topher_78 (28) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 youíre a hop head.
jackafholmes (827) - - NOV 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at brewdog bar, Sheffield. Dark red with no head. Aroma is resiny rich. Taste is bitter and syrupy, really lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is strange, maybe a bit too cold, quite full bodied and oily. OK stuff.
stoutjunkie (86) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep red/orange. Nice dark fruit flavours similar to a strong Belgium beer, not too much dry after taste that i can feel. I drink too many IPAís though..
CanIHave4Beers (3677) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep orange color with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The atom aid big on toffee and sweetness, itís got licorice, itís got caramel... itís got a generally muddled but very prevalent hop character.
The flavor picks up where the aroma left off, big and sweet with lots of alcohol spiciness. Itís big on bitterness, itís big on caramel, itís big on those two things clashing.... The hop character isnít all together bad sort of spicy sort of fruit forward. Licorice, toffee, malt, malt, malt, hops, hops, hops.
This does not restore my faith in Imperial Red Ale, and I donít know that there is a beer that ever could... not my thing at all. The whole category just seems to be about an onslaught of FLAVORS! and throwing substance to the wind.
That said, if this is the sort of thing you like, Ballast Point did a fine job of presenting this style for what it is worth.
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg taster @ Brewdog, Leeds. Has a strength, but not too sweet, nor too bitter in my opinion.
Tstamba (515) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster. Hazy Amber brown, off white head... Toffee, pine and alcohol on the nose. Thick blend of caramel malt and pine resin. Dry bitter boozy finish... Number 500 on ratebeer!!!
ElCapitan22 (299) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber but Has excellent head retention and lacing. Smells sweet and malty with some honey in there. Tastes very malty and sweet, just like an imperial red does. Very good, but not crazy good.
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark red color with a one finger white foamy head. A moderate amount of lacing stuck to the glass nicely.
The smell started off with some sweet caramel malts running into subtle tobacco notes.
The taste had the dried out tobacco-esque flavors blending into the caramel malts. Subtle breadiness seeks a nice balance in this. Thereís a quick dried caramel aftertaste.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice for the style and for me.
Overall, I liked it for me as I didnít mind the extra "tobacco" flavors that came out. I could see myself having this again.
teorn88 (4729) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BD Camden tap takeover, London. It pours a lightly hazed rich golden / copper color with large tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee. Taste has more big sweet malts and some bitter resinous hops and roasted malts. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty and bold
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy light brown, beige head.Nose of fruity malt,light citrus hops.Big bodied alcoholic palate, with a long strong bitter hop finish. A bit too boozy
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a lovely deep amber color with a velvety smooth frothy tan head that settles to a thick lace. Huge hop aromas. Pine and herbal citrus. Flavor starts with a strong roasty backbone followed by lots of grapefruit rind bitterness. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Love ambers, although this is a highly pumped-up version.