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RATINGS: 886   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChuxBeer23 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Blood orange with a nicely retaining head, and pleasant citrus aromatics. Great clarity and a medium soft cream finish. Rich,with a complex backbone of malt that tries to fend off the bitterness and isstill refreshing, with a bit of alcohol numbing for the gums. Annually anticipate the release of this bad boy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sooper8 (20) - USA - OCT 3, 2011
Dark, dark copper/red color. A bright tangy hop taste at first, then a warm firey hop/malt taste stays with you and lingers a long long time...this is why I buy anything GLBC...so they keep making this...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
This is one of the best reds i have ever had. There is a great balance between Malta and hops, with an overall bite that might not be for everyone, but is for those hop vampires out there! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Hops hit hard with orange peel and pine, but are very well balanced by caramel and smooth malt. A little spice and some roasty character add complexity. Malt and hops duke it out til the bitter end. The finish is a little sweet, a little hoppy, and just a touch of alcohol. A big and creamy mouthfeel will make you remember this one. Finish is remarkably subtle, leading to excellent drinkability.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - JAN 6, 2014
Very impressive imperial red. Caramel candied apple, cherry toffee, and warm caramel notes. Can get a bit medicinal as it warms. Worth keeping an eye out for.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
I am rating this beer from the MANY,many memories(some best forgotten!)I have of pints at the pub,in Great Lakes.This WAS the ’holy grail’ of ales in Cleveland.It was originally a fall seasonal,but developed into a ’cult-favorite’ over the years,and is made more frequently now.It has never been bottled,to my knowledge;I would love to see that,because I just dont get the chance to go the 2600+miles to get it often enough! The reddish,blood-like hue is a sinister preview of what this brew has in store.A full bodied flush of soothing mouthfeel flows over the tounge and down the gullet so quickly,that as you put the glass down,believing you were in a safe warm,comfy-place...you get the tap on your shoulder.As you turn to see who’s there,you are confronted by a monsterous hop presence;which proceeds to make you quiver,like a graphitti artist being caned in Singapore.As you fall under the NOSS’s will( and you WILL...Be Warned!)you will awaken from it’s spell, some hours later,in a world you may have created while you were away... Watch your step(this one goes down soooo easy)and stay on a lighted path,and you may just be able to walk away from this experience;enlightened, yet un-altered!!! I was informed by a friend back there that the recent release was just as great as I remembered...

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
This baby poured red, just like they said. Tan creamy head on a clear red body. Very good lacing, Head stayed till the bitter-sweet-sad end. Malt nose, with dark fruits, then lemon-citrus. Caramel and orange. Wow, big hops here, once past that, caramel, and sweet citrus fruits. Followed by a bit more pine lemon hops. I really like this. Bit of a bitter dry finish, mouth watering for more. I WANT MORE! CHEERS TO OHIODAD!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
One of my favorite beers of all time. It’s not quite blood red, but light passing through it is red on my hands. Looks filtered. Smells great if one-note, mostly citrusy hops. It tastes sharp up front, then I get strawberries (a first for a non-fruit beer), citrus, sweet malt, finishes long and sugary sweet. Medium low carbonation. You don’t reaaly taste the alcohol, but you certainly feel it. Got a case of it at the brewery, but you can find it in Chicago now, where it is around $11 a four pack. It’s best at the brewery, where they give you a full pint of it, but that also means this beer has kicked my ass across Cleveland a couple of times, so know you are warned.

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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 bottle pours rich ruby with a frothy head. The aroma is of bold hops, rich malt and and the flavor is powerful and full. The finish is bitter and dry with an alcohol kick. Super tasty! Fall can’s come soon enough!


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