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RATINGS: 844   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Pours clear copper with reddish tints, and a thin off-white head. Notes of toffee, woody hops, and citrus. Full bodied with some moderate hop resins. Finish is slightly sweet, moderately bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
12 oz bottle pours copper with a short offwhite head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops. Flavor is caramel malts sweet a touch of toffee and those beautiful grapefruit hops. Nice bitter finish. On the palate it is quite balanced, smooth and amazingly drinkable for an 8% beer. Alcohol is completely hidden and this is one that is "frighteningly" easy to drink! Fantastic seasonal. I really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pour a crystal clear reddish orange with a thin ivory head. Very lacy. Smell is rich malt and pervasive hoppiness. Taste is also rich and malty with a generous level of bitter herbal hops. Piney. Caramel and vanilla too. Long bitterness and a light sweetness in the finish. Tasty though. A good one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle. Amber pour. Malty and somewhat citrus and pine hop aroma. Smooth balanced flavors - big malts, caramel sweet, and contributions from woody hops. Medium bitter finish. Nice carbonation - not overpowering. 8% alcohol is hidden very well. This beer is really good, and I could easily drink too much of this without realizing it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2347) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Amber, caramelish color with a small head. Has a strong piny taste to it yet, isnt quite an IPA. Smells of faint pine needles. Overall, a very good beer with a slight burn to it as it goes down.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wirko (10) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2005
One of my favorite seasonal beers. A malty flavor throughout with a slight bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 On tap at the brewery, and on tap several months later in Milwaukee, warenting an extra point to both palate and overall impression. Translucent amber in color with a thin white sheet for the head. Nice hoppy smell, with other aroma contributors including caramel, pine, neglected grass fields, toffee and cedar. Hits the palate and it’s all IPA. Toffee sweetness and bitter hops nail the peak of the tongue and fade to a syrupy sweetness on the sides. Grassy, pine-like bitterness. A solid rendition of an IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle 12oz thanks to Seth at BP-Clough in Cincy. Poured a dark amber with large off-white head. Good aroma of brown sugar. Medium to full body. Complex flavor of hops and malt with a small bitter finish. Another very good brew from GREAT LAKES.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Bottled. Amber colour. Caramel aroma. Sweet with dense mouthfeel. Intense grapefruity hoppiness over a lovely malt character and a lingering very bitter finish. Like with almost every Great Lakes beer this is perfect quality.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Poured a mostly clear dark amber color with a reddish tint and a medium off-white head. Sweet thick aroma. Fruity with notes of brown sugar. Sweet malty flavor mildly acidic with a bitter middle through the long dry finish. Full body is soft and silky. Nice and tasty with the alcohol completely hidden.


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