bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish-amber with cream colored head that leaves a persistent thin line and slight lacing.
Aroma: Orange, grapefruit & pine hops, caramel, and a spicy bread-like quality that reminds me of rye.
Taste: Great balance of American hops (orange, grapefruit, pine) and semi-sweet caramel and fruity malts. Ends spicy and bitter. It still reminds me a little of a ramped up Rye IPA/Red Ale.
Palate: Moderately low carbonation, very smooth, oily and full body. Dry and warming finish.
Overall: Just a stellar beer. Seems like a Double IPA with a slightly different malt base. This has more than redeemed my faith in Great Lakes after my sub-par opinion of their Octoberfest. beern (237) - Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2017
Pours amber and translucent with a tanhead with an aroma of sweet hopped malt. Tastes of malt and booze with a nice hop finish with mild bitterness. It's rich, slightly sweet malt. It's mostly full bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very well balanced and very good. beergodz (4) - Seven Hills, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2006 does not count
The cool blood red color is enough to get your attention but the taste will make you an instant convert. Get a driver when enjoying more than 1. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Dark amber with big, foamy, tan head / Herbaceous, piney nose / Medium, sticky body with sharp hop finish / Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, burnt sugar, and pine / Terrific, but pretty much a 2ipa I’d say. CincyTK (1) - - SEP 25, 2013 does not count
highly hopped yet remarkably balanced. amazing color. One of my all time favorite brews. Working on brewing a clone so I can have it year round
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. 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... 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. 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... 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.