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Straight To Ale 4th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4014) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (915) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1810) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (907) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Reddish copper, nice white head. Smells malty, but not too malty. Hints of caramel and toffee, of course, plus some molasses. Taste is pretty sweet at first, then woody, piney hops. Not bad actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3676) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2014
650 ml. Clear copper with a humongous foam that started a bit obnoxious for a 4 oz pour but slowly settled to a small island of foam. Strong aroma of orange toffee, resin, citrus zest, dank green herb and a hint of earthy char. Front taste is big sweetness of pineapple and toffee. Quickly turns more to to orange, molasses, dark toast, resiny herb and earthy tea leaf. Medium body is watery with a low-medium carbonation. Long finish is nearly overdone with resiny hops and astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4362) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Appearance: Crystal clear, deep amber body in hue with a creamyish, ivory head.

Smell: A raw, resinous hop pellet note sits atop the toasted maltiness. Touch of dry caramel. Pithy citrus, florals, and pine.

Taste: Toasty malts bolstered with an edge of roast. A little, low sweet hint of caramel and apricot gives way to floral, citrus fruits and a citric bite as well as some pine. Moderate bitterness. The flavors hold on until the bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: A little above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Happy Anniversary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (1225) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Nice solid mouthfeel. For abv a very enjoyable hop forward beer. Reminds me of tongue buckler just not the same mouthfeel. If it had a lasting head it would have been phenomenal. Very nice job. Herbal hop profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Draft. Poured reddish amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by resinous, slightly citrusy hops. Expected bigger malt character, but it’s overshadowed by the hops. Very bitter, mildly sweet. Also expected a bigger mouthfeel.

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