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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a classic West Coast-style imperial red ale brewed with medium crystal malts, centennial and cascade hops. The color is a burnt amber with red highlights and the aroma has a spicy hop presence with moderate caramel malt accents. The taste is a smooth, malty one with a balanced hoppy finish that includes hints of sweet caramel

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3.8
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Stine!] Pours red with a small off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy grapefruit from the hops and caramel malt. Taste is the same citrusy (grapefruit) hops and caramel with some decent sweetness to balance it out. Thick mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.

3.9
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
My brother shared this with me, thanks Petrucci914!!! Pours a reddish amber color with little head. Aroma is of spicey hops, pine, caramel and citrus. Taste is the same but well laid out. I’ve had a lot of American Strong Ales as of late, and this one is probably the best put together. Aggressive but not over the top. Good shite.

3.4
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is bitter, grassy, caramel. Taste is about the same. Reminds me a lot of Southern Tier Big Red and Gemini. A bit harsh for me.

3.9
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Pours out a nice darker red color with a smaller amount of head. aroma was very hoppy and citrusy. Flavor was very much the same with a crisp hop finish. A fantastic beer.

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ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle from South Bay. Pours out a dark red color without much of a head, then out of no where it kind of gets a nice tan little head on it. Smell is full of hops, caramel, malts, sugars, grass, and a touch of citrus. Taste is similar, but it has alot of hops - very Pizza Port like, smooth yet brutal but that is what makes it good. Not as bitter as I thought it would be, but it is plenty bitter to satisfy hop heads. Really good stuff, and actually my glass went so quick, I had no idea what happened.

3.4
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Copper color with little head. Nice spruce sap hop and caramel malt aroma. Medium body. Nice taste is mildly sweet caramel malts with leafy hop resin. Has a nicely bitter finish. Not too bad, but gimme an IPA please.

3.7
dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber-brown with no real head. Very hoppy aroma, with a bit of citrus and spices. Flavor also has a lot of hops, with still some hints of spices and a bit of malt. Nice lingering sharp bitterness. Interesting and tasty.

2.3
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Bottle pours with very little head. Red Hue very hoppy and pine aroma. Flavor is very hoppy. Alcohol is very present and steals away some flavor. It’s not my style really.

3.5
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours orange red with delicate lighter red hues. Flavor is hoppy, pine, malty, woddy, and sweet. Finish is strongly hopped with little detectable etoh masked by the strong hop character.

3.2
Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Draught, Lost Abbey
Orangey-red colour. Chewy crystal malt with woody hop notes. Chewy with lots of bitterness. Sweet finish. Fairly typical for the style. Nice woody hop notes. It’s ok, never was my style.


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