CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Usually the idea of an "Imperial Red" has me scrollin’ past pretty hard, thankfully for me though Mr. Ketchepillar brought me this diamond in the rough.
The aroma is very hoppy and appealing, mainly it’s focused around hops including lots of grapefruit and a good bit of pine. Not really sweet or terribly malty smelling, but pungent and inviting.
The flavor is pretty high on bitterness with a nice touch of toasty malt. The beer is not overly sweet and is light on the caramel/toffee notes that usually ruin a beer like this. The alcohol is mild but noticeable, and the hops are really the feature here. Primarily, like in the aroma the feature is the big grapefruit-y hop character with some lighter piney notes.
This totally works better as a Double IPA than many that claim to be of the Double IPA style. A very enjoyable beer.
stevoj (3931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Very dark amber with small creamy head. Malt in spades, especially in the aroma. Hops kick in at first sip and linger for quite a while, pleasantly. ABV hides behind the hops, only evident by some gentle warmth deep in the gut.
parkerj (51) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 1, 2016
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
This one just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t finish the tiny portion that came with a seasonal flight.
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2015. Pours a dark red color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity piney hoppy caramel aroma. Fruity malty piney hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy bitter caramel finish.
Theydon_Bois (16856) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF ’15, day 1, 11/08/15.
Reddish amber topped with moderate beige spotting.
Nose is caramel, earthy hop, biscuit crumble, light spice, candied fruit peel.
Taste comprises bitter red grapefruit, light pine, earthy hop strokes.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, earthy hop bitterness in the close.
Decent enough fayre.
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2015. Clear amber beer with an beige head. Malty fruity caramell citrus aroma. Malty fruity grassy,caramell flavour.
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF. Dark reddy brown, clear, small foamy tan head. Aroma is toffee apple, caramel, jammy fruits. So sweet. Body is medium to light, smooth, light carbonation. Taste is toffee, pithy, rosewater, sweet finish. Not my sort of thing really. Sugary sweet stuff.
Scopey (12504) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours clear deep red with a tiny beige head. The nose is soft, rich, bitter-sweet, red fruit, candy and fruit cake. The taste is slick, oily, bitter-sweet, resin, earth, red berry, jammy fruit, candy, toffee, red grapefruit, spice and booze with a lingering peppery spice finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Pretty alright stuff.
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a small beige head. Malty fruity caramel aroma, berries, citrus, some peach and toffee. Malty fruity flavor, grassy, raisins, grapes, some hay. Ok.
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF 2015, day 1 - London. Pours clear copper with a bubbly tan head. Big oily pine in the nose, some ripe orange. Medium sweet flavor with light caramel, alcohol, more ripe orange, gooey pine. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming and resinous on the finish, with more ripe citrus and oily pine. Solid.
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11th August 2015
GBBF Day 1. Cask. Clear deep red - amber beer, good cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry with decent fine carbonation. Rich toffee - both regular toffee and dark toffee. Marmalade and spicy orange. Tangerine, some citric peel. Light finish. Lovely rich beer, nice combo of toffee and orangey hops.