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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


bpreo's rating

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1939) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
100+ IBU’s. You can definitely taste it. Very very hard hitting, and a heavy alcohol content.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3608) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, nutty, pretty good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1492) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
Bomber. Clear medium red copper, firm lasting off-white foam. Pungent hoppy aroma, orange citrus, spicy/floral/herbal, some pine. Taste has the same plethora of hop flavors, notably tangerine, well balanced with toasted caramel malts, maybe some treacle. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, more aggressively hopped. Finishes more dry piney and bitter. Really tasty. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12055) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours sort of peach rose with an off-white head. Aroma is light stone fruit, mild malt, and a chocolate hint? Full bodied. Flavor is like aroma expt some citrus and the chocolate is very light. Amber. Chocolate. Often go together for me. Anyway it’s pretty drinkable stuff, thanks to the high ABV.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (8550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
On tap at Stateside, pours a hazy dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is both malty and hoppy, with perhaps the caramel malt winning out, with subverted resinous hops. Flavour is also on the malty side, with caramel malts and wood upfront, with resinous hops in back. Good construction, but could use more hops as the sweetness becomes a little much after a while despite the 100 IBU. Finished on syrupy notes. Not a beer of elegance or subtlety by any means. Okay.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
Amber,lasting beige head.Fruity malt nose, more vague in fore.Big, long bitter hop finish.Medium alcohol heat as it warms.One dimensional. Great lacing

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2015
22 oz from Fred Meyers in S.Salem. $4.99 Worthy beers have always been an enigma to me, they are probably not top class or even 2nd class in Oregon but for me they always serve a purpose and for which i like them. Ok. Pours a cloudy amber colour with a really nice looking bubbly creme coloured head. Big spruce/pine aromas..malts take ma back seat..some resin to..its all about the hops in the nose. Taste is more balanced with some extremely chewy malts..but the juicy hops win out in the end. Mouthfeel is fine..but maybe a bit cloying. Overall a nice beer..but i would be intrigued if they had just went with the 100ibu hops and cut the chewy malt all the way down..i think this would be a smashing Red IIPA

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2577) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Sugaya. Large malty nose, sweet light roast, some dank hopping, citrus, and light fumes. Very pretty, glowing reddish/copper color, little head, no lace. Thick caramel initial flavor, offset by a blend of hops. Considerable alcoholic warmth. Medium heavy, with a bit of hop burn. 100 IBU. A big brew and quite tasty. But for all that, it does seem a bit dim-witted and not so special. Like a toned-down barleywine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Draught at Taphouse Grille, Seattle
Red amber color, clean, with creamy head. Mild, pleasant malt aroma. Decent malt flavor, lean mouthfeel; strong bitterness, with a light animal component, some hop resins.
Good beer, quite clean, but a bit hard, and not bright on the hops.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (255) - 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 (288) - 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.


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