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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (340) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
On draft poured into a pint glass..amber pour with fluffy white head..aroma of caramel,citrus,pine,florals..sweet,sticky,hoppy taste..like a cross between an amber ale and an ipa..very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (616) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2014
The beer pours a dark copper color with a medium head. The aroma has some toffee and pine. Taste is pretty sweet like malt followed by some pine and citrus. Long finish with a smooth taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (463) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours amber with ruby highlights. The thin ivory head is fleeting. Big hoppy citrus aroma. The flavor is well balanced, sweet and malty with a citrus and resinous hop bite. Medium body and carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very drinkable. Very good!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (916) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Tap. Dark red Poe with a nice tanned head. Pine, apples, citrus, spice, barley wine. Full body. Long alcoholic finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2263) - New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Tap at Stags Head. pours reddish with fine leggy head. nose is piney and sweet caramel. tastes of red fruits, apples, resin, pine, some grapefruit, caramel, and malty sweetness. touch of booze.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffbigD (52) - - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a deep reddish orange with minimal head. A smooth taste of citrus with a nice blend of hops. Overall a good ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frozer (147) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Poured into a goblet. Thick head. Great hop aroma. Clear ruby red color. Nice malty body with slight hop bitterness. Crisp finish followed by a resiny hop aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2278) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber, solid beige head cover, heavy streaks of lace. Taste is full-bodied caramel malt that grows stronger in the palate, adding medium hops on the swallow. Some malt returns in the finish, along with a little warmth. Solid brew. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (409) - CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours deep amber with a red tinge, one fat finger off white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate to heavy lacing (4/5) Nose is pine resin and citrus, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderately strong bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, mild bitter finish. (4/5) Excellent amber ale - light enough to be session able, with a very well-integrated ABV that’s never intrusive, yet retaining enough body and hop presence to be interesting. A somewhat hop-forward interpretation of a traditionally malt-dominated style - I like it. (16/20)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2264) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2014
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking somewhat hazy to light transparent amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing clinging in a nice foamy sort of way. The smell had a nice blend of citrus sweet to piney coated caramel malts. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice bitter underscore of piney hops. There was a light piney/caramel aftertaste leading into a dry piney finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still good for the style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Imperial Red that I would bang again.


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