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RATINGS: 974   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a deep amber with a medium copper & slightly greenish head. I might be imagining the green because the hop aroma is so powerful that it makes me think I’m looking into a brew kettle that just got its first dose of hops. The aroma is a very strong resinous pine and slight citrus. The mouthfeel and flavor are a little on the syrupy side. The hops are heavy and the they overpower the slight cherry grape malt . But the hops are good if a little too far forward. There is more perceived alcohol than is really there. It is a delicious beer that reminds me of Stone Double Bastard. I couldn’t finish off the 6 in one night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
APPEARANCE: Pours a clear copper color with a medium off-white head that has average retention. Lots of sticky lacing. AROMA: Powerful big earthy/citrusy hops, brown sugar, biscuit like malts. Hint of peach. TASTE: Rich sticky hops (grapefruit comes to mind) that is well balanced with caramel like sweet malts. You can also taste the alcohol. MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied creamy almost sticky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. DRINKABILITY: Big flavor, yum! Very nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts. This is a pretty rich beer so you canít drink too many of them. NOTES: BBCSD-0812-Corey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rmbjspd (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 A big, gorgeous red ale. One of the best new beers Iíve had in a while. The red malt backbone is super-strong, but thereís still a classic lagunitas hop character here. I bought a case immediately after tasting it, and Iíll get this wherever I can find it. Like if Arrogant Bastard and Lagunitas IPA made sweet, sweet love. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1540) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on March 27th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a medium dark red.
Aroma: Aroma is piney and floral hop, caramel malt.
Taste: Medium heavy bitterness, nice amount of caramel malt backbone.
Palate:Slick, low carbonation. Slightly sticky aftertaste that fades but lingers.

Summary: To me, the "imperial red" should be itís own category so I can make it my favorite. Lagunitas delivers heavily yet again on this one. They might be my favorite west coast brewery, and usually are priced well in stores here in the DC area.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Really nice reddish golden hue thatís clear. Nice creamy off white head. Wonderful earthy, spicy hop characteristic on the nose. Nice California chewyness to the mouthfeel. Mildly astringent. Taste has a lot of spicyness to it making it lively and drinkable. Nice amount of carbonation. Not too sweet on the malt flavor like some I have had. Wonderful bold beer I wish I could make sessionable. Enjoyability 4.5/5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2012
12oz bottle from my brother. Pint glass. Appearance: Pours an amber hue wih nice clarity. A one finger beige head. Leaves a ring of rentention. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Citrus and piney hops. Caramel malts. Taste: Citrusy, somewhat sweet hops. A little bit of piney bitterness. Excellent balance with smooth caramel malts. Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering hoppy yet balanced finish. The malts and hops just blend seamlessly. This is truly a beer with balance. Will probably buy my own sixer of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Pours a dark orange red with about a finger head. Aroma is sweet with cherries and what seems to be a hint of brown sugar followed by mild hops. Taste is also on the sweet fruit side and mild hops. Can taste the malt in a postive way. Very smooth, a perfect fall beer. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1086) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Dan good. Amber pour with light head. Aroma is more pine than citrus. Taste is pine and grapefruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Modularman (129) - - SEP 20, 2014
Smell of pine, appearance is brownish red with khaki head, taste is sweet malt, pine, hint of rye

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (434) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker glass. Dark amber / reddish color with tan head. Aroma is sweet malt that leads right into resinous hops. Flavor starts with a caramel and biscuity malt base and builds with a good dose of resinous and floral hop notes. Medium bodied with nice bitterness and astringency. Overall this is a really nice red!

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