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RATINGS: 429   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Didnít do much for me, total malt bomb (perhaps old?) that was very thick. Didnít need the high ABV and syrupyness for something that really didnít have much flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1120) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
pours a nice copper color with a good tan head which lingers for a while. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and Pineapple. flavor is of bitter pine and grapefruit hops with some carmel and nut flavors in the background. finish is bitter and dry with a slight alchool presence. overall, this is a very nice Red Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 I wasnít so impressed with this one - it was fine and all, but I was coming off tasting some of their much better brews. Lots of heat on the palate with this one, but the spicy hops cover for this. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: It grows on you - especially since this one is hiding 10%. Nice bitter flavor, despite the lack of florals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1096) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Draft at Ballast Point. Pours a deep copper red with an off white head that holds. Nose has caramel, citrus and floral hops. Taste is more citrus with caramel syrup and toffee coming through. Booze hidden well. Fucking great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 One of the more complex reds Iíve had, but also one of the less sweet. On tap at Stuffed Sandwich, so my mouth was burning from the polish sausage sandwich to boot. Anyway, a highly pronounced red flavor, probably a lot of hoppiness under there, and more of a sharp finish - more pine than citrus. In all, very complex - the balancing malt is very subtly roasty; this too helps keep the brew less sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1065) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. The pour is a hazy bright red. The aroma is mostly hops. The taste is a little boozy throughout. Finishes a little too much for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1042) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pours a burnt amber color with a khaki head and beautiful lacing. Dank, resinous hop, caramel, malt and citrus aroma. Big resinous hop, malt, caramel, toffee and citrus flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Very bitter but very well balanced. Caramel and burnt citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle from naven. Bitter. Almost too much so. Reallly bitter from start to finish. So so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
The aroma is sudden and awesomely rich and reminiscent of fresh and hot caramel that then - unfortunately - allows itself to calm to release other notes that donít quite achieve what was initially offered. Oh, well. The body is perhaps wanting to be opaque; the head is average - somewhat frothy; and the lacing is nice. The flavor disappointed me. There is too much of a bitter tea quality going on, but it on the way down into the aftertaste does have something juicy to savor - especially as it warms which is when the aftertaste mostly becomes this pleasantly burnt caramel flavor and how it feels is surprisingly good to chew. However, itís basically too bitter to me. I would have liked more flavor and aromatics than bitterness. Still, itís good. And, Iím feeling like my rating isnít fair although purely personal/hedonistic. I mean! TONGUE BUCKLER!!! If thatís not a warning, I donít know what is...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1035) - 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.

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