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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (153) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours mahogany with a small but dense off-white head -- moderate lacing. Aroma is alcohol, sweet malt, big hop nose. Flavor is bready malt, grapefruit bitterness some pine and just enough caramel malt to hide the alcohol that ess in the aroma. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2014. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and moderate caramel malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright citrus/pineapple hops and light-moderate caramel/bready malts; with balanced and crisp malt/bitterness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red ale! All around great complexity and balance of bright hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (731) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a thick brown color with a lot of frothy head. Sharp alcohol and lots of hops. Good maltiness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Sampled at esbls. I bought this at Corral. A red hue with brown. It smells like a high gravity. Big bitterness. Not a good start. Fruit. Alcohol. Huge bitterness. Wow.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1224) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bomber from Binny’s in McHenry. Cellar aged for 3 months poured into my Lagunitas glass. Pours a reddish brown with a bit of foamy orangey red head. Nice lacing. Aroma has resin, pine, caramel and citrus. Taste is of resiny grapefruit hops, spicy pine and solid sweet caramel malt. Medium to full bodied and sticky. Some alcohol presence. Finishes to the bitter side of bittersweet. A solid tasty brew - as ever - for Ballast Point!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3321) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours a rich red pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of big, bright hops, red cakeish malts, touches of pine, citrus, resin. Touches of caramel, toffee, cereal malt, and maybe a bit of spice. Flavor is big, rich, bitter. Lots of bitter hoppy notes, focusing on pine and resin. Fairly balanced with some spicy red malt sweetness. Bits of cereal and carbonation. Full bodied, a touch stick, thick mouthfeel. Finishes long and bitter. Hell of a beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1131) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Color- murky, ruddy brown. Head- lacing, tacky, slightly creamy. Smells like a barely wine or strong ale and the taste is along the same lines. ABV is evident. The hops a big in this, but more on the spice notes than on anything citrusy (unfortunately).

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Awesome. Big hop taste. Lots of sugar and orange peel. Lors of alcohol. a good beer all around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1321) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Pours dark red. Aroma is ripe tropical fruit, caramel, candi sugar, hay. Taste is caramel, ripe tropical fruit, orange, honey, hay. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (641) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pours reddish cooper with off white head and no lacing. Aroma is a great balance between citrus/pine hops and caramel malts. Taste is dominated by the hops with a classic ballast point pine hop aftertaste. The rich malts keep it drinkable. Wow.


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