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RATINGS: 266   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JeyAre (74) - - MAR 6, 2014
Nice brown red color with a coffee foam head. Taste is good an aftertaste nicely bitter. I would say that overall it is a very nice beret and therefore the good rating!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle-12 pk beer camp purchased at Total Wine in Springfield, VA August 2013 Pours deep copper hue with a lovely soapy lite kacki head. Nose is very resionous, pine, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grains, Smells awesome! Perfect marriage of hops and malts. Flavors are very resinous hops, nice sweet toasted malts, caramel, lots of resin. Lots of piney resinous bitterness here. Body is full, lush and somewhat over carbonated however, that aids to this beer actually. Its like Bigfoot in some ways, just not quite as big and./or malty. fantastic brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1092) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Poured two and half fingers of head on a deep red colored body. The aroma is nice with dry grain and lemon zest. The taste is bold. Lots of malt balanced with a heavy dose of pine bitterness. The texture is crisp but thicker with moderate carbonation. A big imperial red ale, no doubt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coreyc1221 (258) - Truckee, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Damn. Has a bit of tart, almost sour kick to the otherwise recognizable red ale aroma. Dark red toned color with a beautiful shiney tan head. Smooth and balanced creaminess at first taste.then a zing of bitter that rolls from the front to the back of the tongue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (544) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Pours a dark copper color with thick tan head. Hop, caramel, citrus and malt aromas. Hop, caramel, citrus, pine, toffee and malt flavors. Medium body and a hoppy caramel finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (4631) - 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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1430) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, peach, pineapple, caramel, bread, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aroma with good complexity and big hop presence with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial red ale. All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2013
12oz into a stemmed belgian. Head is heafty and full with marshmellow likeness. Aroma is sweet plums, rasin, blackberries, and soil. Taste is malty up front, the amber offering bring forth a smooth ride down the pallate, but forthcoming hop bombs ring in a diffrent tune and spice this one up some. Its a full frontal blast of amber excellence in the long run. Caramel malt tranfusions usher in a resounding balance of continuation, as does the yeast balance and the full bodied brew. The abv centers along the line of resounding but does not seem too out of line. This brew hols steady along the line and is my second favorite tihs year. I really like how the hops sneak right in and shower one with the bitterness and juicky flow of an ipa, then the malts overturn such action and befuddle the course, bring this version an imperial status. Nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (236) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Very dark amber brew with small quickly fading head. Aroma was like dewberries or blackberries with a small copper metalic hint. Taste was a more hops than expected but still pretty good. Other than the hops there was hits of the malts and a thick mouth feel that made this one really good. Hope the store has more of this Beer Camp sampler left cause looks like I’ll be buying them out.


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