jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a thin white head. Big pine/citrus hop aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness. Moderately sweet malt flavor up front followed by a great pine and citrus hop profile. Nice bitter hop finish with a touch of alcohol. Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden.
Huhzubendah (2525) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer is a pretty amber hue, appearing transparent. The head is about an inch thick and leaves a thick ringlet of lace around the pint glass. The aroma offers a large malt bill, followed by pine, resin, hops, alcohol. Slightly fruity in the one as well. The taste, unfortunately, is dominated by alcohol. Hop, malt, and fruity malt flavors are steamrolled by a tidal wave of booze. Medium to full bodied with resinous hops sticking to the palate. Lingering alcoholic heat. Not a repeat for me.
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared from a 12oz brown bottle into a mini schooner glass. It poured a deep amber color with weak off-white foam. Profoundly hoppy aromas: grapefruit, pine resin, very little else. Flavor balance was very hops-forward as well, I couldn’t detect any of the grain complexity I’d hoped for from the Imperial Red Ale claim. I can tell it’s well-made, just too bitter for me. It looked a few notches darker than their Hopslam, but I couldn’t honestly tell much difference in taste (but it’s been awhile since I had Hopslam, so I’m going from memory.)
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely incredible. Best beer as of yet. Perfect color of light ruby red and about 1 finger of head from the tap. Aroma was the perfect DIPA of pineapple and grapefruit with just a hint of caramel malt. Taste was everything blended perfectly from the aroma. Hop presance was perfect. Very smooth and not one hint of the 11% was detected. Let it warm up a little and it will be even better!
umich03jm (1973) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear darkish orange color with a nice amount of creamy head that lingers a long time. Nice complex aroma. Getting tropical fruit, cherries, pine, caramel malt, toasted malt, and grapefruit. Taste is pretty intense up front. Huge hop taste, mostly tropical and citrus. Moderate bitterness comes through in the middle along with a big caramel malt flavor. Finish is smooth and a bit creamy, big alcohol warming from the 11% abv but it’s not too harsh. Pretty thick mouthfeel and a bit oily too. Very interesting Imperial Red. I really liked this.
gregwilsonstl (1090) - Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piney aroma. Dark amber. Very hoppy. Thin head. They have secret ibus. Medium body.
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep red, amber color with a frothy off white head that disappears pretty quickly. Sweet malts, orange, some alcohol. Bitter taste, sweet orange, sweet malts, some alcohol in there, caramel, toasty, some pine at the back sweet juicy hops. Not too impressive but overall a great brew!
shrubber85 (7602) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange malt and light citrus peel aroma. Amber with small head. Very sweet orange and strongly bitter orange peel flavor. Sweet and hoppy.
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Almost clear brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is pine, caramel, orange peel and gin. Resiny, medium to full body, some warming; i’m surprised it’s not sticky at all. Taste is mostly bitter and hoppy but subdued with barely noticeable toffee and honey. Grapefruit pith, tangerine and quinine; more depth as it warms. A big beer with balance.
radagast83 (4644) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Finally just decided to jump in and have a bottle for myself, at 11% you taste virtually every single ABV in the brew. Aroma is raw hop character, definately some pine comes out on this one, with some citrus character to it. Alcohol burn in the back of the throat makes this one less pleasant than it could have been had they not tried to get this to 11.