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RATINGS: 962   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours a nice clear reddish amber color. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, hops, and hops. Flavors of citrus hops, malt, and a touch of fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4/20/05: Bottle.
Large, light-tan head with a red-orange body. Large amount of lacing. Sweet hoppy aroma. Balanced. Malt and hops to taste. Malts are more up-front and the hops show up increasingly toward the finish. Flavor also includes hints of orange.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
From a bomber shared by Blake. Hazy brown-read body under a big white head. Clean malty aroma, sort of a darkly roasted caramel / chocolate thing. Grahm cracker. The flavor is primarily bold crackers/caramel with apple skin, orange flesh and a finishing raspberry. Caramel dryness in the finish. A well done malty brew - the flavors are clean, well-defined and balanced but just not terribly compelling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Thanks SecretSanta! Pours to a glowing red/orange body with a thick creamy off-white head. Awesome lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy. Lemon Joy dishsoap, pine hops, light caramel malts. The flavor is toasted malts, weedy hops, light sweet pine, roasted peanuts. Good flavor. The palate is medium bodied and creamy. Slick finish. A pretty decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Poured a clear orange-reddish color with a medium cream colored head. Hoppy aroma all but covers up the caramel malt. Flavor has a fair amount of hops. underneath is caramel and nuts.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
The aroma had big cascade hops! Citrus, pine, grapefruits. The flavor was the same except a slight malty note. The beer poured a golden orange color w/ red highlights; thin head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Bottle. Sweet, sugary aroma with plenty of piney hoppiness in this. Perhaps some orange notes as well. Aroma is nice, but this smells kind of like an IPA to me. Transparent copper color with a frothy light tan head. Strong sugary sweet start with some moderate piney hoppiness in the middle. Finishes bitter and hopped with some roastiness as well. A bit astringently strong in the end. This tastes like itís more than 40 IBUs. Either way, itís an interesting beer that tastes more like an IPA than an "Imperial" whatever. When are brewers going to stop "Imperializing" boring styles of beer like Brown Ales and Red Ales. Whatís next?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Pours reddish copper clear with thin tan head. Hoppy aroma with bready, citrus pine flavor. Creamy body with clean finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Appears a reddish brown with decent 3 finger beige head that sticks around for more than a minute. Decent webbing is left from this one. Smell is of caramel malt, along with some pine and grapefruit dry hopping. Taste is awesome. Lots of hops on top of a decent caramel highlighted malty brew, making for a kickass red that demands attention. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Sugary sweetness with a nice hoppy bitterness to balance it out. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle shared thanks TomDecapolis. Poured a medium orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of bread, caramel, citrus, and pine. Tastes of bread, light grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Sticky body. Lightly bitter.


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