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RATINGS: 933   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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3.5
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Burnt amber/red color similar to wine. Highly filtered without a hint of cloudiness. Thin white head, but highly carbonated. Strong hops taste with a great malty touch. Mild bitter aftertaste. A great seasonal ale.

3.5
JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bright dark copper color with a foamy moderate dark cream colored head. Green hops and mild caramel malt aromas. Fairly zippy feel. Sweet fruity start that goes straight to hops liquid. Rather straightforward brew. Not much complexity. Linger is bitter wood with malt, again, lost in the mix.

3.5
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle: Clear amber/golden color with red highlights and an off white head. Aroma: hops, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, earth, spices. Flavor: hops, grapefruit, caramel, grains, herbs. Medium body.

3.5
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours with a bright amber body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruit, as well as alcohol esters. The flavor is similar with a bitter, piney hop flavor. Agressive on the tongue with a warming sensation.

3.5
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Reddish amber body. Nice off-white head. Sweet fruity hops in the aroma that remind me of fall. Maybe its SNCA. Slightly spicy component in there as well. More tropical fruity sweet hops in the taste. Quite balanced, but maybe too sweet? There is some underlying hop complexity, but its a little too simple.

3.5
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2005
I’ve been keeping an eye out for this one for years. Scored the last two bottles a few weeks ago at Viking premium beverage on King Ave in Columbus. Pours a medium clear copper. The tall off white head is creamy with fair lace. The nose has primarily hop notes of spice, spruce, and resin, with a hint of lilac. The flavor starts with a blast of hop bitterness right from the get-go. Maintains the status quo through to the finish which adds a touch of alcoholic presence. The body is medium creamy and soft, but has a slightly "loose" feel. Not bad, but didn’t meet my expectations.

3.5
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is buttery caramel with hints of citrus and flowery hops. Pours a bright transparent reddish-orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and toffee up front, but it comes across slightly watery. Finishes with a light grapefruit hoppiness that seems to increase in the aftertaste and then lingers for some time.

3.5
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle from Rileys in Madison. I was quite surprised as I thought this was a lower ABV as it was well masked. More of Caramel candy bar with a bitter finish. The hops didn’t take on the sweetness allowing this some complexity.

3.5
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
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3.5
CMUBEERMAN (451) - - JAN 12, 2006
This is a wierd beer. Taste is very heavy and a bit like of soap. The slightly bitter aftertasted saves it. It pours dark orange and smells pretty good. Not my fave though.


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