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RATINGS: 871   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 You almost want to give it a five star for the label. A very fine experience from a fine brewery. From the bottle it pours a redish (bloody) mohagany and wow what a great swirling experince from a snifter. It has a palate thatís complex and hard to decribe for me because Iím no Michael Jackson.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle, with 6 months or so of age on it. Pours a dark reddish amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of biscuity malts and citrusy grapefruit like hops. Not overly bitter, but quite nice. Flavor is very simple, dominated by caramel malts and piney hops, finishing in a quite sharp bitterness. Palate is probably the highlight of the brew, which comes on heavy, but finish very tight due to the perfect carbonation and bittering hops. This was a very nice offering from GLBC.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Oh mommy! This oneís a winner. A big bright shining star in Great Lakesí lineup of international superhero beverages. This is like a stronger Burning River, with nearly twice the Krunk Juice! Yowza!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2009
nice aroma with distinctive hoppy and yeast smell. Great dark amber appearance. Not a lot of head. Great beer for hop heads with a lasting palate. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Cloudy light brown with orange tints and a thin off white head. Carmel, sweet malt, and hops permeate from the glass...smokey sweet malt and well balanced hop finish...not quite as "strong" as I had anticipated but decent nontheless.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
a copper reddish brown with a nice light beige head. I smell dark fruit like raisin and some citrus. Also has a sweet malty scent. Th first sip is like a strong prune-rasin taste that balances out with malt.. but finishes very hoppy and bitter. Lots of flavor in this brew. There is also a LOT of bitter grapefruit & burnt chocolate in the aftertaste. Maybe too much. This is very interesting. You have to take a small sip at a time. This is not light at all. You can only drink a couple at a time. But it certainly canít be called boring ..

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Great caramel malty flavor with a hint of chocolate. The hop taste is citrusy. The finish is very fruity, grape pear pineapple cherry and strawberry.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 12, 2013
Ugh. I can understand how hop lovers might like this one and it DOES have that very fresh taste so characteristic of Great Lakes...but ugh. This is by far the worst thing Iíve ever had from Great Lakes. The label warns it is a highly hopped beer, but also promises it to be well-balanced. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is nothing but hops for nights. See Dogfish Head for highly hopped beers that are well-balanced (e. g. India Brown). My opinion remains that hops are a preservative added only for their astringent effect. Itís perverse to drink beer for the flavor of hops. The fewer hops, the better!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2005
This a another great beer from the greatest brewery ever. The color is very nice and dark, with a pretty and creamy head. The aroma is thick and full of malt, sweetness, and hops. The flavor is strong with sweetness, spice and roasted malt. A great strong bitterness finishes the beer. Excellent.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoberDave (143) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Pours with a beautiful amber colour. Persistent head and hoppy smell. Hoppy and spicy flavour which mellows the more you drink it.


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