BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours copper/red, light head. Lots of hops and citrus on the nose. Molasses, sugar and malts. Interesting, as its basically a Red IPA (whatever that is). Worth trying.
cheap (4081) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This is one big viscous nasty bitter hoppy beer. Finish is the same, simply roto till down the back of my throat. THERE YOU HAVE IT kik my ass.
blipp (6125) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off white head. Sweet malty, light fruity and floral hops, and some candy-like notes. Relatively lower bitterness. Solid.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2014 Deep ruby amber, thin cream head. Aroma of nutty bread, leather, sweet caramel. Taste of rich roast toast malts, toffee, medium creamy body. Excellent smooth finish of coffee and light yeast.
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Clear red-amber with big, creamy beige head / Sweet nose of toasted grain, dark caramel, molasses, and herb / Medium to full body, chewy and sweet, but with good hop balance and some bitterness underneath on the finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, toasted grain, cough drop, cinnamon, orange, cherry / A surprising amount of character for a red ale.
wlajwl (3897) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is earthy malts, hops and a hint of coffee. The flavor is caramel malts, citrus, a hint of hop resin, fruit and a medium bitter/tangy finish.
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice slightly hazy copper coloured body with a ruby glow and a bit of a muddy brown note. Aroma of fresh hops, tons of alcohol, an earthy and caramel maltiness, some lemons and a hint of pine. Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol and pine note at first with a lot of earthy malt, toffee, pit fruits and a solid hoppy finish with resin and nuts both showing. Aftertaste is quite complex with sugars, fruits, earthiness, alcohol and a good hop bite all noticeable and quite potent. Overall, a very nice beer with tons of flavours, some good complexity and best of all - a small format bottle. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 26-December-2012 for US$3.49 sampled at home in Washington on 25-January-2013.
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red with no head. Aroma is citrusy hops. Flavor is a blast of hops. This is a red IPA if there was such a thing.
shrubber85 (7646) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet cherry, orange, and caramel malt aroma. Chestnut with moderate head. Sweet orange, caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Alcoholic aftertaste. Nicely fruity.
ben4321 (3950) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Draft at Ginger Man (NYC), 1/19/13
Aroma: The nose has some citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts and toasty notes
Appearance: This one pours a dark reddish color with a medium sized off-white head
Flavor: The taste has some sweetness from the malts, and a medium-plus hop bitterness as well
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it is kind of creamy and a little thick, with a dry finish
I thought this was a pretty solid Imperial Red, but it falls just a hint short of being a top notch example for me. Solid stuff though, and certainly something I could see myself drinking again.