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Red Hare Rabbit’s Reserve #2: Imperial Red IPA

Red Hare Rabbit’s Reserve #2: Imperial Red IPA
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Red Hare introduces the second in our Rabbit’s Reserve Series, an Imperial Red India Pale Ale. This ruby-amber colored ale catches your eye with brilliant color. The aroma is sweet to hop lovers, a melody of pine and citrus resulting from a blend of four distinct hops including Columbus which adds a clean, long lasting hop flavor. Four malts including British Crystal Pale balance out the hop bitterness to create a great drinking experience. We tested the limits of our mash tun in creating this ale, using the maximum amount of malt without adding other fermentables.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3119) - Montana, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Draft at Taco Mac. Copper with an off white top. Scent is very hoppy with caramel and wood notes. Fantastic taste! Citrus, caramel, wood and pepper balanced together. The surprise of my trip to Atlanta.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Imperial Red IPA
Date: February 26, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Prado
Appearance: hazy red, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet bready aroma, earthy, hoppy, caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, bready, plenty of hops, balancing earthyness, touch of pine, long bitter finish
Overall: best red hair yet
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Growler filled from a cask at the Ale Yeah anniversary event. Treated with zythos hops and peppercorns. Pours nearly flat, murky copper and no head. Aroma of resiny and floral hop. Decently silky mouthfeel as expected from a cask. The flavor is initially citrusy and floral, but quickly moves to a substantially more bitter and resiny flavor. The peppercorns come out on the finish, leaving a dry and spicy aftertaste. The peppercorns are a nice touh and go well with the beefy hop profile, but this one leaves me wanting just a little more malt to balance the flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
11 ounce goblet - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a clear albeit dark amber-hued body with a quarter-inch of yellow-beige foam.

Smell: Nostril cauterizing resins with a sprinkling of powdered citrus pith, foregoing any ingratiating, inviting fruity, juicy notes.

Taste: Very faint toffee with a mild toastiness and touch of grain. Very low sweetness. The initial maltiness is knocked aside by a tackle of resinous pine and citrus pith. Medium-high bitterness. Remains hardly resinous and pithy, now joined with some booze, carrying you to the finish. That tongue-coating resinous quality just won’t shake -- pass the water!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a tough one to get down, to be honest, even at only eleven ounces. Par for the course for Red Hare.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3256) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Comes out of the tap an opaque mahogany brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Aroma is woody, hoppy and malty with hints of fruit and caramel. Luscious flavor has woody, malty and fruity notes, the latter including banana and citrus, plus hints of caramel and cloves. Texture has above-average body and a good amount of tingle. Catch this hare while you can!


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