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RATINGS: 62   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
In short: A typical American big ale with rich maltiness and resinous citrusy hops. Good beer
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh a few months after purchase, bottle forwarded to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Almost clear amber-ruby body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is barley candy with, caramel and resinous citrusy hops. Taste is just as straightforward. This is a rich caramelized malt backbone in perfect opposition to juicy resinous citrusy hops. Not a hop bomb, not a malt orgy, this is a well balanced beer. Bitterness level is medium and a bit sticky. There is nothing to admire about this straightforward hoppy no-style American Ale, and there is nothing to dislike about it either, unless you really don’t like American beers. I cannot understand ratings above 4.0 or below 3.0, this is a very straightforward beer, and a typical example of what heavily malted and generously hoppy American beers have to offer. I drank this 22oz bomber as if it was a 5% pint of session beer. Simple but very nice. Give a man a Starfish and he will drink for a day, teach a man how to Starfish and he’ll have no idea what you’re talking about for a lifetime.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2447) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pale reddish pour thin off white to beige head .... aroma is of chewy caramel malts and faded citrusy/floral hops .... shame taste is all chewy caramel malts and faded citrusy and spicy piney hops ..... some roasted malt is evident but light .... caramel malts all the way .... finishes dry and malty .... meh abv is hidden well at least

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Clear amber small head nice lacing slight retention... Caramel aroma not sweet light pine hop... Fairly hoppy piney some citrus and toasty caramel malt that doesn’t have much sweetness.. Medium body dry dry finish...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4608) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
650ml bottle pours deep amber color with 2 fingers of light beige head that settles down to some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and some earthy hops. Taste is light caramel sweetness with hints of toasted bitterness followed by an earthy hop bitterness. The flavors blended well in this for me and I truly enjoyed the presentation of this fine brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10840) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, light tobaccoi and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthines and light fruitiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GJP90X (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011 does not count
Rich red tones, aromas of red liquorice, black tea and cherry. long and lasting from mid-palate to finish. a great beer for cold nights and fire roasted foods.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Growler. Poured a lighter brown with a tan head that settled quickly to a ring. Floral aroma with a backing of malt. The flavor found caramel and spices with a hop background. Medium body and a mild bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle. Rich copper. Fair dark cream coloured head. Sticky lacing. Thick caramel scent with tinges of alcohol and hint of spice or hop. Flavour is same components but in different proportion than the aroma. Alcohol is stronger. Caramel is mixed with some woody hops that carry a spicy edge.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber from Craft Ale. Pours turbid ruby coppery (more toward ruby) with minimal off-white head. Looks like a big thick barleywine in the glass. Nose is old aley malt, heavy resiny hops, fruit. Damn, this one smells like a barleywine, too. Tastes rich, very piney hoppy, fruity, with substantial malt. Comes off like a impy red/barleywine hybrid. Works pretty well for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, and a standard Red Ale Aroma. Poured orange in color with a tiny, off-white head that lasted only a second or two before disappearing, except for around the edges. Hazy and a bit cloudy. Some large particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, resin, pine, slight caramel, and general Red Ale flavor. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, resin finish. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.


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