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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Citrus, spice and big bitterness is nice in this aggressive hop vehicle.

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3.4
BeerWife (3) - USA - JAN 30, 2011 does not count
Low head but not flat. Lacked carmel that most red’s have but still very good and malty. Beatiful red color and very clean.

3.7
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Sampling, Pours a amber red with strong notes of citrus and pine. Very strong bitterness balanced but a hardy malt character. Good stuff!

3.8
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/24/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

clear amber, scant head, good sweet carmel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops, big body, big dry malt flavor with lots of citrus hops, carmel character comes through without any sweetness, good bitter finish,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: **4
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3.3
zug4abby (288) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle shared by DarkElf!! Pours a very cloudy golden/copper color not like an imperial red at all. no lacing. aroma is malty and nutty with an enjoyable yeastiness to it. Flavor is pretty good, with a nice combination of malt and hop. smooth on the palate and enjoyable to drink. Thanks again Stephen!!

3.2
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Thanks to Darkelf for this one. Pours with a coper body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s sweet yet bitter with a piney and grassy hop undertone. Medium to full bodied and slighlty tingly on the tongue.

3.7
aracauna (3683) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Mostly clear amber. Big hoppy aroma. Bitter pineapple. Rye bread malt. Dry malt. Good balance but aggressive. Tasty.

3.6
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Clear rusty golden shade offers a large and long-lasting off-white head. Strikingly resinous, oily and citrusy hops ravage the nose, the underlying malts being thick, dry and toffee-ish. It evolves like that, fully hoppy and aromatic, the big malt, big hops mentality, offering as much flavor as possible. Not the type of beer I normally enjoy, but this is one I don’t have anything bad to say about, it does exactly what it wants and does it well, the caramel malts stopping short the acidity that would like to get through.

3.9
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2005
10.01.05 Thanks to whaleman at Logan’s. I didn’t think I took notes on this, but I guess I did, and I’m glad because it was tasty stuff that deserves some propers. Bright copper pour with lasting off white head. Aroma is fresh and piney, a touch soapy, orange oil. Big and sticky palate cleans up nicely thanks to fine eff. Big hops are citrus and resinous; sweet caramel, toasted nuts, toasty biscuit, lots of pine and something wintery. Palate abuser for sure. Very nice.

3.9
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Bright golden with a frothy, lasting head. Smooth and soft texture; medium body. Wonderful aromas of orange and clean pine. Subtle caramel coated nuts follow. Hoppy good. One of the better finds at GABF05.

3.7
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Thick head, clear golden. Dry, fruity hop aroma. Taste has sticky, resinous hops up front. Monster burning hop bitterness lingers through a long hoppy finish. Yum! Thanks whaleman.


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