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

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 1
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:
Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 11-22-2008

"Belgian Imperial Red Ale"
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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Climax Noel pours a dark brownish red with a strong head of at least 2-3 fingers with a tight bubble snow lacing. The label shows a train going through a snow storm.

The aroma was spicy and of caramel with some hoppiness in the background. It had the smell of a red but a more aggressive nose. The first taste was spicy up front with a good caramel malt backbone and a bitterness stay took a nap on the tongue. It was spicy all the way through and was yet real smooth. The 8 percent made itself known by not in a "in your face" sort of way. Overall I was really impressed with this brew. It makes me want to revisit some of their mainstream offerings that I may have written off as average.

Photo of ricke49
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2009 version....so I suspect that by fall 2010 it was at least 9 months in the bottle ....and that may be key. Because it drank with a smooth pleasurable sensation that is not reflected in many of the "B" reviews that have appeared to date. It's my guess that waiting 9-12 months, or longer, on this creation brings out a whole other experience. This offered a near perfect balance between malty sweetness, hops, and moderately high ABV. It sipped very pleasurably. It had a complex and satisfying taste. It was just a damn fine brew. Hopefully the $4.49 bombers that were on closeout last month at a nearby store are still there, when I make my next trip into 'civilization.

Photo of robbyc1
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange/red look, with good head, off white.

Very fruity nose, cherries, lime, apricot, very good.

Taste is similar, with solid malt fruity, balanced by the hops, finish is solid and warming. Really a nice winter warmer which I was looking for on the 33 degree day. Fine and dandy.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who are these guys? Found this in the winter beer selection at Tully's. After drinking this beer, I hope that Dawn will be getting some more beers from Eel River. The beer, when poured, is quite pretty. A dark red amber color with a thick tan head and plenty of lacing. A caramel aroma with a hops presence. Taste was a good caramel malt as well as a good belt of hops. Pretty chewy beer, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber bottle bought in Orono, Maine, that I shared with one of the best women I've ever dated, this beer was a mahogany color with one-finger of beige head. The retention of the thin cap was good and the lacing was great in genuine curtains. The aroma was of doughy/bready malt, light alcohol, some mustiness and a lightly toasted character. The flavors were excellent, butterscotch, nuts, wood chips, vanilla, brown sugar and a light spiciness. A great example of the flavor profile one would hope to find from a Winter Warmer. The higher ALC was well-concealed too. The mouthfeel was smooth and soft, the carbonation subtle and the body medium/full. If you find it, buy it.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a rich dark red with a very robust off white head and good thick lacing. Very attractive pour.

Nose was of caramel malts and floral and pine hops. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Flavor is both bitter and spicy and he finish is bitter as well.

This listed on the bottle as an Imperial Red so am not why it is called a winter warmer, but it was indeed just that. I have a feeling this will keep well in my beer cellar so in case this is going to be a limited offering I intend to lay in a supply to entertain my beer loving friends this winter. This is excellent stuff.

Photo of littlebibs
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the new "Grill next door" Haverhill, Ma. Another excellent seasonal winter warmer offering. I try many of these as they come out, this one is right up there with the best of
them, strong, so go easy on this delicious concoction whiles it around. Nice mix of tastes swirl around the tounge, check this out if you can find it.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22 oz. bottle. No expiration date.

Smell: Very spicy (coriander and a little nutmeg), Belgian yeastiness, brown sugar, ripe plums, a little sour, a little brown, and a hint of apple cider. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet and carbonated. Quite sweet ripe fruits meet with a sharp bitterness at first. Yeast flavors are prominent and notable caramel apple notes. Underlying grape skin bitterness provides just enough balance though sweet malts do dominate the flavor profile but are quite complex...syrupy plums, apples, brown sugar along with a touch of coriander spiciness. Finish is quite spicy, fairly bitter, and a pinch cidery. No sign of the 9% alcohol...and VERY drinkable.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Liana
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flannelman808
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours very nicely... lots of white foamy head with nice lacing.... It is a murky brown color, pretty opaque and rather dense looking. There is a hint of orange in the color as well.

S: There is a nice bouquet of pie spices which seems to dominate. I also Smell some fruit.. apricot and other stone fruits. There is a mild Dulce de leche quality here as well.. smells nice.

T: This beer is 'bready' and approachable, not overbearing. I'm thinking almost too approachable. The aroma renders more pungent than the taste does potent. That said its not bad. I still get the cinnamon and allspice quality and can detect a little bit of caramel. The stone fruit I was hoping for is not really there, instead I get a baking soda like carbonation that seems to wipe out what I was hoping would be a very complex brew.

M: I wish this beer had some more body too it... It smells like a bombshell and looks like a hot babe but tastes like a model with a really bad eating disorder. There is a little too much carbonation on this one I wish it was a little more tongue friendly.

D: pretty drinkable, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this off-season holiday brew at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul, MN. It has a deep orange-brown / copper color with a decent light-tan bubbly head and great lacing. The aroma brings a quiet sour cherry and cider malt. Pleasant enough but maybe too understated. The flavor offers a grassy hopped malt and sour fruit and cinnamon. Not an obvious Christmas brew for sure but a nice enough brew with a heavy leaning to the leafy bite while carrying a goodly honey malt to balance things. It's medium bodied or so, with a crisp feel that finishes with a dry cover. Plenty drinkable for the style with little alcohol evidence. Nothing conjuring images of sleigh bells and snowfall but it's a good brew that goes down happily. Fair grade for general ale goodness, low grade for my Christmas list.

Photo of Beerswag
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle updated tan and blue logo poured into 25cl tulip
Appearance is dark mahogany/dark brown woth a yellowish-tan 1" frothy head which is gone in 1 minute. Lacing is nice and sticky. Smell is a definate hop bitter front backed by juicy fruit, pine, brown sugar, grapefruit, apricot. A very juicy winter
Beer.. Taste is a nice bitter hop front with nice malt back bone, not too much spice here. Mango fruit and tropical undertones throughout.A hoppy/piney/sweet imperial red with complexity. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a medium carbonation, and sticky resin feel to the mouth. Would be appreciated by hop heads,'as a christmas ale. should be drank fresh I believe. Pair with a aged yellow chedder/ beemster, cashew/brazil/chesnuts, black truffels, beef bone-marrow.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber brown with a thumb of tan head with little retention but good lacing.

S: Warm caramel and dried fruits with a spicy hoppiness to it.

T: Yum, dark malts and a raisin prune like flavor are the most dominant, with a nice citrus hop just present in the background. The high ABV ties the bitterness and maltiness together quite well, and gives the drink a warm flavor.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a wet warm mouth feel.

D: For a nice cheap organic brew, this is a good find.

Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew is a 2009 bottle.

Poured into a chalice glass.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Brew has alot of sediment in the glass, which I always appreciate. Light tan head quickly leaves into a lace patch island. Good sediment and cloudiness, no real lacing, head is rather ho hum. Above average looks.

Nose is sweet dark fruits, yeasts, spices. Bready malts and it is a nice balanced nose. Above average smell.

Brew is nicely carbonated in the beginning, spiciness and dark fruits. Yeasty, malty smoothness in the middle. The brew finishes clean and has a slight bitterness to it. A little thinner then expected, but honestly its a refreshing Dubbel. the alcohol is well hidden. Good flavors and taste.

This is a good solid brew, nice smooth balanced brew that probably benefited from over a year of sitting. A brew that is sessionable as well. Good solid brew.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness in the nose.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which also has some hints of dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Sark
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy reddish-coppery color. There was a fairly large off fizzy white head on it that dropped away rather quickly. Interesting nose. Yeasty and bready, with a hint of a little funk. Some raisins, faint spices and caramel malts also. Definitely some fizziness on the tongue. Toffee, faint raisins, toffee, and some distant, faint citrus bitterness to the taste. A touch harsh. It's not too bad, but just doesn't seem to work.

Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace served at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting 12/22/09.

Reddish amber body, 1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Nose is fairly sweet up front, a bit of spice (cardamon?) and decent hoppiness on the back end. The taste is unlike any imperial red I've ever had, very, very sweet cherries dominate the taste, really mask the hops. A bit of alcohol heat, and the IMO cloying sweetness, inhibit drinkability. Pretty smooth, but too sweet for my liking. A decent enough holiday imperial red, though if if wasn't the season I wouldn't drink this. Worth a try if you like fruity winter warmers.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip....2009 vintage

A: Amber body with hints of orange and ruby, two finger head forms and maintains half finger head for large portion of beer. Very creamy with nice lacing.

S: Candied caramel malt, orange, hints of hop citrus aromas as well. Nice and straightforward but not overly intense or complex.

T: Flavor follows suit with the nose for the most part, yeast is more present in the taste and just a hint of booze is noticed mid palate. Finish lingers with hops, but needs a little more to really crisp things up and help the drinkability.

M: Pretty smooth, medium body and the abv is not really felt, warming as it goes down but not overpowering.

D: As I said before, needs a little more dry hopping and this would be a very drinkable beer, as is being a 9% belgian imperial red its pretty drinkable...

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Climax Noel - Imperial Red Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.