wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Poured a beautiful deep red with a nice creamy white head that lasted all through the beer with lacing that reminded me of a Guiness. The aroma was very grassy, lots of hoppy scents. And the flavor, imagine mixing a grapefruit drink with a truly well balanced IPA. The mouthfeel was characterized by a bite of mild carbonation mxed with a smoopth creaminess. Excellent beer if you want something to sit back and sip down without being assaulted by any unwanted flavors.
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa! 12oz bottle. Pours a dark, reddish color with a big fluffy head. The aroma is flowery and hoppy but it didnít really give me a good idea of the punch this packs. This is a well balanced but very dry, bitter brew. Very well done! I wish I could get this regularly.
deadCATAtlanta (60) - Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Pours a light copper. super tasty. Aroma of caramel, pine, and hops. Hop heavy, but that goes without saying. Fruity malt in the front hop bite in the back. one of my favorites from Terrapin.
fr5ed (58) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, dark red/amber. Sweet malty, yet hoppy aroma. Caramel, molasses, bitter fruit flavor. Very nice!!
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Blake for this beer. I drank it a while ago and havenít rated it so this is from memory. What I remember was primarily that I would love to aquire some more of this. I believe it was my first imperial red. Lots of citrus-iy hopps in the nose. Taste is thick and hearty. Very nice.
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was very impressed with this beer. The look and aroma are great and all, but the taste of this brew is unique and fantastic. Very hoppy (of course), a little raisin, toasted wheat, fig... just a whole lot of greatness in the taste of this. A perfect session beer. Try one!
yomintyfresh (53) - USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful dark red color, starts off smooth and malty on the palate but finishes sharp and dry.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber brown in color. Slightly hazy translucent. Small head. Aroma is rich of cascade hops, pine, grapefruit, caramel, plum. Palate is smooth. Not heavy on carbonation. Flavor is sweet and lightly malty. Slight smokiness. Hops are in effect here. The hops donít smack you in the face, but this beer is IIPA for sure. It reminds me a great deal of 90 min IPA in that the flavor is very rich and sweet, almost syruppy. However, it is heavier on the malt than a 90 mintue. It is almost like a light imperial stout with hops gallore.This is a very good beer and I am glad to have found it. in the mountians of NC.
ononews9 (52) - Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a rather heavy beer with a slightly strong flavor of molasses. a decent dark beer.
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I bought a four pack for a trade, and had a couple left so I decided sample one of these higly rated brews for myself.
Listed on BA as a double IPA, I was expecting a bright orange grapefruit/pine/hop bomb. I donít think this style is correct for this beer. The label describes it as an Imperial Red Ale, and this is right on the money.
The beer pours a dark amber red into a pint glass with a rich, thick head that slowly fades and leaves great lacing all the way doen the glass.
Aromas are full of cut grass and chocolate malt. A strong rye presence and some citrus balance this out. Very multidimensional.
The taste is absolutely awesome! There are so many flavors itís hard to list them all. Chocolate, rye, spicy hops, fruity. Very hoppy yes, but definitely not a hop bomb. This is one of the best beers Iíve had!
Mouthfeel is both hoppy and dry and slick and malty at the same time. The high ABV is completely hidden.
Overall, this is one of the best beers Iíve had. It just screams DRINK ME! Donít pass this by if you see it on the shelves!