Cybercat (6209) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Aroma is strongly hoppy, like dry hops rather than evergreen, with hints of leaves, pine and cloves. It pours a dark, semi-transparent, muddy brown with a fairly thick pale golden-tan head. Rich flavor has firm tones of hops, molasses, caramel and malt along with fruity, earthy and floral hints. Smooth texture has full body and a fair amount of fizz. The wacky story on the bottle is a hoot! GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 18 Dec 2011 -- A beer my buddies bought a growler of for me returning home for Christmas Break. This beer is delicious. I wish I could find more of this because it is addictive. Amazing malt body and some really really good hop characteristics. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 12, 2011
bottle. murky deep red, almost brown, with a small frothy beige heady and crystals man. piney citrus nose with sweet fruitiness of berries and heady nugs braaah. the flavor of purple grape gum, fruity hops, bubbleberry, some tea, a pinch of black malt. but seriously dude, this is pretty awesome. rajendra82 (1105) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
The body was cordovan colored, and the carbonation displayed a cascading bubbled effect before setting into a two finger thick head. The aroma was a mix of coffee, toffee, and hops. The taste followed as a pretty bracing concoction with grapefruit rinds, bitter herbs, and coffee grounds aplenty. The bitterness was basically unrestrained as the malt tended to be on the toasty side, lacking sweetness, and the body was somewhat watery. Very doubtful to call this a Red Ale of any kind, as the fresh hops pretty much ran the show from start to finish. I would say this is an IPA or a Harvest Ale with darker than typical malts. elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2011
22oz bottle, fresh release. Served at around 45F.
wesyates (81) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours semi-thick red with a gorgeous foamy light tan head that resembles a nitro pour...leaves tons of rings of sticky lacing and holds a foamy cap.
Aroma is hoppy with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine, floral and resinous hops, caramel and fruity malts, some bread, very good strength.
Flavor starts with citrus and pine hops, moves to a wonderful layer of rich fruit and caramel malt in the middle offering some sweetness and finishes with more citrus hops and good bitterness. Minimal alcohol. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, sticky, moderate carbonation.
I think this may be the best Imperial Red I’ve had...absolutely delicious! Potent aroma and nice mouthfeel round it out. Goes down DANGEROUSLY fast. Excellent stuff!
Tastes at a local tasting. Best of ’the bunch’. Lots of hops and well balanced between hops and malt. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Red/Yellow/Green label. Deep mahogany, reddish-brown color. Thick creamy foam head, heavy lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, richly dry hopped. Sweet caramel malts, bread, harsh hop floral bitterness. Hops flavors add delicious complexity. Citrus, spruce, leather, and herbal blends. Finishes with the bitterness of a pine box. Similar to Arrogant Bastard in overall character. beergator (3) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012 does not count
Had one sitting in my fridge for a couple of months. Pulled it out today to share with friends. I found it delicious. Beautiful color, aroma and taste. One of the best beers produced by Sweetwater. I wish it were a year-rounder. Fatehunter (2622) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Poured into a seidel. A deep red/copper color with a dirty-white finger of head. The color is perfect.
Smells like hops. Lots of fresh grapefruit and a little lemon.
Tastes more like an IPA. Moderate malt flavors: sorta sweet. Big bitter profile piled on right afterwards though. And it doesn’t stop even after the drink is done. The biting bitterness of grapefruit is most prevalent.
Creamy and chewy texture. Surprising but really nice. Moderate carbonation.
Great and surprisingly unique red ale. The flavor was good but the look and texture were amazing.