dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Malt and hops are strong with this one. All around well balanced and very smooth of palate. Great fall beer.
commonshawn (374) - - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at lake and Irving. Tulip glass. Mahogany color with thick head and great lacing. Sugar aroma. Malty and slightly bitter. Good depth of flavor. Cloying and piney, but not inappropriately so. Has some oktoberfest elements. Good fall beer.
commonmac (322) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Lake & Irving in a tulip glass. Deep amber hue with impressive lacing. Sweet aroma with a sugar, caramel essence. Really enjoyable smell giving way to a malt-laced, sweet influenced, hop infused delicious beer. Some hop bitterness at the very end. Reminds me of the sugary Belgian ales I’ve sampled. A pleasant surprise with a credit due to commonshawn for the recommendation/push.
nj_BierMaven (104) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Pours deep clear red amber into a tulip glass. 3/4 inch head is barely dissipating. Subtle hoppy aroma, taste is amazingly balanced and smooth, just bitter enough. Surprising light mouthfeel for a strong brew.
slowrunner77 (1550) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Not too many reviews from the Spring since this is a fall release. I’m impressed enough to leave this on my wish list in hopes of trading for a super fresh one next fall. The one I’m drinkin is 18 weeks old, which I was very apprehensive about due to the style (imperial red). Turns out, it’s really nice 4+ months old, and I imagine fanfreakintastic fresh. The pine centric bitter hops are still very pleasant, but have obviously faded. Colored like a dark oktofest or Irish red. The malts used are complex and very pleasant. This brew smells md tastes fruity, almost berry like, with caramel, biscuit and a distinct nuttiness that all go well with the hops. Another winner from a top brewery. Pretty mix what I was hoping for...even more impressive given the date. Trade via Heybeerman. Thanks, bro."
RRistow12 (251) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a nice red amber color with nice tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is malt dominated with sweet notes and caramel. Some earthy and piney notes. Taste is very well balanced and complex as expected from a Great Lakes beer. Moderate clean bitterness with nice caramel and toffee malt backbone. Some earthy and pine flavors. Medium bodied. Excellent red IPA.
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hopmelt (183) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear dark amber, finger thick tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toasted malt, caramel, earthy, citrus hops, slight pine, a little fruity. Taste balanced, toasted and caramel malt, citrus abs pine hops right behind, a little roast and bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel fuller side of medium body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol and hop astringency, slightly dry finish. Overall tasty, complex, balanced beer, another great seasonal from GLB, maybe the best red ipa I’ve had.
fitwitchik (310) - USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle into a Great Lakes Brewing Co. pint glass a clear red amber with a huge tan head.
Aroma is hoppy caramel.
Flavor has hop upfront and sweetness not over malted to follow. A beautiful brew. The balance of this Imperial is so well done thickness, sweet, hoppy as heck. GL does another outstanding seasonal brew. 2nd only to Chillwave as my most favorite.
Lectvay (130) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking pour, orange-red. Aroma is dominated by a malty sweet smell, plenty of hops, too. Taste is a bit surprising at first, just a little medicinal sting to it. Grew to like it. A nice malty strong IPA.
rollsrace (59) - - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong ipa. It’s got the classic great lakes flavor. Seems extra bitter. 8% alcohol. Sold in 4 packs
Darkmagus82 (1189) - - AUG 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-24-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head has pretty nice retention, but eventually fades slowly over time to leave a nice level of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of a piney hop and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are some nice lighter notes of citrus hop as well as some lighter dark fruits.
Taste – The flavor starts with a nice bready and pine hop taste with a lighter caramel sweetness. The initial taste is only lightly hopped and semi-sweet with a nice smooth flavor. A fruity sweet flavor then comes to the tongue. These flavors down the bitter more, but only temporarily. The sweeter caramel is soon lost as more bitter pine comes to the tongue. Toward the end of the taste a nice citrus hop flavor of grapefruit and a lighter tangerine flavor come to the tongue, leaving a very pleasant citrus hop flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was nice and creamy up front getting crisper at the end of the taste. The carbonation level of the beer was on the just below average side. The body was fantastic in this brew. Up front the creaminess suited the light sweetness and bready nature of the flavor very well. But as the taste went on the crisp feel at the end was wonderful for the pine and citrus hop flavors. Overall, the carbonation was at a good level for both. Quite a nice mouthfeel.
Overall – This is one tasty Imperial IPA. A great blend of hop, malt and sweet with fantastic flavor transitions and an excellent feel.