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RATINGS: 791   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 24, 2008
These double Reds should be in a catagory of there own now. My favorite style Imperial Red Ales. Delicious, chewey, super malty with a strong hop precence. Toffe and nutty aftertastes with a slight lemony hint. Unoticable alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
(22oz Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, toffee, and chocolate. Flavor of toffee, roasted/caramel malts, light chocolate, and hops (citrus, floral) with a flat, under carbonated mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Poured a deep red body with thin head. Aroma is caramel, malt. Tough decision on how to rate it. It wasn’t too faint but it wasn’t too strong. Overall it didn’t leave a big impression but...whatever. Flavor is carmel, hops, and a nice sweet malty body. Light perfume and candi sugar. Thi is very drinklable with the 9% not showing up on the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Courtesy of toncatcher. Pours a clean, ruby red body with a relatively sticky, beige foam. The aroma is quite earthy with notes of piney/peppery hops dominating. The flavor is bitter orange/grapefruit peel, juicy pine needles, sourdough pretzel, and a subtle chedder cheese flavor buried in there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Yummy Yummy. Pizza port comes through once again. In a big way. I’m an IPA man myself but loved this.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8053) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby to deep coppery brown with 1-finger off-white head. The nose is caramel malt, huge hops, vinous fruit, perfumy notes, tangerine, melon, cinnamon...just a wonderful aroma. The taste is rich, complex, very hoppy, with a very large malt bill that balances the hops nicely. As it warms, this one gets a bit hot, and a bit more peppery and resiny in the hop department, but the hops remain well balanced by the copious malt throughout. As a final comment, I did indeed detect a cinnamony spiciness throughout this brew, but it seemed to belong and fit in nicely with the rest of the beer profile, so I did not assess that as a negative.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3397) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
22 oz bottle. Clear, dark tea with a thin, big-bubbled head. Nose is caramel, pine and grapefruit fading to honey and roses. Sweet, syrupy and resiny with mild carb. Chewy and coating; reminiscent of a mead. Taste is briefly apple, then marmalade and grass with a peppery finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bomber (9.0%) from Bev4Less. Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Very little carbonation. Sweet piney aroma. Some spicy hoppiness. Deep and rich. Smooth low carbonation mouthfeel. Slightly sweet up front. Followed by a rich malty flavor. Finishes with a bit of grapefruit peel bitterness. No alcohol is noticeable. Reminds me of something in the vein of AB, with a low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4539) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a translucent deep ruby amber with a smaller bubbly off white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, some orange, toffee, nuts, sweet nose, some dark fruits, some molasses and sweet malts. Flavor of toffee, nuts, earthy, pine, grapefruit, a little grassy, fresh hop flavor and a toasted malt finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2370) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy rusty brown red with almost no head( a small beige formation). Aroma of piney hops and citrus. Taste of biting piney hops with notes of citrus and a bit of toffee. Very nice. Has that classic west coast pine flavor to it.


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