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RATINGS: 871   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Poured a beautiful brick red color with a white head that was gone before I was done smelling it. The aroma was a lot of grapefruit and hay. Big flavor with a bite, but I had no idea this was an 8% beer, as I didn’t read anything first and the alcohol was well hidden. Very enjoyable. Thanks again OhioDad!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is buttery caramel with hints of citrus and flowery hops. Pours a bright transparent reddish-orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and toffee up front, but it comes across slightly watery. Finishes with a light grapefruit hoppiness that seems to increase in the aftertaste and then lingers for some time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2005
This is basically a pretty good but not stellar IIPA,huge hop aroma,nicely balanced with just mild hints of malt sweetness and citrus. Incredibly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle. A reddish amber color with a tan head. The aroma had sweet caramel, apple, slightly toasted malts. A moderately spiced and hoppy flavor with caramel. Smooth and enjoyable throughout. Thanks to OhioDad (Scott) for the trade.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
A reddish brown color witha light spotty white topping that is gone within seconds. Has a really big hop aroma thing goin on that quickly turns into fuel kinda like nailpolish remover. I got just a medium malt thing goin on in the body with maybe some spices or veggies or something.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2005
yummmmmmmmers. i like. it was like the meeting of a belgian strong and a IIPA. nice hoppy flavors with some brown sugar and some floral notes. liked the grainy, piney flavors. :) worth losing the tire on my car over..... ha ha..... ha.......... damn it, not enough of you know me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Thanks to both OhioDad and beeryum for this beer.

Poured a clear effervescent light ruby with a small fizzy off-white head which dissipated completely. Clean pleasant aroma of grassy and piney hops with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is predominantly grassy hops, with a touch of maple syrup sweetness, but just a touch, mind you. The grassy taste of the hops slowly overwhelms the sweetness and culminates into a long bitter finish. Strikes me like a less blanced Arrogant Bastard Ale. Body was decent, though perhaps a little thin and somewhat overcarbonated. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Reddish amber color with a large head (maybe a little sudsy, though) that laces nicely as it diminishes. Smells of spice and hops, which dominate the flavor after the initial, mild sweetness of the malt gives way to the hops. It comes off as a bit unbalanced near the end, though, which is a bit of a shame since it promises so much right up to that point. It’s really nicely put together, but falls apart a little at the end as the hops overpower.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2005
Clear amber-gold-orange hue with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Strong herbal/floral and pungent pine aroma. Dark bread, light brown sugar malts. Starts out pretty sweet (german base malts?) with a moderate bitterness. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Perfume like. Medium-full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
By remarkably balanced I believe they mean "over-hopped." Its not the content of hops (i.e. Devil Dancer "over-hops" and does well), but here the hops come off unbalanced. There’s some spice and heat here, accentuated by my having some post-rating with a red sauce and fresh herbs from the garden. Unfortunately, a lot of the complexity is lost to the hops. They’ve done well with their porter, stout, and dortmunder, but this disappointed me.


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