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RATINGS: 1139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
pours a rich dark red/copper color. aroma makes me wish i could drink through my nose...a hoppy citric aroma with hints of pine and sweetness. ultra hoppy/grapefruit flavor without the bitterness. nice malty/ caramel back bone. lively carbonation with medium mouth feel which makes the glass sticky. i initially thought the bitter finish was hops...turns out it was alcohol

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Deep red amber with creamy, off-white head / Sweet, floral, pine, and molasses nose / Medium body with big, sweet, malts and sharp, chewy, hoppy finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, molasses, toffee, pine, and grapefruit / A very malty double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2007
12 oz bottle from Oak Tree Buy Rite. Poured a crystal clear deep reddish/amber with a large dense frothy slightly off white head. Initial aroma is pure piney hops like an Imperial IPA, as it warms some other aromas start to creep in and Iím not sure that is a good thing. Something that reminds me of fresh cut pineapple on a plastic cutting board is there, uhm.....yeahn I know weird deScription but hey screw u this is my rating. Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Flavor is hop on, yeah I know itís not an Imperial IPA but man is this hoppy. Itís hard to explain but when the maltiness kicks in itís a different malt flavor then your typical IIPA so thats what sets this apart and makes it an IRA, hmm.....Imperial Red Ale (IRA) interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2007
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear copperish-red color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is sweet floral and citrus hops. Flavor is much of the same with some toasted malt to back it. Medium body. No lingering aftertaste. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
12 oz. bottle from jimbowood. Thanks Jimbo. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a small disappearing beige head. The aroma is caramel malts, pine and citrus hops, and earthiness. The flavor is very much the same with good balance. Medium/full bodied and smooth drinking. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
Sort of an underdeveloped hairy eyeball, interesting idea, a little underwhelming on the palate, plenty of bitterness, not enough malt character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1982) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Strong sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear amber color with a large white head that quickly goes away. Caramel malt taste through out with a slight hop bite at the end. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 This ale is excellent. íRed alesí are a favorite style of mine as they mix the high hops of IPAs with the a finish of a weak belgian. Very nice dark copper pour with a opaque head that was not as prominent as pronounced. Aroma is of cinnamon and coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Thin frothy head of fine bubbles. Decent carbonation. Sweet malty aroma and kind of vegetal. Hint of cinnamon in the background. Light hops presence. Kind of a mish mash aroma. Color is a bright crimson. Very nice color. Sweet and malty flavor with a bit of smoke, citrus fruit pith, resinous hops and grains. Nice alcohol warming as it goes down. Finishes kind of slick and malty. Strong hops bitterness and lingering dryness. A decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4599) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Appearance: Pours a marvelously clear copper body with a white, diminishing head. The lacing was thin and uneven. Smell: Caramel malts in the nose with a nice bit of toastiness. The hops are piney with fruity undertones. Taste: Light bready caramel malts joined by crisp, hoppy flavors of pine resins and grapefruit. Very tea-like at times. Herbaceous hops round out the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a pleasingly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Though the hops can be a little cutting at times its a rather likeable red ale, and quite quaffable.

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