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RATINGS: 799   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Aroma is strong and sweet toasted malt, citrus rind. Flavor is also sweet caramel malt, some piney hop, and a lingering bitterness I was not expecting from red ale. Pretty solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
Bottle (22oz). As "Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale." Thatís a seriously red pour - deep firebrick red, clear with tiny suspended particles, and a smallish but long-lasting tan creamy-fizzy head. Smells yummy - big toasty-sweet rye malt and equally insistent resin/spruce fresh acidic hop bitterness. The taste - it follows mostly (mostly!) but it loses malt body and some fresh hop bitterness to strong alcohol and biting acidity - donít get me wrong, itís good, and Iím going to wrap up and enjoy the hell out of the average-bodied, acidic, boozy-bitter finishing MoFo - but Iíd like a little more body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
2008-05-17. Dark amber body with a quick beige head. Hoppy aroma, modest green resiny hops. (7+) Flavour is similar, with a good amount of bitterness, resiny hop character, and a solid malt base. (7+) Average plus palate. (3+) . Pretty solid, quite drinkable. Alcohol is invisible. At Rudolfís, shared by Blankboy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle: Deep amber to brown in color with only some light lacing retaining. The nose shows sweet malt, grapefruit, herbs, pine, caramel and spice. In the mouth it is medium to full-bodied, sweet, rich and intense. The hops emerge on the finish which shows some bitterness. This is a well-balanced beer with the malt shining through in the midpalate and hops joining in toward the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2008
22 ounce bottle from Caponeís. Pour is a darker red toward brown. The head is sort of dark beige with spotty lace. The nose has plenty of pungent hops, along with caramel/toffee, with underlying butterscotch. The flavor is features pine hops along with quite a bit of sweet caramel flavor that Iím not too much a fan of here. The palate is pretty full bodied with what seems to be an appropriate amount of carbonation. The finish seems a bit of the sweet side, but the bitterness is there as well. I guess that make it balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul! Big piney nose, rich caramel, malt. Flavor is quite bitter, a decent amount of fruit, caramel, malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5272) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sampled during Cellarís Wine & Spirits beer tasting and shared by Stine. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a thin off-white head that has some good retention. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus zest hops, and a touch of grapefruit. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, some apple/pear fruit and some spiced hops. Finish is semi-dry, hoppy aftertaste that lingers after the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Thanks to dunk for the bomber. A lovely clear orange/copper color with a small head. Aroma of big crystal malt with a slight grassy hop element. Itís hard to believe that the alcohol is so well hidden in a beer thatís basically an imperial amber. Medium-heavy body and finishes with a nice spice from the hops. But itís a long way to make up for boring.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Rudyís tasting May í08. Strong sticky malt / hoppy aroma. Ruby brown, good sized white head. Intense taste - so bitter and intensely malty. Perfect balance of strong hops and aggressive malt. Long bitter linger. Bordering on DIPA territory here, this one got everything right for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Stine!] Pours red with a small off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy grapefruit from the hops and caramel malt. Taste is the same citrusy (grapefruit) hops and caramel with some decent sweetness to balance it out. Thick mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.


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