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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed to celebrate the birthday of our great nation, our American Red Ale starts with a crisp hop flavor and ends smooth and sweet. IBU 45.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Props to the barkeep, Payton for scraping me up the dregs. Pinky orange, clear with a light tan oatmeal head. Strong hop aroma with some light vinegar - malt in abundance. Tangy west coast hopping, medium sweetness. Body is creamy, then turns sharp with the bittering. Initial finish is sweet, then the hops linger. goes vacant. Decent, but I’d go for the Elliot Ness or the Burning River.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Like their Elliot Ness with a firmer hop backbone. Vastly superior to the EN in my humble opinion. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark ruddy red body with a light, quickly disapating head. The aroma is rich in sweet carmalized hops. The nose is vey hoppy, there is a slight malt flavor in the end. The finish is nice an clean. This is another brewery only beer. Shame really, it is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Allegedly the original Burning River recipe. If that’s true, they really should switch it back! Darker than Burning, with a whispy head that left lots of sticky lacing. Major hop aroma. Really snappy in the nose. Picked up a little bit of darker malt aromas, too. Sweet, rich body with nice carmel and a little dark fruit. Nice balance on the palate, overall. The hop profile really knocked me out. Floral bouquet that leads into rather gritty, bitter flavors. Long herbal finish that was just ever so slightly green. Yummy. Should really bottle this.

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