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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
On tap @ Smoqued BBQ. Copper pour with a tan head. Aroma is big pine and floral hops. Herbs, a touch of peach, melon, and sweet caramel malt. Sweet flavor of caramel and melon. Big pine and herbal bitterness. Floral notes, mild citrus, and toast.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle at Chriso going Dutch tasting, 03/07/14. Dark amber with reddish hues and a good sized light beige covering. Nose is bitter citric peel, caramel malt, light spice, nutty tones, blood orange. Taste comprises red grapefruit, bitter hops, pine, caramel, candied fruit peel. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12456) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle from the Folsom BevMo. Pours dark ruddy copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is malty with a touch of citrus. Med body. Flavor is malty with a heavy dose of citrus/resin hop. Maybe even something earthy in here. It’s tending towards a dry finish, but the malt is strong. Drinks very nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari. Clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, light pine, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/pine, some alcohol astringency. Medium body, some resin, stickiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good malt and west coast citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11160) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
A lightly hazed reddish amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with good piney and floral hops, fragrant. In mouth a good caramel and vinous malt with treacle, loads of piney floral hops, pink grapefruit, loads of alcohol, very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber to tawny with a large, foamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie, toast, and caramel malt, dates and plums with earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dates and plums, lightly caramelized malt, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish that nears sweet. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Somewhat piney, a bit dank, slightly floral hoppy, caramel, citrusy aroma. Somewhat strong and a bit boozy, burnt caramel malty, earthy, spicy hoppy flavor that finishes a bit goopy and slightly strong. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
355mL 2013 mix pack purple label. Clear deep red with enormous tan foam. Perfect lacing. Nose is piney, resinous, fresh melon and thyme. Taste is rich and silky, mild chocolate and oil. Heavy pine needle and forest like SN Celebration. Softer mouthfeel but just as aggressive IBU wise. Celebration fans will rejoice ounce more. Paired with Thai food.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (9207) - 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.


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