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RATINGS: 840   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2716) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Gift from stegoaurus. I loved this !!! Clear dark amber pour with little head. Caramel malt and hop aromas which make the mouth water. Sweet taste wild a mild bitter hop finish all tied up in a perfect blend. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (855) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Bottle: Pours a dark, hazy orangish-red with a thin white head, aroma is hoppy and somewhat sweet, malty flavor with some hops in the finish, very dry as well, pretty nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle... Lightly hazed orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The herbal, almost perfumey aroma is full of pine, resin, caramel, maple syrup and a mingling of several tropical fruits. Full-bodied and very chewy with medium carbonation. Huge malt backbone with tons of residual sweetness and gobs of caramel. However, the sugar ends up being only an afterthought as soon as the wonderful, heavy, tongue-numbing hop bitterness kicks in. Finishes sticky, very bitter and mildly tangy with a touch of caramel sweetness. Although I can immediately feel the effects of the relatively high ABV, it doesn’t rear its head in the mouth, throat or nose. Well done!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Bomber, thanks to wetherel. Pours red-orange with small beige head. The aroma is sweet tangerine, caramel, and some pine. The flavor has an initial strong hit of caramel and pine. Then comes a semi-sweet fruitiness and orangey hops. A fair amout of bitterness makes its way to the finish. Alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste, but the citrus and caramel flavors linger for quite some time and keep it under control. Pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours reddish-caramel color with a moderate sized tan head. Floral, citric hop aroma, with substantial caramel malt. Sweet caramel malt up front; soon joined by piney hops. Finishes with hop resin, spice, alcohol and some earthy notes. Very easy to drink for its ABV. Nice.

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 (7272) - 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 (689) - 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.


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