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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (669) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
Mörk orange-brun med ett jätte stort orange skum. Doft: Gräddkola, humle, kanderat socker, fikon, tamarind. Smak: Humle, dadlar, tamarind, gräddkola, kanderat socker, läder, lite grape och trä.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (165) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Hazy red, dark brown, with a three finger high, beige-yellow, creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich, full nose of butter, caramel malt, fudge, grass, raisin, plum, hoppy, resin and grape. I just love that smell!

Taste: Oily with citrus, toffee, caramel malt, creamy taste, raisin, plum, orange marmelade and dried fruit.

A full body with a good, full texture. A great carbonation and a well balanced bitterness.

Just a GREAT beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
650 ml bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma malty, light roasted, toast, spice, grass and flowers. Taste is medium dry malty peppery, rye, herbs, earth and grass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (468) - POLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Barwa: czerwona, głęboka, początkowo klarowna, choć na dnie widoczny jest wyraźny osad. Piana w kolorze ecru, obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa. Utrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Idealnie. Aromat: słodowy (zboże), nieco chmieli amerykańskich (głównie żywica, choć również winogrona i agrest - dziwne) oraz nuta alkoholowa. Chmiel niestety ulotny. Smak: pełny, słodowy, słodki, z chmielową kontrą. Goryczka poniżej średniej. Wrażenie owocowości (winogrona, gruszka) zupełnie nie pasujące do deklarowanych chmieli. Do tego oczywiście alkoholowa końcówka.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (644) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Pours dark amber. Aroma of citrus/spicy hops and dominated by sweet caramel and mexican pastry. Taste is the same with burnt toffee and marshmellows. Great brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8668) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
Keg at Port/Lost Abbey tasting room, 18/04/14. Hazed reddish amber with a moderate light beige covering and edgework. Nose is caramel malt, vanilla, pin resin, light spicerack, bitter orange, grapefruit notes. Taste comprises mango, caramel malt, light spice, straw, pine resin. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi aggressive hop bitterness in the close. Decent hoppy red.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grumbo (596) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle shared with Marcus at Small Bar, Bristol. Pours a deep amber colour with a quite small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, hop, dark fruit and spice. Rich and smooth, low carbonation, slightly sweet finish. We both very much enjoyed this one. Bottle says 9% ABV.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle. Bottled date of Nov. 19, 2012, and it’s been on the shelf a year and a half (thanks, Total Wine). Pours a very cloudy brown color with a huge pillowy light tan head on it. Smells stale, and the hops are clearly bad on this; I can get a bit of what seems like toasting in there. Taste is moderately bitter and earthy, and clearly just a step or two away from truly awful. I’d like to try this fresh, but this is what I have in front of me, sadly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayzz (328) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Upscale amber ale. I’m not am amber ale fan, and I don’t like hippy ales, but this amber is smoother than others. Worthva taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 16, 2014
Color caoba con densa espuma marfil. Aromas de caramelo, tofe, y resinas, todo muy potente pero equilibrado. Cuerpo medio-alto, textura maltosa, al inicio es dulce de caramelo para pasar a un intenso amargor resinoso que contrasta muy bien. Muy rica.


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