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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Burnt amber/red color similar to wine. Highly filtered without a hint of cloudiness. Thin white head, but highly carbonated. Strong hops taste with a great malty touch. Mild bitter aftertaste. A great seasonal ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bright dark copper color with a foamy moderate dark cream colored head. Green hops and mild caramel malt aromas. Fairly zippy feel. Sweet fruity start that goes straight to hops liquid. Rather straightforward brew. Not much complexity. Linger is bitter wood with malt, again, lost in the mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle: Clear amber/golden color with red highlights and an off white head. Aroma: hops, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, earth, spices. Flavor: hops, grapefruit, caramel, grains, herbs. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours with a bright amber body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruit, as well as alcohol esters. The flavor is similar with a bitter, piney hop flavor. Agressive on the tongue with a warming sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Reddish amber body. Nice off-white head. Sweet fruity hops in the aroma that remind me of fall. Maybe its SNCA. Slightly spicy component in there as well. More tropical fruity sweet hops in the taste. Quite balanced, but maybe too sweet? There is some underlying hop complexity, but its a little too simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2005
I’ve been keeping an eye out for this one for years. Scored the last two bottles a few weeks ago at Viking premium beverage on King Ave in Columbus. Pours a medium clear copper. The tall off white head is creamy with fair lace. The nose has primarily hop notes of spice, spruce, and resin, with a hint of lilac. The flavor starts with a blast of hop bitterness right from the get-go. Maintains the status quo through to the finish which adds a touch of alcoholic presence. The body is medium creamy and soft, but has a slightly "loose" feel. Not bad, but didn’t meet my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 12 oz bottle via cewldre (thanks!). Pours are clear dark reddish brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma is both fruity and herbal. Nuts, lemoms, bourbon and vanilla are predominant. Taste is the same and add in some citrusy/piney hops and chocolate malts for a nice balanced finish. Much hoppier than you would expect for a winter beer. I am plesantly surprised. i do not usually like the so-called ’Winter Beers’, but this is very tastey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5351) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a medium amber color ale with a small dirty white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some bitter hops is interesting. Taste of sweet malt is easily shadowed by the citrus and bitter hops. Body is a bit light and lighter filtration would have been preferred. Alcohol is not dominant and well controlled. Good take on a style that I do not enjoyed particularly but that is always interesting to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2400) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2006
Thanks Joe Mcphee for this collection of beers from the states. Fruity aroma, raspberry maybe. Reddish copper colour with a thin head. Suprisling smooth and easy to drink for the strength. Tangy hops with a nice bitter finish. One of my favourites. Opened my palette up to American beers once again. Great stuff.

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