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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4356) - 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.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bcorsair2 (1) - Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2011 does not count
On-tap at the Olympia brewpub. This beer appears a clear reddish burnt amber hue, with a thin cap of soapy white head, which leaves a Swiss cheese wall of lace around the glass as it is quickly exposed. It smells of caramel malt, and grapefruit/orange hops. The taste is bitter pine/citrus hops, caramel toffee, and a bit of breadiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and kind of sticky, smooth overall. It finishes off-dry, the hops predominating. Proving to be a Fish product, the hops win out throughout. Nice to see it at the source.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (13533) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2056) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Sets up in the glass nicely, sparkling liquid, amber, some head. Light caramel aromas, biscuit, toast, cereal, pine and light citrus amply emanating from the glass. Lightly creamy feel, cleanish. Finishing lightly sweet, lightly tangy. A very solid beer -- not too sweet, good balance of a nice hop mix with firm cereal complements.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2156) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel and toffee with pine and floral hop notes. Taste is a warming caramel and toffee hop flavours well balanced with floral and pine hop bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a deep ruby red to amber body the supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up pine hops with thin ribbons of roasted malts and some molasses. Faintly wedged into the middle of those notes is a sliver of fruity esters. The taste begins with a rich hit of resiny pine hops, malts and then roasted maltiness. The pine hops are thick but not sticky and offer up plenty of flavor hops as well as loads of bitter hops. At times weak notes of ripe red apple esters poke through and bubble to the surface. Nice hoppy brew.


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