hoppy flavours. Bit leafy/earthy retronasal. Dry-out effect, medium bodied. Nice red ale, Californian style (meaning hopped to the gills). Txs to the people at Linda Vista!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grimreaperguru (258) - santee, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Pours a ruby red color with an off white head.The aroma was of a strong floral hop sent with a spice not to it.The flavor is of a syrup and hop bitterness to it.The body was full with a very strong bitter aftertaste.Overall a good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fr5ed (61) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Slightly sweet, full mouthfeel. The alcohol is evident, but not obtrusive Like a red IIPA. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell white head. The aroma is fairly one-dimensional, with grapefruit citrus, piney hops, sweet and caramel malts. The flavor is super bitter, with piney, resinous, grapefruit hops with a toasted caramel malt backbone. Almost chemically bitter. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that coats the palate with bitterness. Interesting but not my thing.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Sent to me from a west coast trader. Very generous trade full of west coast IPAs and other small breweries. Drink by 04/05/2013. Kept in the fridge for a week, poured into an ommegang glass.

A - Deep amber to blood red appearance. Crystal clear, with no sediment. 3-Finger leathery head with a creamy composition. Gorgeous head lacing as the head dissipated to a half finger.

S - I’m getting a nice dose of hops on the nose. There’s a nice bit of spice like cayenne or cracked pepper with some nice citrus undertones.

T - Naturally, the hops are the dominant aspect of this red ale. Big profiles of columbus and centennial hops. Really nice brown sugar / cane syrup taste once hops cover the tongue. Very big maltiness and a very noticeable level of alcohol.

M - 50/50carbonation on the mouth swish. Heavy body, smooth finish.

O - Very tasty. Another great beer I’d love to have again but will have to trade for it.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
This brew poured a nice copper color leaving 2 fingers worth of a khaki head and great lacing. The aroma consisted of citrus, light grass, pine and pepper. The taste was a combination of spicy and citrusy, leaving your palate very dry. Overall it was a very pleasant beer and one I would seek out if you’re a hop head.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Very balanced for 10% and 100 IBUs. Can defiantly taste the caramel malt backbone. Aroma is very hoppy and alcohol oriented. Overall a solid Imperial Red. Would love to try this on tap seeing as the bitterness increase might enhance the flavor and aroma.


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