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RATINGS: 1121   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hockert (104) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours medium dark red brown with a offwhite head. Smells of apricots, caramel and pine. High bitterness, fruity. Feels like it would be better fresh in the USA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle, surprised I haven’t rated this before, I know I’ve had it several times, pours a dark clear amber red with a thick off white head and lots of lacing in the glass, the aroma has quite a bit of hops and citrus at first with the caramel and grain mixed in as well, the flavor has a hoppy front end with a finish of grain and malt, not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephenj007 (115) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
What a refreshing change of pace from the norm! This brew has got it all going for it! The pillowy, tan head, copper red hue in a tall tulip glass is wonderful. Aromas of resinous, piney hops, mild citrus and a hint of grapefruit. Some great, blended flavors going here! Very well balanced, mild malts, with a forward taste of hops bite. Nothing in this brew is overpowering in the aroma of flavors dept. All of the great beer aspects mingle perfectly in this brew. The palate only leaves you asking for more....super smooth, with a finish of some hops and citrus. Very refreshing! Looking forward to picking up another bottle of this soon! Like tomorrow!

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
hippiemusic (54) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Not bad, not the greatest red ale. Nice color, decent aroma, ok taste. Wouldn’t probubly go for this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Visuoel (4) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014 does not count
Light an delicate aroma. Sweet and fudgy taste. Well balanced and not overly hoppy. The taste lingers and evolves with a splendid bitterness at the end ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Poured a clear reddish color with a white head. Aroma was a nice strong hoppy aroma of pine, balanced with a lot of sweet malts. Flavor was quite hoppy, with a lot of bozzy sweet malt notes. Malty finish, with some resin.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mambossa (43) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Poured from pint. Clear, deep amber with light cream-colored head. Aroma is sugary-sweet fruit with a sharp high note, nice toffee/molasses malt shines through from underneath. Awesomely balanced flavor of caramelly orange with a subtle, yet lip-smacking lingering warm citrus in back of the mouth. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (461) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has caramel, malts, grapefruit and hops. Flavour is incredibly smooth, very well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1122) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Draft, pours dark amber with tan head. Aroma is caramel and dank hops, taste is similar with a well balanced body and dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcclainc50 (214) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with a slightly of white head leaving heavy lacing. Nice malty aroma. Aroma flavor is right up front with a slight sweetness of candies sugar. Very good red.


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