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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.

pottygok's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Aroma: Floral and citrus hops overwhelming. Appearance: Clear dark red with a thick tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Taste: Medium sweetness balanced by a light bitterness that balances nicely, but doesn’t overwhelm. Palate: Medium-full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long soft finish. Overall: This one caught me off guard because it sets up to be a strong, bitter beer but it’s really well balanced and even handed. The hops and flavors are there, but they’re not overwhelming, and the malty sweetness is there, but it’s not so saccharine as to be offensive. This is a really well designed beer that I would seek out again next year!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joejames (388) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
On draft at Crimson American Grill, York, PA, served in a shaker glass. Pours clear reddish amber, One finger dense off white head with awesome lacing and retention. Aroma of toffee and herbs. Taste is primarily sweet but has enough bitterness in the background to balance. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, slick mouth feel. The finishes reveals a drying bitterness. Tasting notes of caramel, toffee, nuts, wildflowers, grass and light citrus. A great strong ale that I would drink again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
obguthr (4902) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Strongly vegetal wood nose. Clear rust, medium yellow head, good lace. Cherries, oak, canned vegetables, orange peel. Medium body, moderate carbonation, warm, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1424) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Part of a sampler at Jet Rock at PHL terminal B. Clear amber with off white head. All malt. Malt, malt and more malt. Slight alcohol burn and slight cloying. Did not get the hops out of this, but not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffaoe (369) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Slight malt aroma. Red in color with little head. Malty flavor with roasty and dark caramel malt, stone fruit notes, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Tap @ The Raleigh Times: Cloudy brown with a frothy white head. Sweet hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Thick and creamy with a green hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (380) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Aroma: caramel, pine, citrus, Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1362) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours amber with a tan head. Fruity malt aroma with caramel and pine. Flavor is caramel malt up front with fruity flavors. Finishes with bitter pine. Nice beer , perfect Halloween beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HourGlass13 (380) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours a dark deep amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is pine hops, with some caramel sweetness, citrus and bread. Flavor is hop forward for sure, moderately sweet with caramel malts, bread, and plenty of piney hops. Long finish had some earthiness. Not bitter but a little too hoppy for my taste. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mambossa (174) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Clear royal-red pour with two finger off-white head (fairly vigorous pour). Malt-loaded toastiness, autumnal foliage and sweetness, inklings of cascade-like hops on nose. As always with Great Lakes, supremely balanced. Sweet, richly gliding toasted malts escorting a tapered yet satisfying grapefruit flowery hoppiness. Artfully crafted. Not sure about such negative reviews, but Great Lakes tends to brew very traditionally and with great balance and integrity. Of course it won’t be a complex hop bomb, it’s a red ale. Either way, very proud to be a stones throw from these guys.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
samsmith33 (727) - - OCT 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Aroma spice, light hops, hoppy taste. Good, not great. On tap at central Jersey beer fest.

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