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RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.

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3.4
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small but lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of floral hops, sweet malt, and light caramel. taste is the same as aroma with a hint of citrus hops. Medium body with a strong but well balanced bitterness. Very good.

3.6
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Pours a fairly clear dark maroon with a small, quickly disappearing light tan head. Smells of floral hops, mild spices and cinnamon. The taste is very malty, really dominates the hops from the get-go. Kind of syrupy in texture, with a profound little spicy bitterness in the finish. The hops are definitely noticeable towards the end, with the sweet malts coming into back it up. Pretty solid brew. Good flavor, easy to drink. Not bad at all.

3.9
hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
pours a rich dark red/copper color. aroma makes me wish i could drink through my nose...a hoppy citric aroma with hints of pine and sweetness. ultra hoppy/grapefruit flavor without the bitterness. nice malty/ caramel back bone. lively carbonation with medium mouth feel which makes the glass sticky. i initially thought the bitter finish was hops...turns out it was alcohol

4.6
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Deep red amber with creamy, off-white head / Sweet, floral, pine, and molasses nose / Medium body with big, sweet, malts and sharp, chewy, hoppy finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, molasses, toffee, pine, and grapefruit / A very malty double IPA.

3.9
dmac (6434) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2007
12 oz bottle from Oak Tree Buy Rite. Poured a crystal clear deep reddish/amber with a large dense frothy slightly off white head. Initial aroma is pure piney hops like an Imperial IPA, as it warms some other aromas start to creep in and I’m not sure that is a good thing. Something that reminds me of fresh cut pineapple on a plastic cutting board is there, uhm.....yeahn I know weird description but hey screw u this is my rating. Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Flavor is hop on, yeah I know it’s not an Imperial IPA but man is this hoppy. It’s hard to explain but when the maltiness kicks in it’s a different malt flavor then your typical IIPA so thats what sets this apart and makes it an IRA, hmm.....Imperial Red Ale (IRA) interesting.

3.8
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2007
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear copperish-red color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is sweet floral and citrus hops. Flavor is much of the same with some toasted malt to back it. Medium body. No lingering aftertaste. A very good beer.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10651) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
12 oz. bottle from jimbowood. Thanks Jimbo. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a small disappearing beige head. The aroma is caramel malts, pine and citrus hops, and earthiness. The flavor is very much the same with good balance. Medium/full bodied and smooth drinking. Solid brew.

3.6
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
Sort of an underdeveloped hairy eyeball, interesting idea, a little underwhelming on the palate, plenty of bitterness, not enough malt character.

3.7
rocbyter (2147) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Strong sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear amber color with a large white head that quickly goes away. Caramel malt taste through out with a slight hop bite at the end. Creamy palate.

3.4
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 This ale is excellent. ’Red ales’ are a favorite style of mine as they mix the high hops of IPAs with the a finish of a weak belgian. Very nice dark copper pour with a opaque head that was not as prominent as pronounced. Aroma is of cinnamon and coriander.


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