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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
tsd08460 (1169) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Aroma: caramel, pine, citrus, Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.8
dlovell2 (2140) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours amber with a tan head. Fruity malt aroma with caramel and pine. Flavor is caramel malt up front with fruity flavors. Finishes with bitter pine. Nice beer , perfect Halloween beer.

3.1
HourGlass13 (909) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours a dark deep amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is pine hops, with some caramel sweetness, citrus and bread. Flavor is hop forward for sure, moderately sweet with caramel malts, bread, and plenty of piney hops. Long finish had some earthiness. Not bitter but a little too hoppy for my taste. Interesting brew.

3.9
mambossa (337) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Clear royal-red pour with two finger off-white head (fairly vigorous pour). Malt-loaded toastiness, autumnal foliage and sweetness, inklings of cascade-like hops on nose. As always with Great Lakes, supremely balanced. Sweet, richly gliding toasted malts escorting a tapered yet satisfying grapefruit flowery hoppiness. Artfully crafted. Not sure about such negative reviews, but Great Lakes tends to brew very traditionally and with great balance and integrity. Of course it won’t be a complex hop bomb, it’s a red ale. Either way, very proud to be a stones throw from these guys.

2.9
samsmith33 (772) - - OCT 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Aroma spice, light hops, hoppy taste. Good, not great. On tap at central Jersey beer fest.

3.6
zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2015
12 oz. bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh (enjoy by November 29, 2015). Reddish-orange pour with a frothy beige head. Aroma of graham cracker and toffee with faint floral hops. The taste offers an assertive malt-forward sweetness of toffee and caramel but the hop presence is certainly noted. Tangerine and tropical fruit flavors cut through the sweetness to avoid it becoming too cloying. A nice beer overall but I would have preferred more hop character.

2.9
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2015
bottle poured into a snifter..amber with an off-white head..aroma of pine,resin,caramel..tastes of caramel,pine..disappointing.

3.4
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Sampled at g will liquors fall tasting...really smooth great balance leaning to the hop side...good beer

3.4
hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
It pours dark amber with a white head. It has aromas of floral hops, roasted malts, some pine, and citrus fruits. It has a pleasant mixture of floral hops and smoky malt elements with a moderate bitter kick on the palate.

3.9
katrinaez (2021) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Only a slight hop and barley aroma. Nice deep red color. Slight spice and lots of hops. Almost a nutmeg but the hops kick it overboard. Tap


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