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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
On draft at O’Briens. Arrived a clear, dark reddish color with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor both feature rich toffee maltiness, dark fruits, citrus and spice, with a little pine in the flavor as well and an astringent finish. Full body and gentle carbontion.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
Seems like Lagunitas Gnarlywine Clone - heavy on the sweet, caramel malt with a huge serving of hops and fruit - a big chewy, malty, hoppy mess of a drink - Fantastic; not to bve ignored.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
deep red in color with a small white head that leaves some lacing.awesome "san diego double red" type aroma of pine hops,caramel malts,and what i would say is "big red" chewing gum.the flavor is much of the same.i expected a bit more "bite" from the hops but its still pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2008
Poured a clear dark amber with a fizzy frothy off-white head. Excellent aroma of fresh ruby-red grapefruit, grass, pine needles, a bit of candy sweetness. Flavor is somewhat thinner with strong bitterness laced with notes of pine and grassy, not as much citrus but perhaps a bit of grapefruit rind. Not a whole lot of sweetness or body to back this up... in fact, for its strength, it feels strangely thin. Similar to Coronado Red Devil in its promising aroma but comparatively disappointing taste and body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours a nice clear amber red with an off white head. Aroma citrus hops and fruity esters. Packed full caramel and toasted malts, countered by a nice resiny bitterness. Mid palate to the finish, there is a semi-dry spicy woodiness the creeps up. This beer also has a nice balance of residual sweetness and hoppiness. Reminds me of Winter Yulesmith.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2008
bottle. Huge hop nose. Aspirin aftertaste detracts. Still good overall. Hops are pure pp.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2008
Coppery amber color with very little head. Sweet malty nose. Rich and malty caramel malts in the flavor with an earthy hop finish. Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle (as Double Red). Pours cloudy brown-orange with no head. Sweet fruit nose, almost artificially fruity. Smells thick and sticky. Opens sweet with a huge hop bitterness, unbalanced with no real body or carbonation to break up the intensity of the flavor. Quite boring and unnecessarily over-the-top.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4293) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2008
Pours coppery red into a shaker. Head quickly subsides to hug rim. Sweet cranberry and caramel aromas. Viscous, creamy sweet caramel with an alcoholic hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
i don’t know: it is similar to 547, but not the same--i actually need to do a sitting with both brews to see what’s up because of my taste right now, but this seems too salty and chewy for me... sorta like a chewy, fruity soy sauce.


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