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Straight To Ale 4th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Thing calls itself an imperial red. Looks like early rates are from about 8 months ago so I wonder if I have some old his here. Either way the beer is now what it is. Sweet and syrupy. Barleywine sort of experience. Some red fruit. A faint bitterness on the finish. Chewy grain and lots of caramel. Candi sugar. Some hops would round this out pretty well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle. Hazy bright reddish amber color, massive tan head with good retention. Very fruity aroma with pine. Taste is very bitter and sticky pine resin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3736) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a clear light mahogany with a very thick, fine-bubbled, and quite persistent pale buff head. Strong aroma has malty, hoppy, caramel, and cloves components. Bold flavor assaults the palate with malty, hoppy, cloves, and subtle caramel notes. You have to be strong to appreciate this diabolical brew! Alcohol bite is stronger than the ABV indicates. Texture has decent viscosity and good fizz, and leaves a hoppy and spicy malt finish. Devilishly good!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4419) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2014
22 ounce bottle thanks to James. Big red pour. Malty and slightly sticky. Hop presence throughout. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kayres (570) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Cloudy bronze to copper huge off white head. Crisp bitter nose. Medium bodied slightly sweet malty with a dry piney finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
horto008 (169) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Wanted to like it but couldn’t. Expected more sweetness and a lingering taste with a thicker mouthfeel based on the description. Seemed rather one note. Had a growler so it was a little flatter than what I would expect from a draft at the taproom. May give it another shot and update the review.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4967) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Clear deep amber under a foamy sticky light beige cap. Amazing aroma of sticky caramalts and sweet floral bitterness and rich amber and slightly fruity tones. Big bold flavor with a grassy and floral hop bitterness and a slightly boozy caramalt and crystal grains. A bit off-dry and bitter but still pretty nice and complex.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1329) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to Suttrree. Dark amber pour with ruby highlights in the iphone light, fine bubbled white head. Aroma: herbal hops; caramel; ginger? Floral? I dunno, but some combination that makes me think cleaning supplies. Tastes much better, though. Moderate+ caramel sweetness, assertive lasting bitterness in the finish. Medium body, average carbonation, slick creamy texture.

2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2051) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2014
In for the first non-deep south rating. Hell yeah!

Bottle shared with Chris. Oh man, this one smells like the cleaning cart at a $59/night motel. Huge WTF on the aroma -- made me bust out laughing. But while the aroma is spectacularly bad, the flavor is not so objectionable. This is a pretty standard American red or imperial red. (In fact it brings a taste intensity like an imperial, but weighs in at less than your average west coast IPA these days.) Caramel, orange rind, etc., etc. And a bit of air freshener in a Baltimore taxi, but minimally so. I feel like a bit of a coastal elite giving this a 2.9, but on the other hand, dat aroma...

tl;dr summary: I ain’t never heard nobody complain.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1140) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Pours a clear copper-amber color with an ample, well-retaining ligh tan, puffy head. Notes of citrus and grassy hop underlie the caramel. A bit of hop heat and alcohol heat are noted in the mouthfeel. Flavors approximate the nose, although in a more prominent manner. Some harshness is note in the rear of the palate.


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