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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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4.6
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Complex fruitty/hoppy aroma and rich fruit flavor without being a fruitty beer. Very smooth finish and easy to drink.

4.6
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Deep dark clear coppery auburn color. Hmmm...remindes me of the color of that cleansing/prep liquid the surgeons use just before cutting you open. Coincidence? Castle-on-a-hill towering, fluffy, kinda crunchy topping of lightly parched yellow foam sits for eternity. Lots of big moth-holed sheeting lace is plastered like cob webs all over the glass. Some in the shape of bats!? Aroma is a hop hum dandy of toasted candy caramel, toasted grains, leafy crisp hops and a delicate natured little squeeze of grapefruity pine resin. And dare I say a bit of dampness of thick forest air seems to be lurking underneath. Must be the pine? Taste is yum, yum, suck the flavor from my tongue. Great hoppy taste with a finely bittered tone and snappy crunch to it. Bright, brittle, leafy, citrusy grapefruitified and resin loaded with light piney parchments. Wow! Quite a fun ride of goodness. The flavors really pop and are bright with a intensity of a vampires’ eyes. Just a bit of the toasted stuff makes its way through the fog of hops. As the hops play their part drenchingly deep of uncontested mastery and well-balanced, high toned, flavor sucking, palate quenching goodness! Body of the beer is crisp, lasting, and bright. Nothing a caped casket dweller would prefer, but damn suiting none-the-less as it fits the profile immaculately! Crunchy, snappy, hoppy, and superbly balanaced in the way a nice IPA would be. Surprising. Super clean finish with a dryish pine, citric, toastified fluffy bite on the palate. No turtle neck or stake needed here as its creamy, slick and oily backing is so drenchingly satisfying. If this were the nectar I needed to survive by sucking the necks of beautiful women or big brown bottles the world round then let it be so. This stuff’s better then blood any day, or night. Mmmaaaawww...HaaaaHaaa...

4.6
ChuxBeer23 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Blood orange with a nicely retaining head, and pleasant citrus aromatics. Great clarity and a medium soft cream finish. Rich,with a complex backbone of malt that tries to fend off the bitterness and isstill refreshing, with a bit of alcohol numbing for the gums. Annually anticipate the release of this bad boy.

4.6
sooper8 (20) - USA - OCT 3, 2011
Dark, dark copper/red color. A bright tangy hop taste at first, then a warm firey hop/malt taste stays with you and lingers a long long time...this is why I buy anything GLBC...so they keep making this...

4.6
magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
This is one of the best reds i have ever had. There is a great balance between Malta and hops, with an overall bite that might not be for everyone, but is for those hop vampires out there! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Hops hit hard with orange peel and pine, but are very well balanced by caramel and smooth malt. A little spice and some roasty character add complexity. Malt and hops duke it out til the bitter end. The finish is a little sweet, a little hoppy, and just a touch of alcohol. A big and creamy mouthfeel will make you remember this one. Finish is remarkably subtle, leading to excellent drinkability.

4.6
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - JAN 6, 2014
Very impressive imperial red. Caramel candied apple, cherry toffee, and warm caramel notes. Can get a bit medicinal as it warms. Worth keeping an eye out for.

4.5
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2010
It’s called Nosferatu for a reason - the deep red color! Also has a frothy head and a hoppy aroma. Very spicy flavor that is unique and memorable. The Great Lakes Brewery never lets me down.

4.5
mrpositron (14) - - OCT 31, 2012
caramel, toast, red, brown, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish.

4.5
commonmac (1313) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Tap at Lake & Irving in a tulip glass. Deep amber hue with impressive lacing. Sweet aroma with a sugar, caramel essence. Really enjoyable smell giving way to a malt-laced, sweet influenced, hop infused delicious beer. Some hop bitterness at the very end. Reminds me of the sugary Belgian ales I’ve sampled. A pleasant surprise with a credit due to commonshawn for the recommendation/push.


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