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Church Brew Imperial Irish Red Ale
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigtourist (36) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Clear pour and taste. Amber color with thin but foamy head. Fairly light aftertaste for a red ale


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2014
Draft, faint aroma. Poured copper/orange in color, minimal head. Taste of medium sweetness (maybe 8.5abv), malts, light hops. Light body, thin feel, dry texture. Taste of the old Killians Red before Coors brewery ruined the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (4205) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at the bocktown, but I don’t think it was imperial. Yes, a nice little reddish orange looking beer. A simple clean beery aroma makes my mouth water. No head per se. Decent co2. From strt to finsih this goes down easy. Friendly, and mannered. Some very mild bitterness, just enough to let you know its beer. Best of the bunch I tasted at bocktown today. Never over the top like so many beers today. Finish is easy going and smooth. Like able. Nice job CBW! Very nice.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
artmcd8 (1786) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours reddish into a pint glass. Has the faint aroma of sweetness, just like shark bites gummies. Not a whole lot of hops here but still a slight bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2011
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s this beer poured a dark caramel color with a medium sized creamy beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was very faint sweet cherries, pear, caramel and alcohol. The flavor was tangy with light candied fruit, sugar, nut and alcohol. The finish was long, nutty, fruity and had lingering sugar and alcohol. Thick and syrupy body. The booziness really detracts. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at the brew-pub in a tulip glass. The beer pours a semi-opaque deep brown color, with a small light tannish head. The nose is malt-centric, but a touch on the muddy side, with no specific malt varietal or particular aroma coming through. Just sort of a vague high crystal malt sweetness. The palate is surprisingly restrained, especially given the beer’s relatively high alcohol content. Again, crystal malt sweetness comes through, but is vague and doesn’t really serve to lend much to the overall character of the beer. A semi-harsh hop bitterness comes in toward the end of the palate, balancing the sweetness. English-style yeast esters also come, perhaps indicating the use of WLP002. The finish is slightly fruity, and leaves an additional note of high crystal malt and a slight chocolate note. Overall, an interesting concept, but seemingly only 3/4 executed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
On cask at Church. Clear red pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is grainy malt with sweet candied fruit and a touch of hop. Flavor is citrusy up front, then moving to candied fruit sweetness before an earthy hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DRSS (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2010 does not count
This is a very sweet, malty beer with molasses flavors and a thick body. Had this draught as part of the sampler, and was our second favorite at the Churchworks.

1.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Draught at BrewPub: No aroma at all. Poured copper/orange in color with no head. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, light hops, and a hint of strawberry. Light body. Thin, dry texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet malt and hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009

8/25/2009: Church Brew Imperial Irish Red Ale... Aroma: Extremely malty aroma, but not much else, tons of caramelized sugars; Wow... Appearance: Deep amber red color. Flavor: Slightly syrupy; malty and sweet; sot fruits and caramelized sugar; hints of almond; very mild bitterness. Palate: Medium-full; smooth, soft and mellow mouthfeel. Overall: This is a malt-bomb that is totally unbalanced, yet somehow quite enjoyable!

Draught at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA. Rating #1 for this beer.


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