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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2005
Mahogany cherry wood color, puffy head with spotty lacing. Nose of fresh hops, caramel malts and light roast. The flavor is chewy, thick bodied with a bit of extra residual sweetness that shows over the bitterness. Finishes a bit phenolic. Medium body. Fresh tasting but a bit unbalanced and too herbal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
Red golden color, some amber tinge. Nice white head, some lingering. Cascade type hop aroma, but milder than a Cascade monster IPA aromatic assualt, a definite sweetness detectable. Multiple sweet malt flavors (reminiscent of vine fruit-like sweetness, and earthy herbal like sweetness) want to be dominant, and are a major contributor to the flavor, but are slightly overcome by a citrusy hop character, particularly in the nose, with a great floral burst, and in the finish, where an acrid note of bitterness sustains the unusual but interestingly balanced mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Poured a reddish copper color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of melons, grapes, citrus hoppiness. Grassy, caramel malts, green apple taste, finishes citrus and pine, hoppy, bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Pours amber/red with medium head. Right away the smell of hops hits by nasal palate as I am pouring this unique brew. Hops are quite sweet and citrusy. First thing to hit the taste buds are those sweet hops, then the heavy malt flavors are detected, next in line is the sweet almost barleywine-like cloying sensation, and finally the bitter finish. Quite a complex beer, takes a bit of getting used to but I definitely like it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - APR 3, 2005
Weird! Not an IPA; not a Red. Alcohol is hidden. Carbonation is minimal. Did I like it...well...Iíll drink the 3 bombers I bought, unless aguest wants one. Would fit well with a burger or italian sausage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 From the bottle, 2005, at Julios Spring Beer Fest, 4/02/05. Dark cherry-auburn-amber body, clear and filtered with a light beige head on it, well-retained. Aroma of fresh citric hops, slight spiciness (black pepper and rye) and some thick caramel. Initial flavor is a rush of chewy caramel, light roast and fresh, juicy hops. Peppery carbonation and a touch of warming alcohol all keep it interesting, but it dries out considerably towards the end, and the heavy filtration does not give the body much lasting effect. Starts out strong and peters out. Moderately carbonated, well-masked alcohol, but rather gimmicky, in my opinion, as this really isnt much more than a West Coast IPA with a bit more toasted grain notes and a deeper red color. I would have liked to have seen more stickiness to the body with some more malt complexity. Low yeast nuances as well (filtration again?).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
First impression?...the massive cascade hops coming from the top of this red ale. Seems more like a traditional NW IPA at first glance (whiff). Although the hops are definitely more than ample in the flavor, they are curbed by a nice malt that never seems sweet, but rather gives the sharpness of the hops a slightly blunter flavor and mouthfeel. The hops get a bit thin as the beer warms and the malt isnít big enough to hold its own. I think it may be safe to say that this beer is really a borderline style - not an IPA but not really a red - I think sometimes the whole "Imperial" thing is kind of a cop-out. Regardless, itís a good beer, but something I suggest picking up if you are in the mood for hops not malt.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Poured a deep auburn. (bottle) Aroma was very hoppy, but also had a malty sweetness that stuck out. Flavor is very hoppy, with a thick palate. Left a good taste on the tongue. But I doubt I will try it again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread, caramel). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Floor polishing hops stick out too much in the aroma (with little else of interest)...not quite enough malt to back up the hops in the flavor either. Totally forgettable. Lagunitas make some really good stuff, but this isnít an example.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Hm, imperial red....Hoppy up front, fades into a nice round bitterness. Body is malty enough, but not enough flavor coming from the malts. Alcohol is extremely well masked, couldnít taste it at all.


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