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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This is a big, bold Imperial Red Ale that’s tantalizingly smooth. While it’s triple digit IBUs suggest another violent “bitter bomb,” the Eruption instead releases onto the palate a glowing stream of balanced, bittersweet goodness that warms without dehydrating the tongue.

Don’t let the 100+ IBUs scare you – this is not a slab of red meat for the chalk-tongued hop monsters. Big numbers don’t always mean big bitterness. We use a whopping 6 pounds of hops per barrel, but only a fraction of our hop bill is for bittering. Instead we rely on fruity, fragrant, top shelf floral, piney and citrusy beauties like Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Meridian to build up the taste without injecting too much acid to tear it down.


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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1723) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
100+ IBU’s. You can definitely taste it. Very very hard hitting, and a heavy alcohol content.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (96) - Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Poured from a 22. Nice red color! Aroma is a distinct hoppy smell. Flavor is hoppy and slightly bitter. Finish was slightly sweet. Overall a great beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
liquidhedonism (121) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, citrusy, and nutty, with toast and clove. Taste/Palate: sweet, bitter, and slightly astringent from start to a long aftertaste. Fantastic malt and hop balance. Perfect beer, except for the subtle, yet out-of-place clove note in the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4588) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Sampled at Garrick’s Head in Victoria. Was told by server that this is 9.7% abv - it was strong but that seemed excessive. Decent orange hop nose, pretty potent specimen. Very resin flavour and highly alcoholic.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (803) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
Amber red pour. Aroma is sweet toffe malts, alcohols. Flavour has piney bitterness, with sweet malts and a boozey finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2852) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 12, 2014
On tap at Bend pub. Pours out a crisp copper topped with a small head. Nose is caramel sweetness pine citrus and some fruity notes. Taste is more of the sweet caramel malts fruit and a bittering hop on the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (577) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Poured from the tap. Clear copper with off white head. Sweet citrusy hops with mild caramel malt and a little resin on the finish. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fcjack1 (173) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bomber from Tacoma boys. Pours a reddish Amber. Thin white head. Scent is caramel, hops. Taste is malty, hoppy. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (6246) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bomber. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A light caramel and fruity nose. The flavor is more caramel, oranges, an odd green bitterness, lemons. Ok brew.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stchloe (793) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bitter notes without specific hop profile, some malt sweet body help balances but amazing color.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3755) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear slightly reddish amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is grassy with some earthiness and just a bit of bread to it. Taste is slightly bitter, but has a subdued earthiness which is more prominent. Decent, but not my favorite.


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