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RATINGS: 789   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


aaronh2012's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2010
Tasty IPA with some delicious melanoidin malt. $7.49 for a bomber from Whole Foods is enough that I won’t be picking this up regularly but not so expensive that I won’t grab it from time to time:)


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pajamma (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014 does not count
On draft at Mad Mex North Hills as part of a tap takeover. Tastes like they might have borrowed some yeast from the Lost Abbey side of the building. Sneaky smooth like a shark should be.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (2526) - FINLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber hazy. Dark berries, pines, sort of murky malty caramels, even some plummy notes. Full bodied, pretty intensive flavours. Sweets, bittes, plummy caramels, herbs. Herby bitter finish. Lots of flavours, but seems a bit randomly thrown together. Decent, clean, though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senap (383) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Nja, lite fadd, samtidigt som den är fruktig. Mycket smak, men kanske lite väl mycket av allt?

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
abergdahl (54) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
Wow - very rich aroma, pours deep red and a bit hazy... There is fruit in the smell but rich fruit, probably the alcohol deepen the aroma, it’s really rich and complex. More plum in cognac than citrus.. Nice thick foam that stays for a long time. Taste is rich, malty, sweet but vary balanced. Again lots of rich fruit towards caramel and some hints of fruit brandy, really good .. I really, really like this one... Need to find more... Amazing beer.. One of the best I have tasted.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
batneil (326) - - NOV 8, 2014
Strong tasting and strongly alcoholic, but still smooth to drink. Another one to have in small doses.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (157) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is medium/heavy malts with dense caramels and a hefty dose of grass. Taste is pretty heavy malts, warming from alcohol, hoppy and... red. Indeed, just the brew you need after a big battle with a shark. No animals were injured or hurt during the review.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopcone (2) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014 does not count
Probably the richest beer I’ve tasted. Wow, I’m stunned. Great, greater, greatest. Some caramell malt with some pine hops aswell as citrus and herbs. Great lingering bitterness with a very full body. Light sticky and oily.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5646) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Conyers, Ga. - Sigman Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy dark copper with a sticky medium thick khaki colored head that leaves a thin film of lacing. Aroma has some sweet cake mix accents, a touch of toffee. Full-bodied flavor with plenty of juicy citrus notes, some fruity pomegranate goodness, some sweet cake mix notes, a bit of canned fruit cocktail in the finish. A tad bit of booziness pokes its head in there. Nice thick rich mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1077) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
@ Röhällavägen 141028. Bottle (650 ml) from Systembolaget (95:-). Fruity, caramely and hoppy, sweet, grapefruits and pine, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and hoppy with alcoholic notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (547) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2014
If you’re giving me a big beer with centennial and cascade hops, chances are I’m going to love it. Great flavor, nice bitterness. Very good.


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