superspak (1908) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2012. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange, pine, pineapple, citrus rind, herbal, floral, grass, toast, bread, and earthy spiciness. Excellent aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, floral, pine resin, citrus rind, and piney spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, bread, pine, citrus rind, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; good malt/bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red ale. Great hop flavor profile with nice malt balance; very smooth to sip on for an 11% beer. Really enjoyed this one, glad I have a few more.
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a recent trade (with Rayl I believe). Let me start by saying this is likely the best imperial red I've ever had. Bells just keeps coming with winners. This one has an excellent malt backbone with the Galaxy and Simcoe hops taking the front seat. Stellar palate to keep the multitude of hop varieties in check. Love it!
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TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a tall, frothy tan head. Strong hop resins, fresh cut pine, citrus fruit, caramel and tropical fruit make up the aroma. Taste is big pine, floral hops, citrus oils, tropical fruit, chewy malt and rich caramel. Body is medium-full and very chewy with lots of resinous notes amongst the dense, creamy carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness throughout this one. Finishes with more rich caramel, chewy malt, strong pine, hops resins, tropical fruit notes and citrus oils. Big, bold double IPA right here!
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Caponeís. Pours turbid deep coppery with ruby edges and 2-finger off-white lacy head. Nose is big resiny hops, caramel malt, mild vinous fruit. Tastes of caramel, resiny peppery hops, some vinous heat, and a resiny finish.
wmubronco1992 (562) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Eccentric cafe on 9/22. Pours a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is of juicy hops and pine. Tremendous lacing. Flavor of juicy citrus with a nice balance of bitter pine woodsyness. Thick palate that finishes with a nice juicy bitter mouthfeel. I expected this to be good, but this surpassed my expectations. This was darn good. Wish I could have had more then one pint, but at 11% I had to stop. Frankly one of the best double IPAís Iíve had. The balance between the bitter hops and the Citra was perfect.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a nice head and aromas of pine and tropical fruit. Flavor is boozy and hoppy. A nice resin bit up front that transitions into a tropical fruit medley of passion fruit, papaya and mango with a little apricot or something a little unique. Itís hot and a little rough around the edges, but a very solid offering nonetheless. The hops come out more as it warms and the booze seems to dissipate a little.
BrianHagmeier (296) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got this beer from my local liquor store after it was sold out...
This beer was a gift from one of the people who bought the last six. Payís to be friendly.
This beer is everything itís hyped up to be.. The flavors are so well balanced yet distinct. Sweat, malt, gravy, pine, chestnut, citrus, desalinated axle grease, bread, fireworks, bacon and a pony. Well, thatís what it tasted like to me.
brewskis (121) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the source. Pours a red, amberish color with a very small head. Smells great. Get pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lots of Carmel, pine. Taste starts with the bitter, resinous hoppy flavor. Then turns into a cornucopia of citrus, sweet fruits, and then ends with a sweet, bitter, fruity finish. Very hoppy but very well balanced. Get some rye, spicy flavors. Nice creamy, but oily mouthfeel. A quality beer that is awesome. Would definitely have it again
demitriustown (1011) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma is smells awesome like another hopslam. Appearance is clear reddish/amber color with a thick off white head that lingers. Taste is fruity hoppy goodness with maybe a hint of caramel in the backing. Palate is medium carbonation in the mouth with an aftertaste of linger hop characteristics. If youíre a hop fan this is a beer for you. Cheers!
PGHbeer77 (556) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big beer for sure, but not too bad. Itís close to a DIPA as some have said, but you can still pick up on the red ale characteristics. Grass hop, candied grapefruit scent similar to orange PEZ candies. Bronze orange pour with a white half inch head to ring. Thick body, syrupy, sticky finish. Same flavor as the scent with a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. As for cellaring, I wouldnít put this one away long. It tastes almost perfect as is. If anything, I might cellar it six months just to mellow the alcohol finish. Thatís it. Drink em while you got em!