Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - JUL 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, i didnt know anything about this beer but I was blown away. I even considered giving it my first perfect rating, but couldnt quite bring myself to do it. Mouth watering complex tart bitterness, oh baby! Carmel green apple, iced tea, and loads of dark tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy but not heavy and the abv is nonexistent. Its sold as a "4th of july beer" but to me it seems like a perfect "get drunk trying to do a corn maze on a crisp fall day" kind of beer. I couldnt give it a perfect rating because its perhaps a bit too sour, with a slight sulphur in the aftertaste...
bytemesis (5543) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fresh bottle thanks to Adam! Pours hazy reddish amber with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is rich heavy caramel, toffee, butter, with notes of pine and citrus mixed in. Flavor is the same, actually quite sweet and light plus bitter. Full body, creamy and oily mouthfeel. This one grows on you with drinking, and by the end I was really digging it! Up there with some of the good hoppy barleywines, or Drakes Exxpedition.
FestDecBeet (412) - - JAN 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Look: pours a dark Amber. Slightly cloudy. Off white head.
Smell: hoppy. Sweet caramel. Pune.
Taste: sweet caramel. Slight hop bitterness. Sweet fruitiness.
Feel: dry on the back end. Sweet upfront. Makes you want another sip.
Overall: great beer. Love the easy drinking style. Smooth up front with a dry finish.
First drank: home 1/10/15
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, hazy maroon with an off white head that settles nicely. The nose is absolutely beautiful. So rich with notes raspberry (sorbet?), cherry, malt, and all American hops. Seriously one of the best aromas I?ve smelled. The taste lives up to the nose. Very rich and complex. Booze is hidden well, dangerous. I poured the sediment in because it doesn?t bother me. Palate is slightly sticky with hints of alcohol. Pretty clean overall. Very delicious beer!
umich03jm (3094) - 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 IPA’s but this is more like a thick barley wine. Another really good Pipeworks beer. I think this would still taste good next year too.
ben4321 (5239) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Eataly - Chicago, 8/21/14
Aroma: The nose is resiny hops over sweet caramel/toffee malts, with grapefruit hop notes
Appearance: It pours a hazy reddish-orange/brown with a thick, frothy beige head and good lacing
Flavor: Tastes quite balanced, with the sweet malts bleeding seamlessly in the hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, very smooth and easy drinking, with a clean, dry finish
This one poured beautifully into my boat beer glass. The frothy head rest nicely on top of the beer. A great first impression. The nose and flavor pick up right where the pour left off, with an excellent mix of sweet malt and bitter hop components. This is impressively balanced from a flavor profile perspective, and also incredibly easy drinking for a 9% beer. This is an excellent Imperial Red, right up there with some of my favorites in the "style," I would happily drink this again.
crossovert (10280) - Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky reddish-brown pour. Smell is a mix of toasted grains and citrusy hops. Teh flavor has an ample bitterness with a touch of leveling sweetness. All-American brew.
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.
nsquishee (635) - 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.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pous copper amber with a small light beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy malts with some oranges and pine resin. Flavor brings delicious sweet and delicately zesty oranges with a smooth malty undertone they complements the hops so well on a full bit balanced body.