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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Commercial Description: Part of our limited release high gravity series celebrating our twentieth anniversary (1989 to 2009) Double Dread Imperial Red (An American Strong Ale) is a high gravity red ale brewed with Two-Row Pale Malt, complimented by Aromatic and Wheat malts and a blend of CaraMunich, Carastan and Crystal malts for color, complexity and flavor. Fermented with our signature ale yeast, this hop bomb of a red ale is bittered with Colombus and Cascade hops, flavor and aromatics are enhanced by Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo, then generously dry-hopped with a tri-fecta of Cascade, Amarillo and Chinook for zesty citrus aromatics and a resinous flavor explosion. For those who chose to indulge their courtly passions be forwarned that this royal ruby refreshment ferments out at 8.6% a.b.v and nears triple digit IBU’s

spikester's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Cloudy brown with a large two finger head and very well laced. Aroma is brown sugar. Taste is strong bitter hops and semi sweet cocoa. I did not detect the high abv except in the after effects. Very drinkable and smooth. Hard to believe this would be classed as an American Amber. Maybe an Imperial Amber! IBUs must be at least a 60.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1723) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Pours a burnt reddish brown with a khaki head. Hop, caramel, fruit, citrus and malt aroma. Hop, resin, citrus, caramel, biscuit, fruit, toffee and malt flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. Bitter but balanced. Hop, fruit and biscuit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (10229) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"a nicely balanced imperial red, and quite drinkable if not terribly exciting. aromatic carmel malt, citrusy hops, and a little biscuit on the tongue as well."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8447) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2014
On tap at APEX. Pours a red color with a medium white head. A big fresh fruity hop nose. The flavor is toasted malts, caramel, a bit of bitterness, some sweeter candied fruit. Very solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
12 oz bottle. Hazy dark ruby-amber; large, fairly creamy, durable tan head that leaves ample sticky lacing. Aroma: Complex and fruity. More malts than expected to go with the hops. Moderate-high bitterness. Flavor: A strong but very good sipper. Lingering bitter/sweet aftertaste with some roasted grains. Complex. Floral/fruity/herbal hops. O: another fine Calif. DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2947) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a strong malty aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted malt, with a little bread and chocolate. Bitter hop finish. Very smooth and refreshing for a strong ale. Very much enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2680) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Heavy cookie, cereal and roasted for the malt, moderate pine and cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with date, dried cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon and whiskey. Head is small, frothy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is muddy medium red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. A pretty solid American Strong Ale overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart. Pours an amber brown with a beige head, some floaties. Aroma has sweet caramel, grapefruit, stone fruits and some chocolate. Taste is malty sweet, with caramel and some brown sugar, but also quite bitter from grapefruit and lemon zest. Some pine and a lot of sticky resin. Some alcohol. Medium bodied. Finishes bitter, from what must have been copious dry hopping as it has that tangy super-bitter late finish. Very extreme, but without a good blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2270) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a thin head on a cloudy dark straw colored body. The aroma is a deep malt smell. Wonderful. The taste has a bold lemon bitterness trying to break out of the big malt bill. Great balance. The texture is heavier with moderate carbonation. An awesome bold red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1848) - California, USA - APR 14, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy reddy brown color with a lot of flocculates. Huge malt flavor and some mild hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle at home served in a half-pint glass. A clear ruby amber Brown pour with a thin head. The nose is floral hops & big malt notes. Medium to thin bodied. A very malty, bitter & strong ale... Tons of generic citrus & biscuity malts. Served in a champagne flute I get earthy, boozy, whiskey-ish & tobacco notes. Surprisingly different.

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