drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
First impression?...the massive cascade hops coming from the top of this red ale. Seems more like a traditional NW IPA at first glance (whiff). Although the hops are definitely more than ample in the flavor, they are curbed by a nice malt that never seems sweet, but rather gives the sharpness of the hops a slightly blunter flavor and mouthfeel. The hops get a bit thin as the beer warms and the malt isn’t big enough to hold its own. I think it may be safe to say that this beer is really a borderline style - not an IPA but not really a red - I think sometimes the whole "Imperial" thing is kind of a cop-out. Regardless, it’s a good beer, but something I suggest picking up if you are in the mood for hops not malt. IndianaRed (4615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle Pours a clear deep redish copper with a large thick foamy off white head. Quite strong citrusy hops aroma right away. Flavor is mostly hops and alcohol. Feel is nice and heavy and smooth. Carbonation is pretty soft. The maltiness and woody flavors are a bit overpowered but not too much so. More like a robust IPA. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
Pours a clear amber hue with a light white head. One of the greatest aromas I have ever smelled . Fresh hops, citrus, pine, all the best features of a west coast IPA. The flavor, however, doesn’t match the aroma witha light flavor of soap with apple grape juice, and a very light bitterness. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Rich copper colour and thin white head. Bright hoppy aroma, grapefruity citrus aroma. Flavour also shows massive resinous hop profile. Some sweet caramel and brown sugar malt flavours. As it warms the hop aroma become even more intense. Nice brew. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Clear reddish-copper body with a foamy off-white head. Distinct crystal malts give the aroma cinnamon-spice and brown sugar qualities. Medium malty sweetness with some spicy/earthy hops and substantial bitterness. Seems a little dull around the edges. Suffers from a lack of freshness, especially for an "imperial" style.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Thanks to Odeed for this one.Has a whopping hop nose with a what appears to be rye or something as a back drop.Smells mighty sweet to.Flavor is a little drab,not like the style but more like a Pale Ale 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2005
nice glowing orange color with a quite large white head. Nice citrus in the aroma, doesnt show through as much in the body, but its blended well with a nice malt character. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Nice hoppy aroma, with some caramel. Taste is a bit of alcohol sweetness, caramel, and that’s it. Body is lovely and smooth. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
From a bomber shared by Blake. Hazy brown-read body under a big white head. Clean malty aroma, sort of a darkly roasted caramel / chocolate thing. Grahm cracker. The flavor is primarily bold crackers/caramel with apple skin, orange flesh and a finishing raspberry. Caramel dryness in the finish. A well done malty brew - the flavors are clean, well-defined and balanced but just not terribly compelling. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Ruddy light brown color with a moderate foamy cream colored head. Pure hops aroma, with grapefruit and a hint of pine. A mild presence of light caramel and pale malt. From a hops head view this is a nice sniff. Mild sweet caramel malt start and are quickly escorted out by the bitterness and acidity of the hop. Quite biting and unbalanced in the mid to late quaff. This almost seems to need some rest for things to mellow and blend.