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RATINGS: 858   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz bottle, best before 11/30/10. It pours a deep brownish crimson with a soapy off-white head. It sticks for a while and recedes to a lot of lacing. The smell is hoppy goodness. There is tons of ruby red grapefruit and citrus with a bit of pine. There is also some caramel and toastiness from the malt underneath. The taste is pretty awesome, it has been a while since I have had a beer this hoppy (I havenít had any good, fresh IPAs lately). It is mostly pine, which I love. There is a hint of astringent bittersweetness and cloying sweetness in the end, perhaps some rottenish fruit presence as well, but it is mostly hops and it isnít overly sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit cloying and a bit thin for my liking. This is an interesting brew that is suitable for hop lovers when fresh. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-02-2010 02:31:54

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
On tap at Bennoís! Deep copper pour with a very short whitish head. Sweet berries, alcohol, and strong doses of Pac NW hops provided a very nice bouquet for the nose. Pears, grapefruit, and apples hit the tastebuds and were backed by some significant sweet caramellage. The hops had a very strong presence in this one. Very well-made brew that hid its alcohol well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pours a clear copper brown with a frothy off-white head. Aroma boasts a strong bittering hop presence and caramel malt backbone. Starts very syrupy and sweet with the hop bitterness and a touch of pepper becoming stronger toward a semi-dry, grainy finish. Malt seems drier and more earthy than most strong ales. Finishes sticky and dry with some warming alcohol. This could use some more balance and fine tuning, but itís still a decent brew. Thanks JPDIPSO!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
12oz bottle that looks to be more than a year old if Iím reading the label correctly. It pours a crystal clear amber with off white head. The aroma is pretty solid with pine like hops, rich roasted malts and sweet caramelized malts. The taste is full and aggressive. The pine hoppiness hits hard up front and slowly gives up ground to roasted malts and sweet crystal malts. The hop assertiveness never recedes. The malts seem to struggle to reach the hop flavor plateau but just donít have enough juice to pull it off. The malts whimper off into the background toward the finish and allow the hoppiness to shine though. It seems a bit thin somehow.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6741) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
On tap at Hop Leaf Chicago (second visit). Dark, burnt orange amber. Foresty, piney aroma, perfumey and sweet. On the palate: huge hop attack, sticky caramel malts, nice bitterness in the finish. Big and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
courtesy of sirpsycho. Bottle received had a good ítil date of Octí 06. Pours murky orange with light brownish head. Aroma was a mix of malty and floral hops with strong grainy nose. Taste had significant dose of caramel malts and not much of hops to be noticed. Donít know what to think of this one, wish I had a newer bottle to get a better idea.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Poured a clear caramel amber with a tan head that lasted and laced. Aroma had a caramel note with smooth grain and an alcohol backing. Flavor was smooth with grain and had a smooth caramel note as well. There was a bit of spice as well with a bit of backing alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to Crizay I believe, from a trade a while back. Pours a clear crimson hued brown with a diminishing medium sized beige head. Aroma is soft old malt heavy with plum and caramel. Spicy with some oxidization and a bit of malt. Finishes up dry and with some big bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6502) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red color with a small eggshell head that leaves only a thin rim around the sides and a few bubbles on top. Nice aroma of raisin, black cherry, sweet roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, and citrus hops. The flavor is just a notch below the aroma, with notes of caramel, sweet roasted malts, pine hops, alcohol, dark and dried fruits, spices, and mixed nuts. Light-medium bodied, sweet early and bitter late. Lingering alcohol aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 12, 2008
Appearance: dark deep amber with hint of reddish brown. Large creamy beige head. Aroma: medium light alpha hop aroma with noticeable alcohol feel. Burn with woody hints, sweet malts sitting deep below. Touch of vanilla. Flavour/Palate: soft front with fruity, leafy wet hops. Soft clean malts quietly fill void. Twig like bitter ending with softer sublime flow. Semi dry alcohol felt detached. I am not sure what they wanted to create here. Quality is present but direction somewhat misguided.


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