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RATINGS: 961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
Red-orange brown with a moderate tan head generating nice lace. Resinous aromas of grapefruit citrus and pine, with some soft malt underneath it all. Robust hoppy palate, big on citrus, with a bitter bite. There is a fairly generous lightly roasted malt base that softens it nicely. I liked this better than their imperial IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottle poured a dark red amber with a nice white creamy head. Sweet malty hops and citrus flavor with a tangy hops finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2006
Pours big off white head. Deep amber red body. Strong hop aromas. Bitterness evenly matched with heavy malt back. This one sneaks up on you.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2006
Pours a clear, dark red colr wth a small head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is light and malty with a slight caramel hint. Flavor is very similar to the aroma, very caramelly and smooth witha slight malt hint. Light and easy to drink. Very enjoyable and great when you want to drink more than one beer!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
Slightly hazy red color with a small beige head. Strong grassy/piney hop aroma. Flavor of piney hops with a little malt and a bittery hoppy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2187) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2006
The idea of an imperial red really doesn’t appeal to me, and this bares that out. Too hoppy and one dimensional for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2006
22 oz. Bottle. Aroma had a destint pine to it. Also had a wet dish rag aroma as well. Amber body maybe even orange tiynt with off white foamy head. Good lacing left on glass. Real thin body but that didnt take away from the good grapefruit citrus flavor. No alcohol presence to speak of. Refreshing beer that left a citrus peel aftertaste on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2006
Poured a clear ruby with a creamy off-white head. Clean aroma of strong pine and grapefruit hops with a bit of sweetness. Flavor is straight-forward hops, dominated by pine and slightly backed up by grapefruit. Only a mild grainy sweetness is there to back up the bitterness. No alcohol flavor. Not an especially fully body, but adequate. Nice clean hop aroma and flavor make this a nice double red.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle from DarkElf. Pours a clear, deep ruby hued amber. Nice whitish head forms and fades very slowly but never competely disappearing. Good lacing is left behind. Medium to full bodied, fairly smooth with a mellow carbonation. Aroma is fully malty, sweet caramel, perhaps a touch of fruitiness. Flavor runs about the same. Lingering hop finish is pleasant and a bit unexpected. Seemingly more bitter than 40 IBU. Nicely done.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours with a yellowish head, dark amber in color, good carbonation. Smells of hops with citrus tones. Good malt flavor followed by a hoppy finish. Medium thick mouth feel.


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