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RATINGS: 855   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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Orange/amber color with a thick creamy white head. At cold temps the aroma is malty and smooth with a touch of hops. The flavor is delicious and smooth with only a cleansing bite of hops. A truly classic and beautiful ale.9/5/9/5/18

RERATE: 2008 version. 12oz bottle from BOTW. Pours a deep garnet with a thin film of white cream and lace. Strong aroma of pungent hops. Grapefruit and rich malts. Flavors are a mix the rich malts and of strong bitter hops. Well blended for a young beer and surprisingly balanced. Hard to describe, but fantastic. 7/4/9/5/19

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR (40) - - SEP 10, 2012
beautiful color, great nose to it, hoppy yet not overdone, a great red beer, not too heavy either, cannot taste the high alcohol content, definitely could drink a few of these.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas (437) - - SEP 19, 2012
Aroma: bread, resin, floral, earthy, leaves, Appearance: red Taste: medium bitterness, Palate: full body, slick feel, lively, astringent, One of my favorites. American strong ale though? Really? Hard to categorize, for sure, but I always felt like this was more of an imperial red. Regardless, what’s most remarkable is how simple yet unique and powerful this beer is. I haven’t had every Great Lakes offering, but this has to be one of their best, if not their best.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmmkay (50) - - OCT 6, 2012
One of the best imperial red ales I've tasted. Nice earthy after taste but preceding that is citrusy and piney hops. You can really taste the alcohol in this one too. Leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling which is perfect for fall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robzawojski (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012 does not count
I have always heard great things about this beer, and it lived up to its hype! earthy, frothy, medium bitterness, full body,

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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zsb19 (163) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pours dark red with medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt and juicy hops. Taste is sweet caramel style malt upfront that fades into nice citrusy hops on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering floral and citrus hops with a touch of malt sweetness. Palate is medium and somewhat sticky. Overall excellent balance with sweet malt and bitter juicy hops playing back and forth nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Star80 (32) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Best by 11/14/2013. Pours our a blood red color with tan head. Smells like tangerines (blood oranges?), grapefruit and pine with some sweet malts. Tastes like more of the same, sweet up front with citrus and some slight tropical fruits. Some alcohol warming, perfect for cooler days of fall. Wish I could still find it for a cold Halloween eve. Mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall a wonderful hoppy stock ale that I look forward to every early fall. ---Rated via my tastebuds and my brain.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (192) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Pours a dark ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Nice nose of caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. An excellent ale that I wish was available all year. Very well balanced with a medium mouthfeel that is also slick. Well carbonated. This is an example of how to properly hop a beer. The hop flavor is pronounced but without a harsh bitterness against a full caramel background. The taste lingers of fresh hop resin. Increase the malt bill a bit and this becomes a Gold Medal exceptional ale. While medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, the finish is crisp from the carbonation leaving you with a slightly sweet aftertaste over a noble hop bitterness with a touch of smoke.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (230) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Aroma is hoppy, sweet fruits, grass, malty. Appearance is amber orange, light orange head. Taste is complex, initially a sweet toffee, malt, and finishing hoppy. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation for a hoppy beer, not too astringent. Overall, this reminds me of a mix between a doppelbock and IPA. Different, in a good way.


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