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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This mammoth imperial red ale leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is quickly complemented by an enormous malt backbone. Finishing with a multitude of hoppy goodness, this “Monster Beer” is truly not for the faint at heart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with herbal, earthy, and piney notes, as well as some sweet crystal malts. the flavor is well balanced, with sweet crystal malt and citric and earthy hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
12-oz., 2006. Thanks, um, either Boboski or FranksnBeans! I think. One of the all-time great labels. Pours opaque dark mahogany brown with a big, thick, sudsy off-white head that falls quickly to not much. Big cobwebs of lace in the corners of the glass. Ultra sweet, brown sugary, caramelly, bready nose. Not so monstrously hoppy, olfactorily speaking. Body’s on the high side of medium, not much carb. Thick, oozing sweetness all over the mid-palate: caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread again. Thick, sticky sugar on the finish. Not really what they’re aiming for here, but if it’s too sweet for *me*, it’s too sweet for almost anybody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6426) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is citrus emphasizing orange with additional fruits and moderately sweet malt in the nose. The flavor has caramelized malt up front with some mild fruitiness toward the back. The finish has a medium bitterness that lasts. This has a nice combination of malty goodness and nice citrus hop bitterness. Medium plus bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. From notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of ross. Pours a hazy dark ruby-copper with an average size diminishing tan head. Fantastic aroma of piney and citrus hops along with caramel malt and brown sugar -- simple but it smells great. Delicious flavour of caramel malt and fruit followed by a nice amount of those aforementioned hops and though there’s some alcohol, for the most part it’s very well hidden. Nice full body, creamy mouthfeel -- man, this goes down easy and so smooth. This is a damn good IIPA, I’d have this on-hand all the time if it were available locally.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Thanks to aracauna for this sample. Pours ruby red with a thin but stubborn pinkish fine head. Smells of oranges, roses, wildflowers, lemons, cereal. Taste is moderately sweet with some brilliant grape and orange notes. Some nice citrussy elements creep through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is nice ad tingly. Finish is very orangey, but in a more balanced sweet way. Grapefruit notes are there, but very subdued. This is an amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, bottles provided by Tom the Cougar, much thanks!

Ruby hued with a nice tan frothy head and outstanding lacing. The nose displayed a big juicy and fresh hop character with pineapple and starfruit, a little pepper and clove and a carmel bready malt vapor, very inviting indeed! The taste is surprisingly nicely balanced with those big hops playing well with the crystal malting. Snappy but never out of hand, finished with a spice kick in the buds. Sharp and biting but once again, never came off overpowering, the alcohol is well hidden behind that hop character. WOW, one most excellent brew, I enjoyed this more than half of the top 10 IIPA on the site. GET YA SOME!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
08 vintage...8.3 abv on label...imperial red ale on label. as an imperial ipa it would have failed completely. too malty for an ipa, and almost too malty for a Ired too. no telling what month of 08 thi was bottled, and it tasted past it’s prime, with descriptors in our party of wet cardboard and dirt. had potential though. it looked and felt great. big full body. sweetish malts were bigger than the not so fresh hops (no floral, only bittering effect left). maybe this was better last year at some point. i hope so based on the rating, but it was an average beer and a subpar imperial tonight. too bad..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle: Blood red caramel, big beige foamy head, fantastic lacing.   Big sweet malty nose with heaps of citrus shavings.   A touch of tea leaves and caramel.   Oddly enough, I am getting some Lakerol (Norwegian salted licorice, and I love it).   Malty start, semi-sweet, tea leaves and very soft citrus peel.   Certainly doesn’t feel like 8.3%.   Somewhat full bodied, but the mouthfeel seems fairly average.   Finishes clean, by now its more of a tobacco leaf with subtle candied citrus peel.   Great stuff!   Thanks to the real Larry of RateBeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
2 bouteilles de 12 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de caramel avec une pointe de résineux. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2397)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to blankboy for this one. Clear refractive ruby-copper with an average creamy tan head. Rich, lush hoppy aroma - there’s juicy malt there, and hints of leaves and even a whiff of cream, but it’s mostly fresh citrus/resin mouth-watering hops - nice! Taste is much the same, quite a nice blood orange sweet character to it - these hops are NOT harsh, this is smooth and fresh, the malt stays right with it, the linger is only medium and the aftertaste is non-exsitent. I see why this is a "red" ale - it tastes "red" - juicy, lightly astringent, light bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy - a session I2PA if there ever was one, keep these coming, I’ll drink them all day. Excellent - and big thanks, Paul - we need more of these.

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