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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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4.8
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a substantial head. Nice piney aroma with hints of fruit. Flavor is smooth and hoppy with a nice alcohol warmth. This is a great autumn beer.

4.8
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 1, 2006
A really nice red ale, sweet and hoppy. It had a really nice long head, and a beatiful amber color.

4.8
BeerKurve (520) - - MAY 10, 2012
Very Malt Heavy ale combined with a very complex flavor. We’ve got Rum Raisin, Brown Sugar, Maple, Caramel, Floral Hops, Figs and Spices. Very creamy and smooth to drink. Not the big hoppy monster it so proudly claims to be, but it’s easy to overlook because this is easily one of the tastiest beers I have ever had!

4.8
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

4.7
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Holy crap what a beer. It smells like you are in a field of hops. I’ve never been in a field of hops, so maybe that makes no sense. Maybe I’ve had too many.....Great beer.

4.7
jetboy (32) - USA - FEB 8, 2008
This stuff is GREAT. Aroma hops. Taste Hops. Finish Hops. Not quite a Double Dog but brought out the hop monster in me. Color was superior, body was nice and full. Try this beer.

4.7
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2008
I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I bought a four pack for a trade, and had a couple left so I decided sample one of these higly rated brews for myself. Listed on BA as a double IPA, I was expecting a bright orange grapefruit/pine/hop bomb. I don’t think this style is correct for this beer. The label describes it as an Imperial Red Ale, and this is right on the money. The beer pours a dark amber red into a pint glass with a rich, thick head that slowly fades and leaves great lacing all the way doen the glass. Aromas are full of cut grass and chocolate malt. A strong rye presence and some citrus balance this out. Very multidimensional. The taste is absolutely awesome! There are so many flavors it’s hard to list them all. Chocolate, rye, spicy hops, fruity. Very hoppy yes, but definitely not a hop bomb. This is one of the best beers I’ve had! Mouthfeel is both hoppy and dry and slick and malty at the same time. The high ABV is completely hidden. Overall, this is one of the best beers I’ve had. It just screams DRINK ME! Don’t pass this by if you see it on the shelves!

4.7
S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours a nice coppery-brown with a small off white head. Aroma has that candy-like white pine (sweetly bitter) aroma with a little malt background. Taste is exactly like aroma with lemon, orange, pine & spruce up front fading to a truly interesting chocolate & malt finish. I’ve never had a DIPA like this one and I have to say it is the most shockingly complex and agreeable DIPA I’ve ever had - no exaggeration! You know, it’s kinda like candied orange dipped in chocolate! Absolutely amazing!

4.6
biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...This is a fine specimen my fellow beer geeks...A wonderfiul blending of hops,hops ,and hops...Excellent fruit tones that carried on a tangy, tart vehicle for glorious hops..please do yourself a favor and try this beer...hopefully things will pan out for the guys at Terrapin right now they do not have a place to brew their beer and are doing some batches up in Virginia i think

4.6
muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2006
12 oz bottle (2005) obtained via in-person trade with Wunderbier in Savannah, GA (April 2006). The hops are evident immediately on opening the bottle, plenty of fresh leafy greens even after 6 months along with an awesome sweet vanilla/almond blend, ripe pears and an exploding orgy of flowers....all emanates from a deep, tawny maple-brass body topped by a creamy very slow-decaying tan head and thick ropy lacing.....the body is sweetly nutty, lightly fruity (apples, pears, and midway through, tart bing cherries), a touch doughy in consistency, and growing in dry, slightly aged hoppy-woody hardness towards the end, which still maintains some sweetness and a light syrupy quality....there is virtually no trace of alcohol at first though a hint of medicinal character develops with the cherry syrupyness, but not in any way that is damaging to the extraordinary sweet-bitter quality in any way, merely adding that something that lets you know this is an adult drink and not just some superluminous combination of the greatest soda you ever had and the best organic almond milk....simultaneously beguiling, soft, burning and fiery, juicy and hard, this feels like the most entrancing and jubilant example of a strong IPA that I’ve had since first encountering Dreadnaught, and it’s damn near the equal. I can’t imagine how great this would be fresh on tap....I won’t, or the tears will flow. Thank you so goddamn much Brandon!


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