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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Born in Head Brewer Tony Powellís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2011
Poured out a deep reddish amber brew with a non existing cap. Strong aroma of caramel, peaches, floral notes, light spice, maybe anise, orange, nice but nothing new. Itís late and Iím very tired. Excellent taste - just what I wanted - fresh, fruity and bitter. Peaches, pine and really freaking tasty. Caramel is solid, an excess of bitterness. Man, Iím tired. Mild carbonation and hard bitterness. I really like this. Just so tired.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (591) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Pours dark reddish brown, average head, and a moderate hop aroma with some sweet malt in the background. Flavor is a balance of malt with some complexity, and decent amount of hop bitterness, with the hops somewhat more forward than the malt. A solid brew, but maybe a little too uninspiring to turn into a regular.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6443) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
650ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Label says 7.5% and 63 IBUís. 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. Itís a very good ASA but not the best Iíve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On draft at stone. As previous rater stated, not much going on. Pretty decent for the style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
One of those strong ales that isnít bad but nothing really stands out to me. Itís big but doesnít burn but no flavors really jump out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - 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 Iím 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, earthÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖSomething 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 isnít very special and itís 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 doesnít make a beer stand out any more. This beer wasnít even that pricy but Iíll 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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6745) - 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.


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