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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Undeniably Spokane’s most storied ale pays homage to Crystal Laundry that had to be torn down for Expo ’74. This burgundy-colored ale is an intriguing spin cycle of English, German, and American brewing techniques. This ale dispenses a big herbal hop nose, layered malt flavors, and a palette-cleansing bitterness

jmprdood's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmprdood (37) - - NOV 3, 2012
What a great beer! Very balanced across the board. Malt to hops is as good as it gets!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
liquidhedonism (19) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2014
22 oz bottle from Uptown Market in Beaverton, OR. Aroma for me has notes of biscuit with a bit of brown sugar. As the beer warmed up, I found a hint of barnyard. Taste is mildly sweet and malty throughout and finishes bitter. Long biscuity and bitter aftertaste. This red is definitely an ESB/Bitter, instead of an Amber, Strong Ale, or IPA. Not bad, but not a favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stchloe (784) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Very solid esb, medium malt body sweet and full balances bitterness of the indistinct, perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a clear dark copper color with a big beige head and good lacing. .Nose is malts - very clean and there are floral hops. Medium plus body. The flavor is floral hops on a clean malt backbone. This finish is bitter, and very favorable which sets it apart from many ESBs. Really good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (80) - USA - AUG 2, 2014
Very hop forward and that was surprising, but loved the aroma where it shone so brightly. This is a cloudy brew, copper in color and bitter with a nice balance overall. Light tan head, very thin presence and light on the lacing. The body is nice, a very pleasant and light viscosity with a lively, but not too over-evident carbonation. I like the long lasting and spicy presence that doesn’t go overboard with bitterness, but adds enough in for continuity. A very nice representation of an Imperial Red and one I may look for again in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (3896) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
Draft - Light toasted malts and some caramel. Clear dark copper with a nice beige head. Sweet woody caramel, with some maple notes. Bitter but nice finish. Interesting, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1505) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2014
22 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a one finger light tan head that slowly reduces leaving a blanket and some lace. The aroma is caramel malt, spicy hops. The taste is really creamy, smooth and really good actually, caramel candy, mild hops dry things out, salty finish. I am pleasantly surprised by this one, really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
Dark amber with a thin off-white head. Malty, earthy, herbal and caramel with a suitably bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Big Texas Beer Fest. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, caramel, and some bread. Taste is bready spice, nice bitterness, and almost mint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
BTBF. 2003 Cavaliers show was one of my all-time favorites. Pours a clear orange color. Malty nose, grainy, sweet and sugary. Flavor is sweet, tasty and grainy. Splooie

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3705) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle at BTBF 2014. Deep amber with a decent cream colored head. Aroma is of malt, leaves, grass and earth. Taste is of herbal hops, malt, caramel, tea, and leaves.

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