Bill Becker (2007) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 1, 2017 f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ McGrath’s. Pours a deep brown, kinda hazy, with a small off-white head. Sorta sweet, sorta fruity aroma. Big mouthful of rich, red grapefruit; a touch sour with a sweet finish. Too much citrus here for me, and that’s saying something. Malt does balance somewhat, but the tart grapefruit overpowers all. OK in small doses.
From Jan 2008
I got this bottle in a trade wit...err...this is the one bottle that I moved around and I'm not certain who I got it from. I (think* it was RustyDiamond but if I'm wrong, let me know and I'll give proper credit.
This pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber with about a 1 finger head of foam that does shrink some but by the end of session, there's still a good 1/2" layer there. Nice.
The smell is nice and hoppy(citrus) fruity, and there's a good touch of caramel malt there as well.
The taste has a nice hoppy flavour of citrus that isn't overly bitter along with a more than ample caramel malt and some toasted grain tastes. Very nice, particularly with the hops; the ones they are using bring something different to the table as I say, again, there's a very fruity flavour to them and they aren't what I'm used to. Well done indeed.
It has a nice thickish mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is on the low side; it finishes bittersweet and lingers on some time after the swallow.Yikes! This is 8.3%abv?? You could have fooled me as there's almost no trace of it during my session. Very drinkable and a brew I'd love to visit again.
PanMarek (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Complex malt nose, toffee but some drier bread / cracker as well. Similar competing hops with the grassy / citrusy aspect coming forward. Rich taste with the hops (unsurprisingly) up front and grassy / floral notes dominating. The balance is surprisingly good between the sweet and bitter. Medium body. Does not taste as strong as it is. HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2015
This has a nice heavy chocolate coffee taste to it that leans heavy on the malty finish. Depending on the price, I would get it again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Christpuncher (3215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Smells like pine and hopps. Wonder copper color with a tan head. Nice citrus and hoppy flavor. Bottle pour at home. Got from a friend that was in Atlanta.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a thin lacy head. Aroma of citrus, pine and caramel. Flavor of caramel malts, pine, citrus and grass.
aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
This is an oak aged imperial red ale. This monster has good palate and nice aroma. Smells like a malt bath. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
08 vintage...8.3 abv on label...imperial red ale on label. as an imperial ipa it would have failed completely. too malty for an ipa, and almost too malty for a Ired too. no telling what month of 08 thi was bottled, and it tasted past it’s prime, with descriptors in our party of wet cardboard and dirt. had potential though. it looked and felt great. big full body. sweetish malts were bigger than the not so fresh hops (no floral, only bittering effect left). maybe this was better last year at some point. i hope so based on the rating, but it was an average beer and a subpar imperial tonight. too bad..."
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd from my sister.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking bronzed orange color with a decent one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing that slid into the beer.
The aroma had some grapefruity/citrusy notes that lent a decent amount of pine entering in as it warmed.
The taste had a nice sweet citrusy aspect running over my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat at/about a nice light to medium in body. It proved itself to be somewhat sessionable. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing.
Overall, I say this was a decent DIPA, its nothing to go bonkers about but worthy of having again. hurdlecoachkm (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2014 does not count
Smell the oak. Drank from the bottle, was very nice for a relaxing day. A nice oak aged ale bnielsen13 (265) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Growler at home. Pours red with a mild head, I think the growler leaked. Aroma is caramel and toffee and piney and citrusy hops. Flavor is malt forward with the hops somewhat muted. I like it.