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RATINGS: 490   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (4507) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13971) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours lightly red with a creamy yellow-beige head. Very roasty malt and hoppy aromas. Med + body. Flavor is heavy floral and citrus hop over a strong light roast malt backbone. Not harsh, but very intense. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9007) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours reddish amber with a sourish smoked malt aroma and a decent beige head. There is a delicious red malt flavor that is raspy, yet smooth with lots of hop bitterness. Easier to drink than I expected.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle. Aroma of malt, hops, and slightly vegetal. Pours dark red brown with a creamy head. Taste is phenomenal. Hope, hops, more hops and a great malty backbone to back it up. Finish lingers forever. Awesome beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
22 oz bottle. This beer is great. Pours red, big head and ton-o-lacing. Big sweet caramel, yet hoppy aroma. Flavor is sweet, but not over done, very balanced. Excellent bitter bite and somewhat oily on the palate. Most imperial red ales are not that good, but this one is outstanding!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - APR 24, 2012
pours a very dark red. With about one finger of head that dissipated. Malt and hop aroma. An aptly named beer. All hops up front with a great dark malty finish, which is surprising. Only a slight hint of alcohol on the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Nice aroma of floral hops and caramel. Solid brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4743) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
À la pompe au Decicco: Extrêmement floral avec des courants sapinés, terreux, terriblement résineux. En bouche, c’est une attaque autant des malts que des houblons, créant une viscosité incomparable. Un vrai délice qui me fait penser à la Mad man de Hart n’ thistle en terme de corps et d’explosion des saveurs.


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