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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed in the bold spirit of Alaska, Sockeye Red IPA is a finely crafted Pacific Northwest-style India Pale Ale with a real bite. Ample pale two-row malt creates a fresh, firm body while specialty malts impart a spawning red hue. The predominant character of this fiesty catch comes from outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops, giving this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor.

Determined and bitter but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker. Forget about a bigger rig; grab a bigger glass.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
Big fluffy head. Dark ruby amber color. Big aroma of centenial hops. The head remains throughout. Powerful, dry taste, lingering hop aftertaste. Unique, memorable and not for the faint of heart. Big and bold like the state it is from. For $3.95 a bomber at Downtown liquors in Boston this is a great buy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Coppery red color with a massive white head. Light caramel in the aroma, lots of hops some vegetal notes, and a little citrus. Light malty sweetness, good balance. Citrusy hops, with a light spice in the finish. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2004
Herbal hoppy nose wit ha little grain and dates. Beautiful deep red with a fuffy biege head that left lots of laceing. Nice soft mouthfeel brings tons of herbal hoppieness and a pleasent bitterness. Grain, brown sugar, dates, and a touch of raisons and carmel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Vinous, sweet, fruity aroma. Similar to a barleywine actually. Almost sugary and candylike aromas. Amber/reddish copper color with a huge frothy light tan head. A pretty beer, although it does not look like an IPA. Very bitter to start, and it stays quite bitter and extremely dry. There are nots of some roasted malts with chocolate hints in the middle. I am not a fan of beers that are this dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Redish amber color and makes an excessive ammount of head. Aroma is a blend of citrus fruity cascade hops and a bit of malt. Flavor is bitter but not overly complex, light grapefruit esters in the finish, fairly well balanced. Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. Not bad, but nothing special either.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2004
This is an ok IPA that has a really wonderful aroma to it. But i was disappointed with the attack and the linger on the beer. Didnt taste near as nice as it smelled. I think this is overrates in my opinion. Not even close to the top shelf IPAs.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianXXX (6) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2004 does not count
aroma has a hoppy bite to it. has a rich-copperish, amber-red color. the flavor fits the aroma a nice hoppy bite. left my mouth feeling like i had been sucking on spruce needles. then i saw the label and my mouth started to taste kind of fishy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Good hoppy drink. Like the reddish tone of the body, the bitter hop aroma, the bitter hoppy taste. Id buy it if offered in the Chicago area.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7761) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Picked up a bomber at the brewery in Anchorage. Pours a sparkling dark orange with creamy off-white head with decent lacing. Cascades and Centennial hops make their presence known in the sprucey, hoppy floral aroma. Nice citrusy hoppy bite with a mild nutty back end. Not too overdone. Finishes sweet and solid but the mouthfeel is just a tad on the stinging side. However, very good effort from this Anchorage micro.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 (22 oz bottle; 12 oz bottle; Draft: Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage, AK) Fairly strong hoppiness and moderately bitter with some orange citrus, but what makes this IPA good is that it has a solid, lightly sweet malt backbone, though the hops does remain somewhat dominant here. It has a mild sourness (in all 3 tastings) and a lingering hops bitterness that outlasts the malt in the finish. Medium to full bodied with a solid mouthfeel, and high carbonation levels that expand inside the mouth on each sip. Very hoppy, though soapy nose, but with a fair amount of maltiness for nice balance. Quite cloudy and orange amber in color. Pouring out of this bomber, I get a full glass of head and nothing else, but when I sample out of the 12 oz bottle on a later date, careful pouring allows me to empty the bottles contents in a single pour. The off-white head has excellent retention, maintaining a dense, thick layer, and sticks to the glass nicely, leaving large patches of lacing.


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