MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2011 Any first impressions?
-A creamy head slowly dissipates into the dark cherry red.
-An intricate perfume of spicy, wooden, earthy hops is set in stone by maple-like sweetness. Complex, outgoing, and very enticing.
-Maple syrup sweetness and fruity undertones are created by a muscular crystal malt presence, all balanced by the level-headed wooden hoppiness.
-The rich mouthfeel never gets cloying as it’s well-carbonated. Nourishment at its best.
What if you dig deeper?
-Cranberry fruitiness gets defined, working admirably with the sweet maltiness.
-The earthy, wooden bitterness segues effortlessly, and in surprisingly subdued doses, considering the beer’s name. This is a well-balanced Gargantua.
-Maybe not as crisp and defined in its flavor profile as Rye Squared, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hugely satisfying.
-Nowhere near as crude as the beer’s name suggests, this beautiful Imperial Red Ale is a testament to these guys’ impressive talent.
Bottles; 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 vintages.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Mr. Boobies himself, Matta, for this one. The pour was hazy ruby/deep copper, with a 1-finger khaki head. The aroma was heavily hopcitric, with a firm caramel malt base, some brown sugar, and cabernet notes, and some tropical fruits. The palate was medium to dense, lively, smooth, and complex, with flavors of fruity hops, caramel malt, citrus, and tropical fruit. Very well done.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at Kookfest, September 2006. Orangey colour. Big hoppy aroma. Big hoppy aroma. Big hoppy flavour. No surprises there. What is surprising is the rather sugary sweetness. And it finishes up a bit astringent. The hops are more aggressive than assertive. I’m not usually shy of big US hop monsters but this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-07-03. Dark red-brown body, nice foamy tan head and lace. Modest aroma, muted leafy green hops over sweet caramel accented malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fairly sweet with mild leafy hops in the background, very light citrus and bitterness in the finish, but overall impression is on the sweet side. Subtle fruit accents. The hops seems to be cumulative, growing slowly but steadily as you drink your way through the glass. Very smooth average plus palate. 3+ I found the hops more subtle than I expected, which I initially attributed to it being an older bottle but I see that other ratings have had similar assessments. Enjoyable either way, just not quite what I was expecting. Bottle via trade with josefiak
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". Pours an iced tea color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily to a wispy film. Rings of lacing. Aroma of hops, sweet molasses and malt. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, bready malt and pine. The finish is hoppy with a sweet malty aftertaste. Good IIPA all around.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Rerate 11/18/06, 2006 vintage: Sweet caramely malty aroma has some buttery toffee notes and fresh grapefruity piny hops, but not as much as I remember from the 2005 vintage. Body starts with a good sweet caramel maltiness showing a fresh hop balance toward a slightly warming finish. Not quite as good as the 2005 vintage, but still a nice beer.
Rerate 11/18/05, First bottled batch: Pours a transparent deep amber mahogany with a very nicely lacing, frothy tan head. Aroma has a ton of piney hops with a touch of grapefruit. Body starts with a very nice sweet, toasty caramel maltiness well balanced with a fresh, bitter hoppy presence. Finishes bittersweet and crisp with no signs of alcohol. Tastes like hop candy if there were such a thing. This is just the epitome of an assertive and well-balanced big beer. Between this and Oggi’s Hop Whompus, I’ll take an imperial red over and imperial IPA any day!
Original rating 11/15/04, on tap: Pours a clear mahogany copper with a thick and well-lacing, cream-colored head. Aroma overflowing with rich sweet caramel malt and fresh piney hops. Starts with a pleasant syrupy sweetness nicely balanced with its more bitter counterpart leading to a grapefruity hop resin finish with an almost gritty malty palate. Has an awesome mouthwatering finish that hides the alcohol very well and leaves one yearning for another sip. This bigger, hoppier version sure is tasty!
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark muddy brown with tan head. Nose of rye, malt and hops. Taste of brown sugar, caramel malt, hops and rye.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle thanks to CaptainCougar! Poured a beautiful fiery reddish-orange with a creamy cap of beige head... would have been a 5 if it stuck around a tad longer. Excellent pine resin, grapefruit, juicy pear, and complimentary alcohol on the nose... not overly complex, but wonderful! Flavor begins with grapefruit meat, pine bitterness, and sharp alcohol at the tip of the tongue... heavier-bodied across the middle with a substantial and well-balanced juicy fruit and caramel base... heavier on the hops at the back end with lots of pine resin and pear. Syrupy on the palate with a high level of bitterness... complimentary alcohol in the flavor and for warmth going down... long sticky pear and pine finish... felt great! Thanks Tom for this most excellent brew!
shrubber85 (6977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light orange-pineapple hops aroma. Dark red-brown color with small head. Sweet pineapple-orange hops and light malt - hop flavor not ovewhelming. A great I2PA where the hops don’t totally take over the beer.
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2007. Rich toffee colored beer with a light tan head. Caramel, dark fruit, and citrus aroma. Citrus, pine flavor with lots of caramel. Not very IIPA like - the impreial red is more like it. Medium bodied. Lingering caramel, grapefruit/lemon, and some summer fruit.