Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
Single bottle purchased from Kensington Wine Market on 06/15/2012 in Calgary, AB. Colour: Dark brown with beautiful creamy light brown head. Nose: A gorgeous blend of mustard, hazelnut, medium toasted malt, roasted barley and cracked pepper - all with a caramel drizzle. Taste: Medim-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. HUGE nutty presence blended with swirling toffee and perfectly bbq’d grain and hop. The high ABV goes nearly un-noticed making it very drinkable. Superb balance throughout! Well done! Lizardking3 (192) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Love the bottle, very cool. This one pours beatifully. Great smell, goes down super smooth with a great after taste. leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap. Very deep red with small off white head that disappears very fast with no lacing. Huge floral resinous hop aroma. Flavor is nice deep caramel with big hops still going on, slightly piney. Finish is smooth and easy for nearly 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden. fiulijn (20411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouvermanuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
Dark amber color, hazy, with compact head. The aroma is very nice: caramel, hops, oranges, a hint of orange flowers, some sweat from the hop. Lean body, very good caramel flavor, with moderate residual sweetness, and a delicious touch of fudge; also some vanilla oak; perfect bitterness level; the hop provides a lot of soft resins and bitter orange character; long final.
650ml bottle from Bottleworks in Seattle. Pours a clear, dark amber with thin cream head. Aroma is lush with piney hops and a solid caramel backbone. Taste is indeed more floral and citrus (as advertised) and the malt slips into the background. Really tastes more like a solid IIPA than an American Strong but I do sometimes find the styles overlap. Mouthfeel is excellent, slightly thick and moderately boozy but really quite wonderful. Finish is remarkable with the hops allowing the malt to re-surface near the end. Delightful.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
Nice ruby brown pour. Very nice malt base, with a twinge of sweet caramel. Unusually hoppy for a red ale, and has a wee bit of lingering bitterness. Nevertheless, solid and good!
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It tastes of pine like and citrusy malts. There is a nice roasted and dry malt flavor to the beer. I like this Imperial red a lot because the malts they use are mostly dry not sweet though there is a mild toffee flavor as well. The beer ends with a nice bitterness to it. Overall a great hoppy imperial red ale that has a nice malt flavor and a nice hoppy flavor. I really enjoy this beer. neepsntatties (1973) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Had this a couple months ago at Hopworks. Colour... a moderately deep reddish amber with a thick head. Nose... decidedly resinous and piney! Palate... coating with lots of piney hops and caramel followed by hints of clover honey, grapefruit sirop, granulated sugar and looooong sweet finish. bhensonb (15093) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours a very dark ruddy copper/amber with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma is warm cooked light fruits and roasted caramel. Near full bodied. Flavor is roast malt, very smooth, and a lot of hop. I’m calling a mix of citrus/floral/resin. It has no harsh character. The hop is not excessively bitter - but it is extremely strong. 100 IBU is believable. There’s a lot of malt sugar, but the hop is so strongly present that sweet does not seem to be in it. The edges of my tongue are curling up in luxurious bitter, but the palate is balanced. I call complexity and brilliance on this ale. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2014
From bottle. Deep copper and amber in color, bubbly with a quarter-inch layer of thick head. Aroma is tropical citrus, pine resin, and caramel malt. Taste is an explosion of citrus (both tart grapefruit and sweet orange), passionfruit, pine, and a pronounced malted sweetness. A hop bomb that stays well-balanced with the malting. Citrus flavors linger long after, and hides the alcohol content well.