p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber into pint glass. Bought from the brewery 5 days ago. 2 finger beautiful light brown creamy thick head from a decently aggressive pour. Looks very thick dark ruby red in light. Smells of some floral hops with a bit of a roasty maltness. Tastes exactly how i thought; thick, floral, creamy, dark, and a little roasty. Deliciously smooth on the palate and great lacing all up the glass. Overall 8 of 10. I thought it just didn’t have enough hop bitterness to be an Imperial but definitely enough malt depth. I guess great IRAs dont always need that much hops, but im just a hop head from San Diego who kinda expects it.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Release # 7. Poured a cloudy mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of caramel, some citrus, roast, earth, and floral. Tastes of caramel, citrus, toffee, light earth, and malty.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque, deep dark ruby color with mahogany edges and a 2.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lace left behind.
Dank, earthy aroma with lots of resinous, oily hops. Lots of soily pine needle character that is countered by some sweet chocolate and other dark malts. Hints of chocolate, toffee, biscuit and caramel as well as some dark fruit, especially dark cherry. Decent balance of malt and hops without the malt profile overpowering things.
Chewy bodied and much fuller than expected for the style with a strong dry, bitter, earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Some resinous floral/pine needle flavor that is countered by a very strong malt backbone with tons of chocolate and subtle roasted malt. Hints of toffee and biscuit as well as some tart dark cherries. The sweetness is a nice balance to the bitterness from the hops. The malts are a bit prominent for my liking but this beer is still well balanced and pretty quaffable considering the ABV.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #7. 7.8% ABV.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep amber/red with a one finger tan head.
S: Hoppy with some caramel malt in the background.
T: Floral hops give way to sweet caramel and toffee malts. There is no alcohol bite and very low bitterness; the beer’s focus is on the hop profile.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.
O: For a style that isn’t really well defined, I’ll judge this based on the fact that it is listed as an Amber/Red Ale, and it is a slightly stronger, hoppier version of a Red Ale. This is nothing at all like Nugget Nectar, but it doesn’t try to be; instead of citrus, floral and sugary flavors fill this beer.
pressboxjoe (422) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into small snifter. Pours pretty but cloudy with a persistent head that really didn’t even want to diminish from a good finger to a half. Whiff of a typical imperial red hit me from a few feet away - sweet, malty, nutty, bready. Strangely, the aroma died down pretty quickly and I had to turn to the bottle to get a better sense of it. There I found a pleasant, resiny hoppiness. Flavor: malt is the first thing. A little roasty even, sweet and ever so slightly tart. Lots going on though - resiny hops gain foothold in the flavor, and there is what i think is a great balance of sweet and bitter. Now I have to say, although I didn’t start drinking this supercold, over the course of the first half glass the aroma has returned, floral, and the flavor has become more pronounced, which is great. Some cherry. Bitterness increasing, definitely a dry finish. Somewhat reminiscent of Yakima Twilight although I think this is more subtle. A tasty introduction to Utah beer!
abcfan (912) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good brew. Pours deep red/brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mostly caramel with some faint hop character. Tastes like eating a slice of dry wheat bread with a dry sticky finish. Would drink again, nice for the style.
jcwattsrugger (12140) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork–pours a retaining light tan head with trailing lace and copper color. Aroma is resin, medium malt-roasty/caramel. Taste is resin/orange hops, medium malt-roasty/caramel/hint of cocoa.
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours mahogany. Tan head. Nose and taste of hops, pine, dark breads, resin, cocoa and sweet malt. Bready malt and cocoa finish with some pine. Medium body. Solid.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#4 from dave 1/2/11.
reddish brown. hazy. small white head.
it smells of toffee... and lots of it... nearly burnt! also, aromas of toasted nuts, roast, grapefruit, pine and pecan pie show up.
the flavor is the same but really dry and crazy hoppy.
crisp and delicious!
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One malty bastard. Big red that’s very smooth and creamy. Not much in the way of hops or the nose. Go through a series of smooth hops...creamy, smooth.