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RATINGS: 847   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lectvay (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Louipa (121) - USA - OCT 17, 2006
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2006
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 17, 2006
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....


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