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RATINGS: 910   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 (5124) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1895) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Caramel brown color, smallish head. Moderate tea-bag like aroma. Bitter pine hops smack you from the get go, with some tea and caramel like flavors. Pretty straight-forward. Very dry mouthfeel. Since this is listed as a Halloween release, was somewhat concerned the hoppage would diminish, but this is still pretty bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drdisque (664) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pretty good. Very flavorful, kind of sweet, and hoppy. But yes, it is balanced and not bitter at all. Good depth of malts too. However, I wasn’t as blown away as many others are.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michcam8 (401) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Clear golden color with not much of a head or lacing. Aroma is of yeast, pine, grass and alcohol heat. Taste is of biscuit, resin pine, and floral hops. Unfortunately you get a strong alcohol burn on the palate that lingers. Overall this is a descent DIIPA, but there are much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6911) - Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Draft to pint. Looks solid; a transparent brown with off-white head. Smells hippy and malty. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (4339) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Amber brownish pour from tap. Sticky head. Very earthy and malty smell. Slight hops. Mildly bitter. Grain and dirt taste. DeScription was bad but a good beer overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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