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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An imperial red ale that in the future will be produced as a limited annual artesian brew.

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3.9
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Clear gold pour with a small head that fades to a messy ring and leaves some minor lacing. Aroma is a great mix of hops and malt. Candied citrus, caramel, pine, butterscotch and light chocolate. Tastes surprisingly more bitter than sweet. Sharp pine and onion hops, light juicy citrus, strong caramel malt. Medium body. Very good.

3.7
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Aroma of OJ, pine, booze, caramel. Flavor: wow, really really great! Big resin with caramel malts in background. Bitterness is obviously there, but despite being 124 IBUs, it doesn’t overwhelm like I was expecting. Amazing job there. ABV is well-concealed, but the heavy, syrupy thick mouthfeel will ensure this isn’t quaffed too quickly. Best enjoyed and savored one big slow sip at a time. VERY strong ale for sure.

3.5
vyvvy (6520) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Pours clear bronze with a soapy tan head. The aroma has pineapple / pine / dank hops with some sweet toasty malt and some syrup notes. It has a medium / full body that’s slick and has softish carbonation. The flavor starts with pineapple hops, syrupy malt, spice, pine and dark candy. The finish has more pine, earthy and wood added along with some alcohol shows. Good for the style.

3
Christpuncher (3135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Super malty and boozy red ale. Very tough to drink. Smells boozy and had a bottle pour at a friends. Pours red in color. Not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
bagalagalaga (161) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2015
I thought this one sounded like a unique style, "Imperial Red", but it really wound up just being a slightly reddish colored imperial IPA. It was heavy on the hops, still good overall.

4.1
Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Poured up on tap at the Gilbert W.o.B. where it exhibits a nice looking mahogany colored body that supports a tan head that leaves behind some sheet lacing. The aroma offers up some roasted malts, pine hops and a bit of earthy sort of nutty notes. The taste hits first with malts and some malt roastiness before chocolate malts and coffee help usher in some resiny pine hops and spicy black licorice as well as mild earthy tea like notes, nice. Toward the finish the roasted malts come forward. Nice brew with plenty of hops and varied malts to keep it interesting.

4.4
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours dark amber with lacing and legs. Alcohol nose followed by pine and citrus. Big bold sweet flavors supported by a strong backbone of hop flavors and bitterness, (124 IBUs). Great balance and smooth. Full body with burn. Love this one!

3.7
trapped (3240) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 16, 2015
Draught. Reddish amber with creamy large beige head, candy aroma, medium carbonation, taste starts slightly sweet but quickly turns into a hoppy one, long finish with caramel aftertaste. Quite interesting sequence of tastes.

3.9
fidelis83 (2453) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Clear chestnut pour with a 1 finger, creamy tan head that has good retention. Aroma is caramel, muted tree fruit, sweet citrus, dull, but fresh pine, and hints of hop spiciness and pine. Flavor is caramel, mild almost cashew toffee-like nutty and buttery notes, smooth, sweet and toasty woody notes, a little bready yeast, sweet, cooked tree fruit, a hint of caramelized stone fruit and toasted pine. Medium body, lightly chewy to lightly syrupy entry, bordering on dry, medium, blanketing and sharp carbonation and dry, slightly astringent finish. This stuff is really good, though despite many possible descriptors nothing stands out very strongly in the flavor, or aroma. That makes it seem somewhat plain despite being pretty flavorful and extremely well balanced. It’s weird... Dangerously drinkable, nearly on par with Hopslam and very few others, in that regard.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10482) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2014
12 oz bottle from notes. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have orange citrus and pine resin hops, caramel, toasted bready malts, moderate bitterness that lasts through the finish, solid beer from these guys.


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