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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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours a very nice red color with a short head. Dissipates to a film and lacing. The smell is fruity hop with a sweet malty background. The taste is also fruity hop with a nice balance of malt. Mildly bitter finish. This is a great beer. Well balanced and very easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2008
pours fizzy red with little head. very hoppy, not at all what i expected. very drinkable, hides the 8% very well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Pours amber with no head. Taste of fruity hops. Ready a great beer and is drinkable dispite the high ABV Pint at Old Bag of Nails Pub in Worthington, OH

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homebrewerguy (306) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Very citrusy aroma and flavor, somewhat overwhelms the malt flavor from start to finish, a hopheads delight as a session beer but just too bitter for a lot of them for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Strong, robust, and very hoppy. A nice bitterness runs through this ale and really paired well with an inferno chicken sandwich at Midtown Pub in Madison. Easy to quaff, this one was quite a masterpiece.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Pours a nice and deep amber color, small white head. Filtered and very clear. Smells of hops citrus. Tastes hoppy but very balance, especially for 8%. The only flaw I could find is that it comes in four packs instead of six.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Poured a reddish amber with small tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some hop smell. Nice hoopy caramel malt flavor with an alcohol taste.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 This brew has a luscious aroma and it pours thick. Rich amber red in color. Carbonation level is enough to present a nice head and low enough to not take away from the drink enjoyment with interference. Overall this brew didnt offer me what I had expected. All the way up to the moment I got it into my mouth I was ready for incredible. Im afraid my taste was off so I hope to be re-rating this one and improving at the least, my overall score. 10/21/16 had another bottle and it did taste better to me. Still not the best especially for an Imperial Red Ale but better than I initially found it to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
STRONG stuff. Went well with the food that night.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
e303 (287) - - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle to pint glass. Pour is deep copper with an off white head. The aroma is hoppy with some red apples. The taste is a well balanced hop and fruit combo. Not citrus but other fruits. The finish is moderately carbonated and easy. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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