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RATINGS: 740   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 ďMonster BeerĒ is truly not for the faint at heart.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2006
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fr5ed (54) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Hazy, dark red/amber. Sweet malty, yet hoppy aroma. Caramel, molasses, bitter fruit flavor. Very nice!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yomintyfresh (53) - USA - JUN 13, 2007
Beautiful dark red color, starts off smooth and malty on the palate but finishes sharp and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ononews9 (52) - Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
a rather heavy beer with a slightly strong flavor of molasses. a decent dark beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2006
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2008
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBVatkeens (47) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
Had this from a bottle, beer is nice and dark, and had a fair amount of head and is not as hoppy as I would expect, but still a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Hoppy aroma. Red in appearence with large heavy head. Hoppy aftertaste but still malts are there. Not too bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours brown to dark ruby red with a good size tan head. Smell is predominantly caramel malt sweetness with a little piney hop smell in the background, sweet floral aroma also. Taste is also fairly sweet with the hops creating a mildly bitter finish. Medium body. I could feel the alcohol doing itís job, but there was no discernible alcohol in the taste. The beer was overall very drinkable for me, although I definitely didnít think of it as a hop monster. Instead it was quite balanced, leaning a bit more to the malty side. This could be due to the fact that this is a 2005. Doesnít say exactly when in 05, but maybe the hops have mellowed if it was the earlier part of the year. This didnít detract from the beerís quality for me however, just different then my expectations from the label.


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