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RATINGS: 491   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Draft. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop & toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded with a solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baadnewsbear (17) - - MAY 28, 2012
Pours dark amber. Cloudy with little head. Good lacing. Carmel malt with light hops. Taste is very interesting. Lots of bite, with malt hints. Smooth but with a bite on the back end. My pallet is not that refined so it's hard to pull out the flavors. Definitely can taste the alcohol. Feels a bit dry and sticky. After sitting it the glass for a couple minutes the taste definitely gets better. Overall good beer, harder for me to drink though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8907) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has grapefruit citrus and pine resin with some moderately sweet caramel malt. The flavor has grapefruit, citrus ans pine resin hops up front that remain throughout. What malt character there is becomes secondary to the hops; perhaps some caramel and toasted bread. The bitterness remains on the palate for some time. Some alcohol is noted, but not too distracting. This is one of the hoppiest imperial reds I’ve had.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
In the glass it has a reddish amber color with a medium head. Aroma has big hops with some pine. Taste has bitterness up front with a sharpness in the taste. There is some grapefruit aqnd pine almost like an IPA. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1459) - 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 (2901) - 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 (328) - 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 (9390) - 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 (263) - 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 (62) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Slightly sweet, full mouthfeel. The alcohol is evident, but not obtrusive Like a red IIPA. Nice!


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