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RATINGS: 852   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle 66cl. @ Amerikaner blindsmagning @ Papsoe, Bottle #17.]
Light unclear medium orange amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lancing, fully diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, vinous, moderate hoppy, orange, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - oily, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. Very nice balanced. (190608)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Lost Abbey. Appearance is clear dark amber hue, no noticeable head, minimal lacing. Smell is big caramel malts and toffee, big grassy hops, hint of alcohol heat. Taste is dominated by huge caramel malts and big piney hops, some subtle floral/grassy tones, toffee, citrus, finishes bitter with slight warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied, thick and creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is high, this is a nicely balanced amber ale with big malt and hop presence (Malt/Hop Bomb!), alcohol is well masked, I’m a fan of Imperial Red Ales and could drink this one all night long!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (436) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
Pours a hazy rich brown/red with nominal head, and only a few soapy bubbles for lacing. Nose-sweet candied fruit and pine. Taste- initially very sweet caramel and then a wallop of hops- grassy, woody and pine. Finish is quite hot and dry. Impressive dry finish considering the initial sweetness. Very little carbonation and lighter in body than expected. This is a balls out beer- no question.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep red with thick off white head. Aroma of malt and piney hops. Taste dominated by malt with slight grassy hops. Thick mouthfeel. Decent red ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8452) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Ruby beer with a light tan head. Grapefruit/pine aroma with richer malts. Caramel, grapefruit/pine resin flavor with some nuttiness and richer malts. Medium-plus bodied. Grapefruit, pine and caramel linger. Good bitterness. Good aggressive balance between malt and hops (it’s not a "balanced" beer, but it comes together nicely).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Possibly one of the most beautiful beers in a glass. Ever. Deep mahogany red with a light head. Soapy hops. I really wanted more malt. A standard red ale is usually malty/caramely without alot of hops, so I was hoping for something a little richer or maltier. Not a bad beer as is, but other than the color, I’m not sure what differentiates it from other DIPAs or even some American barleywines.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2008
[1367-20080517] 1pt6floz bottle. Hoppy dark malt aroma with leafy toast notes. Clear, dark amber brown body with quick off-white bubbles. Bitter hoppy grassy bits in the flavour, but mostly generic pine malt and bitterness. Medium body is super bitter. Interesting.
(c/o blankboy, w/ others)
Overheard: "Yeah, they’re flavour crystals." (referring to large floaties)

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2008
This beer has really confused me. Pizza Port making some great beer in general. I picked this bottle up from a bevmo in CA, and drank it immediately. Not sure what happened to this. Poured a dark red color with almost zero head. Aroma was huge sweet malt and raisins. Taste is hugely sweet as well, over ripe fruit and a huge alcohol kick on the end. The promised hops seemed to have vanished creating a syrupy sweet unbalanced malt bomb. I get almost zero citrus or punchy pine hop character. Not sure what to say, I am very confused as I was looking forward to this one. It is possible that any amount of time does not treat this beer well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Pours a cloudy medium brown with a thin beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel and pine. Flavor is big grapefruit, caramel and pine. Full body, sticky texture. Long big bitter finish. Simple but lovely!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Ok, the label says double, the example picture on RateBeer says Double, yet I am entering in a rating for "Triple Red Ale?" WTF! Anyway, if Hop 15 had special relations with Shark Bite Red, and had a baby, it would be Shark Attack Double Red Ale.


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