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RATINGS: 400   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.’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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-red pour. The nose is really solid. Soft sweet malts with a lot of bright fruity/spicy hops. Fresh and hoppy with a lot of grapefruit/orange citrus behind it all. Chewy, resinous palate that alternates between grapefruit and pine. Sticky hop oils and softly toasted/rye-like malts. Bright and fresh - it’s tough to say why it’s so good, but it is damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bomber. Pours clear mahogany, looking like orangy-brown fall foliage through indirect light. Nose is rich, heavy resiny hops and a huge malt bill. Almost barleywiney nose. Tastes very astringent and resiny, with a huge hop bill that tells me the 107 claim is likely right on the money. The malt is there, but cannot match the hops in this. Mild vinous fruit flavors late, and some caramel malt, but the hops are center stage here. This one is unique, but way too astringent to be great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2012
Clear red-chestnut to mahogany beer under a huge yellow head, leaving lace. Very orangey nose, sugared oranges on liqueur and orangepeel, point of mineral aroma, some banana, and lots of dry hops. Bitter, with a background of caramel and toffee. Faintly roasted and very hoppy flavours. Bit leafy/earthy retronasal. Dry-out effect, medium bodied. Nice red ale, Californian style (meaning hopped to the gills). Txs to the people at Linda Vista!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
A very nice red ale, dk why I always forget to rate my ballast point beers. Hoppy, not quite a tongue buckler but close.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
On tap at Stone. Pours with a hazed amber brown body and a small, off-white head. Aromas of apple, caramel and fruity hops. Flavors of cotton candy, orange, bitter and a grassy dry hop character. Medium to lively bubbles. Firmly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is well-balanced between intense caramel malts and resinous hops. Flavour is quite robust, with loads of resinous hops upfront, balanced by just enough caramel malts. Intensely hopped, but tastefully done. Robust and extreme imperial red ale. Excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bomber. Poured clear garnety-amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up redder fruits and semi-sweet caramel absolutely driven by peppery alcohol and floral bitterness.. aggressive the whole way through with a serious lack of subtlety.. the fruits were quite juicy on the back. The flavor had fruit and berry sweetness at the core, using caramel as a little more of a backbone.. bitterness and alcohol were sharp and agressive on the edges (black pepper and fruit skins for the most part).. finished quite warm with lots of residual fruity sugars. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate with low-moderate carbonation.. very bitter and boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sampled on 7/3/09: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops and some sweet caramely malt. Starts with a good fullness and caramely sweetness before a fresh resiny grapefruity hoppy balance and a crisp bittersweet finish. A nice imperial red ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
On Tap at Ballast’s 10th Anniv. Copper color and a bit lacking in the “red” with nice off white head. Kind of slightly tart caramel aroma. Flavor is very nice. Full and chewy caramel malts with a big hop back bone. Very fresh tasting and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
On tap @ Radio Maria. Beautiful russet orange amber, thick lacy tan head. Sugary malty sweetness, spruce tips, orange rind, subtle spiciness. Incredibly long bitter finish. Big bodied, sticky, resinous. So good!


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