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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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3.8
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Not too many reviews from the Spring since this is a fall release. I’m impressed enough to leave this on my wish list in hopes of trading for a super fresh one next fall. The one I’m drinkin is 18 weeks old, which I was very apprehensive about due to the style (imperial red). Turns out, it’s really nice 4+ months old, and I imagine fanfreakintastic fresh. The pine centric bitter hops are still very pleasant, but have obviously faded. Colored like a dark oktofest or Irish red. The malts used are complex and very pleasant. This brew smells md tastes fruity, almost berry like, with caramel, biscuit and a distinct nuttiness that all go well with the hops. Another winner from a top brewery. Pretty mix what I was hoping for...even more impressive given the date. Trade via Heybeerman. Thanks, bro."

3.8
Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
honeyish colour, lots of light lace. Medium to full mouthfeel, hoppy and scotchy and honey aroma. Rich bitterness, citrussy,lace cushioning tongue. Carmel for some balance. Very drinkable. Very good old ale. Variety of hops UK and American in here. Thanks Doc Jay.

3.6
deyholla (12232) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Poured a clear caramel amber with a tan head that lasted and laced. Aroma had a caramel note with smooth grain and an alcohol backing. Flavor was smooth with grain and had a smooth caramel note as well. There was a bit of spice as well with a bit of backing alcohol.

4
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Hazy. Light brown coloured. Spiced, light fruity and hoppy aroma. Flavour is hoppy and fruity with some nice malty accents. Is very bitter in the end. Quite delicious beer. Thanks to BBB63 for this.

3.7
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Berry, orange peel, caramel malt and light alcohol aroma. Amber with large light tan head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and moderately intense bitter grapefruit peel and mild alcohol flavor.

3.9
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. Nice dark abmer pour wtih a medium sized head. Head coats glass well. Aroma is more hops than I expected. Juicy and malty flavor. Yeasty and lightly fruity. well done brew.

3
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Tap. Orange pour with a big foamy beige head. Smells like pepper. Taste is malt and more pepper. Interesting, but not quite doing it for me.

3.9
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle... Clear, amber ale with orange highlights. Small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Citrusy, fruity aroma with a very slight pine undertone. Moderately bitter, grapefruit flavor with a solid, caramel / malt backbone. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes dry and grassy. Great brew! Thanks to scraff for the bottle.

4.1
DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours deep copper with big white head. Aroma of malt, big fruit, cognac, some hops. Tastes malty, with fruit, hops, slight spirits, and a dense, semi dry finish. Solid, and very good. Earn your red wings, then get yourself some Nosferatu to wash it all down.

3.4
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
2009-04-10. Dark red amber body with a modest bubbly beige head. (3+) Interesting aroma, generic fruit and a pleasant melange of grains - descriptors elude me. (7+) Sweetish malt flavour, tangy malt finish. Bitterness has faded it seems, the bottle was not super fresh when we bought it. Alcohol is impressively invisible. (6+) Average palate is smooth but a touch light. Decent. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo


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