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RATINGS: 844   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Rich amber with light cream colored, multiform head. APA aroma. Reasonably good malt/hop balance, but definitely on the hoppy side. ABV is noticeable, lifting the hops too far, esp. later in the drinking. Could be too much ABV...definitely. Big hop burp. (on tap at Broadway Pub, Granville, OH)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Draft at Dís. Poured a deep amber with a fleeting head. I remember mostly a potpourri nose with a relatively complex body of spices, flowers and grass. Palate was nice, a bit on the soft side for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (6156) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours red with thin white head, aroma is a bit citrusy and grassy. Taste up front is citrus, grass, some sweet caramel and a slightly bitter dry finish. Pretty average ale, didnít seem strong by any means, more like an EPA. Bottle age perhaps?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours cola red with a thing off-white head. Aroma is male, some alcohol, a bit spicy. Flavor is malty, spcy, a good hop note moving through. A bit hot, but pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Red Brown Coloring With White Ring. Dry and Hoppy... Some Spices Here and Noticable Alcohol....Got the Oomph..but I donít Know if I Like it...On The List to Try Again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2377) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours a dark caramel golden hazy golden color with a modest liight tan head. Coarse lacing. Aromas are sweet malty and some caramel and hops...like barlywine. Dry astringent flavor. Malt and caramel and spice. average carbonation.Significant hops character and a bitter hoppy finish. Not bad. Thanks to HerFtyDork for sharing this one

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle. Large fizzy ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy, caramel, and sweet. Sweet, malty and a very hoppy flavor which was not much to my liking. Mouthfeel was tingly, dry and hoppy. Light-medium body. Just too hoppy for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Poured a reddish amber with small tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some hop smell. Nice hoopy caramel malt flavor with an alcohol taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Nice malty start balanced with a hop finish, though no better than many other beers brewed in this style. Red pour with short tan head. Sweet malt aroma of caramel and fruit , peach and strawberry, followed by some bready malts and citrusy hops. Flavor is sweet to begin with, but quickly turns bitter and that sticks around through the finish. Medium body with watery texture. Prickly carbonation. Moderately long finish. Solid and pleasant enough, but lacks distinction.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2007
12 oz bottle bonus via trade with West Side Threat. Pours cloudy orange with a white film of a head. Scent is rich and malty with a bit of a hoppy edge. The taste is a very nice balance between a full force hoppy bitterness and a nice malty taste. The hops really stick with my mouth after I finish taking a sip. This is certainly a high quality American Strong Ale.


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