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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s 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 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 it’s losing the battle due to the strong bitterness. Bitter finish. Not very balanced, but I’m 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 I’ve 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2008
I drank this one quite a while ago, just found my notes. Pours a deep but clear crimson with a half inch of off white head. The aroma is citrusy American hops and roasty malts. The flavor is sweet malts up front, then bitter hops, and has a bitter biscuity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy! This is a good beer worth drinking more than once.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
The nose is very generous. It is prominently citrus, mostly grapefruit, but orange reveals itself as well. It is rich with malty undertones of buttery biscuit and caramel. The flavor is mostly bitter, well crafted, but not complex. Very smooth on the palate, with lively carbonation. It’s the nose on this one that earns big points!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bottle pours a copper color that is playfully close to full-on red. Nose is instantly alive and surprisingly malty sweet with caramel, nuts and overripe fruit. Flavor starts smooth and sweet like the aroma but is rounded out by a sharp, powerful hop bitterness of citrus. The balance is gorgeous and each drink is revelatory and new.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle. pour was amber red with nice lacing. flavors of mixed spice, cherries, wood, followed by hops ending with a bitter finish. A bit hot on the tongue, but i guess it is 8%. I would have this again.


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