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RATINGS: 281   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. A dark hazy copper-red coloured beer with a very rich red rich fruity flavour, burnt toffee, pine and sarsaparilla notes and a bitter pine finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Cloudy dark amber with fair ecru head. Initial aroma overpowering hops later caramel and faint dried red fruits and nuts. Moderately sweet, quite bitter. Very sustained carbonation. Finish prolonged tempered bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crille (83) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
Pours dark red with a nice white head. Aroma is nuts, fruity, pine and toffee. The taste is grass, caramel, honey and some nice hop flavor. Very nice american strong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5315) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle - Dark brown/red with a foamy head. Caramel, pine, dried fruit and soapy hops in the aroma. Fruity, warming and hoppy taste with grapefruit, dried apricot, raisins, malt and caramel detected.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14744) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, Norra Vallgatan
Cloudy dark amber color with small head. Aroma of caramel and some fruits, nutty. Bold, caramelly, moderately sweet, with very strong bitterness, plenty of hop resins and some bitter orange.
I prefer leaner beers, but this one too is very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cool_Bond (1439) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
A scent of wild berries is the first thing that strikes me. The flavor is strong and has easy fruity with some caramel. Aftertaste is greatly bitter with a long finish that lies down the sides of the mouth. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2162) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
@Stordirren: mustig doft av malt, humle och vitpeppar. Smaken är besk men fyllig och inte alls så tokig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (894) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2014
Bottle. Red amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of citrus, peaches, pine needles and caramel. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, caramel, apricots, nuts and pine needles. Well balanced with a nice hop bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
Bottle from SB cons 2014-04-02 Göteborg AR: thick Seville orange and apricot marmalade, pine AP: thick oily brownish red body, wee frothy reddish beige deminishing foam F: heavy bitterness, thick fluid, grape fruit, lemon, orange zest, dried apricots, carbonation is wee bubbels - sharp, metallic alcholic bi flavor and some cookie dough

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark red colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies within a minute, clingy lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell had a big caramel maltiness up front like an American Red Ale, but some persistent piney hops try to strike in on the nose, a slight biscuity element evades into the aroma as well. The taste was mainly sweet with the piney hops try to add a bitter element that stays subdued for the most part, caramel aftertaste, sticky finish. On the palate, she sat at medium, somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is pretty smooth but doesn’t necessarily have the sharp bitter assault I sometimes expect from some of Sierra Nevada’s brews. I still like this beer for the most part. Overall, I would say this is a good beer that I would have this again.


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