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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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Clear amber body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, some spice, earthy, herbal, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some herbal, good bite. Medium body. Nice 1-D beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a copper color with a thin, off white head that left very nice lacing on the glass. Very fruity, citrus, melon, pear, hop aroma. Also a lingering sweet malt aspect to the aroma. A pleasant citrus hoppiness, grapefruit, cut grass, though balanced extremely well by sweet malts. The 8% was totally non-existant!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Very reminiscent of Dogfish 90 minute. Hoppy with a good rich mouthfeel. Flavor quite complex with fruit and malt undertones.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pours mahogany with a small white head. Aroma is dull malt. I took a sniff of this and thought I was going to be let down. But I wasnt. After the weak aroma, the taste is crisp fruity grapfruit with hop kicks throughout. Sticky mouthfeel which leaves great lacing on the glass. Reminds me of Bear Rep Hop Rod Rye. This stuff gets better with every sip.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Fruity, spicy, citric hop aroma, some toasty caramel malt sweetness beneath with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and flowers. Clear reddish amber color with a fine, creamy off-white head and attractively delicate lace. Flavor profile is fruity and hoppy, copious amounts of juicy citrus and sugary malt sweetness throughout with a strongly bitter, piney hop finish. Creamy palate, body is medium-full. Indeed like an Imperial ESB or Pale Ale. Flavorful and quite tasty, not to mention easy to drink. Thanks, Jay!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Sparklin clear blood red body. Dense bone colored head. Lacing is excellent. The aroma is lots of big spicy hops. some resin and a good amount of caramel malt. The flavor is more earthy, but the hops are definitely big. Medium body, crisp dry finsih. I know that some think the whole imperial thing is very tired, but this beer is what I would think an imperial ESB would be like. Good stuff. My first Imperial ESB ;)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Very clear amber with red hues and a little head, lacking major carbonation. Has a nice bitter hoppy aroma, seems grapefruity. From the start you notice very nice ballance in this beer. Itís nicely hopped and malted. A somewhat roasted malt flavor seems to take turns in the mouth with the citrus and pine bitterness to make a very complete beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Iím a big fan of GLBC and this oneís no exception. I throw it in as a mix of the Burning River and Elliot Ness. Sweet and spicy. I suggest this to anyone who has a clue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
I found this to be interesting. Not sure how Iíd classify this...maybe IIPA...but itís good nonetheless. It looks pretty awesome all red and such. Aroma and flavor are spicy hops with a nice caramel backbone. This is kind of wierd in a way but it really grows on you. Gets better and better with each sip. Palate is smooth and nicey sharp. I high;y recommend this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2311) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours a dark caramel golden hazy golden color with a modest liight tan head. Coarse lacing. Aromas are sweet malty and some caramel and hops...like barlywine. Dry astringent flavor. Malt and caramel and spice. average carbonation.Significant hops character and a bitter hoppy finish. Not bad. Thanks to HerFtyDork for sharing this one


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