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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Draft, at pizza port. Poors a dark amber bronze color. Looks great. Nice fluffy head. A little caramel, a lot of hops. Very good. Packs a punch!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach: Dark ruby color, nose is sweet, ripe and rich in melanoidins, caramel and musky fresh hops. a moderate amount of alcohol. The flavor is lightly sweet and very caramelly with a nice hop bitterness. A bit of musky dirty hop notes in the end. Nice palate and mouthfeel. intense red ale, almost like a barleywine

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2006
On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Deep hazy broze with a solid off-white head. Citrus and grassy hop aroma galore, grapefruit all the way. Flavours are bitter ctrus throughout though there is an underlying caramel sweetness. Harmonious, semi-dry finish. A harmonious amber ale, perfect with the pizza.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap in Solana Beach. Slightly hazy, nutty red coloring with a thin, off-white head. Initial aroma is a pleasant surprise of floral hops! Typical evergreen scents are complimented by some slightly sweet maltiness. Rich, almost creamy texture with some woody flavors that leave a lightly hopped smack. Some gentle red fruits linger as well. What a pleasant surprise!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a clear deep bloody red, with a frothy tan head. Light creamy sweet orange hops aroma. Flavor starts with crisp sweet hops continuing from the aroma, with a light dry grassy smack. Spiciness and warm bready yeasts on the finish, all poured over sticky bright fruits of apricot and peaches. A hint of esters. Palate is a little cloying from the fruity sugars, but ends dry. Fruitiness stays strong. Finishes with a parching pinesness and slick fruit punch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a dull amber color, big white head. Aroma is somewhat feint, caramel malts, caramel, cherries. Flavor is as described "triple red". Big amber flavor, caramel, tofee, cherries, plums

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
On tap from the brewpub. Tasted during trip to California. Dark brown colour. Very nice citrus and malt aroma. Really hoppy taste nice balance between the hops. Ends up less bitter than you may expect. overall a great ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Huge hop aroma, two-dimensional, you can smell flowers on one side and citrus on the other. Appearance is a deep reddish copper, producing a large, lasting frothy head. Jeopardizing everything so SD people can enjoy one more hop bomb, I must say they took the right decision thanks to a fair toastiness. Indeed, well focused supporting caramelized malts procuring honey and biscuity nuances. The final result offers a smooth, medium to full body yet rather crisp in its carbonation. Another rocking bittersweet brew from Arthur.
A new tasting revealed a not so complex offering from Pizza Port. Very strong in the alcohol department and not particularly aromatic. Dropping from 3.5 to 3.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is red and clear with a nice dense brown head...smell is malty and hoppy with some biscuit and pine and grapefruit...taste is like a super amber with lots of earthy malt followed by strong hop character...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2536) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Reddish brown color thick tall well laced off white head. Big citrus & grass aroma w/ hints of brown sugar. Pal is oily and well coated. Very hoppy flavor grass and bine flavored bitterness. With a nice brown sugar balance. Very good.


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