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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pours reddish amber with a tan head. Aroma is spice, pine, caramel and some roast. Taste is more bitter with creeping sweetness. Medium bodied and very smooth. Could drink these all night as the alcohol is well hidden.


3.4
ehaak26 (641) - - SEP 24, 2017
On tap at the Buffalo Brew Pub. Very hoppy strong ale, but still balanced well.

4
brigg (701) - 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.

4.8
beern (161) - 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.

3.5
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

3
PanMarek (462) - 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
edgallow (4312) - 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
uckelman (813) - 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
ANZUShophunter (498) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2016
On tap at Guthrie’s Tavern, Chicago. A nice copper hue with a hoppy nose but not as strong as some ASA’s. There is nice hop/malt balance that makes this quite smooth for an 8%er. Hoppy Halloween!

3.8
voyageurmike (476) - 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
PorterPounder (8186) - 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.


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