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RATINGS: 396   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (962) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (958) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
On tap at Ballast Point Darker amber, slight haze and thin off-white head. Citrus and orange nose. Big and clean flavor with malt in background. Bitting but the orange character is still present. Florida Oranges perhaps? :-)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Cask! On the hand pump at OíBriens. This is a fantastic double/imperial red. The appearance off the pump was a treat, big 2-finger lacy light beige head. Nice red-dark amber color. Serious aroma of sweet caramel malt and a big-ass floral hops nose. Packs a gnarly malt punch, complimented by cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus. Extremely bitter, but well balanced. This brew lives up to its name for sure. Chewy mouthfeel and the flavor can be savored for minutes after each sip. A great beer overall. I expected this brew to be rated higher, WTF?!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bomber from Southbay. Poured clear red with a big off-white head. Aroma of big grapefruit & pine hops, sweet malt. Taste is really hoppy, with lots of pine, citrus, grass, and some light sweet malt. Really big and over-the-top hops. Very bitter and refreshing. Mouth is a little sticky and pretty full. Overall, a nice big IIPA/IRA (which should have its own designation). It and Terrapin BHM are some great hoppy reds. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of GandGKevin at Immyís Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear copper in color with tan head. Aroma hoppy, spicy and malty. Taste hops and sweet citrus with bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (934) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (932) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
bottle 65cl @ downtown lodge, santa rosa . dark amber, white head.. malty, nutty aroma. bitter malty flavor

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (927) - 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)

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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (910) - 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.


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