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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Born in Head Brewer Tony Powell’s home brewery, this West Coast Style Imperial Red Ale is a hearty celebration of the brewing art. Almost welcoming you, four hops impart floral, citrus and sprucy Northwest notes to open the festivities. Then, seven malts and flaked barley dance happily across your palate. In the finish Starfish waves a crisply fond farewell. Convivially forthright without cloying agendas, Starfish is like time well spent with your future best friend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (910) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Red orange pour. Aroma citrus grapefruit hops, caramel malts. Tastes strange vegetal- cactus-spruce savory. Tobacco. Clean. Drying palate with hops on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (1155) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour. Smokey malty and sweet. Both the nose and taste. Good, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a reddish cooper with a one finger with decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, sweet malts, pine, floral hops, and some toasted bread. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with the addition of some citrus and spruces notes. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bittier, medium-long, slightly boozy finish. Overall, a pretty tasty strong ale that is defintly on the maltier side of the style’s spectrum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2014
on tap, pours hazy orange with a thin head, some lacing. nose is sweet, sugars, alcohol, some hops. Taste is sweet, bitter hops, earthy, with a slow bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel and toffee with pine and floral hop notes. Taste is a warming caramel and toffee hop flavours well balanced with floral and pine hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle from Texas Liquor: Aroma was a sweet base of syrupy malts that is heavily unbalanced towards the heavy amount of hops added. Appeared as deep dark amber almost a stained mahogany color and created a minimal amount of foam on top. The flavor is a rich semi sweet taste of sugar from some off beat malts that I find to be unique since they have no evidence of caramel/toffee malts that I would have expected. However, a light use of hops comes through that give off a little bit of a black tea flavor comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Candied fruit and caramel greet green hoppiness and its coniferous bitterness in this textbook Imperial Red Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the misty orange-hued red.
-Hops could have been brighter, to my tastes in the style.
-Drinkability is rather high for this type of brew.
-Malts are as well developed as hops in this one.
-The flavour profile is balanced.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2219) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Sets up in the glass nicely, sparkling liquid, amber, some head. Light caramel aromas, biscuit, toast, cereal, pine and light citrus amply emanating from the glass. Lightly creamy feel, cleanish. Finishing lightly sweet, lightly tangy. A very solid beer -- not too sweet, good balance of a nice hop mix with firm cereal complements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a deep ruby red to amber body the supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up pine hops with thin ribbons of roasted malts and some molasses. Faintly wedged into the middle of those notes is a sliver of fruity esters. The taste begins with a rich hit of resiny pine hops, malts and then roasted maltiness. The pine hops are thick but not sticky and offer up plenty of flavor hops as well as loads of bitter hops. At times weak notes of ripe red apple esters poke through and bubble to the surface. Nice hoppy brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
bottled: June, 2011 A: pours a ruddy red ale with no real head production and a mirror surface. Hazy clarity. no lace. S: Nice caramel and toffee tones with a bit of oxidation, nicely balanced with some earthy hops. Above average nose for an Impy Red. Malt dominent, reminds me of a hopped English BW T: Bitter and sweet. Some notes of sweet barley and some healthy bittering hops give this a nice balance, but the taste is nothing special. Average. M: Thin with low carb. I would like a little more body with a little more carb to balance it out. Slick finish. O: Beyond the nose, this beer doesn’t have much to offer me. Serving type: bottle 09-26-2011

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