jtclockwork (13493) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of caramel malt, earthy resin, tree sap, maple, leaves and dank citrus peel. Medium body.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber bought for $10 at The Beer Temple in Chicago. Batch #161, bottled 7/2/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown color that is hazy as hell (with a few random chunks) with tiny bubbles that form a creamy, two finger, tan head. Lacing is great.
Smell: Tons of hops... really, a ton of them. I can also pick up on some sort of malt sweetness, but this definitely has a ton of hops. Thereís also a sort of citrus and citrus rind smell in this beer as well.
Taste/feel: Some sort of peach and maybe mango flavors hit the tongue first, for me. After that, that distinctive, piney hop flavor comes through with a moment of cotton candy sweetness. On the finish, thereís a fairly large spicy hop and malt presence that I thought would be throughout each sip, given that itís supposedly an Amber/Red. Thereís a slight afterburn and warmth in the throat on the swallow to suggest the amount of alcohol, but itís not in the aroma or flavor at all. The feel is extremely silky, but almost too much so -- smooth as hell, and drinks like itís been nitroíd. I tend to only like my porters/stouts to have such a character, but it works pretty well here.
I really enjoy this beer, but itís not *quite* what I was expecting. This drinks like a red IPA rather than an amber. I donít really mind that at all, but people should know that this is absolutely loaded with hops before going in. Very tasty. Iím impressed.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #161.
A: Pours dark cherry color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubbly ring that leaves stick sheets of lace down the glass.
S: This is guy is generously hopped. Lots of pine needle and grapefruit with a mild citrus backing. Sweet bread malts balance it out.
T: The malt is more forward in the taste. Light spice with some bready flavors. The hops are more bitter than the nose suggested, but still maintains the piney notes and light grapefruit zest. There is an underlying sweetness from the malts, but itís very light. As it warms the hops are a little more earthy as well. Slighlty boozy on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Little stick to this guy.
O: Very solid imperial red. I would have liked a touch more caramel malt to give it a nice sweetness against the hops, but overall it was enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
rxeight (2396) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber to glass. Kind of a hoppy red barleywineish double ipa. The hops are a bit old. Decent but not one of PW best efforts.
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, sweet, hoppiness and caramel, orange, and fruity hop flavors. Boozy, but super smooth and syrupy, sweet.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from capones chicago. pours a copper with white head. hop and sweet malt taste
andyhwcinc (1803) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Bottles & Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a nice day off after a hard work week while stressing out on homeownership. Overall, good stuff, a bit syrupy though. Appearance is a very dark nut brown with a rich and slightly bubbly off white head. Aroma is rich in spruced/herb hops, definite syrupy malt. Taste also goes down syrupy, someone stated this tastes like a thick barley wine and I agree with that. Not really my thing, but itís good.
dhasmonek (38) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent brew. It pours a beautiful deep copper color with a reasonable head. Good balance of hops to tastefully offset this malty brew.
jkwood04 (5210) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/brown with lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of caramel and toffee maltiness plus some bread/dough with a with some floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer but not the best.
umich03jm (3376) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, thanks Brett! Batch 160, bottled 7/1/13. Pours a cloudy dark ruby red (almost purple) color with a very nice, small, dense, creamy head that just sits there. Awesome appearance. Aroma is a mix of rich caramel candy with tropical fruits, grass, and light pine. The taste starts with dense creamy caramel with a only a light sweetness. Moderate bitterness builds into the big hoppy tropical fruit finish. Thick body, very creamy and chewy mouthfeel. A somewhat unique take on an imperial red and very good. Most imperial reds are basically Red IPAís but this is more like a thick barley wine. Another really good Pipeworks beer. I think this would still taste good next year too.