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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Aleís 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (896) - , Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Impressive beer. Nose of wood fruit and malt. Taste is sweet malt with immediate hop power not bitter but big hops

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 12, 2013
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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkie (427) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Draft at Shango. Amber red pour with a nice thick foamy head that is off white creme. Nose is caramel with some hop citrus. Taste is strong malt up front, caramel, sweet bitter hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (432) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. The pour is a beautiful clear ruby with a thin white head. The head fades to more of a film, leaving spotty lace. The aroma is pretty hoppy, with a couple different floral notes that are well meshed with the hops. The taste is much hoppier than I was expecting. The malt really comes through in the middle of the taste, and heavy on the end. There is also a nice dryness to the finish that makes this a solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Pours a dark ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Nice nose of caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. An excellent ale that I wish was available all year. Very well balanced with a medium mouthfeel that is also slick. Well carbonated. This is an example of how to properly hop a beer. The hop flavor is pronounced but without a harsh bitterness against a full caramel background. The taste lingers of fresh hop resin. Increase the malt bill a bit and this becomes a Gold Medal exceptional ale. While medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, the finish is crisp from the carbonation leaving you with a slightly sweet aftertaste over a noble hop bitterness with a touch of smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (541) - Portage, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Dark amber pour, pretty cloudy, full inch of beige head on top. Cottony scent, sweet hay, limey/cilantro hops and pungent rye. Lots of carmel malt in the taste, mixed with hop flavors of pine, melon notes present too. Average to soft carbonation, full bodied, slick finish. Pretty good big beer, nice bitterness and not overly carmel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (653) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Pours a dark, clear red, bright, with a medium and frothy off white head. The aroma is strong in caramel, while being complimented with pine, grapefruit, cereal, and some fruity notes of apple and strawberry. The taste contains some sweetness as well as bitter. Caramel and pine hit you initially, heavy pine in the middle, and giving way to fruit flavors at the end. Aftertaste has pine and berries. More full in body, with a sticky, thicker texture. Quite a bit of carbonation as well. This one is good, although it would probably be better if it wasnít as complex. But its still a good offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (391) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Pours a reddish amber with a sticky foam head. The aroma is of sweet carmel malts, very grain like, and slight citrus hop scent. In the flavor I picked up on malts, carmel malts, and a medium bitterness. Overall this was a descent beverage.


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