547 Haight - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
A dark but clear auburn and ruby with a thick, pillowing pearl colored foam. Lots of sticky lacing running down the glass.
Pungent aroma and a nice combination of malt and hops: piney and citrus hops, toffee, bread, and caramel.
Balanced yet full flavor, without much to any alcohol presence, which is quite the accomplishment at this ABV. Piney and citrus hops with lots of caramel and toffee, without being too sweet. Very nice.
Medium mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable for a beer this big.
A delicious strong ale/imperial red.
09-09-2011 20:58:52 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
enjoyed on tap at carlsblad location. An imperial red, malty and hoppy. Orange red coloured body. Above average mouthfeel. Good bitterness, resiny, piney,syrupy,caramel a bit of a palate erase (so a pint is a lot-TM). Good drinkabiiity. Decent balance for what it is.
01-23-2012 02:20:23 | More by Sammy
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
On tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours deep hazy amber, with a thin covering of light mocha colored frothy head. This pretty much doesn't budge, especially staying rich around the edges and leaving thick and sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is rich with Amarillo hops, which give off plenty of dry spice and pine in the nostrils. Lots of sticky tropical fruit character is also present, as is a thick underpinning of caramel and toasted grains. This sits nice and heavy in the nose but still remains somewhat lively thanks to the sharpness of the hop profile.
The taste matches the aroma, with a blast of resins, bitter citrus rind, and spice up front, being balanced by a thick background of sweet fruits (mango, pineapple), rich & sticky toffee notes, and roasted malt character. Almost a dark molasses feel here to that big malty backbone. The spice and dryness of the hops really sticks around hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and thick, with a softer creaminess to the carbonation that keeps that big feel relatively smooth on the palate. As a matter of fact, you would be hard pressed to believe that this is 10% ABV. I mean, this has some beef and warmth to the overall feel but it never in any way gets out of hand.
Wow, just a big & burly West Coast flavored Double Red here, which seemed to pack the power and flavor of a couple of beers into itself. Well done and a fitting tribute beer for the SF Toronado. I'm glad that they are continuing to brew this one.
03-25-2010 19:33:09 | More by Kegatron
4.15/5 rDev +1%
On tap into a shaker pint glass at Toronado the day after their 24th anniversary. Dark brown with some reds and orange at the edge of the glass with barely any head off the pour. Can't see anything through the glass, but there was some nice lacing as I drank from the pint.
Nose was toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and a decent amount of hops, orange and grapefruit peel mainly.
Taste follows the nose pretty much exactly, a good amount of malt, toffee, toasted grains, brown sugar, with just a touch of citrus hops, orange mainly to give a little bittering. Pretty easy to drink, to be honest.
Medium bodied with a smooth soft carbonation. Drank much too easily for a 10% beer, finished my pint quickly, maybe because I was thirsty with this being my first beer. Pretty good beer, but nothing that distinguishes itself from other beers similar to it like fresh Double Bastard or Old Stock.
08-14-2011 21:52:30 | More by nataku00
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Brewed, I am assuming, in honor of Toronado. This is an Imperial Red Ale - however, since that is not a style on BA, I have to classify it as an American Strong Ale.
Pours a beautiful dark amber/copper color with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that never fully dies - nice!
Smells delicious - piny hops and lots of caramel malt.
Taste is excellent. Lots of delicious caramel malt backed up by a nice balance of piny hops. Strong in flavor, but very well balanced. This is a 10% that drinks like an 8% beer. Nicely done.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Nicely carbonated, with a medium mouthfeel and a perfect richness.
Drinkability is excellent. The growler went too fast.
Highly recommended. Go try it.
08-28-2007 06:16:28 | More by rallison
4/5 rDev -2.7%
On tap at Toronado for their 24th. Has a dark red translucent body topped by a thin white head. Pretty big nose, an even mix of dark semi-sweet malt and resinous, piney hops; very Double Bastard-like. Palate isn't far from the nose, with a ton of dark slightly caramelized and roasted malt flavor, followed by herbal and resinous hops. Ends on a biting bitter note, quite dry for the high ABV.
08-13-2011 23:37:51 | More by largadeer
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate amber color with a nice white head. A bit of lacing but not as much as I would expect from something this hoppy. Nose is overload of citrus and pine and is quite nice overall. The taste is a really dominated by the strong hops notes, although the flavor isn't as prevalent as the nose. The feel is quite bitter and nice. Drinks very well and was a nice selection. Glad to have visited.
11-03-2010 02:01:29 | More by Thorpe429
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
On-tap at Carlsbad
A: A solid looking pour to this one: a deep, dark amber color with plenty of red with a thin off-white head.
S: A solid hop aroma to the nose with plenty of citrus and pine. Even with the hops, the toffee, caramel, and toasted malt are pronounced, yet somehow remain at the back.
T: Like the nose, there are some nice sweet malty qualities to the flavor (as you would expect from a red). Also like the nose, the hops really are the star of the beer providing plenty of grapefruit and a bitter and piney finish.
M: A medium to full bodied ale with a light carbonation.
D: I didn't even realize this was 10% until I looked up the beer on here. Very well hidden ABV and a delicious beer all around.
02-28-2010 09:12:15 | More by womencantsail
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured on tap into a pint glass at Pizza Port Carlsbad 10-02-07.
Poured a reddish brown color with a small head that whil sticky almost vanished in a couple of minutes. Smell most of toffee and malt profiles. Taste Carmel, toffee, peacan bourbon reduction with a mild bitterness that was of set by the malty body. But the body still proved to be creamy and smooth for a 10% beer. That makes this beer a creeper beer that will catch up to you. I had a glass of pliny elder than this and about 15 min. later felt pretty nice.
10-03-2007 03:17:16 | More by sfoley333
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
On cask at PP Carlsbad
Appearance is a clear amber hue, lively patch of bubbles on top, minimal lacing
Smell is big caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, and piney hops
Taste mostly follows the aroma, the sweet malts dominate throughout, alcohol warming also hits the palate strongly and doesn't let go, pine hops, anise, molasses show up in the middle, finishes bitter and malty
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick and chewy texture, mild carbonation (cask!)
Drinkability is moderate, the alcohol is definitely stiff at 10% and the malt/hop profile is in your face, might be a little less edgy on draft
05-14-2008 08:27:24 | More by Stoneman78
4.15/5 rDev +1%
On tap at Toronado's. Barleywine festival.
A - Light mahogany pour with a 1 finger head, which dissipated fast.
S/T - Caramel, anise, breadiness, toffee, and light alcohol. Possibly some dark fruits such as plums/raisins.
M - Full-bodied, rich, malt-dominated, which lent a creamy, yet viscous feel.
D - Would love to try again should they bottle this one.
02-20-2009 18:23:11 | More by MisterClean
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
What we have here is a damn fine beer. Listed as an Impy red ale at Carlsbad it drank nothing like one.
Dark copper colored semi transparent with an off white head. Sticky trickling lace clings for dear life.
Very un-red ale like. Thick sweet caramel and milk chocolate with date and fig paste. Berries and candied nuts with a hint of clove.
A great beer. Thick creamy and delectable. Good floral hopping that lends to a good bitter balanced finish. Very sweet but not cloying. Milk chocolate, fig jam, clove, dried berry, date, and candied nuts. Alcohol is noticeable but dosen't really interfere with drinkability.
10-01-2007 23:57:01 | More by mcallister
4.15/5 rDev +1%
A: pellucid crimson with a frothy beige cap.
S: Pungent mixture of grapefruit and pine resin with a substantial caramel malt foundation. Hop aroma is great when the beer warms.
T: Pine resin, strong caramel malt presence, balanced with an upper moderate level of bitterness. Dash of sweetness. Almost balanced in the finish with caramel, pine, and grapefruit
M: Sticky and creamy. Upper medium bodied. Upper moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice malty imperial red ale. Not as aggressive as something like Tongue Buckler, but is tasty and drinkable.
09-06-2010 23:00:00 | More by HopHead84
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA.
Pours a hazy amber with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is much the same with medium citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
09-18-2012 01:46:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Enjoyed on tap at Blind Lady Ale House, poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a nice rich red color with a half finger or so of tan/orange head.
Beer smelled a bit piney, but also very sweet like toffee.
Beer initially tasted very sweet of toffee and caramel. The sweetness followed by a bit of bitterness hid the booze taste very well.
Relatively on the light side, but a good bit of lacing. Overall, a very well balanced strong ale that was fairly easy drinking.
01-19-2012 01:37:41 | More by Merkur
547 Haight from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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