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RATINGS: 436   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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2.9
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle-conditioned, hazy amber-orange. Huge off-white head. Frothy, big sticky bubbles. Highly soapy and lemony (lime) nose, perfumey and tartish. Strong melon, lemon pie and mandarine aspects. Surprisingly tart in mouth, salty hop profile fights off a lemon pie sweetness. Very floral, melon-like. At the same time, strong bubbles unveils a chalkiness that certainly disturbs overall enjoyment and brings up a particularly dry and stone-ish finish. Overcarbonated like many Midnight Sun beers. Medium body.. Weird and original IPA, but not quite there.

2.4
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
Strong herbal, tangy grapefruit-orange, floral, perfume-like hops in a soapy aroma. Hazy reddish-brown with immense, large-bubbled, tan head with brown flecks in it, that recedes slowly to cover. Very sweet flavour is very dry and over-attenuated. Aside from the sweetness, there is no malt body. Strong medicinal hop flavour, again seems somewhat soapy. Bitterness feels rather aggressive without the malts there to support. Strong carbonation is also unpleasant. I’m wondering if perhaps there was a mild infection to this bottle. Bottle sampled with Lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.

3.8
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Notes from fall ipa tasting. Amber colored body with huge head. Kind of a sweet lemonade aroma. Flavor is citrus, hops and nuts. Medium bodied.

4.2
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
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
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
DYCSoccer17 (3698) - 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
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
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. Didn’t taste near as nice as it smelled. I think this is overrates in my opinion. Not even close to the top shelf IPA’s.

3.3
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.


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