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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a red amber. Medium sized off white head that is long lasting and diminishes to a filmy finish. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor is of slightly sweet hops. Some lacing. I was expecting this to be big and bold, but really it wasnt. There was a really nice delicate balance between sweet and bitter. Very nice. My only disappointment is that I only bought a single.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwy (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Strong malt backbone but at the same time a bitter taste. Leaves an interesting aftertaste that was not always simple. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 57

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PanMarek (418) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2017
Deep amber, reddish pour with thick foam. Rich, hoppy aroma with a strong caramel malt backbone. The taste is more balanced, but the finish is definately bitter. The 8.0% ABV probably contributes to this. Certainly rich and a well-blended variation of a pale ale. One of Great Lakes stronger offerings.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (4090) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2017
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of toffee, earthy, pine and caramel. Taste is coffee, toffee, grains and some alcohol

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
uckelman (773) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Strange aroma. Basement? Spicy. Maybe pie spices? This is hard to pin down. Lots of fizz. Has rye? Quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (409) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2016
On tap at Guthries Tavern, Chicago. A nice copper hue with a hoppy nose but not as strong as some ASAs. There is nice hop/malt balance that makes this quite smooth for an 8%er. Hoppy Halloween!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (387) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Orange amber clear full bodied beer with modest carbonation. Pine and citrus taste, long bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7807) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Boardman, OH - on tap at Primanti Brothers. Dark copper pour, sticky bone-colored head, nice lace. Aroma of toffee and topsoil. Solid flavor, toffee, coffee beans, vanilla, some topsoil notes in the back end. Nicely textured mouthfeel.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (1548) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours a dark amber with tan head. A caramel and malt aroma. A strong taste of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and light fruits. A lingering malt aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (5292) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2016
12 oz. bb 11/10/2016. Clear copper-amber with a sticky thin covering of foam. Nose of earthy molasses, tea leaf, potato and a hint of dry cocoa. Tastes of the same mix, but with some added earthiness and some wooden-grassy hop. Medium body has mostly smooth medium-plus carbonation and an earthy-dry slant.


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