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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Draft. Murky amber brown color, massive tan head with good retention. Aroma of pine boughs dipped in burnt caramel. Taste is sweet burnt butterscoth, a bit if pepper, bitter, boozy finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattShizzle (545) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle - from "Beer Camp" sampler. Deep copper color. Mostly clear. Aroma is mostly malty with a bit of roast. Really good! Quite hoppy with some malt flavor. Would definitely buy a case of this if available.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1517) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle from the Summer Beer Camp pack, from Antioch Fine Wine. Pours a brownish red color with light orange head that sticks around nicely, and leaves some streaks of lace. Aroma has pine, citrus, stone fruits and some caramel - dominated by the pine; rest are subtle. Taste is of sweet simple sugar, spicy pine, bitter orange/grapefruit and caramel. Some alcohol present. A lot of body but a bit oversweet. Medium bodied. Slightly syrupy. Finishes quite bitter for as sweet as it was in the presentation. A solid american strong - too sweet to be stellar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougHnut70 (68) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
On tap @ Tap25 - I wonder if raters are confusing this with Flipside, the new SN red this fall in 6 packs found everywhere. Dark red, clear, with a head that sticks around. Hops and citrus dominate aroma, taste starts like a typical Sierra Nevada, then gets a little sweeter, and then finishes with a bitter, hoppy, crispy bite. No alcohol warming, great for a 8.5%. From what I remember, this version is a little hoppier and a little better than last years. Who doesn’t love Beer Camp? Had this side by side with a Sculpin and preferred this. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours ruby red from draft into snifter. Strong citrus almost tangy hops in the nose. Taste starts off as smooth light toffee, citrus, and hard candy. Hops kick into the back for a nice crispness. Really enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2731) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3rd in the sampler 12 pack. Pours ruby red color. Nice c hop aroma profile. Big caramel malt and toffee flavors. Finish is citrus and spruce pine. Bit of a burn late in the sip. Nice drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2298) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours ruby red with a small foamy head that never completely fades away. Aroma is funky but good. Lots of wet grassy mustiness but theres some great citrus and pine hops too mixing with the heavy, sweet caramel malt base. Taste is moderately sweet with a moderate bitterness too. Smooth sweet caramel malt mixed with some aggresive citrus, pine, and grassy hops. Finish is way too dry and a little soapy. Medium to thick body, creamy and oily mouthfeel. I really like this except for the ultra dry and soapy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a reddish amber color with a thick off white head that leaves great lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruit, citrus, and pine. Tastes of all the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is slick and oily with good carbonation and a semi dry finish. Not as good as last years version but still a pretty awesome Imperial red. A little on the hoppy end but still well balanced. This is the last beer I tried in this years pack. Can’t wait to see what next years pack holds.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrosen (2) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013 does not count
Caramel start, strong alcohol, hops in the end. Overall very nice beer, should have bought more bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2388) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, thanks to Doug and Mike. Caramel, malty, pine, citrus. Nice beer.


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