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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ales 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Had this on-tap at TJs. Poured a reddish-amber with a one-finger, off-white head which dissaptes to a coating. Lacing is ample and lasting. Nose is caramel, grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and bready malts, tempered by the bitter grapefuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Brew is mildly sticky and oily. It is a little sticky but not unpleasantly so. There is no hint of the higher ABV in the taste but it is the only thing preventing me from having another.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2013
dark, but sparkling clear, copper color. spicy/earthy hops on the nose, taste: bitter and floral hops, saltiness, a little bit of malty sweetness. palate: thin body, average carbo, bitter and long lasting finish. is this the bite?

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at fountainhead. Pours a deep clear copper with a frothy white head. A fruity sweet aroma. Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt. Has that traditional strong ale taste. A subtle hop bitterness with a carmel sticky fruit finish. Not too gummy or heavy. I could have had another.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours clear dark amber, finger thick tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toasted malt, caramel, earthy, citrus hops, slight pine, a little fruity. Taste balanced, toasted and caramel malt, citrus abs pine hops right behind, a little roast and bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel fuller side of medium body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol and hop astringency, slightly dry finish. Overall tasty, complex, balanced beer, another great seasonal from GLB, maybe the best red ipa Ive had.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Deep Copper pour with off-white foamy head. Big hops notes in aroma, smells of citrus/grapefruit. More hops in flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and a little spice in the flavor. Building heat. Malt sweetness is fighting to get noticed, but its losing the battle due to the strong bitterness. Bitter finish. Not very balanced, but Im digging it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
From bottle. Part of October Dayton Beer Tasting event. Pours deep amber with plenty of citrus hops. Full mouthfeel supported by malt and hops balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep, rich red with a small white head. Aroma is quite hoppy and includes some dark malts as well. Flavor is very hoppy with a slightly malty finish. Distinctive GLBC hoppiness that is present in some of their other beers, most notably Burning River. Excellent beer, complex yet smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with an orangish head. Aroma is citrusy. Very well balanced flavor, full bodied and bold. Hides its strength very well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle poured into a snifter. Beautiful reddish copper with moderate white head, dissipates fairly quickly with light lacing. Aroma is strong caramel malts with pine and bits of hops and floral scents. The taste is a fantastic balance of hops and malt with a distinct pine taste and very bitter aftertaste at the back of the throat. Smooth and crisp feel with a good amount of carbonation. I love this beer, one of the best Ive tried.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Had this right after the Flying Dog Double... this one is much more balanced. Aroma is hoppy with a caramel background. A more roasted American strong that balances the subdued sweetness with the kick of the hops. Bells has some serious competition as my favorite brewery in Great Lakes.


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