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RATINGS: 814   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (284) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
The description says it best: "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" Very true. Well-balanced malt / hop concoction. A couple steps shy of a barley wine but without the burn. Very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5216) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
on tap at lord hobo. cloudy dark red pour with a nice off-white head, reviving and leaving some lacing. red and peppery wheat, tasty candy and barley sugars - never cloying - very fruity - strawberry jam, almost juicy sweet melons and melanoidin, sweetish nuts, ginger and pine, other spices - hot ones, herbal tea leafiness, clean yeast. average carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky; semi-sweet gently piney-citrusy finish. much enjoyed!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3577) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
On tap @ Lord Hobo.

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber with a good off-white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, fruity notes, resinous presence, earthy notes, toasted malts and citrus.

Taste: Spicy at first with caramel, toasted malts, mineral notes alcohol and moderate bitterness.

Palate: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A bit oily. Spicy finish with light warming. Moderate duration of aftertaste.

Overall: Similar to an old-style DIPA. Not too hard too drink for the abv and the style. Interesting.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1263) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle, shared by FatPhil, thanks! Pours copper with beige-light brown head. The head stays. Aroma is caramel, hoppy, pine, some alcohol. Flavor is sweet, malt, caramel, pine, citrus, tangerins, some alcohol. Overall: great brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2320) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
On tap at Lord Hobo. Pours slightly hazy amber with medium off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, resin. Taste is of malt, citrus, sugar, some alcohol, bitterness. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Pretty good. Not easily drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Old rating. Dark clear Amber. Sweet malts, piney hops, big sweetness and bitterness. Overall, nice big red ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3910) - 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 (3533) - 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 (10059) - 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.


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