pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
12oz bottle. thanks to chris for handing these out like i was trickortreatin... pours darker than what i would have expected with a deeper amber slightly coppery feel, mostly transparent, and topped with a quickly retreating soapy white head... aroma isn’t all that assertive, bready rye like malts to go along with a semi-assertive but almost generic like tropical fruit hop. somewhat sweet. doesn’t pop like some of the hoppy brews of late... flavors are more of the same with a fairly substantial darker bready malt profile with a bigger hop profile, albeit not too bright or distinguished. a little tropical fruit, a bit phenolic, a bit bitter in the finish. sweeter through the middle. it just doesn’t come together all that well or all that cleanly. bigger bodied and somewhat strengthy overall. one and done for me on this one. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle thanks to wnoble. Clear amber pour with a nice sticky beige head. This beer is dominated by caramel malt, sweet sugars, toffee, and finishes with bitter hops. Slightly metallic. It’s decent, but I’m not a fan of this much caramel sweetness. The abv is well hidden. It’s not a DIPA, should be either ASA or barleywine. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Orange malt and light citrus peel aroma. Amber with small head. Very sweet orange and strongly bitter orange peel flavor. Sweet and hoppy. Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Interesting beer; smells like a DIPA(and it is hoppy)but doesn't have the bite of hops you'd expect. It has a nice boozy warmth at the finish.
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12oz bottle to glass; rec’d in trade from umich03jm. Good beer; just not my style. big pine and grapefruit in aroma. very nice caramel/amber pour. Taste is pine/grapefruit with hops at end and lingering - balanced but too much hops for me (and I hate grapefruit); Thanks for the trade, Jason!!
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Enticing aroma and attractive amber pour with a complex taste and lingering, warming aftertaste.
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"This imperial red was 3 mo old but tasted and smelled older. Too bad, cause the malts used were really nice, with a Carmely fruity nutty sweetness. There were some citrus hops and bitterness left but they were obviously faded. Fresh, I think this may be in Oskar blues territory, but has a short shelf life I guess..."
Strykzone (7362) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Sampled at an esbls. Coppery and clear with no head. Big hops are citrus and onion. Somemore complex fruit. Not a fan. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours an amber to dark golden color with mid-range tan head. Aroma is lacking to say put it nicely, overly malty, grain, faded DIPA to say it harshly. Taste is at first a way over the hill DIPA, then fades into an overly bitter hop profile with some resin hop built up. Malt again comes back and finally you are left with a ton of heat. Not sure what the hell style this is but it is all over the place and certainly not a traditional DIPA. reverend_03 (10) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Reddish color and off white head. Prevalent hop aroma but didn’t get much of a sweet smell. Slightly sweet flavor but mostly the bitterness of the hops from start to finish. Not a huge fans of red ales but this was decent.