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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This is a classic West Coast-style imperial red ale brewed with medium crystal malts, centennial and cascade hops. The color is a burnt amber with red highlights and the aroma has a spicy hop presence with moderate caramel malt accents. The taste is a smooth, malty one with a balanced hoppy finish that includes hints of sweet caramel


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is medium/heavy malts with dense caramels and a hefty dose of grass. Taste is pretty heavy malts, warming from alcohol, hoppy and... red. Indeed, just the brew you need after a big battle with a shark. No animals were injured or hurt during the review.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopcone (2) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014 does not count
Probably the richest beer I’ve tasted. Wow, I’m stunned. Great, greater, greatest. Some caramell malt with some pine hops aswell as citrus and herbs. Great lingering bitterness with a very full body. Light sticky and oily.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Conyers, Ga. - Sigman Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy dark copper with a sticky medium thick khaki colored head that leaves a thin film of lacing. Aroma has some sweet cake mix accents, a touch of toffee. Full-bodied flavor with plenty of juicy citrus notes, some fruity pomegranate goodness, some sweet cake mix notes, a bit of canned fruit cocktail in the finish. A tad bit of booziness pokes its head in there. Nice thick rich mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1165) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
@ Röhällavägen 141028. Bottle (650 ml) from Systembolaget (95:-). Fruity, caramely and hoppy, sweet, grapefruits and pine, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and hoppy with alcoholic notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (552) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2014
If you’re giving me a big beer with centennial and cascade hops, chances are I’m going to love it. Great flavor, nice bitterness. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (277) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle @ home. Hazy copper color liquid and a huge tan,frothy & lasting head with nice lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with lots of pine apple & hop raisins. Also orange, grape, bread, marmalade and some warming alcohols. Big sweet mouth feel with an instant sharp bitterness. Caramel, toffee, orange marmalade, flowers, pine apple, dark bread, grass and some light roasted notes constitutes the flavor. Lasting marmalade sweetness and dry grape-like bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (241) - - OCT 22, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper. Clear and a white head. Smell: sweet toffee. Tropical fruit. Malty sweetness. Hops. Taste: slight bitterness. Tropical fruit. Toffee candy sweetness. Feel: nice dryness that makes you want another sip. Medium carbonation. Overall: great beer. Love this hoppy red ale. First drank: home 10/22/14

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, pine, citrus and grass. Flavor was malty and bitter with caramel, pine, citrus, subtle toffee, grass and alcohol. Sticky texture, medium-full body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4508) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
Bomber from SB Majorna cons 2014-10-17 Göteborg AR: grapefruit, pine, orange/apricot marmalade AP: heavy hazy woody body, frothy wee bubbly cream beige head, nice curtains F: strong grape fruit bitterness, orange liquore, dry, apricot/orange peel marmalade, Big Beer! intensive carbonation, brittish dried fruit butter cake, wee grainy, finishes grape fruit and pine cones. And thank you SB for making the importer adding a wee sticker over the diver on the label and me to pay for this non value nonsens...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1558) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: caramel, intense flowers, heavy ripe tropical fruits. Appearance: hazy brown, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy caramel and ripe fruits. Overall: very nice Double Red Ale, excellent aroma. Pint at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, San Marcos.


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