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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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An Imperial Red IPA made with caramel rye malt and many other exotic malts. Made with very generous quantities of Summit and Newport hops, this beer is quite a balanced treat. Our brewers decided they wanted more out of an IPA so they used a Belgian yeast strain giving it a wonderful belgian like aroma.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2763) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2014
Sample @ CBC 14. Clear amber pour, thin off white head. Aroma is very herbal, yeasty and caramel malts. Flavor is quite bitter, full of yeasty alcohol. Not sure if there’s an alcohol kick in there or of it’s just some hoppy bitterness. Either way, it seems a bit strange and messy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Tap at the Copenhagen beer festival.. Copper.. Big tan head... Dry zezty fruit nose... Massive siapy lime peel... Soft pine... Massive soapy linger

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5831) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Draft to taster at Kuhnhenn. Looks good for the style; a transparent amberish orange with ample foamy off-white head. Smells of strong Zbelgian yeast and spices with some hops as well. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. AlrIght, but too yeasty and bubble gummy for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Tap. Deep amber with small head. Pretty malty base. Mild hops. Not much Belgian influence. Slightly sweet. Sneaky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2387) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Tasty imperial IPA, with not just a strong bitter hoppiness, but also some smooth Belgian yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (800) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a rusty copper . A mix of earthy and faint citrus aromas . Taste is a sharp punch of bitter grapefruit with a bit of fruity esters from the yeast . Pretty good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Thanks! 12oz poured into a snifter at home. No head. Deep muddy reddish brown, thick pour. No lacing. Aroma of bread, Belgian yeasts, heavy malts, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Some booze on the nose as well. The taste was odd quite frankly. It tasted like a barleywine or crossed with an old ale with some Belgian yeasts. Bready, dark fruits, slight sweetness, caramel, heavy malts. Dry finish with a booze snap at the end. I don’t get the IPA portion of this at all. Probably a one and done for this one from me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5886) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft at Kuhnhenn (from notes). Pours a caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is fruity with citrus and light tropical notes, floral, caramel with a light Belgian character. The flavor is much of the same. Mild bitterness. This was good fresh and on tap or soon after bottling, but be careful of older bottles.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle:   Deep amber, moderate sudsy off-white head, dies quickly, little lacing.   Malty and biscuity nose, somewhat of a wet hop nose, funky, mealy, a bit sweaty.   A bit worty too in aroma.   Similar on the tongue.   Seems unfinished.   A bit syrupy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Strong doughy finish, worty, and just messy... not a fan.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1159) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
12 oz bottle. A darker amber pour with a small white head. Kind of a citrusy caramel malt aroma. Similar flavor, caramel citrus, malty toastiness. Kind of a limp palate. This bottle was too expensive though; they bottle so infrequently that the name can get me to spend a lot more on bottles than I otherwise might. It’s often worth it in the case of their meads and the rally special beers, but this just isn’t one of those.


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