pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. thanks to chris for handing these out like i was trickortreatin... pours darker than what i would have expected with a deeper amber slightly coppery feel, mostly transparent, and topped with a quickly retreating soapy white head... aroma isnít all that assertive, bready rye like malts to go along with a semi-assertive but almost generic like tropical fruit hop. somewhat sweet. doesnít pop like some of the hoppy brews of late... flavors are more of the same with a fairly substantial darker bready malt profile with a bigger hop profile, albeit not too bright or distinguished. a little tropical fruit, a bit phenolic, a bit bitter in the finish. sweeter through the middle. it just doesnít come together all that well or all that cleanly. bigger bodied and somewhat strengthy overall. one and done for me on this one.
Strykzone (4897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls. Coppery and clear with no head. Big hops are citrus and onion. Somemore complex fruit. Not a fan.
thome50 (1018) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours an amber to dark golden color with mid-range tan head. Aroma is lacking to say put it nicely, overly malty, grain, faded DIPA to say it harshly. Taste is at first a way over the hill DIPA, then fades into an overly bitter hop profile with some resin hop built up. Malt again comes back and finally you are left with a ton of heat. Not sure what the hell style this is but it is all over the place and certainly not a traditional DIPA.
reverend_03 (10) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish color and off white head. Prevalent hop aroma but didnít get much of a sweet smell. Slightly sweet flavor but mostly the bitterness of the hops from start to finish. Not a huge fans of red ales but this was decent.
radagast83 (4524) - 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.
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home via trade with DrSilverworm. Thanks! Pours a bit hazy, dark red orange appearance with a cream colored head. Rich toasty caramel malty, a bit herbal/woody, mild citrus fruity, a bit boozy, dull herbal hoppy aroma. Somewhat spicy, herbal/green hoppy, a bit chewy, slight ethanol, toasty caramel malty, chewy yeasty flavor with a bit more booze on the finish. I imagine this would have been a little better fresh since the hops have faded here and while this is a bit too strong and boozy for my taste, itís not bad.
seymour (1410) - 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 couldnít detect any of the grain complexity Iíd hoped for from the Imperial Red Ale claim. I can tell itís well-made, just too bitter for me. It looked a few notches darker than their Hopslam, but I couldnít honestly tell much difference in taste (but itís been awhile since I had Hopslam, so Iím going from memory.)
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A sweet (caramelized-fruity) and bitter (resinous-citrusy) and boozy copper ale. Decent beer. Just another face in the crowd.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed 5 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by tyler_mn, thanks a lot Tyler.
The look: Clear redish-copper body topped by a medium off-white head leaving good lacings on the glass.
In long: This American Strong Ale smells like a Imperial Red Ale with a nose that is bursting with hops resin, baked red berries pie, a bit of booze. Taste is thick creamy caramelized malts, a bit in a sweet pastry, baked red berries, sweet fruits, surprising yeast presence, bitter citrus fruits, green plants/vegetables, sticky hops resin, alcohol heat. Very full body that doesnít. A pleasant generous but very soft carbonation. Obviously quite sweet although not cloying. Some alcohol heat but less than expected for an 11%. Assertive bitterness that stands up to the malt sweetness, surprisingly well balanced monster beer. I canít find anything wrong with it, itís not very aggressive, it is relatively easy to drink, but the whole thing didnít win me over. Lacked a je-ne-sais-quoi to be more than just another sweet-hoppy-boozy monster beer. Quite a few good ratings for this beer, and you would be amazed at the amount of time I have spent on ratebeer trying to find a way to delete other peopleís ratings.
BeerSquare (116) - - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Considering the pedigree-- Bellís batch 4,000 was a formative moment in my life-- this one is interesting, but does not quite measure up.
It also falls short of many of the recent "big red" competitors-- Blood of the Unicorn, Fixed Gear and Green Flashís redís come to mind, others seem to be springing up every day.
But mostly it falls short because there is this amazing nose-- the initial aroma is a really unique and interesting floral, fruity blend.
That aroma passes to a more alcohol-tinged roasted malt note as the beer sits, and the flavor does not reveal any of the interesting complexities that the nose does-- just tastes like a very bitter, strong red.
The worst part is I fear this wonít age as well as some of the older "batches". I still have some 4,000, 7,000 and 8,000 in my cellar and will cellar a couple of these, but not with the same anticipation.
Still a relatively interesting big red, but no need to deviate from the standard 1-10 scale for this one, as itís mostly a 5 or a 6.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at mad mex Monroeville. Pours orange with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Slight citrus note on the nose. Definitely hides its 11% well. A bit of hop flavor on the tongue. Finishes clean. I was kind of bored with this one.