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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1334) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, rust-red appearance, bubble streams, lots of white, cottony sediment, and some lace curtain left behind. The aroma is of pink grapefruit, medium-roasted malts, and bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with sweetness and a touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale finishes semi-dry and quite refreshing. No alcohol pick-up in the flavor. RJT

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (613) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Poured from 1pint 6fl oz bottle. Clear, amber brown with full off-white-to-beige head. Grassy and piney hops with caramel and toffee malt backing. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
dslam (69) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Beautiful red color, with plenty of head. Looks really good in a glass, with the white head fueled by the dancing bubbles making their way up. Good aroma. First sip resulted in a white mustache and a pleasant warm sensation. It is extremely smooth and the carbonation clears the pallet quickly. I normally consider this as a bad thing, but for this beer it just begs me to take another sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFanDan17 (1018) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 3, 2014
A really extraordinary red ale. Tons of flavor from caramel and honey to buttered toast and butterscotch. Perfect hop-malt balance. Pours a rich golden with a medium head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zekada (266) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is stray with some hops. Pours amber with a medium white head. Taste is heavy hops and fruit. Palate is fittingly stray and sticky. Overall a really pleasant beer which reminds much of a DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syzzer (596) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Thanksgiving 11-27-14 bomber, very hoppy character. Excellent tan creamy head. Dark orange cloudy color. 8.4 in category, lean toward hops; some maltiness. 9.1 bd, 7.5 kevmar, 8.7 dad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sine90 (10) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
red, hazy, frothy, light body, slick feel, average carbonation, caramel, bread,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2014
This pours an amber-walnut into the glass, with a thick soapy eggshell head that leaves window-wash lacing. The nose is of fresh pine needles and pine resin. A sweet, malty backbone with citrus overtones is balanced nicely by a spruce-pine hop bitter finish. Integration, substance and complexity are key here, combined with a semi-active, full-bodied palate with a resinous mouthfeel. I love the nature presence of fresh pine and spruce needles without having to masquerade as an IPA. Very well composed, and a great imperial red.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (854) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Pours from bomber a copper/ruby with substantial off-white head. Aroma of rich caramelly malt, with lots of floral and citrus hops bursting through. Flavour of herbalness, grassy, hoppy - a bit of malty grain and a swelling hop bitterness is cut but a sudden surge of chewy sweet malt, bringing with it a wonderful finish of strawberries and cherries with a hint of caramel. Fantastic beer!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MSBrindbergs (430) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Bomber från Bolaget. Rödbrun vätska med smutsvitt skum. Grumlig av jästfällning. Doftar bra av mustig humle, kraftig maltbas, röda bär. Bärsötma och humlebeska möts på ett bra sätt, men någonting slår fel i eftersmaken i en oskön bitterhet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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