Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale - Firehouse Grill & Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
Fortunate enough to find this on tap at the Sunnyvale brewpub, this imperial red ale has a deep mahogany color with a decent light beige colored cap and good lines of lacing in its wake. I smell some peat and lots of deep toffee malt and a touch of herbal hops. Very nice and happily very spot on with the first mouthfull. Maybe a little more pine in the hops but lots more malt, sweet and full, rich and such a nice combination. I don't taste the peat quite as much, but there is a toasted grain quality that settles so nicely on the palette. It's resinous, smooth, near a full bodied brew but dangerously drinkable with minimal alcohol influence in the taste by my sensors. I could enjoy this anytime and would recommend it to all fans of malt/hop marriages!
06-01-2010 03:26:36 | More by Durge
3.28/5 rDev -13.2%
On tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.
Deep, clear reddish brown color with a nice off-white head.
Aroma is rough citrusy and earthy hops, caramel malt, and slight buttery and vegetal notes.
Flavor is dominated by intense rough hops - citrusy, piney, and earthy. Also a good amount of caramel malt. A little buttery.
Fairly full bodied and mildly syrupy with brutal hop oils that demolish your palate. Somewhat boozy; the 10% ABV makes itself known.
Drinkability is not great, as the glass was a bit of a struggle to finish. Decent overall, except for a few minor flaws.
02-11-2010 17:06:45 | More by nickd717
Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.