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RATINGS: 56   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Draft. Bronze beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and light earth aroma with malt. Malt and caramel flavor with light grapefruit and light pine. Medium bodied. Malt and light grapefruit lingers with light pine and light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours dark red with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, maple syrup and considerable hop presence. Flavour is essentially the same with all the qualities well balanced. Medium-bodied, with a slightly sweet and slightly hoppy finish. Solid, though nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
650ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Label says 7.5% and 63 IBU’s. Pours a hazy dark amber with thin cream head that vanishes to a ring. Aroma is taffy caramel sweet with faint hops. Taste is bigger with sweet malt countered by a decent pine hop bite. Alcohol is evident but not too hot. Finish is both sweet and hoppy. It’s a very good ASA but not the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On draft at stone. As previous rater stated, not much going on. Pretty decent for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2296) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
One of those strong ales that isn’t bad but nothing really stands out to me. It’s big but doesn’t burn but no flavors really jump out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
Yum, yum, yum, with some added yum. Ruby red body with a thick looking crown this is a dam fine looking beer! OH gawd after first deep inhale I’m starting to drool uncontrollably. So very hoppy, massive malt, pine, leather yum! Can you smell the awesome? I can! Flavour is so thick with its malty sweet caramel goodness. Leather, pine, sweet peachy hops, earth……………………Something strange is starting to happen with this brew the more I drink the less excited I am. It all of a sudden hit me this beer isn’t very special and it’s just your typical west coast IIPA/American strong ale/ American B-wine. Beer is still excellent and of the high quality but really that just doesn’t make a beer stand out any more. This beer wasn’t even that pricy but I’ll still probably never buy it again. Great beer but it gets lost in the white noise of countless other big west coast beers exactly like it. So um ya take that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Red brown pour, short white head. Brown sugar and toast densely malty nose, very sweet with some hops peeking through. Sweet malty body, lots of caramelized sugar flavors and toasty malt, floral hop and pine finish. A nice robust red. While sweet, it packs a bitter enough bite to be enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6163) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Rich dark copper amber, thick creamy head. Sweet fruity toffee aroma. Heavy malt platform, quite sweet, emphasis on toffee with lingering stonefruit aromatics. Less bitterness than I expected given the listed IBUs, but maybe its because I had a couple of hop bombs beforehand. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2383) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2011
650ml brown bottle. Pours out dark red, clear, has a thin layer of tan head. Good lace. Nose is malty, some caramel sweetness but pretty subdued. Flavour is again malty, medium sweetness, some nutty notes. Light bitter finish, some citrus, a bit leafy. Medium body, sort of creamy texture, moderate carbonation, easy drinker, decent. Not a huge beer by any means but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2011
22. Pours a deep crystal clear dark burgundy with a dense and creamy off-white mousse on top. Drippy strings of lace. Big tangy toffee and caramel nose, showing lots of residual sugars. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, pine, a bit of shampoo bite on the mid palate. Mild resiny finish. Very nice big heavy red.

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