fiulijn (18598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bhensonb (13862) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Bottle says 7.5% Pours very ruddy, almost ruby, amber with a transient beige head. Aromas of pine and grapefruit rind. Flavor is fairly smooth roasted malt, with a fair amount of grapefruit rind forbitter. Finishes long, slow grapefruit, eclipsing the malt to a significant extent. Very NW.
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Tmoney99 (13259) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy resin hop & toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Ratman197 (12966) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Amber pour with an off white head. Pine and floral hops. Pine, floral with some caramel tastes.
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DuffMan (9285) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MartinT (9191) - 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.