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RATINGS: 860   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4401) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Light red color with no head. Kind of a vegetal aroma. The taste was simlar to a basic malty beer. Perhaps a little oily and spicy. Nothing fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Cloudy light brown with orange tints and a thin off white head. Carmel, sweet malt, and hops permeate from the glass...smokey sweet malt and well balanced hop finish...not quite as "strong" as I had anticipated but decent nontheless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Malty sweet aroma. Maltiness caries well throughout providing just enugh backbane for the high bitterness. A little harsh but enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
By remarkably balanced I believe they mean "over-hopped." Its not the content of hops (i.e. Devil Dancer "over-hops" and does well), but here the hops come off unbalanced. There’s some spice and heat here, accentuated by my having some post-rating with a red sauce and fresh herbs from the garden. Unfortunately, a lot of the complexity is lost to the hops. They’ve done well with their porter, stout, and dortmunder, but this disappointed me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2005
This is basically a pretty good but not stellar IIPA,huge hop aroma,nicely balanced with just mild hints of malt sweetness and citrus. Incredibly drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1429) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Pours a clear brownish red color with a light brown head that stays to coat the glass. Believe it or not, it starts off with a pleasant tomato juice aroma. The taste comes through as coffee and cocoa with a crisp citrus hoppiness. This is quite good, but not as foreboding as the name implies. However, if Avery marketed a beer with this name I’d be afraid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Bottled. BB Nov.23, 2006. Beer is medium crimson-brown with a small, off-white, frothy, quickly diminishing head. Body adrift with small, crystalline-like flakes. I’m guessing protein. <P> The aroma is a bit reminiscent of a barley wine. It’s malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, moderate-to-heavy notes of cookie, caramel; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes of resin, light note of thyme-like herb, trace of dull lemon zest; Yeasty with a moderate note of sourdough, trace of basement; Moderate miscellaneous note of sticky dried currents and stone fruit, light note of alcohol, trace note of cardboard.<P> The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet grippy finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Bottle (BB Nov 23, 06). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, flowers), with notes of candied fruit and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not very distinctive, but pleasant and well-balanced for its style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2007
12oz bottle. Reddish amber, with a thick tan head. Althought the aroma was mostly sweet, with notes of grain and caramel, the flavor was dominated by hops. Long lasting grapefruit flavor on the tongue. Some alcohol present in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Clean ruby red color. A bit too bitter for me. It has a surprising creaminess on the mouth. Slightly soapy finish. Strong flavor profile overall.


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