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Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdense on 03-22-2010)
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Photo of PDXHops
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Deep amber with a thickish head that is in no hurry to disappear. Impressive amount of sticky lacing.

Huge citrus and pine aromas swimming in an equally huge caramel maltiness. Hard to figure out what's the most impressive thing going on here: the robustness of the malt profile, the scathing bitterness, the complete absence of booziness, or the insane pine and grapefruit flavors. Regardless, this beer is pretty much Exhibit A of how to construct a big badass red ale. Great stuff.

PDXHops, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of loren01
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish color, nice sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Piney, sweet pineapple like scents
T: Caramel maltiness up front with a nice piney/earthy hop flavor
M: Medium bodied beer, abv is pretty well hidden...until 5 min later that is
D: I love this beer, very well done. Price is a little steep though...got this one for I think 8.50 from John's Marketplace...wont be buying regularly because of that.

loren01, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of PZBREW
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a. red with some brown. big head that stays for awhile. nice color. clear.
s. caramel and fruit with hops. very nice.
t. tasty. rich but refreshing. lots of caramel again. citrus too.
m. very nice. rich. not thick. good carbonation.
o. very happy. will buy more. a good suggestion.

PZBREW, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid red and amber appearance, even keeled 1" head to it. Nice aroma, legitimate dry hopping, HUB always delivers in this department in my experience, and you even get a nice dallop of that malt sweetness that you can get out of a legitimate red beer, even some tropical smell to it. Interplay = nice.

More of the same in the taste, solid hopping, but not so much that it vitiates what makes a red a red. Caramel enjoyable, a bunch of C hops, some more modern ones for the aroma, nuggets seem to pair best with red ale malt bills as well, bitterness not out of control. Munich like mild spice presence pairing with smoothness. Dichotomy! Alcohol hidden well.

This beer owes Nugget Nectar no apologies, one of the things I liked even better here was how the bitterness was not over the top. A legitimate challenge to the throne I says. Only problem is, this stuff is expensive, at $8.50 a bomber.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this beer has a great label. Old school videogame inspired= great label.

Appears dark red with a tan head.

It smells of potent citrusy hops, chocolate and caramel malts. There is also a grassy hop presence as well. It has a very clean hoppy and malty smell to it.

It tastes of pine like and citrusy malts. There is a nice roasted and dry malt flavor to the beer. I like this Imperial red a lot because the malts they use are mostly dry not sweet though there is a mild toffee flavor as well. The beer ends with a nice bitterness to it.

The beer has a somewhat thick mouthfeel to it.

Overall a great hoppy imperial red ale that has a nice malt flavor and a nice hoppy flavor. I really enjoy this beer.

chumba526, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopworks in Portland Oregon.

A: 1/8" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cherry red liquid.

S: Faint smell of sugars and cherries.

T: Tart with a sweet finish and aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Excellent Imperial IPA that is very easy to drink.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of sixheadedgoblin
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm currently on a hunt for the perfect hoppy red ale. I want a relatively light body, truly red malt, and the intense hops one finds in an exceptional IPA. It's a pretty rare style of beer, and I haven't had much luck, even though I live in the Pacific Northwest - the home of hops.

This beer had been recommended to me by one of the owners of the Gravity Room - whose opinion I trust - when I asked them about that style. When I saw it on tap at the Eastside Club, it was a no-brainer.

It's an imperial, so obviously I was out of luck with regards to its body. Indeed, when I asked the bartender to describe it, the first word he used was "big." It is big. It's one of those beers that might be described as a meal. Many of the reviews here criticize it for its sweetness. This is the same complaint I hear from many IPA drinkers when they have an imperial IPA. I see this almost as a compliment: Drinkers who, like me, wanted an IPA-like red ale - which focused on hops instead of malt - were disappointed because this beer features both in abundance, which is, of course, what an imperial should feature.

Though I did not find the beer I've been looking for, I still think this beer is very good. It's everything an Imperial IRA should be. The color is perfect. It's flavor has a lot of depth - the hops are bold, at once bitter and floral, and the malt is at once sweet and toasty. The alcohol is high, but not ridiculous. I'm not sure I've had a better one.

sixheadedgoblin, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Hopworks BikeBar (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a ½ finger cap of slight off-white head. The retention on this is great, with this having a rich ¾ finger flare-up when swirled, and throwing up a robust cascade of spotty lace onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral, piney, and VERY spicy. Underneath lays a green and ripe feeling twang of grapefruit, sweet caramel, and burnt toast. Man, this has a real flavorful power to it in the nostrils.

The taste is aggressive with the hop flavors here, with a bold grapefruit character and assertive notes of resins and spice. This is buffered by a malty backbone of caramel (which really takes to those ripe citrus flavors here) and a darker roasted feel that lingers in the finish along with leftover remnants of pine, spice, and bitter rind. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling creaminess that spreads all of those aggressive and rich flavors out into the mouth. This is really creamy feeling underneath and while there is some light warmth to the body, there is no way that this feels almost 10%. The alcohol is extremely well hid here and I think that really speaks to the depth and robustness of the flavor profile.

This is a VERY nicely done Imperial Red, with a warm and flavorful heft to the profile that kept me coming back sip after sip. It’s awesome that this is available in bottles. I’m going to have to track a few of these down.

Kegatron, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best bottle art ever? BEST BOTTLE ART EVER.

With that out of the way...

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass. August 18th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice fluffy head of white foam. While the lacing is not as epic as the name would suggest, it does stick around on the sides of the glass at a medium level.

S: Galactic Imperial Red gives off a strong caramel malt aroma along with some bitter pine hops and a bit of citrusy floral notes. There are also some random grassy bits floating around in there.

T: Very earthy and dank with major bread and sweet caramel and molasses malt flavors. There is a strong pine component from the hops in the beer as well, which helps to bring balance to this galactic space invader. The booziness in this beast is noticeable but not overpowering.

M: This beer has a medium body with a chewy mouth feel. It's a bitter beer that leaves your mouth feeling slightly sticky, but it's a good thing. Carbonation is medium.

O: While not really an Imperial IPA, this is a damn good imperial red ale. The retro kitsch factor from the label is what got me to buy it, but I ended up loving this beer. A great balance of over-the-top malt and hops make me one happy drinker.

distantmantra, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

OregonGrown7, Aug 05, 2013
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Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.