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RATINGS: 1070   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber gold with a creamy tan white head. Nose is hops and flowers. Creamy on the palate, the taste is rich and full of hops with a soft malt backbone. Not overly bitter. Pairs well with barbequed ribs.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (902) - 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 (2237) - 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 (32) - - 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 (131) - 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 (2192) - 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 (345) - 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 (2227) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2524) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Bottled:
Clear, reddish amber with a mid sized, thick head.
Hoppy aroma with notes of pine, shampoo, wood and onions.
Hoppy taste with notes of pine, pine apple, resin and wood. Some sweet malt lurking in the background. Long bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
October 8, 2014. Bottle at home, best before july 2015 (sticker). Dark ruby red with a dense creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, red berries, orange zest, pine. Taste is medium sweet caramel and berries, medium bitter pine and grass. Finish is rounded, dry grassy bitterness with a caramel note in the back. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (653) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle pour. Mostly opaque copper color in glass with a consistent bone white head. Webbing all the way down. Aroma is pine and fresh citrus, offset with a healthy amount of malts. Faint booze presents on warming. Inviting. Medium body. Nice balance between grapefruit hops and caramel malts on taste. Finish is a fruity bitterness, subtly sweet. Shows a nice range of character as it warms.


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