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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Know your Brewer. This Imperial India Red Ale matches intense hop aroma with potent caramel notes. Driven by rich munich malts, complimented by smooth crystal malts and topped off by spicy hops - we aim to arouse your senses.


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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2011
The aroma seemed pretty muted. The beer pours a dark brick red and has a brown head. The hops are oily and stick to your mouth. The hops and malt are powerful, but there is a watery base that leaves something to be desired.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with a hint of a copper and ruby glow at the bottom and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. Aroma of toffee, malt, hops, citrus and a bit of nice pungent hops. Full-bodied; Dense, deep toffee and earthy maltiness showing with a slightly sour hop note, some caramel and other sugars and a good deep metallic and almost fruity note at the end. Aftertaste shows mostly sweet and hoppy tastes combined with a complex maltiness and some subdued alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice deep, strong beer with some good flavours and a strong hop note. sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at K&E Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 20-November-2011 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-March-2012.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1591) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
bottle poured into a snifter a: deep amber/red, 1/2" off white head with good retention s: caramel, toffee, slight yeast, faint pine t: more sweet than I was expecting, well balanced with a pine hops. A subtle beer that contains imperial and india in its name. m: light to medium bodied, slight soapyness and chalk

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Incredible Hop
Date: September 21, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet floral aroma
Flavor: dry malt flavor, lots of floral hops, just enough sweetness to balnce the hops, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Expensive ($9.49 + tax for a 22 oz. bottle), but very good. A nice warming drink for the holidays or anytime during the winter months. The label is misleading, since it makes you think that the beer inside is going to be very hoppy. While there is a hop presence, itís not as strong as I thought it would be.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
edwardbass (478) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Should have read the description on the label. Was on a small FCB kick, so decided to try it blind. Not enough hop and way too much malt for my taste. The aroma is malt graininess over the top. Donít really get much "caramel". Oh well. I can say I tried it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, toasting, leaves, light caramel, light hops, and kinda just íred ale scent.í Poured very deep orange/copper in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, hops, and light resin. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, hop finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle. Poured amber with a light tan head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of caramel and citrus hop. The flavor found caramel, light hop, and a candy like background. Medium body, sweet front, bitter back, and a caramel aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Great aroma, and then all down hill from there. The color is good, palate is way off. Flavor is all one note yet still somehow muddy. Chased with a bad aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and dark copper with a soapy head. The nose is rich malt. The flavor is malt with pleasant fruit. Some very light hops. This is nice. Uncomplicated but good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
Bomber from Half Time. Clear reddish amber ale covered by a slice of off-white foam. That one drinks pretty much like its commercial description. Malt-forward, intense nutty Munich malts paired along strong dextrinous crystal malts with heavy toast notes and lesser biscuit and caramel tones. Sweet, albeit not sticky due to its toasty moreso than straight caramel focus. Pretty much the foundations for a barley wine. Soft tobacco notes peak through before the spicy, heavily leafy, oily hops kick through. Surprisingly, they have not chosen the brash and acidic citrusy kind. Still, there is plenty of woody bitterness in the finish. Filtered, a bit stripped down mouthfeel with timid carbonation. That and the Munich maltiness make it distinguishable among similar beers, but itís obviously not meant to be refreshing and feels a bit simple from a sipper and therefore is not quite a candidate for greatness.


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