nuplastikk (6634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
12oz bottle. 2009 vintage opened June 2010. Super-thick, muddy brown color. Small, steady beige head laces the sides of the glass. Nice bitter hop aromas on top of sugary amber malt. A very well done Imperial Red, lots of depth. Rich malts, maybe a touch of chocolate, certainly healthy doses of specialty malts either way. Approaching syrupy, with the big sugary malt backbone melding together quite nicely with the solid, mulit-faceted barrage of hops. One of the best and affordable Imperial Reds I’ve had. blutt59 (6624) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2009
bb2008 bottle, pretty ruby brown color with tan foam, aroma is caramelly malt, flavor has good hop gapefruit and malty flavors however finish is a little metallic Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
POured a reddish amber color with an off white head. Aroma was thick and malty with a strong scent of floral hops. Flavor was a bit unbalanced, malt and hop upfront and then a bland metalic finish. Not bad but not as good as i would have hoped. Suttree (6575) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Sampled at Asheville Brewgrass 2005. Copper, with a fomay off-white head. Really nice smoky, grapefruity aroma. Hge citrus / grapefruit flavor with a nice earthy finish. Nicely viscous palate. Tasty BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, bottles provided by Tom the Cougar, much thanks!
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Ruby hued with a nice tan frothy head and outstanding lacing. The nose displayed a big juicy and fresh hop character with pineapple and starfruit, a little pepper and clove and a carmel bready malt vapor, very inviting indeed! The taste is surprisingly nicely balanced with those big hops playing well with the crystal malting. Snappy but never out of hand, finished with a spice kick in the buds. Sharp and biting but once again, never came off overpowering, the alcohol is well hidden behind that hop character. WOW, one most excellent brew, I enjoyed this more than half of the top 10 IIPA on the site. GET YA SOME!
Bottle: Courtesy of aracauna and TheBeerCellar2 via trades. Excellent aroma of sweet orange, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel. Pours a transparent garnet with a moderate off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Very malty IIPA with lots of sweet orange, caramel, and residual sugar. Nice citrus hop finish. Alcohol isn’t noticealbe at all. Cybercat (6433) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a dark, opaque, slightly reddish brown, almost mahogany, with a thick and fine-bubbled pale tan head. Hoppy aroma has just a hint of cloves. Flavor is quite hoppy but not too bitter, rather lip-smacking, with a spicy hint. Texture is tingly, fizzy and lively and leaves a pleasantly hoppy finish. JK (6379) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
A good beer. Full bodied and light red color. There is a good hop aroma and hop flavor but overall the hops are surprisingly mild, with citrus and some herbs, and balanced by sweet malt. superspak (6375) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2011
12 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 vintage, but no bottle date. Pours hazy red orange color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of nice lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, and tropical fruit; with a bit of pine, spices, and alcohol. Fairly sweet aromas here with good strength. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, toasted malt, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish, with lingering notes of caramel, pine, citrus, and a bit of spice. Pretty large amount of sweetness in comparison to bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied, with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a warming on the finish noticed. Decent drinkability for the level of alcohol, but it was still somewhat of a sipper. Overall a decent imperial red ale, but maybe it is better when it is fresh. This may have bit a bit too old. Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Thanks to aracauna for this sample. Pours ruby red with a thin but stubborn pinkish fine head. Smells of oranges, roses, wildflowers, lemons, cereal. Taste is moderately sweet with some brilliant grape and orange notes. Some nice citrussy elements creep through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is nice ad tingly. Finish is very orangey, but in a more balanced sweet way. Grapefruit notes are there, but very subdued. This is an amazing beer.