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RATINGS: 847   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (712) - 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 (1027) - 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 (220) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (559) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a hazy amber with a medium beige head with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast and fruity notes. Taste is a strong caramel malt and toffee flavor, yeast with a good dose of earthy hops for balance on the end. A medium body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity, some toffee notes and earthy hops bitterness. This brew goes down smooth considering the bitterness and alcohol. Overall a very good tasty brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Nice darker hop beer. Perfect for the fall season given the deep amber color ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
napdynmite (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Toasted caramel notes with a good hop bitterness. Sweet round citrus aroma. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Draft sampled at a tasting. From notes. Roasty nuts and resinous pine with a decently fruity citrus kick. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (1978) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, spicy hops, & floral; Flavor of sweet malt, rich spicy hops, pine, caramel, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Quite the hop bomb - I enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJack (35) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Draft pour, clear golden color. Moderate lacing. Light aroma of floral hops with malt sweetness. Well balanced flavor. Good imperial red. Gravity is concealed. ---Rated whilst imbibing

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2051) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Thing White Head, Some Lacing S: Semi Sweet Malts, Floral T: Floral, Semi Sweet Malts, Toffee M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Drying Overall, a really nice mildly strong ale with good hoppy character.


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