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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV


BrewMstr's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewMstr (65) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Not normally a fan of red ales, but this one is awesome! So good I have brewed ~30 gallons myself and the original and clone version is great. Strong, but now overwhelming hops, great color and palate. The entire package is unforgettable! Epic has many great offerings, this is among their best.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - APR 11, 2014
Very straight forward - big bold body with resionous finish. Clean and simple but very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 10, 2014
Deep amber color, lots of caramel and pine in the nose with some dried fruits. Big malty back bone but fairly simplistic. With aggressive hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
weark (210) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Hazy amber/reddish color with a small and fast disappearing beige head - Aroma is very malty and citrusy (grapefruit) with notes of caramel - Flavor is malty, caramel, grapefruit, with herbal notes - Medium body, medium carbonation, medium bitterness, dry, dry bitter caramel finish - awesome beer, well balanced, good malt backbone and a judicious choice of hops

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Draft at a local. Release # 13. Pours a thin ivory head, over a hazy light brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is cereal, roasted malts, with cocoa tones, hints of pine and citrus from the hops, minimal esters......taste is cereal, with light roasted malt tones including cocoa, finishing with a harsh hop bite......mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, clean acid finish. The hops are a bit harsh on the finish, dominating the malts and making for an unbalanced beer. It would be better with less bitter hops, a bit more in the dry hopped, and an increase in malt complexity. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bomber of batch 27, 7.7% abv from the brewery. Pours rich red with a white head. The aroma is plenty hoppy with a sturdy malt backbone. The hop aroma or flavor doesn’t come out as much I like from the style, but there certainly is a strong bitterness present. There are hints of grass, pine and resin with caramel and biscuits for balance. The flavor has sweet hints at brown sugar that remind me of their IIPA. Similar to that one, the hops here are very bitter and cut through the palate while not having an overly broad or deep character. If a beer is going to be crammed full of hops I want some greener, fresher qualities. I consider Arrogant Bastard to be the benchmark of this style and having this makes me crave one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (542) - LATVIA - JAN 23, 2014
Impressive hop character for American strong ale, grassy and citrus fruity, covered with pleasant intense malt background, wood, pine. Sweet with moderate to intense bitterness. Bit astringent. Wow.. huge beer with perfect balance. Really enjoyable brew. Reminds me of amber ale.. oh wait.. Imperial red! X)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lupulucid (185) - - DEC 7, 2013
Release #30 - 7.8% ABV Epic Imperial Red is a bit cloudy and malt forward but has great hop flavor. The hops are not particularly complex but the balance between malt, yeast and hops provides for the nuances of each to manifest somewhat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
On tap @ Epic (Denver). Pours a nice amber color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel and toffee on the nose. Really woody, herbal hop profile. Lots of pine, some chocolate, and grass. Heavy herbal, wood, pine and a bit of bitterness. Some sweet caramel, toffee, and toasted malt. Light sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours hazy amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, pine, resinous hops, caramel, ripe fruits and toffee. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Nice brew!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (2140) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear reddish brew with a small off white head on top. Aroma is very malty, caramel and some fresh barley. Flavour is medium bitter, nutty, and big on dry grapefruit flavors. Nice, easy going, hoppy and malty brew.


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