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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Hoppy Red Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3866) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2012
It poured a dark copper color with a tan head. The aroma was very hoppy with some toast and malt. The flavor was of toast, malt and with again, much hoppiness. A very good American Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
This beer has huge hop aroma. This hop monster is bitter to the point of astringency, but it is at least paired with a strong malt flavor. It is not balanced at all, but I believe that’s the point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)
Clear, amber body with an off-white head. Nice lace. Aroma of hops, malts (caramel), mint ... great aroma! Heavily bitter, lightly sweet flaovur. Well balanced, smooth flavour. Ok complexity. Not too hoppy, but nice balance (in the same way as De Ranke Père Noël combines caramel and hops).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Seems it is a variation of the Hop Monster they brewed last year, but the recipe is varied. Not sure where the lobster came in. Pour was a copper color with a white head that wouldn’t go away. Aroma was nice and hoppy. Flavor was of hops with a nice balance of malt and a nice medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 15, 2008
This poured a dark copper color with a generous white head that lasted throughout. Very nice hop aroma with a subtle maltiness. Taste is dominated up front by the hoppiness, but is balanced on the finish by the malty richness. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability was pretty high. I enjoyed it very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Draft at Springfield Brewing Co. Dark copper color with a good light brown head that lasted. Very intense hop aroma underlaid by toast and malt. Good flavor of tast and malt dominated by the hops but, not completely. Nice thick mouthfeel but, not overly so. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2007
A freshly bitter and bright ale that sticks out in the right places. Bottle from the brewpub pours a bright orange-amber. Nose has plenty of citrussy and floral hops, really nice. Tastes quite bitter but fresh and balanced with a lightly sweet center. This brewery’s seasonals and experiments are impressing me more every year. Happy to have this as my rating #400...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Yes, it’s called "Hop Lobster". Apparently, they wanted to play with the recipe for "Hop Monster" until they realized it was not the same beer at all, thus, the Lobster. Pours big and orange, great lacing. Aroma is big fruity hops, with a sweet caramel, woody undertone. Flavor is giant bitter hops, and slight sweetness from the malts, though not nearly enough of a malty profile to undercut the slightly over-exagerated hops. The palate may be the best aspect of this beer, best defined as "chewy" (think think, creamy, and filling). Great name, good beer.

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