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RATINGS: 936   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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3.3
Zymurgeist2 (2327) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Part of a sampler at Jet Rock at PHL terminal B. Clear amber with off white head. All malt. Malt, malt and more malt. Slight alcohol burn and slight cloying. Did not get the hops out of this, but not bad.

3.4
ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Slight malt aroma. Red in color with little head. Malty flavor with roasty and dark caramel malt, stone fruit notes, hoppy finish.

3.7
pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Tap @ The Raleigh Times: Cloudy brown with a frothy white head. Sweet hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Thick and creamy with a green hop aftertaste.

4.4
tsd08460 (1221) - 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 (2236) - 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 (1009) - 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 (1880) - 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.


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