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RATINGS: 835   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2008
22 oz. bottle - pours dark amber and mostly clear; bubbly tan head; aromas are sweet - caramel, toffee, fruit and some spice; malty texture and drinks pretty bitter; flavor is slightly off putting to me

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2008
22. Pours nearly black with a decent, if brief, creamy tan head. Little webby rings of lace. Thin rim left over. Nice sweet mango and peach nose. Creamy, medium body with very little carb. Sweet caramel, toast, nuts, pine, and bits of the aforementioned mango and peach...all giving way to a big resin wash that hangs around in a long, clingy, bitter finish. Dangerously close to being sessionable even at this boosted abv. I could see getting myself in bad trouble drinking this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2008
bottle from hollingshead in anaheim. I’m not sure why it’s filed under triple here, but whatever...this is a great beer. smooth, full, deep, a great winter warmer. very little carbonation, almost like water.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle from Joey at South Bay D&L. Dark reddish amber color with small head. Nose of citrus and floral hops with rich malt backbone. Flavor is good balance of strong malt and powerful hops. Nice medium bitter finish. Another good beer from these guys.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle courtesy Ibrew2or3. Pours a clear amber witha small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, and citrus. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
This is just another excellent brew from pizza port. Taste hoppy, sweet , malty,, Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2008
22oz Bomber - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Huge Hops aroma. Awesome malt backing.
Appearance – Dark reddish color, Nice head and clear.
Flavor – A huge malt and hops combination. Awesome recipe build this was a great beer to drink. Loved the hops.
Palate – Crisp Mouthfeel, Great texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This was a great beer. Had flavor, attitude and lots of character to go along with the wonderful taste. Great BEER.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle: Dark caramel amber color with a smaller, but thick and creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Nose is bountiful with hops; grapefruit and florals. Nice amount of caramel sweetness. Flavor is a powerful belnd of floral hops and caramel sweetness. The citrus lays back and plays an accenting role. Dry and flowery, but still sweet and smooth. Thanks to The_Epeeist for sending this in trade.

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 doesn’t 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 (8920) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
Draught Small yellowish head, receding over pale chestnut beer. Hops and caramel, hopcake, (I know, I’m repeating myself... so are some Cal brewers), dry hop bales. Dry, medicinal taste, there’s 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.


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