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Fat Headís Bone Head Imperial Red Ale

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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A full bodied Imperial Red Ale brewed with a massive amount of Pacific Northwest hops that are complemented by caramel malts. Dry hopped and hop-backed with Simcoe hops give this beer itís pungent piney aroma.
2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal!
2015 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal!


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2487) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2016
12oz bottle from the Shell in Harrison, OH, just west of Cincinnati. Reddish amber pour. Off white head. Atoma has grapefruit and caramel. Stone fruit. Taste is of sweet caramel, grapefruit, stone fruit. Tangy pine, vaguely. Medium bodied softly carbonated. The blend is solid. Some alcohol presence. Finished sweeter than bittersweet. Tasty! 14.7

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1922) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Location: sample on tap at Fat Headís Saloon Pittsburgh Appearance: Red copper clear. Good foam of off white bubbles. Nose: Pine, spice. Hints of caramel. Taste: Pine and citrus hops on the front. Elements of spice similar to rye ales as well. Body: medium and lively. Has good bite on first sip. Parting thoughts: My favorite beer of the flight I had that day at fat headís. balanced really well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2877) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Clear Amber pour with lots of sticky lacing and soapy off white head .... aroma is of piney and juicy fruity hops ... Earthy and juicy reminisent of hop juju .... Also has chewy caramel malts ..... Taste is of juicy fruits, earthy, piney and dank hops .... Nice bitter and dank flavors with a healthy dose of chewy caramel malts .... Finishes bitter juicy and with lingering piney hop flavor

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear amber/copper color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops with nice floral undertones. Taste is a nice mix of citrusy and piney hops notes with limited bitterness and some nice floral undertones with limited residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Another super enjoyable hoppy ale from this brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (642) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle from trade. Nice amber caramel pour. Super sweet caremel hop aroma. Taste has more hops than Iíd like. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9515) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Hazy deeper red / crimson pour with a moderate head. Very sweet caramel. Rich. Pine hop with some citrus as well. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (628) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin off white head. Light carbonation and plenty of lacing. Big juicy citrus aroma with some pine resin. Full bodied juicy taste with a full mouth feel. Finishes with some light malts and a little bitterness with an alcohol warmth. Kinda like Hop JuJu with a maltier flavor. Nice balance with interesting lasting flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle
Your typical Fat Heads fare sets the bar high and then manages to slightly exceed it. Bigger bolder red ales might be available but if you want good value look no further. Just be sure to track down some fresh bottles so you get the most impact - this is not a cellaring beer.

Aroma / Appearance - The chestnut reddish body radiates warmth beneath a strong creamy white head. Oak forests in the late summer meld with red vines, dried leaves from the previous season, and bitter iced tea. The overall impression lingers like a morning dew before slowly burning off.

Flavor / Palate - The texture of chewy chocolate dipped caramel chews coats the mouth with an oaky foundation. Following on its heels, the dried tea leaves and pine resin give it a strong backwoods appeal. The silky smooth finish drops off a payload of fresh hops and red vines soaked in warm tea. Once again Matt Cole has hit it out of the park.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6104) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Fruit nose with caramel toast followed by fruity hops grapefruit and pine and dank. Darker Amber pour tannish head good lace. Flavors of darker toast and caramel on top of danky fruity hops. Citrus and pine and juicy fruit. Chewy dank finish. Solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4757) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2016. In the tasting glass this was a dark red with a white head that had some pink tinges. Nose is very rich malts with dark ripe fruit, and some sugar aromas. Full body. Flavor is rich and the fruit mixes perfectly with pine and citrus hops that leads to a bittersweet finish. Simply a luxurious beer that would be perfect on a cold winter night. This may have been my favorite beer of the many hundreds I sampled this year at GABF.


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