bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with small tan head. Aroma piney hops and malt. Medium-full body. Not much alcohol. Grapefruit and citrus hops, bit of brown sugary malt in the background. Bitter hops overwhelms a hint of sweetness. Flavor is quite hoppy and pretty much tastes like a DIPA without much red ale character. Nonetheless is good.
nuplastikk (4876) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deeo burgundy-brown body. Soapy massive beige head. Piny, in your face aroma. Sierra seems intent on nailing the ultimate hoppy strong red ale, and they are doing a good job. A quality beverage, well balanced. Drinkable, refined, despite the massive ABV. A real enjoyable, quality beverage.
Hartung32 (250) - Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It's definitely unique...if you like Reds, you'll probably love this; if not, you'll dislike the more intense flavors that you didn't love to begin with.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Holtguy (130) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intensely hoppy. Piney, citrusey. Kind of overpowers the red ale part of the deal at first. Once it warms a bit, it obtains more balance. Pretty good.
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Pours a murky and very dark amber with a very thin loose tan ring around the top. Sweet malty caramel and gingerbread nose also showing tons of piney hop. Very appealing. Creamy thick body, soft carb. Toasty caramel, pine, resin, roast, and some gingerbread on the mid palate. Long dark pine resin finish. Very nice.
Koskela (335) - Marysville, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral and citrusy hop aroma with a very minute hint of a sweet maltiness. Its a clear deep red color with an off white pretty decent head. Very malty flavor mixes into a hoppy medium body beer. I get a cough drop flavor in the aftertaste.
boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mari’s. Pours clear reddish brown with medium sized tan head, solid lacing, good retention. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit, caramel, and a good piney, resinous hop. The taste is classic for the style with a big burnt sugar, caramel, and a long duration bitter finish.
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz sample at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a hazy, rusty red with some very creamy, white head. Nose if apple, nuts, caramel, orange, a little pithy. Flavors of brown sugar, malt, caramel, orange, apple, a little kumquat, rusty metal. Dry, spicy, bitter finish.
poisoneddwarf (1844) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. Didn’t they do an imperial red ale last year? Aroma is toasty, minerally. Taste is lightly sweet with a pretty fierce bitterness following along right behind. Pours a pretty ruby red with a light haze; has a nice looking beige head with good retention; leaves some funky lacework. Palate is nice and creamy with just right carbonation. Well made, if not very original. Self plagiarism is alright if you’re a big brewery I guess.
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, last year they did an Imperial red ale in the Beer Camp variety pack, already repeating themselves?- Pours hazy ruby red with a nice two finger frothy light tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a spicy kick, nice amount of hops. The taste is balanced, malty caramelly sweet and bitter hops, kind of a toasted character. Nice creamy palate, it just coats the mouth, carbonation is spot on. Good beer, this variety pack is not pushing any boundaries so far, only one left to go the Belgian Black IPA.