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RATINGS: 896   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Deep burnt orange fills the glass, topped by a lingering film of soft eggshell foam. Rich grapefruit meets the nose, overpowering whatever else lies beneath. Taste of piney citrus, rich toasty/roasty malt goodness with a certain residual sweetness. Ethereal ethanol dances just within the range of perception, with promises of happy dreams. A well balanced concoction that is sure to be regular guest at mi casa.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Hard to pick out specifics in the aroma. Some hops and citrus. Fairly smooth but the end is pretty bitter. some grassy notes. For the style, not a bad brew I guess...but I donít care for it all that much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2008
pours a beautiful clear red amber, with a thick cream head that sticks around forever. still waiting. great lacing, by the way. ok, now it’s subdued enough to smell. great citrus hops take the forefront, tons of pineapple and grapefruit and maybe a bit of apricot. really citrusy. the malt plays a solid role as well, contributing solid amber, bready/nutty/caramelly notes. in the taste, the citrus hops slow down a tad, giving way to some fruity, piney, and floral notes. but the malt comes out much more, and really that nutty/bready crystal taste. very solid. palate is lightly bitter, but lingering, with a sort of earthy aftertaste. solid creamy yet slick mouthfeel, and plenty of carbonation. medium-to-heavy body. absolutely delightful! the first time i had this beer, it was on tap, and it was ice cold. i thought it was quite bland. now that i can taste it warmer, it’s tremendous. glad i bought a case of it!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Clear cinnamon color with frothy off-white head. Nose of caramel, orange, butterscotch. Medium body, a bit flat in the carbonation department. Syrupy, with brown sugar, birch, resin. I remember liking this much more in years past. Copying, overly malfunction, generally boring.

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 íbiteí?

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 TJís. 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.

3.7
   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 Iíve 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 itís losing the battle due to the strong bitterness. Bitter finish. Not very balanced, but Iím 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.


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