RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (1208) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Enjoyed this one. Pours a clear, dark copper, with minimal head. Roasted grain aroma. Flavor is a roasted grain/malt with some hop notes underneath. Seems like a good winter warmer kind of beer--something to drink around the fireplace.

bth122 (1641) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle. Copper amber color. Floral hops, caramal malt, toffee, bubblegum. Medium body. Good hop and malt balance. Creamy texture. Bitter finish. But smooth and enjoyable.

Itzjerm (3119) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2017
Nose is nutty grain. Flavor is hoppy red fruitiness fermentation Esther's present. Thin fade head. Meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BillKismet (4137) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Lovely, rich amber body with a lush, creamy caramel head. Easy hop nose wafts gently across a soft caramel malt body. On the palate this one follows through with easy hops and a caramel backbone. Tannins intermingle with the mineral character to contribute and interesting complexity.

r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Balanced and full, with a nice caramel malty nutty flavor that has enough hops and bitterness to complement it. Not heavy, but still strong.

djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle at GABF. Pours a dark copper with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is toasted malt and dark fruit. Medium body, rye, pine, raisin, nice bitter finish, good.

ehaak26 (710) - - SEP 24, 2017
On tap at the Buffalo Brew Pub. Very hoppy strong ale, but still balanced well.

brigg (708) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2017
(Bottle) Hazy red body with a medium, foamy beige head, thick lace. Sweet, malty aroma; some alcohol; ripe fruit. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet, slightly peppery-spicy; moderate alcohol; caramel, slight pine.

beern (198) - 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.

bwy (94) - 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

PanMarek (463) - 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.

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