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RATINGS: 863   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours a very nice red color with a short head. Dissipates to a film and lacing. The smell is fruity hop with a sweet malty background. The taste is also fruity hop with a nice balance of malt. Mildly bitter finish. This is a great beer. Well balanced and very easy to drink.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydslip (176) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Nice looking deep amber beer with a medium foamy tan head. Hoppy nose of citrus, spruce, and pine resin. The flavor is totally hop forward, which is a bit of a let down. The bitterness has lots of layers reminiscent of the nose, but it overpowers any semblance of malt sweetness. This is definitely not "remarkably balanced." Not bad, but I was looking for something different from this red ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (603) - - SEP 27, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a clear red amber with a dense khaki head. Aroma is a slightly grainy and sweet malt with some citrus. The sweet malt follows into the flavor with a nice roastiness and some caramel and citrus. Has a fairly intense pine and slightly floral bitterness. Fairly well balanced with the bitterness winning at the end. Starts wet and ends a little dry due to the bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (388) - USA - SEP 23, 2014
Dark blood red color with half a finger of off white head. Smells of grassy hops, celery, a bit of funky moss. Sharp hop bitter bite up front but decently balanced with a slight caramel malt sweetness, a little apple. Most of the taste is from the hops, hard to distinguish much else. Not bad, just not my cup of...beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1392) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Super-earthy nose and palate. Lots of esters and a muddy mouthfeel. Hops are apricot and earth, cut grass and verbena.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (334) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours a rich reddish brown and clear in light with a bubbly yellowed tan head that slowly fades from a finger or two. Decent lacing. Aroma is wonderful: sweet caramel and sticky resiny citrus. Active mouthfeel; more wet than dry. Very well-hopped but excellent balance on the palate. Oaky/grainy into a semi-sweet caramel and then strong and lasting hopped bitterness. That bitterness lingers and dominates the aftertaste. Not as many citrus characteristics to taste. Warming. A winner - especially for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1941) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle: Murky copper & burnt amber with a khaki colored head that recedes quickly & leaves very mild spots of lacing along the glass. Sweet, malty aroma alongside a decent handful of hops. Notes of toasted caramel, nuts, toffee candy, floral white pepper, light herbs, & a touch of cocoa powder. Sweet flavor of caramel, toffee, grape, plum, & other various dark fruits. Malt heavy, as expected. Toasted bread, sweet & buttery almost with dark brown sugar & molasses flavors growing with time. Booze soaked dark fruit finish, almost like a mini barley wine. Hops are still present in the form of floral, bitter citrus peel, even giving off very mild notes of apricot, orange, & grapefruit. Floral, peppery warmth in the finish with some boozy, caramel coated raisins covering the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (627) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle - pours medium amber with thick head. Nose of hop, grain, and booze. Taste is a nice balance of strong hop and malt. Some caramel and booze notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1376) - Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2014
From bottle. Deep amber color. Aroma is roasted malt, dark caramel, tart citrus. Taste is a great blend of sweet caramel malt and tart grapefruit, orange, and light bitterness. A bit of a hop bomb but also a malty sweet beer, with a lot of balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1010) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt, hops and brown sugar. Copper / mahogany color with lacing head. Nice balance of sweet malt, and citrus and piney hops. Another great beer from GLBC.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fakebeersnob (155) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2014
I like this better as it warms a bit. It has a sweetness in the malts and then a hop bitterness. Slightly citrusy and a bit of pine, but one style of hops does not seem to overpower the other. Pretty balanced. Goes with a lot of the cooking I do, or as a solo beer. I remember loving this one and always searching for it. Now my tastes have expanded and it is not as good as remembered. Having said that, it is still one I consider a very good beer.


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