zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit rind, piney hops, and caramel malt. Wonderfully balanced flavor with assertive piney, grassy, and pineapple hops yet there is a strong caramel and biscuit malt backbone. Somewhere between a DIPA and a barleywine so I suppose American Strong Ale fits the bill. This is an excellent beer.
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very hoppy with caramel malt to balance. The appearance is amber/gold with a smaller head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a very decent beer.
Palidor19 (3128) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of substance in this beer. Has a nice full flavor with a rich hoppy presence. The mouth feel gives a robust mild syrup with a creamy head. Strong and rich, highly recommend.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, red-foiled bottle that was a surprising find at total wine in norfolk. pours a hazy, orange-copper with a one-finger, bright white head leaving nice lacing around the edges. aroma is great with big, bright citrus hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peel backed by subtle tropical notes of pineapple, mango, and red berries with toasted caramel malts as it warms. flavor is damn tasty as well with more a brisk, lightly sweet, toasted malt presence balancing bitter, grassy hops, pine esters, and sweet fruit notes of tangerine, apricot, and pineapple. palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering, bitter finish. overall, a damn tasty imperial red.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper near medium amber with an initial big white head, fades a bit as the carbonation overall is pretty low- very good lacing though. Aroma is initially citrus, pine, big sappy hops, then as it warms a bit more caramel and toasted malt comes through a bit- slight tea comes about and light green coffee, then some slight Amarillo fruitiness. Flavor is light nutty, caramel, toast grass, then pine citrus orange and Amarillo fruitiness, then some grapefruit in the middle as it warms. the crystal malt is very light which is good- just toast, some low to med sweetness- clean finish - not overly bitter, pretty dry, easy drinking. Nice beer overall.
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the nose, big centennial and chinook hops, some caramel sweetness, with some citrus pine mixed in there. Color is a beautiful almost glowing hazy orange/gold color. Taste is big hop flavor, some red malt, sweetness, and some pine notes. Slightly viscus. Not overly carbonated. Finish is dry and long lasting bitter, I’d say this is the only weakness I can find. All around, and awesome beer! My kind of beer. I’d like a case please!
jcos (1778) - Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Perfect Pour, split with dbarnold and Travis. Pours a nice copper haze. Aroma is very strong hop aroma and maybe some caramel from the malts. Tastes bitter up front, with super malt backbone similar to others of the Imperial Red style. This style is one of my favorite types of beer, and this one hit home with me pretty well.
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin beige head of fine bubbles. Wonderfully hoppy aroma with lots of pine sap, pineapple, fresh cut grass and some light but sweet malts. Excellent aroma that makes the mouth salivate for a taste. Color is a dark copper. Lots more hoppy goodness. Like sucking on a pine cone. Lots of pine sap, herbs, grapefruit pith and some more sweet malts for balance. Quite the zippy mouthfeel from the alcohol and slight carbonation. Warming alcohol presence with a sharp dry finish. This is by far, my favorite brew of the NJTPK Exit series. I am going to have to look for more of this stuff.
egajdzis (5868) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, grass, light pine, and some candy. Taste of grass, citrus, light wood, pine, and a dry finish.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Standard Tap in Philly. Man, I’m absolutely crushing this series. 7 for 7 so far. Ticking successes like this are always exciting. This one has a bright red color, mostly clear, with a two-finger light beige head. The aroma is hoppy and citrusy with some caramel malts to back it up. Good if not too exciting, flavor, with caramel malt, mild toast, grapefruit, and pine. Medium-plus body with an average carbonation level. Enjoyable and one I’d be willing to revisit, but not terribly memorable.