bowlnman1990 (78) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: sweet malt and hops. App: deep red, thin white head. Taste: bitter hops. Palate: full and long finish. Overall: decent
Thewade (228) - USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich and hoppy. This was a great brew that I will buy again. Well balanced.
Beerathon (792) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Highly hopped? Um, not in the flavor, nor the nose. I found this beer to be on highly disappointing. Dry finish, muddled hop/malt flavor. I expect better from Great Lakes.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (enjoy by 12/10/13). Nose of deep earthen caramel and pine/woodsy hops, slightly pungent if not catty, pours very dark red with a soapy beige head. Taste in the mouth mostly dry, the hop-edges are dulled, some booze shines through in its heft, bitterness is mild, faint citrus under the lightly doughy, earthen caramel. Very full body. Balanced, yes, but itís hard for me to get excited about these big red when the overall effect is something akin to a two year old IIPA.
jeremugohio (82) - springboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. This is a very well balanced beer. Hops were subtle, bitterness mild and maltiness fair. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
DocJitsu (598) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark ruby-amber with a caramel colored head. Toasty toffee, ripe red fruit, and grassy hop. Cottony, filling mouthfeel. The flavors reflect the nose and are well-blended.
bubbleflubber (1638) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This nice Impy Red pours a gorgeous amber-brick into the glass, with a soapy head that leaves window-wash lacing. The nose is of oak and dark fruity esters. Flavors are malty, biscuit, pitted fruits, caramel and backed with a finish of decently hopped bitters. The ABV adds just a kiss to the finish to pull this all together nicely. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with soft carbonation, a medium body and semi-oily palate. Very well thought, and nice execution.
crajun (822) - , Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Impressive beer. Nose of wood fruit and malt. Taste is sweet malt with immediate hop power not bitter but big hops
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 12, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ugh. I can understand how hop lovers might like this one and it DOES have that very fresh taste so characteristic of Great Lakes...but ugh. This is by far the worst thing Iíve ever had from Great Lakes. The label warns it is a highly hopped beer, but also promises it to be well-balanced. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is nothing but hops for nights. See Dogfish Head for highly hopped beers that are well-balanced (e. g. India Brown). My opinion remains that hops are a preservative added only for their astringent effect. Itís perverse to drink beer for the flavor of hops. The fewer hops, the better!
pinkie (319) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with great clarity, a medium amber color with a blood orange hue. Fat head of foam that fell to a thin cap and ring and left good lace. Nose is toasted malt and biscuit. Earthy rye with a bit of pepper, pine grapefruit and resin. Floral hops and no alcohol on the nose. The taste is amber. Itís a liquid malt sweetness with a very bitter pine that literally bites you amidst all the sweetness. Grapefruit keeps it flowing and the mouthfeel is sticky and medium heavy with good carbonation. The malt is so deep and rich itís just shy of chewy. It cascades over the palate and leaves with a nice sweetly bitter aftertaste. There is no alcohol on the palate just a nice little warmth after a few sips.
Great Lakes has made a terrific beer here. I love the rich malt character of this. The hop resin coats the palate and brings out the toasty malt and the sweetness perfectly.