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RATINGS: 757   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy dark red color with a small, foamy, cream colored head. Scant, spotty traces of lacing mar the glass. The nose shows alot of resinous pine hop character up front, with a bit of citrus and floral mixed in as well. Caramel adds sweetness, while an alcoholic, medicinal note clouds things up a bit. Flavors follow suit, with caramel and toffee malts, resinous pine and spruce hops, and a touch of dry citrus and flowers. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon spice as well. Mouthfeel is syrupy and lacking carbonation, with a hot, medicinal feel. This beer just doesnít do it for me at all. There are much better Imperial Reds out there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
Draught Small yellowish head, receding over pale chestnut beer. Hops and caramel, hopcake, (I know, Iím repeating myself... so are some Cal brewers), dry hop bales. Dry, medicinal taste, thereís a certain pharmaceutical that is similar, here ented on the dry hop flavour. Some caramel. Bit burning MF, slick, sticky. Avery Tomme A. interpretation of a hoppy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2008
strong hop concentrate aroma with some dried raspberry there as well. dark toffee color, minimum head. yum. the softer yet balanced among itself malt allows for the intense hops to take over and shine. hell yeah.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bomber. Pours lightly hazy dark copper with a scant off-white head. Sweet grapefruit and toffee nose, and youíll find a bit of pine if you dig deep enough. Sweet medium body and moderate carbonation. Toffee and citrus taste that finishes semi-dry, nicely bitter, but somehow crisp at the same time. Thereís a bit of alcohol warmth, but not what Iíd expect for a beer at nearly 10%.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
22oz Bottle I got this in another great trade with errantnight, thanks Derek! Shark Attack Double Red pours like an amber ale should, amber. There is a good amount of haziness in there though. A one finger tan soapy head formed on the pour that quickly fell to a skimming with a thick ring but left excellent lacing on itís way down. Not quite what I expected out of the gate. There seems to be a big boozy, syrupy sweetness that really isnít my thing. Alcohol fumes waft through the air with no regard. The saving grace is the pungent resin hoppiness. Canít get enough resin hoppiness. The flavor is, disappointingly, what the nose suggested. Alcohol is big andbrash right up front and the maltiness seems a little to sweet and syrupy. The resiny hops are there and seem to cover some of the faults up a bit but overall Iím pretty disappointed in the flavor of this beer. The mouthfeel is actually a little thin. I know, I know I was talking about syrupy this and that but that was the sweetness talking. Mouthfeel isnít bad but itís not very good either. Iím going to finish off this bomber and be done with this brew. The bomber is actually too much but I hate wasting beer. Not one I would pick up again from Port Brewing. I really like the things Iíve tried from them but this just doesnít do it for me. 4/13/08

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle from South Bay drugs. A deep tinted mahogany hue with a fat formation of foam for a head. The nose is tamed although there is detection of sweet malting and fresh juicy hops. Flavor is a fair share serving of hops under light notes of citrus but does also has a large malt backbone that is semi sweet. Leaves behind a dirty mouth feel and strong alcohol aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2008
Shared by Crosling, thanks dude. Poured a deep garnet color with a moderate beige head that diminished to a layer but left great lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, and some earthy, piny hops. Flavor of light caramel, some spice I canít identify, and light resin and pine hops with some light citrus. Full on the palate, nice bitter finish. I bet this is awesome fresh, it would be nice to try.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpaliga10 (7) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2008 does not count
Poured a deep dark amber, but had very low carbonation. Head was nearly nonexistent. Aroma was strong and appetizing, while flavor followed through with every promise the scent had made. A great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 17, 2008
Not much head, reddish-brown. Has some malt and some hops in aroma. Flavor is also balanced with malts up front and hops in the finish. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago (WeeHeavySD?). Thanks! Pours a dark ruby-auburn color; thin light-tan head with patchy lacing; some viscosity. Lots of sticky sugar and basic dried fruits in the aroma; kind of straightforward and one-dimensional. Medium-to-full, sticky mouthfeel: just loads of candy sugar, toffee, and dried fruits upfront; again, lacking a certain depth here, just chewy underdeveloped maltiness; lots of red fruits and sugar throughout. Lengthy finish, showing residual sugar, caramel, and red fruits.


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