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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 canít suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4880) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4oz sample at Maxís 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 (1716) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. Didnít 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 youíre a big brewery I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1522) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Very malty with light hops, and not caramel or rrossty malts just sweet plain malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Pour is a dark red with a small tan head. Aroma is a sweet caramel malt with a little lingering pine hops in the backround. Flavor is a very heavy sweet caramel malt with again a small hoppyness. This is very thick and almost syrupy. Much to heavy for me to really like this but that small hop in the backround allows me to give it a decent score.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Much maltier than the version they brewed last year. Big caramel nose, the hops are there but with very little bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - AUG 15, 2013
Nice looking beer pours a deep red with nice head and lots of lacing the aroma is malt, hoppiness taste is malt, some sweetness, bitter on the back end, the carbonation is middling. over all nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
12oz bottle via 12 pack from Spirits Rt 166. Poured a thick dark red body with a a larger frothy beige head that leaves gobs of lace all over my DFH tulip. Aroma of pineapple, molasses, caramel, grains and soap. Fuller bodied with strong full almost stingy carbonation and a rather bitter finish. Flavor of burnt caramel and molasses, toast, yellow grapefruit rinds and dry pine needles. Sadly this is the best of the bunch of this years Beer Camp, sad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (4908) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle (and three more coming up!). Beautiful huge hoppy nose, heavy citrus with pine and resin, some caramel and grass, but man, that citric hopping is fresh and very attractive. Pours a dark mahogany with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head, lace. Taste is bone dry and tongue scraping, some alcohol showing, deep caramel and toffee, earth, strongly bitter but not scathing or overly aggressive, just a firm and chewy example. Tremendous pine! Light spice, faint floral notes (even lavender) and medium citrus (in a turn-down from the appetizer). Even manages some deft tropical pith/rind. Lightly crisp medium-full body, has some gin-type spirit spicing, light pepper, very pleasant. Very light touches of soap. Alcohol on the whole well-integrated, more like a 6% IPA, and the overall effect despite the intense bitterness/resin is one of smooth calmness! Wow, I might even like this better than Celebration, which is clearly a cousin. A great one, really jumps outta the goddamn glass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4362) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Draft. Pours a clear deep reddish amber, with an off white/light biege head. Citrusy hops, caramel, clean malty backbone, and finishes quite bitter. Not exceptional, but decent for the style.

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