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Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale
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Ratings: 2
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Firehouse Grill & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: nickd717 on 02-11-2010)
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Durge, Jun 01, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

nickd717, Feb 11, 2010
Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.