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RATINGS: 853   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle via Hophead22. Pours a murky brownish red with thin qhite head. Aroma evident of floral hops, malt, pine, and sweetness. Flavor is similar with an addition of dried fruit and an pleasant alcohol burn. Normally this is bad, but with this one it was good. VERY pleasant aftertaste.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rumbero (32) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Aged 3+ years. did not know what to expect and don’t 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 there’s 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 (3216) - 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 (541) - 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 (401) - 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 (848) - 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 (3079) - 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 (1249) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFF (165) - - JUN 17, 2016
Mousse beige abondante. Robe cuivrée légèrement opaque. Amertume modérée, goût matlée et légèrement caramélisé. Superbement balancé, on ne se rend pas compte du taux d’alcool à la dégustation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (7876) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Big malty taste here that goes underappreciated in modern hop worship world of beer. This is complex in raw barley. I get the sense of organic hipster heirloom barley strains at play. Or at least I sense good barley. Light citrus aroma and some booze. Caramelized malt. Tangy bitter finish. Tap at sovereign savor event.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1889) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Aromas and flavors slightly sweet, caramel, grainy malt, wood, spicy bitterness. Burnt orange color with a reddish tint. Nice head and body.


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