Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in August 2012. Pours fairly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, pine, citrus rind, floral, light toffee, and piney spiciness. Nice aromas with good malt/hop balance and complexity. Taste of orange, grapefruit, caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, light toffee, floral, citrus zest, and piney spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, floral, citrus rind, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt/hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial red ale. Nicely balanced hop/malt flavor complexity; and nicely smooth to sip on. This was a nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, caramel, some strawberry. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, caramel, light strawberry, astringency. Medium body, some resin, stickiness, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1323) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - SEP 27, 2012
The only problem I had with this was absolutely no head, but everything else about it was amazing. Fair amount of carbonation for an American Strong blended well with the toasty caramel, which blended well with the Douglas Fir hops. I looked at the glass after every sip and smiled... that makes it a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2012
A strong aroma of caramel malt. A strong solid red appearance. This is a pretty tasty beer. Hops and malt in a battle almost. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Copper pour with a short tan head that reduces to a ring of foam around edges of the glass. Caramel, spicy hops, floral hops and earthy notes in the aroma. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, citrus, spicy hops, floral hops and light toffee. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Light lingering hop bitterness as well. More citrus in the finish along with abundant caramel, chew malt notes, dark bread, spicy hops, and floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Dark scarlet brew with hints of ruby, garnet, and fiery glowing embers around the edges. Eggshell head. Caramel, hop bitterness, grapefruit and citrus rind, vanilla, brown sugar, and a gentle nuttiness are all present. Nice combination of sweet and savory. Not bad if I do say so myself...and I just did!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2012
22oz bottle: pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with lots of fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty malts well balanced with fresh piny hop flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Amber pour with an off white head. Pine and floral hops. Pine, floral with some caramel tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (869) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Amber body, whitish tan head. Floral, pine, nuts. Moderately bitter and sweet. Smooth body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy red-amber color, small head. Nice fruity aroma, bitter oranges, with a hint of sweat, yeast and vanilla. Medium body strength; the mouthfeel is just a bit drier than expected; very good caramel and toffee flavor, with light toasty notes, and a clear Earl Grey tea character (bergamot); strong bitterness, with a lot of hop resins and some yeasty astringency. In the end, the drier mouthfeel increases the drinkability. Very good.

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