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RATINGS: 779   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


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4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Deep red, light, soapy head. Crystal malts galore! Chewy, wet, hoppy, caramel; this is a big beer. Interesting spice on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (238) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle @ home. Hazy copper color liquid and a huge tan,frothy & lasting head with nice lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with lots of pine apple & hop raisins. Also orange, grape, bread, marmalade and some warming alcohols. Big sweet mouth feel with an instant sharp bitterness. Caramel, toffee, orange marmalade, flowers, pine apple, dark bread, grass and some light roasted notes constitutes the flavor. Lasting marmalade sweetness and dry grape-like bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (174) - - OCT 22, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper. Clear and a white head. Smell: sweet toffee. Tropical fruit. Malty sweetness. Hops. Taste: slight bitterness. Tropical fruit. Toffee candy sweetness. Feel: nice dryness that makes you want another sip. Medium carbonation. Overall: great beer. Love this hoppy red ale. First drank: home 10/22/14

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, pine, citrus and grass. Flavor was malty and bitter with caramel, pine, citrus, subtle toffee, grass and alcohol. Sticky texture, medium-full body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4263) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
Bomber from SB Majorna cons 2014-10-17 Göteborg AR: grapefruit, pine, orange/apricot marmalade AP: heavy hazy woody body, frothy wee bubbly cream beige head, nice curtains F: strong grape fruit bitterness, orange liquore, dry, apricot/orange peel marmalade, Big Beer! intensive carbonation, brittish dried fruit butter cake, wee grainy, finishes grape fruit and pine cones. And thank you SB for making the importer adding a wee sticker over the diver on the label and me to pay for this non value nonsens...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: caramel, intense flowers, heavy ripe tropical fruits. Appearance: hazy brown, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy caramel and ripe fruits. Overall: very nice Double Red Ale, excellent aroma. Pint at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, San Marcos.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
600ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a deep clear amber color forming a big fluffy beige head. Good retention and many lacings left in the glass S: Sweet. Sweet malts, caramel, caramel malts, grapes, roasted malts and flowery hops T: Mild sweet upfront followed by caramel, roasted malts and flowery hops. In overall, a dry and crispy taste.Very malty. Some notes of dark fruits, mainly grapes. Medium to high bitterness in the end M: Medium body and carbonation. Caramel and roasted malts aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Port Brewing quality. "California Ã?ber Alles"! ;) [ BA Review @ 6/2/2013 ]

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kayres (489) - , Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Orange with a thick white head. Somewhat sour hop aroma. Big body and bitter stale hop flavor. Sharp stale finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (3787) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SBWF 2014.
Appearance: Brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Citrus, caramel, malt, fruit, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, caramel, hops, alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (803) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Flaska från SB. Kopparfärgad vätska med tjockt gulaktigt skum. Massiva toner av citrusfrukter med karamell och rostat malt, lite kaffe och antydan av tobak. Kort sagt en doftkaskad. Len och fin inledning som övergår till en explosiv munutfyllnad från alkoholen. Krämig, sött karamellig nästan juicig. Sedan kommer en skön beska mullrande. Det amerikanska humledrivet bara går och går och går och....Ja ni förstår - lång eftersmak.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF a great imperial red ale or strong ale. Generouse hops but the malt comes through in spades. Caramel, and malts are all over in a good way mouth coating and the hop bitterness cleans it all out to a fairly dry finish. I really enjoyed this brew.


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