BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bomber poured hazy red copper with a thick off-white head and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, dark fruit, raisens, and malt. Flavor is bitter and boozy. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of candied pineapple, pine, flowers and grass. Tastes mildly sweet and moderately bitter. Big flowers and tropical fruit, some caramel and toast, pine needle finish. Dry finish. Solid. SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2016
On tap at crappy bar. Dark red color. Caramel nose. Strong strong red flavors. Dry finish. Definitely not for me. Very cough medicine like. Not a big fan. ebone1988 (2221) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, juicy and very nice. Appearance is red, pink to off white head. Taste is malt, pine, tropical fruit, juicy, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with a crisp carbonation and lingering aftertaste. Overall, another fine offering from Ballast Point. prawlie (1701) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
@ Brewdog in Leeds. Tasty imperial red, but a little too bitter. Fair and likable.
arminjewell (9721) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, clear dark red pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, orange, grass, pine, some slight spice, touch of old hop notes. Taste was a mix of booze, bitter pine, some slight fruit, spice, caramel, finishing fairly bitter. Steven_B (249) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Tap. Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. The bitterness in the aroma hits straight away with pine and malts. Flavour is very bitter with some orange and pine hops. Not a bad beer but just wasn’t really for me. jackafholmes (1024) - - NOV 27, 2015
Keg at brewdog bar, Sheffield. Dark red with no head. Aroma is resiny rich. Taste is bitter and syrupy, really lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is strange, maybe a bit too cold, quite full bodied and oily. OK stuff. stoutjunkie (89) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Pours deep red/orange. Nice dark fruit flavours similar to a strong Belgium beer, not too much dry after taste that i can feel. I drink too many IPA’s though.. CanIHave4Beers (4236) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours a deep orange color with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The atom aid big on toffee and sweetness, it’s got licorice, it’s got caramel... it’s got a generally muddled but very prevalent hop character.
The flavor picks up where the aroma left off, big and sweet with lots of alcohol spiciness. It’s big on bitterness, it’s big on caramel, it’s big on those two things clashing.... The hop character isn’t all together bad sort of spicy sort of fruit forward. Licorice, toffee, malt, malt, malt, hops, hops, hops.
This does not restore my faith in Imperial Red Ale, and I don’t know that there is a beer that ever could... not my thing at all. The whole category just seems to be about an onslaught of FLAVORS! and throwing substance to the wind.
That said, if this is the sort of thing you like, Ballast Point did a fine job of presenting this style for what it is worth.