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RATINGS: 859   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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3.4
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul! Big piney nose, rich caramel, malt. Flavor is quite bitter, a decent amount of fruit, caramel, malt.

3.9
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sampled during Cellar’s Wine & Spirits beer tasting and shared by Stine. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a thin off-white head that has some good retention. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus zest hops, and a touch of grapefruit. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, some apple/pear fruit and some spiced hops. Finish is semi-dry, hoppy aftertaste that lingers after the finish.

3
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Thanks to dunk for the bomber. A lovely clear orange/copper color with a small head. Aroma of big crystal malt with a slight grassy hop element. It’s hard to believe that the alcohol is so well hidden in a beer that’s basically an imperial amber. Medium-heavy body and finishes with a nice spice from the hops. But it’s a long way to make up for boring.

4.3
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Rudy’s tasting May ’08. Strong sticky malt / hoppy aroma. Ruby brown, good sized white head. Intense taste - so bitter and intensely malty. Perfect balance of strong hops and aggressive malt. Long bitter linger. Bordering on DIPA territory here, this one got everything right for me.

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 (921) - 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.

4
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 (7011) - 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.


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