5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle:   Heavy amber, moderate to large frothy sandy head, sticky lacing.   Big caramel, piney, citrusy, pithy nose.   Certainly a hoppy/citrusy Amber/Red Ale on the tongue.   100 IBUs, really?   As it warms the sweet pithy aspects come out.   Not as big and sticky as I thought it was going to be.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes without any luster or flair.   Comes across as a 1½ Red.   Clean, very pithy, some candied citrus peel, but doesn’t comes across with enough malt body to carry it higher for me.   Still good tho, but I expected a bit more for this one. ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2012
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours cloudy burnt amber with thin head. Aroma is caramel malts and floral hops. Taste is dark slightly charred sweet caramel malt with mild piney hops. A nice imperial red but nothing special. Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Very sweet malty aroma. A slight bitter smell. Maybe a bit of alcohol. The appearance is a medium red slightly hazy with a light off white head. This beer made made me fall on my ass. Bitter and sweet wow. Let me take another drink. I taste no chocolate maybe a slight biscut flaver in the aftertaste. The alcoholy taste is there in the aftertaste. Its an imperial red for sure. Not a bad brew for lauralwood but drinkers beweare Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Beautiful ruby tinted amber with a generous head & ample lacing. Deep aromatics showing green, fresh hops and light caramel. Medium to full bodied, and in perfect balance. Plenty of sweeter malts, but loads of hops to keep it from being cloying. Amazing length. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
22. Pours a slightly hazy rubied very dark amber with a loose creamy head and light drippy lace. Big malty nose with nice citric sweet counterpoint from the hop. Creamy thick body with subdued carb. Toast, caramel, pine, orange, and grapefruit on the mid palate. Like a slightly milder variation on Arrogant Bastard, in a way. You could say all imperial reds are, though--in a way. So that’s not to say it’s a ripoff by any means, just a rather similar drinking experience. Good beer. Lots of flavor and made very well.
KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2012
Draught at the Brewpub. Bronze with lace. Big hop and caramel malt nose. Nice flavor—a bit boozy, but good hops and nice balance. Good, strong beer.
mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
On tap at Saraveza’s IIPA Fest, not strictly a IIPA but close enough. Pours a hazy dark orange with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel malt sweetness, a bit of candied sugar - smells like a IIPA despite ratebeer’s classification. Flavour of citrus hops, slight tropical fruits and caramel sweetness - a little sweeter than the average IPA - but still I would classify this as a IIPA rather than A.S.A. Finishes fruity, bitter and sweet. Great one. mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
[2968-20100626] Tap. Fresh citrus hops aroma. Slightly hazy, medium orange red body with a quick foamy white head. Surprisingly hoppy flavour has light citrus peel hops notes. Medium body. Great bitter, very drinkable.
JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
(@ Laurelwood NW Public House, Portland, OR)
2006 vintage from DA. Shared with the guys at The Bruery. Poured a murky reddish brown color with small tan head. Aroma was oxidation and some caramel and malt notes. Taste was better than the aroma with lots of bitterness still. This must have been one hell of a hop bomb fresh. Glad I got to share this one with everyone. Far better than I was expecting. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
1ltr swingtop, 2006 vintage shared by JoeTheYounger at the Bruery, thanks Joe. Rating #30. Darkish red pour with a little yellow as well, some floaties and a real nice tan head. Aroma was pretty oxidized, but there was still a little musty hops and some decent rich malts. Flavor was better than the aroma, more faded hops, but the malt was still there and it more like a light barleywine, ok. (1289)