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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Hazy rusted copper. Small, but lace-producing, eggshell head. Intense hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine resin and orange blossoms. Moderate to full body. Nice hoppy flavor dominated by the pine and grapefruit. Caramel undertones help display the hops with more intensity. Long, bitter hop finish. The hops display an interesting spiciness at times--salt and white pepper. The light spiciness makes this really unique. Tasty as hell and a really pleasant surprise to find this on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike3 (6) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004 does not count
This is a wicked beer. I call it a angry beer. It is very smooth for a hoppy beer. Its red color is impressive to the eye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beav (3) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003 does not count
Malty, hoppy balanced nicely. Dark amber, smooth and slightly warming. Was fortunate to be intown when it was being offered, thanks to a tip from a local enthusiast. Took a growler with me to share with friends who were equally impressed. One of the best I've had from GLBC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
DArk amber, strong nose of hops, strong flavor of hops with a fairly good amount of malt to balance it out. Excellent to wash down some nice hot wings with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Great nose, head and lace, dark orange hue. Nice drink with whiskey finish. Best of the great lakes!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
This is great stuff -- of course -- it’s Great Lakes ! The malt/hop balance is perfect for me -- I would not call it Burning River’s big brother, however. This beer is in an altogether different league.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
I am rating this beer from the MANY,many memories(some best forgotten!)I have of pints at the pub,in Great Lakes.This WAS the ’holy grail’ of ales in Cleveland.It was originally a fall seasonal,but developed into a ’cult-favorite’ over the years,and is made more frequently now.It has never been bottled,to my knowledge;I would love to see that,because I just dont get the chance to go the 2600+miles to get it often enough! The reddish,blood-like hue is a sinister preview of what this brew has in store.A full bodied flush of soothing mouthfeel flows over the tounge and down the gullet so quickly,that as you put the glass down,believing you were in a safe warm,comfy-place...you get the tap on your shoulder.As you turn to see who’s there,you are confronted by a monsterous hop presence;which proceeds to make you quiver,like a graphitti artist being caned in Singapore.As you fall under the NOSS’s will( and you WILL...Be Warned!)you will awaken from it’s spell, some hours later,in a world you may have created while you were away... Watch your step(this one goes down soooo easy)and stay on a lighted path,and you may just be able to walk away from this experience;enlightened, yet un-altered!!! I was informed by a friend back there that the recent release was just as great as I remembered...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
STRONG stuff. Went well with the food that night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zenbrew99 (20) - USA - APR 27, 2002
Great color! I bought this beer cause it had a cool name. Wish it was more accessible to this area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Humongus HOPS!! (85 IBU) Dark, dark copper/red color. A bright tangy hop taste at first, then a warm firey hop/malt taste stays with you and lingers a long long time. The first time I had this (10/01), I didn't really care for it, but I've since gained a greater appreciation of hops. Still not my favorite, but it's growing on me. (tasted at the pub, 4/13/02)

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