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RATINGS: 746   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (161) - CYPRUS - MAR 24, 2014
Hazy dark orange amber body with a beige head. Aroma is fruity hoppy. Grapefruit, pine, a bit grassy. Taste is medium to heavy bitter. Alcohol content is evident without looking at the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle at The Local Pub, Halandri. Aroma: Citrusy, herbal and peppery. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Taste: Bitter with lots of balancing malt character. Phenols, caramel and citrus fruit palate. Finish: Bitter and citrusy. Overall: Rich and balanced. I’ d like more hop aggression, though.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
storskurk (94) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
Humle og karamel i duft. Kastanjerød. Cremet tekstur og direkte humlesmag følges op af tilpas sødme, karamel og en bitter eftersmag. En smule underkarboneret. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1259) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Pours a deep red with a quite large frothy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, grass, toffee, peach, resin. Taste is caramel, honey, grapefruit, peach, bitter almond, rye bread. Creeps up on you. Not big and brash, quite the opposite. Very nicely balanced and drinkable. Good stuff!

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjh19 (56) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Appearance: Red appearance, lingering head, great look to this beer. Smell: Quite floral in the hop character. Taste: Different from the nose, the taste of the hops struck me as perfume-y and bitter. I did not dig the heavy bitter lack of balance. Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body. Drinkability: For every red beer fan like myself, I’m sure there’s someone who loves this. But for me, Shark Attack is just so, so. (Perfume-ey hops don’t anything for me)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
I think the one i had was slightly too old, an import to Sweden with some bad shelf-life probably didn’t do this beer justice. Basicly what i got was some tired maltiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2014
This one pourd a semi cloudy red color with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, toast, and bitter and fruity hops. Flavor was similar, pretty standard hoppy imperial red.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (607) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
This amber colored beer has a inviting fruity aroma. It has a strong bite but fruity flavors come through to soften it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1140) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2014
A nice imperial red... missing the mouthfeel of Ballest point. Perfect aroma and appearance. nice taste but still missing the correct sweet balance. Still enjoyable but it could improve for sure. Improve to be world class that is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (174) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Bierkompass. Has a ruby red, cherry color, with a decent head. Fruit and sugar aromas dominate in this beer, which lots of hops in it. Grapefruit, orange, peach and hints of malt stand out for me. Has a rich fruity taste, with a powerful upcoming bitterness in the end. Malts in the beer hold the taste together, smooth out sweet and bitter tastes to an overall well balanced, medium-bodied beer, which is special in its own way. Bitterness is at very first glance a bit distracting from the sweet beginning, because it kicks in very sharp and changes the whole taste within a split-second, but consider it the biting shark. After a while I really begin to appreciate the sudden change, it adds depth to the ale. Before that, tastes of apple, peach and malt are noticable, creating a refreshing fruit flavor, with a hoppy underlining. This by itself would already make up for a decent ale, but the aggressive bitterness makes this just great. It turns down the first impression of the beer, without going too far, but adding a big, hoppy ending to it. Surprisingly enough, this is still in balance, some fruits still linger on the tongue, while the bitterness does its work. Low carbonation smoothes the beer out, still adds some groove to it, which is not too refreshing in paricular, but underlines the ongoing transformation. Unique.


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