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RATINGS: 928   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
2009-04-10. Dark red amber body with a modest bubbly beige head. (3+) Interesting aroma, generic fruit and a pleasant melange of grains - descriptors elude me. (7+) Sweetish malt flavour, tangy malt finish. Bitterness has faded it seems, the bottle was not super fresh when we bought it. Alcohol is impressively invisible. (6+) Average palate is smooth but a touch light. Decent. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9401) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Not too many reviews from the Spring since this is a fall release. Iím impressed enough to leave this on my wish list in hopes of trading for a super fresh one next fall. The one Iím drinkin is 18 weeks old, which I was very apprehensive about due to the style (imperial red). Turns out, itís really nice 4+ months old, and I imagine fanfreakintastic fresh. The pine centric bitter hops are still very pleasant, but have obviously faded. Colored like a dark oktofest or Irish red. The malts used are complex and very pleasant. This brew smells md tastes fruity, almost berry like, with caramel, biscuit and a distinct nuttiness that all go well with the hops. Another winner from a top brewery. Pretty mix what I was hoping for...even more impressive given the date. Trade via Heybeerman. Thanks, bro."

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9284) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Tap. Orange pour with a big foamy beige head. Smells like pepper. Taste is malt and more pepper. Interesting, but not quite doing it for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9232) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours red with thin white head, aroma is a bit citrusy and grassy. Taste up front is citrus, grass, some sweet caramel and a slightly bitter dry finish. Pretty average ale, didnít seem strong by any means, more like an EPA. Bottle age perhaps?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
My Bottom Line
Noble herbal hops and their citrusy wings float atop the chewy cereals. Another balanced masterpiece from Great Lakes which manages to please those in search of memorable flavors and those looking for a friendly pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear ochre red.
-Carbonation is perfect, helping drinkability and letting the malts build a smashing body.
-Herbal hop bitterness firmly greets the tastebuds before slowly fading away.
-Orangey fruitiness stems from the hoppiness and branches out into the sweet cereals.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9019) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9018) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Deep orange and red color. Somewhat hoppy, grassy (alpha king-like) nose, which is interesting. Sweet cedar and plum scented. Very sweet and somewhat dry as well. Cherry wood, cedar wood, plums and red grapes around within a mildly spicy Belgian-like yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8936) - 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.


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