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 (1377) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
100+ IBU’s. You can definitely taste it. Very very hard hitting, and a heavy alcohol content.
pdx77 (932) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom. Golden caramel amber color. Sweet caramel malt and orange bitter hop aroma. Taste is biscuit malt, grapefruit, caramel, tart citrus. Full-bodied, bitter but sweet at the same time. Finishes with a citrus bitterness.
ericdevin (577) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a medium reddish amber. Light amount of tan head, aroma pine and roast, really nice. Body full and lively, finish sweet and a bit spicy, excellent even though this is not generally a style that I go for.
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