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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
12oz. bottle. Intense aroma of malt toast and piney hop, fruity and fresh with notes of resin, earthiness, dark brown sugar and hop florals. Medium-dark red-amber color with a lasting, fine, uneven, off-white head and nice lacing. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced between the darkly sweet, toasty, amber malts and bitter, piney hop, some spruce and faint berry in the background, and finishing with a burst of green, leafy, earthy hop and unmistakable ale yeast fruitiness. Smooth, creamy, drying and lightly resinous mouthfeel, body is medium-full. Very slight warmth appearing late. SN literally puts on a clinic on how to brew an Imperial Red here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4774) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Imperial ale flavor. Good alcohol flavor mixed with hops and good citrus finish. Very tasty beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2468) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2013
It poured a dark red color with a tan head. The aroma was of strong caramel malt and some grapefruit/citrus hops. The taste starts strong with caramel malt sweetness, then into piney/citrus hop bitterness. It had a medium body, medium carbonation, sweet, bitter, balanced, sticky with lingering dry bitter finish. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9367) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber to tawny with a large, foamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie, toast, and caramel malt, dates and plums with earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dates and plums, lightly caramelized malt, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish that nears sweet. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlpeeler (82) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap a red brown with modest light tan head. Nice malty body with a faint alcohol finish. Better as it warmed and the hops came out at the finish over the alcohol. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Red-brown pour with a big tan foamy head. Aroma is caramel malt and pine hops. Taste is caramel malt, pine hops. Nice balanced beer. Alc. well hidden. Creamy finish- great lacing.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas (398) - - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at Ashley's. Lots of malts with a great hoppy bit. Little on the nose. Pours a dark red. Good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4437) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2013
This is actually a bit milky, with some fruitiness at the back end, maybe orange. Pretty good still, thought the caramel is a tad on the sweet side.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Burnt wood notes in the aroma along with earthy notes. Clear copper/amber color with a light tan head. Scorched sugar and molasses sweetness followed by a creamy vanilla flavor. The alcohol becomes very evident at this point along with a good bitter earth/forest hop presence. A bit of butterscotch in the back along with more charred wood notes. Finishes dry and sweet with a lasting bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2013
12 oz bottle from a trade with BrewJay. The pour is brown ruby copper with a large three inch light tan head that falls slowly and rockily. The aroma is caramel toasted malt along with softer pine floral hop resin. The taste is the caramel malt mostly, though the resin and bitterness of the hop’s are in the back and the finish. The palate is medium bodied, a bit chewy, the bitterness and a bit of alcohol is in the finish. Nice take on a style I don’t normally love. Thanks Jay.


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