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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
An intense Imperial Red Ale. Belgian yeast imparts a complex aroma and vivid hop character. Small-batch brewed with rich malts and lavish hops to deliver an ABV of 8.5%. Once a winter seasonal, under new ownership at Mehana this is their best seller and a year round product.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - APR 19, 2012
Aroma is fruits and floral. Pours red amber with no head. Flavor is malty and raspy with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5729) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Rating #5600 - in French Polynesia with a beer from Hawaii (carried there) Deep muddied brown coloured body with a ruby glow and a nice violet coloured tint as well. Aroma of toasted malt, candy sugar, oranges, apricots and a good deal of yeast - but the malt is still by far the strongest. Medium to Full-bodied; Pungent toasted malt characteristics up front with yeast, fruit, nuts, earth, alcohol and tons of caramel noticeable throughout. Aftertaste shows caramel, toffee, earth, malts and alcohol with a good deal of yeast on the finish. Overall, a funky and interesting beer that shows almost no belgian characteristics except for a bit of the sugars and some of the end of the yeast flavours, but this is more of a Strong American or a typical brown ale. I sampled this really odd and tall sized 568 mL can that either has to have more than 568 mils or was only filled up part way, but it didn’t seem that way from the feeling of the beer or the pour. I sampled this can purchased from the Kona Wine Market in Kona-Kailua on 10-August-2016 for the very expensive US$8,10 sampled in my overwater bungalow in Pape’ete, Tahiti, French Polynesia on 19-August-2016 on my last night before returning home to the USA, for rating #5600!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2395) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2016
I'm wondering if this is better on draft, because from the tall boy can its metallic as all get out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1856) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2016
20oz can pours a teddy brown color with a bit of head. Fruity aroma. Lots of maltiness. Overly sweet. Some Belgian yeast fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21684) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Can. Hazy amber color, tan head. Aroma of fruity caramel. Taste is malted milk balls and sweet caramel. Very malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10696) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2015
19.2 oz can. (Foodland) Kailua, HI.
Murky reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Prunes, sweet dark fruits, mild hops, mild bitterness and sweet malt in the aroma. The flavor is dark fruits, prunes, sweetness, mild hops, mild bitterness and malt. Belgian style double red ale? What the heck is that? 8.5% is well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Sweet malt, brown sugar, yeast and a bit of Heath Bar. Dark caramel color, smallish beige head. Sweet & tangy, toffee and barnyard funk (in a good way). Mild carbonation, slick feel, alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2938) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
22 oz can, though also had a sample on tap at the brewery a few days later. Deep hazy amber with a large but short-lived head. Fruity sweetness with funky Belgian yeast and lightly bitter notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Light amber color. Very malty caramels mouth with some Belgian funkiness but overall pretty tame.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7373) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Can. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly/fully diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, nuts, malt syrup), with notes of bubble gum, candy sugar, stewed plums. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, soft carbonation. A big, dumb, syrupy sweet mess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
22 oz. can from Safeway in Lahaina. Unusual musty aroma from a very hazy orange/brown body with almost no head. Nutty, slightly roasted malt taste along with a juicy pineapple sweetness. The flavor is kind of muddled and disjointed. Leaves a sweet, sugary taste along with a bit of the nut flavor. It gets better as you drink it, but it’s still not very good.

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