RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Born in Head Brewer Tony Powell’s home brewery, this West Coast Style Imperial Red Ale is a hearty celebration of the brewing art. Almost welcoming you, four hops impart floral, citrus and sprucy Northwest notes to open the festivities. Then, seven malts and flaked barley dance happily across your palate. In the finish Starfish waves a crisply fond farewell. Convivially forthright without cloying agendas, Starfish is like time well spent with your future best friend.

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SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle from Texas Liquor: Aroma was a sweet base of syrupy malts that is heavily unbalanced towards the heavy amount of hops added. Appeared as deep dark amber almost a stained mahogany color and created a minimal amount of foam on top. The flavor is a rich semi sweet taste of sugar from some off beat malts that I find to be unique since they have no evidence of caramel/toffee malts that I would have expected. However, a light use of hops comes through that give off a little bit of a black tea flavor comes through in the finish.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Candied fruit and caramel greet green hoppiness and its coniferous bitterness in this textbook Imperial Red Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the misty orange-hued red.
-Hops could have been brighter, to my tastes in the style.
-Drinkability is rather high for this type of brew.
-Malts are as well developed as hops in this one.
-The flavour profile is balanced.


joet (2675) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Sets up in the glass nicely, sparkling liquid, amber, some head. Light caramel aromas, biscuit, toast, cereal, pine and light citrus amply emanating from the glass. Lightly creamy feel, cleanish. Finishing lightly sweet, lightly tangy. A very solid beer -- not too sweet, good balance of a nice hop mix with firm cereal complements.

Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a deep ruby red to amber body the supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up pine hops with thin ribbons of roasted malts and some molasses. Faintly wedged into the middle of those notes is a sliver of fruity esters. The taste begins with a rich hit of resiny pine hops, malts and then roasted maltiness. The pine hops are thick but not sticky and offer up plenty of flavor hops as well as loads of bitter hops. At times weak notes of ripe red apple esters poke through and bubble to the surface. Nice hoppy brew.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
bottled: June, 2011 A: pours a ruddy red ale with no real head production and a mirror surface. Hazy clarity. no lace. S: Nice caramel and toffee tones with a bit of oxidation, nicely balanced with some earthy hops. Above average nose for an Impy Red. Malt dominent, reminds me of a hopped English BW T: Bitter and sweet. Some notes of sweet barley and some healthy bittering hops give this a nice balance, but the taste is nothing special. Average. M: Thin with low carb. I would like a little more body with a little more carb to balance it out. Slick finish. O: Beyond the nose, this beer doesn’t have much to offer me. Serving type: bottle 09-26-2011

boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft at beer fest. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. The aroma has some astringency, some florals. The taste is medium bitter with a sweet caramel finish.

dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark copper brown with a white head. Pine, caramel, citrus. Starts off a little sweet and finishes bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BeerFunGuy (874) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
This beer has a brownish red color, a very pleasing aroma of citrus hops. It has a very complex malty hop flavor with notes of caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

glennmastrange (2940) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, faint leather and broth for the yeast, with raisin, date and faint cinnamon in the background. Head is small, frothy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy, medium to dark red/brown. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a carbonation between soft and lively and finishes lightly to moderately astringent. This American Strong Ale is nicely balanced between its malt and hops, coupled with its rich palate makes it a nice winter sipper.

ben4321 (6829) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/4/13

Aroma: The nose is pine hops, orange/citrus rind, plenty of caramel, and a hint of tea
Appearance: It pours a reddish color with an orange hue, a small beige head, and light lace
Flavor: The taste is mid-plus sweet up-front, with a mid hop that gets more bitter in the finish
Palate: The body is medium, the feel is okay, a touch sticky, and with a dry finish
Overall Impression: There isn’t a ton to say here. It’s a solid Imperial Red or whatever you like to call this style of beers. There’s nothing particular incredible or unique, but there’s nothing particularly poor either. Solid.

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