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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Conceived in DC by Peak Representative Tim Adams

King Crimson is an Imperial Red Ale that delivers a royal bounty of luscious, fruity American hops on top of a sturdy, deep red malt backbone. This beer is lavishly dry-hopped with Simcoe©, adding a citrusy and piney flavor and aroma to the toasty, sweet malt notes. This special treat is a very limited release, so enjoy it while you can.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
On tap at Sugar Maple as “Imperial Red Ale”. Poured clear reddish-golden with a sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma was sweet and buttery with redder fruits and caramel representin’.. it was OK, but hard to get past the butter. Buttery notes carried their way through the flavor, again picking up some fruit and caramel sweetness.. heavy fruit and pine bitterness around.. grainy fruit sugars and abrasive bitterness on the finish. Medium-bodied and sharp most of the way through the palate (mostly due to rising bitterness as the drink progressed).. OK feel and flow beyond that. I didn’t much care for this.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a red-amber color with a medium sized head that produced good lacing. The aroma was sour toasted caramel. The flavor was sour toasted caramel, moderately harsh fruity hops and had a odd buttery undertone. The finish was long, rough, hoppy and buttery. Medium body. Not good.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Tap @ Churchkey Good strong ale. Poured a dark red with a lasting head that laced pretty well throughout the experience. The malting was very smooth and the high alcohol did not penetrate as much as other strong ales. Very good.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tap at Pony Bar: Something was wrong here, I have to re-rate this one. Copper pour with good clarity and an off white head. Butter-bomb aroma- all diacetyl. Slick palate with a butterscotch ridden flavor. Some vegetal twiggy hop notes underneath all the diacetyl is detectable, but something went wrong with the batch I was served. A nauseating butter-bomb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at Churchkey, Washington D.C. With so little information about this I wasn’t really sure what to think. Pours a transparent orange, amber with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is pretty big but not aggressive: grapefruit, caramel sweetness, some biscuit, some berries. Long, bitter, sharp finish was a bit of a surprise. Flavors of caramel, sweet malts, oranges, lemons, sticky, resin. Surprisingly nice, a touch too bitter on the end.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Draft. Off-white head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/earthy, caramel, strawberry. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, strawberry, earthy. Medium-full body, some resin, stickiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Draft – Chruchkey. Dark amberish-red, off-white creamy head. Toffee chips and caramel-molasses aromas warm to swirls of stewed raisins from start to finish. Well rounded flavors with dark fruit and toffee flavors riding a thick foundation of bitter grapefruit. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Might want to think about ways to bottle this one. Very well done…


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