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RATINGS: 843   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1066) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (4700) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
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 it’s hard for me to get excited about these big red when the overall effect is something akin to a two year old IIPA.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
From bottle. This is a very well balanced beer. Hops were subtle, bitterness mild and maltiness fair. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (824) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1742) - 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 (932) - , 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 I’ve 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. It’s 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 (457) - 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. It’s 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 it’s 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 (608) - 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 (535) - 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


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