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Brewed by Liberty Brewing Company
Style: American Strong Ale
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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My original records for this beer date back to a batch of home brew in June 2007. It was a beer called IPA Massacre. It was brewed three times under this moniker with minor tweaks along the way. The most significant tweak I made to the recipe was changing to use hops grown in Washington USA. Accordingly, in January 2011 the name was changed to Yakima Scarlet. There were no less than seven iterations of this beer brewed before releasing what you hold in your hands right now. I still donít what style of beer it is, but I can tell you that it is hoppy and it is red.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - OCT 21, 2012
Like the prior reviewer - and the brewer himself, based on what is on the label - this is a hard to pin down beer. Which is one way of saying itís all over the place. Rich deep red, malty, sweet - almost sticky. But lots of bitter grassy hops and lingering aftertaste. But, I donít know, itís maybe trying a bit hard? Itís almost a great beer; almost *many* great beers, but it doesnít quite meld, I think.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2794) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Poured from a 500ml bottle, thanks Ryan. The aroma is tropical fruits, pine, light caramel malts. The flavor is caramel, bread crust, tropical fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (12998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
500mL bottle, pours a dark orangey brown with a medium beige head. Aroma smells really yeasty and earthy, with earthy hops. Flavour is along the same lines, with a hugely earthy hop component and lots of dirty yeast. Doesnít seem fully developed or maybe Iíve got an older bottle (no discernible bottling date). Not bad, but not as good as the ratings suggest.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop_Hedonist (442) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2016
American strong ale isnít my favourite style so a pleasant surprise to find this is more an IPA to my palate - no doubt about the quality from go to whoa - strong malt impact then super-hoppy thrust - herbal, piney at first then powerful apricot - lovely bitter finish - alcohol invisible - oh yeah, I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2016
as poured deep reddy brown & frothy the aroma is spice & hops the taste is bitter strong hoppy malty flavours spicy peppery bit fruity strong flavours & a bitter finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ANZUShophunter (255) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2015
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Poured with frothy head, scarlet is an accurate moniker. The rich hops and malts feature from the nose through to the palate. A clean bitter finish to cut through the malty backbone. A very nice brew.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazymorton (25) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2015
a cracking red. beautiful combination of flavours and aromas with the perfect touch of bitterness caramel, roasty, floral, citrus, earthy, leather, woody,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2000) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2015
500mL bottle from Slowbeer Copper body, bit of haze, beige head is creamy, hangs around. Aroma packs a punch - spicy, dried leafy hop, notes of bitter citrus, papaya, guava with plenty of toasty, dark toffee malts . Full body, sticky, clingy, chewy, smooth carbonation. Palate bursts full of rich toasty caramel malts with punchy hop notes of tropical fruit, citrus & wood spice. Firm bitterness, long smooth finish. Really nice, seems bigger than it is!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombutlin (198) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2015
This has a well rounded hoppiness, promising a complex taste. Creamy, almost yellow head. Citrus, herb & pine then a crunchy slightly sweet malt body. It went really well with steak.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (578) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2015
Brilliant clear scarlet pour, with tight creamy beige head. Huge whack of fresh citrusy and piney hops in the aroma, with the caramel malt hiding in the shadows. The taste is a clear reflection of these aromas and is highly pleasant, but the real star is the body. Big, beautiful full body of an imperial stout, smooth on the tongue and just enough acidic pop to really enhance the lively hop bitterness. Really enjoyable beer with a lot of zing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (7229) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2014
On tap at Brew on Quay, Auckland, August 2014. Clear copper with a small head. On the sweet side with caramel, fruit and light hops. An ok one.


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