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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Red Rocket taken to the limit and pushed on through the other side, this Imperial Red Ale boasts caramel and roasty malt character and distinct hop flavor and aroma.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Dark red and brown. Served in snifter. Nice taste of light grassy hops. Very dry aftertaste, that makes you want more, and more, and more, an more


3.6
djd07 (15095) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2017
On tap at RateBeer Best. Pours a dark amber with medium frothy beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is rye, resin, grass. Medium body, rye, spice, toasted malt, light bitterness, very good.

3.8
bdleedahl (462) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 11, 2017
On nitro. Great malt bill for this beer, complemented very well by the nitrogen creaminess. I would like to see this beer maybe 20IBUs less to make it perfectly balanced for an imperial red. Tempest SF.

3.1
DSG (14922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/28/17] Bottle/Draught at RateBeer Best festival in Santa Rosa. Dark amber-brown with a nice beige head. Resinous piney hops, malt, caramel, sweet, alcohol, bitter finish.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"this is the newbie i was looking forward too most, and it was not a letdown. toeing the line between strong ale and barleywine. it’s one of the rare "doubles" that still manages to taste like the beer it was based on, but on a much grander scale. I’m a big fan of the aggressive nature of red Rocket, and this one is even better. thicker, fuller body. a dark ruby color. big hops and malt on the nose. a little metallic from some peet, still hoppy and malty sweet. thick. great brew...rivals the Bear’s best!"

4
onceblind (9867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Clear dark ruby with a thin persistent off white head. Sweet yet hoppy aroma, with brown sugar, floral bitterness, caramelized toffee, and a bit of grapefruit. Nice flavor of candy sugar and dark sweet maltiness, some caramel, but also a big hoppy tone of grapefruity floral hops, lots of bitterness. very balanced but huge and initially almost too sweet. Lots of hops.

3.2
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
On tap

Appearance: Pours a deep red with a lasting creamy head.

Aroma: Herbal grassy hops, brown sugar.

Taste: Big bready malt, rock sugar with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with modest carb.

Overall: I’d take regular ol Red Rocket over this any day. I think the larger amounts of malt canceled everything out on this beer, at least for me.

3.2
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
On tap. Pours with a hazed amber brown body and a tan head. Aromas are hoppy, orange, spicy and caramel. Flavors of alcohol, burnt toffee, fruit, bitter. Alcoholic mouthfeel, thin with light bubbles.

2.9
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Pours a murky brown. Hops hit the nose pretty quick. Good base of malt. Hops working well. As I drink more it becomes a bit of a slog. Dial back the power and this could really work.

3.2
TimE (5953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2011
dark reddish brown color. Very thick full body. Lots of caramel and strawberries, but a bit too much of everything and doesn’t meld well.

3.4
JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2011
Draft at obriens. Clear dark reddish brown pour, with off-white head. Bunch of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, raisin, fruit, and bitter piney hops in the finish. A big, chewy ASA.


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