AndyW68 (1103) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep reddish brown pour. Smokey malty and sweet. Both the nose and taste. Good, not great.
skmikeg (920) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
cstuartj (979) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
cfrancis (2376) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
boxofrane (2127) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at beer fest. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. The aroma has some astringency, some florals. The taste is medium bitter with a sweet caramel finish.