Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2015 On tap at the brewpub. Hopped up British malted. Coconut. Reddish colour. Ok drink ability. chinchill (5011) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2015
"Imperial Red Ale" on tap at the brewpub.
Lovely, clear, reddish-amber body with a good head and lacy patterns left on the glass.
Crisp, prickly carbonation. Moderately bitter. Hoppy but with some roasted grain flavor.
deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear deep amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has flora and sweet grains with a good amount of booze coming through. Flavor is booze forward with sweet grains and a bit of citrus underlying. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Tap. Clear copper pour, offwhite head. Aroma was fruit, spice, maybe a little nut. Sweet taste with some hop kick. Pretty good stuff. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
islay (2755) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Appearance: clear dark amber, dense beige head, lots of scattered lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal and caramel aroma with lots of citrus and a nice grapefruit character, touch of bread,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of crystal and caramel malts are kept dry by lots of citrus and earthy hops, well balanced bitterness, touch of bitter grapefruit rind, just a touch of sticky sweetness to balance the bitterness, hint of hot caramel, lasting bitter finish,
Overall: just what an imperial red should be
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Approximately 10 oz. pour from a growler that had been opened the previous day. Thanks to iradog for sharing. Odd aroma features cookie, brown sugar, raisin, brownie, and prune from the malts and grapefruit from the hops. That sounds pretty good, but there’s something off about it. Pours a maroon or dark copper with an amber glow. A touch of haze in the liquid. Beige head is small because the growler had been opened the previous day, but I’m told it had been quite impressive on the initial pours. Very sugar-sweet and fruity taste with a dry finish. Honey and cardboard flavors. There’s a strange and unpleasant effect that I suppose can be called a spiciness. The hops are remarkably dry in the long aftertaste. Medium body. Soft in the palate. This beer suffered from being undercarbonated, but I highly doubt I would have enjoyed it in its ideal state. It’s just a weird brew that I’m not feeling at all. It’s quite a disappointment, as "hoppy double red ale" sounded pretty good to me. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2008
This was a treat. Huge malt aroma that provided a nice spicy aroma. Almost like a christmas beer with a nutty characteristic. Gorgeous red body and surprisingly smooth. A real treat. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a clear copper red, topped by a huge head of peach colored foam - thick and creamy. And long lived. Biscuit malt and graham cracker in the aroma.
Exceptionally malty beer, with lots going on - toffee, burnt caramel, biscuit, orange peel, cherry pit. The malt sweetness is balanced by a strong hop presence - bitter, oily, and piney, with strong tannin in the finish. Nice strong bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Dark Copper with Off White Ring and Skin. A Bit Dry, Malty with Heavy Alcohol...Almost Like Vodka..Very Sweet As Well. Cherry Flavor Residing Alongside it’s Syrapy Sweetness. Very Potent. This Strong Ale with Have Your Attention. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Deep clear copper. Nice head, sticky and lasts. Nose sugary and strong, some apricot in the fruitiness. Flavor strong and ovelry sweet, a bit peppery. Too sweet.