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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This mammoth imperial red ale leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is quickly complemented by an enormous malt backbone. Finishing with a multitude of hoppy goodness, this “Monster Beer” is truly not for the faint at heart.

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3.8
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
First off I thought this was an I.p.a. In any case, its a good red ale. Malty with a dark reedish copper color to it. Thick lacing, and a nice dry hop flavor to it. I had this brew a bit too cold.

3.8
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours a reddish brown, thin head. Malty aroma. Flavor is great with a nice blend of malt and hops, with a nice finish that is a good balance, slightly bitter.

4.3
PickettsCharge (89) - USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pours a clear ruby red color with a small khaki colored head. Nose id very hoppy which is very enticing to this double ipa, caramel leads in the malty backbone with citrus and touch of earthiness. Initial taste is sweet, caramel, red berries, brown sugar. Mid palate to finish displays good hop balance that clean and crisp. Slight dry finish but still good palate duration. Touch of spicines from the alcohol is also present, however still well masked. Great double IPA,but was expecing more hops especially for the name.

4.1
fr5ed (89) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Hazy, dark red/amber. Sweet malty, yet hoppy aroma. Caramel, molasses, bitter fruit flavor. Very nice!!

3.9
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Reddish-brown color with a thick, light-brown head. Aroma is almost like a Sweet Tart, as it is fruity yet has a nice bitter presence to it. Nice full mouthfeel. Flavor is very malty, with a rich caramel presence and hoppy finish.

4.5
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
12 ounce bottle thanks to timtheenchanta 2005 edition deep copper color with a great tan head. Like the Rye Squared, I was very impressed by the density and retention of the head. Aroma is a very sweet caramel from the Huge malty presence balanced by the citrusy pine undertone. Not quite as thick and viscus as the Rye Squared but similar. Easier to drink. Another impressive offering from a brewery I’d like to get to know better.

4.2
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
One of my favorites... hoppy, but not as overpowering as some other "super hoppy" beers. Balanced with generous malts and ale-like finish.

4.2
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 12 oz. bottle, 2006. Pours a slightly hazy deep red-orange with ample fluffy crown. Decent to fair retention with mild lacing. Aroma is more complex than floral and herbal hops, there is a heavy scent of sweet malt and a slight hint of citrus. There’s also something else, though, that I can’t put my finger on... The flavour is pretty heavy on the hops, with a good bit of bitterness to go along with, but it is not nearly as hoppy as some of the other Imperial IPAs I’ve had before. There is a very strong malt backbone, just as the label claims. The taste also contains hints of citrus, especially grapefruit and lemon, and some caramel sweetness. Overall this is a very well-balanced beer, IMHO. It is totally worth more than a single try, especially since there is virtually no EtOH burn detected - it’s hidden very well. One of Terp’s best brews, hands-down. Too bad it’s a seasonal. 12 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage. Aroma dominated by intense citrus and floral hop notes, along with roasted malt and a hint of caramel and toffee. Pours a deep red-orange with a thick fluffy off-white crown, 2-3 fingers worth, with excellent retention and ample lacing. Flavour is initially very acidic with hops, easily giving way to a huge malt backbone with lots of roasty and sweet undertones. Finishes semi-dry with malt giving way to herbal and citrus hop notes. Excellent mouthfeel, above a medium body, yet creamy and moderately carbonated. 2007 is more malty and roasty than 2006 - it also has a more aggressive hop finish. An improvement upon 2006, but I look forward to cellaring a couple and re-tasting it next year.

3.5
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Whoa. Nose on this one is really interesting - smells a lot like a wee heavy with a hint of hops. Lots of malt, caramel sweetness, and dark pitted fruits with a grassy hop finish. Not was I was expecting from an Imperial Red Ale named "hoppy monster" It pours out a murky dark amber/red with an initial blast of off white foam that settles down quickly. Taste follows the nose - sweet, malty and full of dark fruit. Finish is a touch boozy with some crisp bitter hops to help clear the palate. It’s a full bodied beer that is thick and sticky with light carbonation. Overall, not what I expected but a nice meer.


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