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RATINGS: 288   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4876) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hartung32 (250) - Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holtguy (130) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koskela (335) - Marysville, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1844) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
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.

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