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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.ís (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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (924) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Well, Ballast Point offers some great stuff, and this imperial red is a good heavy hitter. Nice red ale aroma emanates from a turbid, red punch. Good imperial, but no 4 + territory for me. A bit unbalanced for a red, but the hops showcased are nice and pungent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle from Joey @ South Bay Drugs. Let me just start off by saying that this beer is an all out assault on the palate. Pours red with a quickly vanashing white head. Decent lacing on the glass. On the palate itís a tongue stinging mega IBU monster. Medium bodied mouthfeel. I loved it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (919) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bomber purchased at the brewery in Scripps Ranch ($7.99) right after being bottled. Pours a clear deep dark red, leaning toward brown (like dark iced tea). The almost three fingers of fluffy off-white head has great retention. With 100+ IBUís, it is not surprising that the aroma is heavy with hops -- citrus and pine abound. The flavor is of course very hoppy as well. Itís bitter but not as punishing as the name or the IBUís might lead you to believe. Iím liking the real freshness of the flavor/hops, but feel that it could use a bit more balance. Lingering bitterness in the finish and the 10% ABV is well concealed. A very good "imperial red" or "American strong ale" or whatever this is. (129, 248)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (909) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
bottle 65cl @ downtown lodge, santa rosa . dark amber, white head.. malty, nutty aroma. bitter malty flavor

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (907) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
wow! what a bomber! pours a very nice ruby red with beige head that is creamy and dense. the aroma is great, lots of earthy notes to support the massive amount of hops. really destroys your palate for sure, the aftertaste is super bitter for quite an amount of time. this is a heavy bottle of beer and def comes through on the promise of its namesake.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (891) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bomber into pint glass, "enjoy by 040513" A- Deep amber, a bit cloudy, two finger lacy white head. S- Citrus hops, sweet malt, very nice T- Very hoppy, bitter, the hops are not citrusy like they are in the nose, quite sweet, but a strange sweetness. M- Good consistency, a bit low on carbonation. O- Decent beer, smells great but the taste doesnít hold up. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-28-2012 05:18:36

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (885) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: 0.25L glass From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.50 Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014 Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014 Misc.: N/A Poured a reddish amber semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. A good amount of spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top. Smelled smooth citrus notes, lemon, floral notes, grapefruit, pine and caramel. Tasted rye hops, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus notes, grapefruit and pine, all in a mellow form. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. A really smooth beer and I enjoyed it very much. It was a good follow up to Bear Republicís Cafť 15.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (878) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber-brown with a thick foamy white head. Sweet, rich aroma of malt, candied fruits, sugar, and pine hops. Big taste, malt and sugar, with a lot of hoppy bitterness and fruit notes. Lingering boozy richness. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (856) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Fresh aromas of yeast, bready malts and earthy hops. Darkened red/amber with some nice lacing against the glass. Very earthy bitter hops on the top with syrupy caramel malt undertones. There is a huge presence of alcohol on the finish. Overall, this is a delicious red ale with a lot of hops and alcohol. Intense and well done. A- rating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
How the hell is this not an IPA??? Had this on tap at OíBriens tonight...good pine and citrusy floral aroma...dare i say spruce-like?...not like thats a bad thing at all!!! It poured a dark bronze color with a salivatingly nice looking head. The taste begins with a hopping saturation across the back of the tongue and ends with a piney prickling of tiny bubbles and a smacking piney bitterness. Some fruitiness can be found in the aftertaste only after a couple seconds...good sweet fruits. Perhaps they forgot to include malt in here...i wonder??? A nice palate awakening here, good smack of florals/hops/pine, but grossly unbalanced toward that hoppiness. Still worth another try.


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