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!
JBVatkeens (47) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
fr5ed (45) - 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!!
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy aroma. Red in appearence with large heavy head. Hoppy aftertaste but still malts are there. Not too bad.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jetboy (32) - USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stuff is GREAT. Aroma hops. Taste Hops. Finish Hops. Not quite a Double Dog but brought out the hop monster in me. Color was superior, body was nice and full. Try this beer.
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is Beer. Deerp red in color, strong hops in the nose with a deep bitty flavor. It is a great beer.
bwbeall812 (27) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2007). Caramel, grass, and little alcohol on the nose. More malt than hops on the nose as well. Amber and orange in color with tan head. Overall I liked it, but should be called big malty monster!
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice redish amber color. Poured a brownish white head with a great glaze. Smelled very fresh of grapefuit and hops. Rich malt, carmel, and hoppy taste. Full bodied and an all around great beer for me.