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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1359) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Pours a nice ruby red with a light tan head and sweet aroma of hops, fruits, and caramel. Taste is well balanced and pleasant, nice fruity, hop and tropical fruit notes with caramel and toasted malt leading to a dry, bitter finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable ale

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Draft at the pour house. Pours clear amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is big resinous hops and caramel malt. The taste has about nice bitterness, some sweet caramel, and some earthiness. Nice brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisFields (71) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Pours a nice copper with a creamy off white head. Aroma is doughy rye and light citrus. Taste is sweet malt underlined by a mild and pleasant bitterness. Alcohol is barely detectable and everything blends together really well. A little on the thin side and mildly carbonated. Overall a really well put together American ale. Not my favorite but still quite good. As usual Great Lakes remains a solid choice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Pours reddish but thin for the style. After one I had to double check the ABV, because I couldn’t believe something this heavy was so smooth. I’ll definitely be buying it again. And frequently!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1518) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Reddish orange in color, a little thin in appearance, this smells lovely. Robust piney, resinous hops, slightly burnt caramel, and a comfortable amount of alcohol. Somewhat thin in the mouth, but delicious with resinous hops and alcohol. Caramel malts balance out the hops and alcohol perfectly, allowing for an overall malty character while still offering the thin experience of a more classy style. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1322) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle from jbwimer. Dated 12/1/13, poured 11/20/13. Pours a deep red to amber color with a small cream colored ring of head. Aroma of sweet fruits, dirt, grass, caramel malts. Flavor follows with a grassy fruit flavor, massive malt bill, just a tinge of earthy hops, with a lingering bready malt on the palate. Slick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Very crisp pleasant finish, very easy drinking. Cannot believe this is 8%. Nothing especially complex in the flavors here, just a nicely crafted brew. Yum.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Pours a deep, clear ruby brown with a white head. On the aroma, there are grapefruit notes from the hops that are almost overwhelmed by the big sweet toasty, bready, caramel notes from the malts. On the palate, its smooth, but not particularly flavorful. The alcohol is well hidden, but I found the whole flavor profile to be somewhat muddled.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (709) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Pretty good brew. Pours orange/red with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. Bready with a hop bite in finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1025) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pours a clear garnet-orange with a thinner off-white to khaki head. A nice swirl fluffs the head up to about a finger, and presents some light splotchy lace. Nose is big toffee and caramel up front with some pine and grapefruit hops, a dash of cherry, light toast, and some wet dough. Really sweet flavor, with a fair bitterness and light tartness. Medium bodied, syrupy yet watery at the same time, juicy, softer carb, with a pretty lengthy herbal hoppy bitter finish. Pretty decent impy red, easy drinking for its size, but not lacking in character. Could use a touch more oomph.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (213) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Aroma is hoppy, sweet fruits, grass, malty. Appearance is amber orange, light orange head. Taste is complex, initially a sweet toffee, malt, and finishing hoppy. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation for a hoppy beer, not too astringent. Overall, this reminds me of a mix between a doppelbock and IPA. Different, in a good way.


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