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RATINGS: 944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.

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4.1
eRock_2013 (552) - South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2018
Great Lakes simply brews great beer! Fresh on tap, this poured a solid and impressive deep amber-red with plentiful lacing topped with creamy thick white foam. Rich aroma of burnt caramel, sweet licorice, fruity hops, almost has a blood orange-citrusy zing to it, very complex and appetizing. Decadent and chewy caramel maltiness is predominant in the flavor, although there’s a bracing earthy and herbal hop bitterness that cleans the palate from the caramel. Finishes with a noble hop herbal bitterness. Medium-full bodied, this is a filling imperial red ale that seems like it would overwhelm any food you could pair with it. Savor a full pint of this by itself and take in all the intense flavor. Best imperial red ale I can recall trying.

3.1
pkbites (1041) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2018
Gorgeous blood red pour. Aroma is a bit scant. Pretty well balanced for a brew with a higher ABV. Not as hoppy as I'd imagined it would be. Thinner mouthfeel. Probably will have again. Draft @ Cafe Lulu, Milwaukee.

2.8
patnichols (10) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Nose is so good the thin flavor is s sad surprise. Aftertaste is thin licorice. Disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
bth122 (1743) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle. Copper amber color. Floral hops, caramal malt, toffee, bubblegum. Medium body. Good hop and malt balance. Creamy texture. Bitter finish. But smooth and enjoyable.

3.2
Itzjerm (3288) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2017
Nose is nutty grain. Flavor is hoppy red fruitiness fermentation Esther's present. Thin fade head. Meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
BillKismet (4218) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Lovely, rich amber body with a lush, creamy caramel head. Easy hop nose wafts gently across a soft caramel malt body. On the palate this one follows through with easy hops and a caramel backbone. Tannins intermingle with the mineral character to contribute and interesting complexity.

3.6
r464 (2424) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Balanced and full, with a nice caramel malty nutty flavor that has enough hops and bitterness to complement it. Not heavy, but still strong.

3.4
djd07 (16675) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle at GABF. Pours a dark copper with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is toasted malt and dark fruit. Medium body, rye, pine, raisin, nice bitter finish, good.

3.4
ehaak26 (835) - - SEP 24, 2017
On tap at the Buffalo Brew Pub. Very hoppy strong ale, but still balanced well.

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brigg (745) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2017
(Bottle) Hazy red body with a medium, foamy beige head, thick lace. Sweet, malty aroma; some alcohol; ripe fruit. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet, slightly peppery-spicy; moderate alcohol; caramel, slight pine.


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