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RATINGS: 886   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle with a best buy of 11/18/09 thanks to thirdeye11. Large off-white head, hazy orange body. Earthy, caramel, orange, dusty cocoa. Taste is bitter, tangy, burnt caramel. Creamy carb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7866) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7181) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7025) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear ruby red color, foamy light tan head. Lots of dark little particles suspended in this beer. Sporadic lacing. At the liquor store today, a fellow beer nerd was talking trash about this "stock" ale. Is a stock ale the same thing as an imperial red? What is a stock ale, is this one? Any way... This has a great hop nose with some rich spicy caramel notes. Light acidic texture. Nice spicy bitter taste. Light bite to it. Definitely an above average, enjoyable brew... Maybe itís screwed-up for a stock ale, I donít know, but maybe itís not supposed to be a stock ale at all... Just an imperial red. If so, I think it works. Reds arenít generally my thing, but I enjoyed this imperial red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - 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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