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RATINGS: 809   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3763) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
On tap at Lord Hobo. Deep amber red pour, thin ring of white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, lots of toasted malt aromas, very toasty, light alcohol, pine. Taste is bitter, piney, heavily hopped, more like an old school double IPA than anything I would describe as a red ale, light caramel taste. Med full bodied with good carbonation. Good.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thacreep (1) - - MAR 22, 2015 does not count
Une très bonne red avec un corps assez puissant et une fin de bouche maîtrisée. Bon équilibre.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3316) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2015
660ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Hazy red color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Sour, candy, raisins, alcohol in aroma. Caramel, candy, sourish, raisins, bit of yeast and peaches in taste. Peaches and sweet caramel in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Nice one!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9900) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
660ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Nice hoppy aroma, sweetish, some crystal malts detectable. Nice full red, large spongy persistent head. Very full taste, a punch of sweet caramely malts, loads of tingly throbbing bitter hops. After tasting it, the aroma picks up quite a hit of alcohol. Very aromatic and floral. But the alcohol takes over the taste before too long too. Plusses and minuses. Peaked at 3.8, troughed at 3.2.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1424) - ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
Red copper beer, big thick beige head. Nose is fruity, vanilla and hops, oranges. Flavor is caramel, malt, lots of oranges, hops. Citric bitterness and booze warmth in the finish. Booze lingers around for quite some time, along with hop oils. Nice, but pretty boozy and hop oily.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (522) - GREECE - MAR 16, 2015
650ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Dark amber color with off white head. Hoppy, floral and piney aroma, malty, caramel, light citrusy fruity. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/22/15] Draught at Port Brewing/Lost Abbey in San Marcos. Clear deep amber. Aroma of resinous hops and caramelly and biscuit malt. Flavor has sweet caramelly and biscuit malt, piney resinous hops and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gaultier (643) - SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
@ Agards väg 2/3-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity, caramely and hoppy with grapefruit, pine needles and toffee, also sweet. Body is medium to full, the finish is bitter and hoppy with caramel, toffee and some warming alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
[Tap] Deep red pour with a large amount of white head on top. Huge resin and tropical fruit nose. Flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, pineapple, grapefruit, lingonberry and pine sap. Mild alcohol heat is more apparent as the beer warms. Sticky and sweet finish. Nice. Tasting notes from 10/2014.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (437) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 24, 2015
22 oz bottle. Tasted on 2/23/15. Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. This one was more of s strong ale than a red ale but overall was a pretty good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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