IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely gorgeous amber color, light tan head fades fairly quickly and leaves some lacing. Smells intensely of piney hops and caramel. Tastes warm, a little winey, herbal, noticeably bitter aftertaste. Body is a little thin in relation to the intensity of the aroma/ flavor. A hint of bitter orange peel, cognac, toasted marshmallow. Alcohol is noticeable but not intrusive. Flavors remind me a little of Fullerís 1845.
Lectvay (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking pour, orange-red. Aroma is dominated by a malty sweet smell, plenty of hops, too. Taste is a bit surprising at first, just a little medicinal sting to it. Grew to like it. A nice malty strong IPA.
Louipa (121) - USA - OCT 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really good beer. Its kinda like a robust APA with a good amount of hops. It has thickness to it but not overly so. But it is not blood red at all. Its more of a brownish red with a tan head. I liked it but its pricey 10.99 4 pk.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this from a bottle (poured to a glass) at my favorite shop. Hadnít heard of it, didnt know what to expect. Its a big strong ale. the color was a beautiful dark orange/copper. taste was BIG, but balanced. I dont have the most refined palate, but I just couldnt tell if it was malty or hoppy. I suppose it was both. there was a stiff bitterness, but also plenty of sweet caramel to back it up. really enjoyed this. Will go back to it next time i find it.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have been waiting for this beer to come out again for quite some time. A deep red color, and nicely hopped. I can;t wait to have it at the brewery in a couple of weeks.
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden red with a medium off white head with moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and fruity citrusy hops, there is some banana yeasty character too. Flavor is strong hop bitterness and but also very sweet in a way that makes me think itís the hop citrus and not the malt that is so sweet. Anyways this is a very nice strong imperial red I like how well the alcohol is hidden by hop bitterness and clean malt/yeast character.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber pour with a small off-white head, rescinding quickly, and decent lacing. Smell is very malty with the hops coming through predominantly. Some caramel and spiciness in there as well. Taste is of hop bitterness all over the place. Piney, but mostly malty and caramel. Hops stay on the palate for a long time after the last drink. Oily with a bit of a bite. Intense hops make it tough to drink it consecutively.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep red-amber with little head that dissipates down into a ring around the glass. Aroma is dark fruits and some sweet breadiness. Taste is a woody maltiness with a nice smoky flavor cleared off by mild citrus and dominant pine hops. Hops overpower the malts and make it a touch too bitter for my taste. Dry finish and refreshing.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle into a pub style glass. Pours a medium red, clear, with a slightly tan head that retains quite well. Aroma started out with a sweet/citrus/hops that was almost candy like just as it was poured, to being a fairly mild, more piney hop as it settled. Pleasant, but weak. Flavour, on the other hand, itís good and strong. Very well balanced, a bit more towards the malt which is rich carmel offset with strong toastyness and roastyness, a little coffee even. Hops are still quite prevalent, tasting, well, hoppy, rather than specifically piney or floral or citrusy. Body is a slightly heavy medium, with a bit of stickyness, and a good bit of bitterness (perhaps augmented by alcohol) causing a little tinglyness. A little more bitterness in feel at the end than I would prefer, but otherwise, this is a darn fine beer. Very refreshing for how big a beer it is.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured richly and ruby red with tight froth head and nice lacing. Aroma of aggressive fruit sugars and floral hops. Caramelly sweet with slight burnt toffee and spicey yet floral hop bitterness. Pricey but donít be scared....