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Climax Noel - Imperial Red Ale - Eel River Brewing Co.

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Belgian Imperial Red Ale"

(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 11-22-2008)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light brown colored body.
The aroma is a pleasant barnyard, grain and lemon mixture.
The taste is a sharp malty sweetness, a hit of lemon bitterness, caramel and pine.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
A bold red ale.

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Beautiful, unbelievable cherry red color in the tumbler. It's like a drink in a fancy cocktail bar plus the beautiful tall head. A pleasant sudsy mouthful. Expansive aroma of piney hops.

Malty and wheaty, in the cereal sense. Warm with malt and hot with alcohol. It's like having a shot with your IPA. Lots of hops but not overly bitter, but spicy with all the hop aromatics. Sharp and tangy with a thin body. It's really like a mixed drink dosed up with bitters.

The best I've had from Eel River. From the 22 oz bottle bought at La Bodega Wines & Spirits in Riverside.

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2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of citrus forward qualities in the aroma and flavor.

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Climax Noel - Imperial Red Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.