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RATINGS: 856   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kestral (506) - rnes, - AUG 26, 2012
[email protected] Pours a dark amber with a huge creamy beige rocky head. Tons of lace. Looks great. ARoma of citrus, tropical fruits, burnt sugars, caramel.. Intensely hoppy on the nose. but it smells like its going to be backed up with a considerable sweetness. Some pine/resiny quality to it as well. A sip revleas that this one has got a lot of everything. Tons of bitterness up front, some burnt notes that is reinforced by the massive hop finish. Very fruity, with a pine needle finish. Fairly calm mouthfeel, not flat though. Quite full bodied. This is intense and delicious.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5257) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2017
GG, Seattle. Thin creamy head, lacing some. Very dark red-orange-brown pour. Complex body and aroma. Bitter grain, dense fruit, amber malts. Cranberry tart alcohol presence, thick creamy body. Cool smooth presence overall, nicely astringent alcohol to complete the body. A bit of an oddity for me.. somewhat a dipa mixed with an amber. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (1635) - LATVIA - JAN 8, 2017
Brown hazy with rich beige creamy head. Slightly sweet malty aroma. Sweet bread taste followed by medium bitterness with some sourness. Bit spicy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3916) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Shared bomber from the local Windy City rep, poured to snifters showing a hazed, deep amber hue, with a frothy layer of off white head foam, and wavy ribbons & spots of lacing. The nose was malty, with light spice, some citrus & stone fruit, but esters that projected more of a dried fruit scent. Better than medium bodied, prompted by decent liveliness to the carbonation, the taste was similar notes, bittered by lingering citrusy, earthy, and rind-like qualities of the "C" hops. Thanks Paul!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rumbero (42) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Aged 3+ years. did not know what to expect and dont remember last time I had it fresh. so... it pours ruby brown (reddish) with a thick frothy head with good retention. clarity is on the cloudy side. as expected theres some off flavors of oxidation, band-aid and green apples but its not overwhelming. bready sweet malts and earthy hops still come through. it had medium/full body with decent carbonation. texture is on oily side. strong astringency that hits the palate to almost harsh levels. taste of heavy sweet malts, earthy hops and alcohol with some off soy-saucey thing going on. major components (semi-harsh astringency, bitterness and alcohol warmth) last long after swallowing. - wish I had a fresh for comparison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3256) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2016
Pours deep burgandy with an off white foamy top. Aroma is caramel and toffee rich malts. Big earthy and grapefruit hops. Taste is a nice big round mouthfeel, loads of hops and bit rich malts. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lownote (556) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Oh my gosh such a strong rye aroma. Pours with a hazy white head and a nice red body, slightly opaque. Very light body. Really spicy flavor from the rye, a bit of pine hops, and a light bitterness. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demannu (419) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Dont have much experience with red ales but might need to try more. Overall very pleased by this beer. Deep copper/red color with white head that reducing to a nice ring. Smooth feel and novelty balanced flavors.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (873) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 25, 2016
Sweet biscuit malts. Ruby brown minimal head. Hoppy almost rye malty. Long bitter finish. Heavy yet even strong hops, great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (3228) - NORWAY - JUN 20, 2016
Shark attack at Mi2 at Cardinal 20.06.16. Dark orange. Persistent beige head and lacing. Aroma of dried fruits, ripe fruit, Sevilla marmalade, wood and redcurrants, Similar taste, with warming alcohol. Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (1280) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy reddish copper with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark bread, some fruity notes. Tastes sweet and bitter. Highly carbonated, some alcoholic warmth. The beer was bottled 4 yrs, 3 months ago.


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