Cybercat (3341) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is strongly hoppy, like dry hops rather than evergreen, with hints of leaves, pine and cloves. It pours a dark, semi-transparent, muddy brown with a fairly thick pale golden-tan head. Rich flavor has firm tones of hops, molasses, caramel and malt along with fruity, earthy and floral hints. Smooth texture has full body and a fair amount of fizz. The wacky story on the bottle is a hoot!
SSSteve (3774) - - NOV 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. murky deep red, almost brown, with a small frothy beige heady and crystals man. piney citrus nose with sweet fruitiness of berries and heady nugs braaah. the flavor of purple grape gum, fruity hops, bubbleberry, some tea, a pinch of black malt. but seriously dude, this is pretty awesome.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body was cordovan colored, and the carbonation displayed a cascading bubbled effect before setting into a two finger thick head. The aroma was a mix of coffee, toffee, and hops. The taste followed as a pretty bracing concoction with grapefruit rinds, bitter herbs, and coffee grounds aplenty. The bitterness was basically unrestrained as the malt tended to be on the toasty side, lacking sweetness, and the body was somewhat watery. Very doubtful to call this a Red Ale of any kind, as the fresh hops pretty much ran the show from start to finish. I would say this is an IPA or a Harvest Ale with darker than typical malts.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, fresh release. Served at around 45F.
Pours semi-thick red with a gorgeous foamy light tan head that resembles a nitro pour...leaves tons of rings of sticky lacing and holds a foamy cap.
Aroma is hoppy with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine, floral and resinous hops, caramel and fruity malts, some bread, very good strength.
Flavor starts with citrus and pine hops, moves to a wonderful layer of rich fruit and caramel malt in the middle offering some sweetness and finishes with more citrus hops and good bitterness. Minimal alcohol. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, sticky, moderate carbonation.
I think this may be the best Imperial Red I’ve had...absolutely delicious! Potent aroma and nice mouthfeel round it out. Goes down DANGEROUSLY fast. Excellent stuff!
wesyates (55) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes at a local tasting. Best of ’the bunch’. Lots of hops and well balanced between hops and malt.
unclemattie (4198) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Red/Yellow/Green label. Deep mahogany, reddish-brown color. Thick creamy foam head, heavy lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, richly dry hopped. Sweet caramel malts, bread, harsh hop floral bitterness. Hops flavors add delicious complexity. Citrus, spruce, leather, and herbal blends. Finishes with the bitterness of a pine box. Similar to Arrogant Bastard in overall character.
beergator (2) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had one sitting in my fridge for a couple of months. Pulled it out today to share with friends. I found it delicious. Beautiful color, aroma and taste. One of the best beers produced by Sweetwater. I wish it were a year-rounder.
Fatehunter (1238) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a seidel. A deep red/copper color with a dirty-white finger of head. The color is perfect.
Smells like hops. Lots of fresh grapefruit and a little lemon.
Tastes more like an IPA. Moderate malt flavors: sorta sweet. Big bitter profile piled on right afterwards though. And it doesn’t stop even after the drink is done. The biting bitterness of grapefruit is most prevalent.
Creamy and chewy texture. Surprising but really nice. Moderate carbonation.
Great and surprisingly unique red ale. The flavor was good but the look and texture were amazing.
NachlamSie (2770) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from McScrooge’s. Pours red with dense lacing and a white head. This smells dank, Sweetwater style. Great hop aroma on this with some biscuity malts. Solid, balanced, aggressive flavor. Hops are the highlight with strong citrus and herbs. Finish is refreshing. Seems like an Arrogant Bastard clone, not necessarily a bad thing.
Ratman197 (9870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of Craftbeerdesign (thanks Geoff!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, tangerine, dankness, pink grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, orange zest, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.