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RATINGS: 944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ales 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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Pours a clear deep brownish red color with a not-large head. Aroma is rather hoppy, but balanced with the caramel and woody malt aromas. Nice. Taste is similar, with plenty of deep malt characteristics, and it finishes like an IPA. As it warms, the hop aroma is rather vegetable-y. Basically, you take an IPA and increase the deep malty flavors, make it slightly thicker, and youve got something like this. Very good, but it didnt wow me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 12 oz bottle via cewldre (thanks!). Pours are clear dark reddish brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma is both fruity and herbal. Nuts, lemoms, bourbon and vanilla are predominant. Taste is the same and add in some citrusy/piney hops and chocolate malts for a nice balanced finish. Much hoppier than you would expect for a winter beer. I am plesantly surprised. i do not usually like the so-called Winter Beers, but this is very tastey!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and herbs. Flavor of hops and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
12oz bottle (bonus!) courtesy of RagallachMC. Thanks, Paul! Freshness date: Nov 30/06. Medium reddish-brown appearance, yellow edges; tannish head with large bubble formation; partly retained with minimal lacing. Huge citrus hop nose: grapefruit with some piney notes, very sweet. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation, tea-like and mouth-drying; chewy citrus and piney hop bitterness, minimal malt presence (a bit of maple syrup), but the bitterness is reserved enough to keep things drinkable. Medium finish showing citrus hops, sugar, and tea.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. Great brew but I worry that after too many I may end up lokking like the label. deep amber color with nice head. Alcohol just present enough so you enjoy it slowly & appreciate it. I will enjoy this one while it lasts

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle. This is the perfect October brew and balanced to near perfection. It pours a translucent dark red with a thin tan head. Heavy caramel malts with hints of biscuit in the aroma. Malty caramel and butterscotch notes followed by a solid hop kick that leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Thanks to OhioDad for this evil brew. Pours a deep amber with a nice sized frothy head. Aroma is out of this world. Malty hops and citrus. Flavor is a little dry, a little bitter, a little citrus, a little pine, but.....A LOT GREAT!!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear cranberry brown with a fading oatmeal head. Wheaty orange-caramel and honey with leather. Grapefruit soda and tropical fruits. Bitter again, but dry with zwieback and key limes. I love the contrast. Not heavy but still packed with flavor. Alcohol well hidden. An Imperial APA?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Louipa (121) - USA - OCT 17, 2006
This is a really good beer. Its kinda like a robust APA with a good amount of hops. It has thickness to it but not overly so. But it is not blood red at all. Its more of a brownish red with a tan head. I liked it but its pricey 10.99 4 pk.


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