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RATINGS: 1132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (1978) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 This ale is excellent. ’Red ales’ 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2431) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (12286) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle. Copper colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, hop,, fruit, malt. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, malt, alcohol. Bitter finish. Too much bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 Deep reddish color - pretty lively level of carbonation. mmmm, I like this one - big and hoppy, nice lingering bitter finish - pretty dense mouthfeel. Makes me want to lick my lips - much more enjoyable for me than most of their other beers I’ve tried.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle from Saarlander. Lots of caramel malt--heavy aroma. Dark golden brown with red highlights. Medium to full palate. Hoppy up front, but that quickly fades into a malt flavor that is strong. Nice caramel flavor with hints of vanilla.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 29, 2007
Bottle. Bomber. Clear, copper-colored beer with a beige head. Hoppy flavor with beef-stock, malt, some sweetness and caramel. There’s hops, alcohol, malt, sweetness and beefstock in the flavor. Quite bitter in the mouth, with malt and hops to finish it off. A nice beer, but there’s too much hops to balance it. (070413)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
Very heavy malt in the aroma.Pours a deep copper with a medium off white head.The flavor is big malt,vanilla and some nice hops as well.Full mouthfeel with a huge malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
I like this beer but I suppose I was expecting something with a bit more malt. Very strongly hopped on the finish with a fairly medium body. Slight carmel right at the beginning.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrededBrethren (10) - Palm, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
Honey-like alcohol sweetness and a moderate citrus hop aroma. Copper in color with a long-lasting off-white head. Initial taste was aggressively bitter, but upon second taste the hop bitterness blended very nicely with the low caramel malt flavor and citrusy hop bouquet. A piney hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Nice Red. Medium-bodied and hopped like it should.


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