matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Well, Ballast Point offers some great stuff, and this imperial red is a good heavy hitter. Nice red ale aroma emanates from a turbid, red punch. Good imperial, but no 4 + territory for me. A bit unbalanced for a red, but the hops showcased are nice and pungent. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2012
A - Pours a fairly clear red with a bit of orange mixed in with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel malts and a bit of dark fruit and booze.
T - Starts off with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and other citrus hops and bitterness with some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, the pine hops come through with even more bitterness and a touch of dark fruits. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some bitterness, some caramel malts, and some booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit resiny with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy Imperial Red. Good strong hop profile and bitterness throughout with enough malt flavor to balance things out a bit. uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Very good strong American ale. Very good finish on a strong ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of flamed orange peel, caramel malt, pale malt, and black pepper. Medium bodied with the orange-caramel-spice blend continuing on in the mouth. Moderate bitterness. Too heavy on the malt for me, but solid overall and clearly well made. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Didn’t do much for me, total malt bomb (perhaps old?) that was very thick. Didn’t need the high ABV and syrupyness for something that really didn’t have much flavor.
hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Tap @ fg with e. Dark red pour and a modest head. Spicy aroma with a spicy, malty palate and some bitterness in the aftertaste. Not very memorable but good. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bomber into pint glass, "enjoy by 040513"
A- Deep amber, a bit cloudy, two finger lacy white head.
S- Citrus hops, sweet malt, very nice
T- Very hoppy, bitter, the hops are not citrusy like they are in the nose, quite sweet, but a strange sweetness.
M- Good consistency, a bit low on carbonation.
O- Decent beer, smells great but the taste doesn’t hold up.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-28-2012 05:18:36 Sarpa (1571) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
bottle 65cl @ downtown lodge, santa rosa . dark amber, white head.. malty, nutty aroma. bitter malty flavor olio (10265) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2015 laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
Tap @ Ballast Point Miramar, San Diego.
Pours clear copper color with a small head.
Lot hoppier and sweeter than on the bottle, resinous and quite malty flavor. Fresh.
65 ml bottle @ Hotel room, Santa Rosa.
Pours clear copper color with small head. Aroma of malts, grass, faint hops and hay. Flavor of grass, fruits malts, caramel and mild fruit notes
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, Santa Rosa. Enjoy By 23.03.2013
Aroma is floury and stale with resin, some vanilla and hops. Flavour has alcohol, resin, some oat and ripe fruits. Too much on the sweet side, although the resin here is nice.