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RATINGS: 871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ales big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nj_BierMaven (109) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
On tap. Pours deep clear red amber into a tulip glass. 3/4 inch head is barely dissipating. Subtle hoppy aroma, taste is amazingly balanced and smooth, just bitter enough. Surprising light mouthfeel for a strong brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Not too many reviews from the Spring since this is a fall release. Im impressed enough to leave this on my wish list in hopes of trading for a super fresh one next fall. The one Im drinkin is 18 weeks old, which I was very apprehensive about due to the style (imperial red). Turns out, its really nice 4+ months old, and I imagine fanfreakintastic fresh. The pine centric bitter hops are still very pleasant, but have obviously faded. Colored like a dark oktofest or Irish red. The malts used are complex and very pleasant. This brew smells md tastes fruity, almost berry like, with caramel, biscuit and a distinct nuttiness that all go well with the hops. Another winner from a top brewery. Pretty mix what I was hoping for...even more impressive given the date. Trade via Heybeerman. Thanks, bro."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (261) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Tasted from bottle. Pours a nice red amber color with nice tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is malt dominated with sweet notes and caramel. Some earthy and piney notes. Taste is very well balanced and complex as expected from a Great Lakes beer. Moderate clean bitterness with nice caramel and toffee malt backbone. Some earthy and pine flavors. Medium bodied. Excellent red IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours clear dark amber, finger thick tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toasted malt, caramel, earthy, citrus hops, slight pine, a little fruity. Taste balanced, toasted and caramel malt, citrus abs pine hops right behind, a little roast and bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel fuller side of medium body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol and hop astringency, slightly dry finish. Overall tasty, complex, balanced beer, another great seasonal from GLB, maybe the best red ipa Ive had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (349) - USA - AUG 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a Great Lakes Brewing Co. pint glass a clear red amber with a huge tan head. Aroma is hoppy caramel. Flavor has hop upfront and sweetness not over malted to follow. A beautiful brew. The balance of this Imperial is so well done thickness, sweet, hoppy as heck. GL does another outstanding seasonal brew. 2nd only to Chillwave as my most favorite.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lectvay (143) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Nice looking pour, orange-red. Aroma is dominated by a malty sweet smell, plenty of hops, too. Taste is a bit surprising at first, just a little medicinal sting to it. Grew to like it. A nice malty strong IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollsrace (60) - - AUG 24, 2014
A strong ipa. Its got the classic great lakes flavor. Seems extra bitter. 8% alcohol. Sold in 4 packs

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - AUG 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-24-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance The beer pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head has pretty nice retention, but eventually fades slowly over time to leave a nice level of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell The aroma is big of a piney hop and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are some nice lighter notes of citrus hop as well as some lighter dark fruits. Taste The flavor starts with a nice bready and pine hop taste with a lighter caramel sweetness. The initial taste is only lightly hopped and semi-sweet with a nice smooth flavor. A fruity sweet flavor then comes to the tongue. These flavors down the bitter more, but only temporarily. The sweeter caramel is soon lost as more bitter pine comes to the tongue. Toward the end of the taste a nice citrus hop flavor of grapefruit and a lighter tangerine flavor come to the tongue, leaving a very pleasant citrus hop flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer was nice and creamy up front getting crisper at the end of the taste. The carbonation level of the beer was on the just below average side. The body was fantastic in this brew. Up front the creaminess suited the light sweetness and bready nature of the flavor very well. But as the taste went on the crisp feel at the end was wonderful for the pine and citrus hop flavors. Overall, the carbonation was at a good level for both. Quite a nice mouthfeel. Overall This is one tasty Imperial IPA. A great blend of hop, malt and sweet with fantastic flavor transitions and an excellent feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Summer Secret Santa. Thanks! Clear amber pour with some white head, irregular lacing. Aroma of caramel, faded hops, cherry, toffee. Caramel sweetness on the tongue balanced by moderate bitterness. Medium-full body, slick texture. Overall: Im a sucker for vampires. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
It had a deep copper amber body with some reddish highlights and good clarity. The head is tall and fluffy, light beige in color and has nice retention. On the glass it makes cool sticky lacing. There is a full nose of fresh bready malt, light roasted notes, hints of toffee and mixed nuts. The aroma is sweet and yet balanced by solid notes of citrus like hops. The flavor has sweet caramel, bready and nutty maltiness with well balanced citrus/pine hops. The 8% abv is mild and adds some more subtle warmth and character. The finish is slow with some pleasant hop bitterness. It has a solid medium to full body with mellow carbonation and a smooth texture.


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