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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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An American-Style Strong Brown Ale developed by eight Redhook brewers working in four teams of two to create one beer. The ale reflects a compilation of each teamís individual receipes that were then carefully blended into one distinct beer. 8-4-1 Expedition Ale offers complexy flavor notes, delivering malty sweetness, medium bitterness with hints of smoked flavors and oak chips balanced by the addition of honey, brown sugar and candi sugar.

Style: American - Style Imperial Brown Ale
ABV: 9.5%
Malts: Pale, Wheat, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, and Smoked Malt
Hops: Alchemy, Cascade, Willamette, Crystal, and Sterling
Bitterness Units: 55 IBU
Original Gravity: 20
Brewed Since: October 2009
Shelf Life: 365 days


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #14. Nice dark red color with a dirty white head that lasted for a good while. Nice aroma as well, caramel with a sweetish spiciness as well, very good. Light bitterness and a touch sweet almost a taste of cinnamon in there underneath everything, very tasty brew. (1189)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2010
tap @ OTH pours dark brown/mahogany with off-white head. aroma of dark fruits, dark sugar, caramel malts, the booze overpowers the aroma, rather disappointing. flavors, warming abv, thick mouthfeel of dark fruits, some bitter hops, pale and caramel malts, yeasty. dark sugar? got a bunch of dark fruits; grape, currants, and possibly hint of vanilla adding to the sweetness. I think this would be a great beer if it wasnít that boozy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
Rich amber body with light head that is thicker around the edges. Spicy nose with some deep, unfurled malting hinting at fruits, but not quite revealing. Simply stunning flavor that unravels from a rather austere bouquet. Deep, but coiled, piercing maltiness, packed aged fig, mild leather, Belgian candi syrup, perhaps turbinado. Borderline masterpiece. Three more months may seem this develop wild complexity that propels the flavors to new bounds. I will seek out bottles for aging. Redhook is one of the staid PNW brewers that has not evolved much since it put its stamp on the scene and helped pioneer the craft-brew movement. On the rate occasions when they do put out something new, it is worth paying attention to. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
Tap at gman fw. Fratto was kind enough to slide this down the table. Pours a clear ruby pour with a creamy white head. Smells of floral notes, bathroom soap and baby powder. Taste is largely sweet with raisins and a tiny dry finish. The raisin flavor holds fast throughout and plays well into this hand. Not bad. Finishes with a cranberry lifesaver taste. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with small off-white head. Really nice lacing, a beautiful-looking beer. Sweet malts in the aroma. Flavor is malty with medium bitterness. Palate is a little heavy and sticky mouth-feel. Pretty good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 3 oz. Taste @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 9.5% ABV. 55 IBUís. Clear bright rich amber color. Mild hop Belgian hint malt ester front. Sweet smooth rich cherry caramel body. Cloying sweet fruit malt mil hop spice rich smooth end. (4.25 ? 5.0) Red Hook Ale Brewery--8-4-1 Expedition--Oak Ale Brewed With Honey--Limited Release Spring--Brewmaster Greg Deah Signature--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV. 55 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Imperial. Tan dense lacy head that lasts. Clear bright dark ruby brown color. No sediment. Oak hint light cocoa floral hop front. Mild sweet dry brown sugar honey toasted smoke oak hint crisp light textured fruit cocoa hint body. Dry bitter hint hidden hop EtOH end. Sampled 7/31/2010. 2 @ $7.99 Each.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7029) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
Sampled at the SpringBeerFest in Portland. Clear copper amber, low tan head. Aroma brings to mind honey ham: meaty, smoky, sweet (brown sugar). Palate is malt driven, dark toffee, slightly earthy and spicy with peaty smoke nuances. After typing this out, it sounds better than it actually was. I donít know...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Light khaki colored head is fading away fast. This beer has a nice brown body with a red hue. Translucent beer. Honestly, this one isnít looking too bad. Very sweet sugar aroma. I donít know if others have said this but the alcohol is fairly fíin noticeable. Light fruit and honey flavor are subtly coming through. I donít want to force myself to say that I am getting any type of wood aroma just because I know that I was told wood was used. This beers carries a lot of Belgian-like qualities. This beer doesnít have a solid use of hops as an ASA should have. Wow, they didnít do a good job of masking the alcohol. This beer is a mess. I get alcohol at first, then I am getting some sugar and fruit flavors, followed by a caustic hop flavor that mixes poorly with the alcohol. Wow, the flavor has no accord whatsoever. Well, the wood finally made it through. Slight wood flavor hitting my taste buds. The beer has a decent texture. Drinker beware for an odd experience.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2592) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2010
Picked this up at Brewforia in Boise, ID. Clear mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. Woody malty aromas. Flavor was earthy and a strange sharpness. Easy on the hops but balanced in that way. Fumy in a bit of an off way. Something not quite right about it and didnít quite get it. ABV was not very obvious and had a nice soft palate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle: Almost clear brown color with a nice creamy head and spotty lacing. Sweet aromas of brown sugar and roasted malts. The taste has a weird bite to it of furniture polish, but has other flavors of alcohol and a little wood. It has a creamy feel with a medium finish. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing!


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