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Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Galactic Imperial RedGalactic Imperial Red

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jdense on 03-22-2010

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tick shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The beer pours a very clear amber with a thin off-white head. Pretty standard.

S: Starts off with some fruity citrus hops (including some citrus peel). There is a light floral note to go along with toffee and bread. A strong candy sweetness that sort of ruins it for me. A little bit of pine on back end.

T: Same sort of story here. Very sweet with an almost candy/sugar flavor. Hints of tropical fruits as well as citrus peel and pine. A moderate bitterness along with grass and chalk; perhaps a slight booze note.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really a let down for me. I had hoped for a nice hoppy red ale, but that's not what I got. Overly sweet and just not very good.

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Photo of claspada
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear amber with a thin off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with a crap ton of citrus hops. There is a light floral note to go along with a little caramel and bready malts.

The tastes begin with a boat ton of bitter citrus hops. Very sweet with an almost candy/sugar sweetness. Hints of tropical fruits as well as citrus peel and pine.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall this was really a let down for me. I had hoped for a nice hoppy red ale, but that's not what I got. Too sweet and bitter without malt balance. Pass...

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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colour with a smooth off-white head. Good head retention.

Very malty aroma with good toffee notes. Resinous hops add depth but this lacks floral hop character and depth to support the 100IBU.

Big, sweet malt with some toasty, toffee notes. Big bitterness as well with a touch of floral hop character and some fruity yeast esters.

Medium full body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

This is a decent beer but for me the sweetness is too much and the hop flavour not sufficient.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is just a hair off white and is pretty fluffy and frothy. The body is a very dark red color, it's almost brown it's so dark. Really almost too dark for a red ale, but I suppose it is an imperial. Visibility through this beer is very small, but I can see a few things on the other side. Carbonation looks medium to low, and there is a fair amount of small pieces of sediment in the beer. Head retention is pretty good, I still have about an inch of head left. Lacing looks good so far, but we will see how it goes down to the bottom of the glass. Overall a very nice looking beer, we'll see how the lacing goes, but right now I like the appearance a lot. The smell is....well pretty damn standard, it smells like a pretty standard imperial red. Not to say it doesn't smell good, it does for sure, it's just not taking any big leaps. It's very sweet smelling, and pretty damn malty, some hops, but seriously low on the hops for a red ale, I guess imperial ales are sweeter and maltier, and lower on hops, but this is a little extreme for me. I mean I'm just not getting much else other than those three smells, I can smell a little alcohol in here too I guess. Overall it doesn't smell bad, just way too ordinary and not very complex. It smells like a good beer, and maybe it deserves a 4, because I can tell it's a quality brew, but I'm going to give it a 3.5 because it was 8.29$ and it's so damn ordinary. Well on the taste...this beer isn't worth 8.29$, it's really not that great, the smell was better than the taste is. It's just really really REALLY boring. The most powerful taste for sure is the alcohol, which is irritating, I know it's a double red ale, but I want to be able to taste the freaking beer. Other than that I get a little bit of malts, some sweetness and a little bit of hops, more hops than I thought I would get, which is good, but not that much more. Maybe some dark fruit in here too? I dunno. It's like....there is a huge alcohol flavor, but at the same time the beer doesn't really have much flavor, it's just not very flavorful. All the other flavors are too small to back up such a hugely alcoholic beer. It's really just super super super boring, I kinda can't get over how boring it is. Sure all the BASIC (a good ale might throw in a few extra) elements are there, but they just aren't that well done, and you can't taste them that well. The flavor isn't terrible, it's still clearly a quality brew, it's not a crap shoot, but it's for sure the worst Hopworks beer I have had, and for SURE not worth 8.29$. The mouthfeel is pretty crappy too, not much bite at all from hops or from carbonation, only from the alcohol. The carbonation is very low and the beer is far from crisp. It's a very mellow body, only character is from the alcohol. It's just feels boring and even a little watery overall. Not a great mouthfeel, it's even more boring than the taste. Drinkability is terrible, it's a very tough beer to put down not only because of the alcohol, but because there really isn't anything too amazingly tasty to this beer. Overall a pretty disappointing beer and for sure the worst beer from Hopworks that I have tried. Not a terrible beer, it's clearly a quality beer, it's just coming short in almost every flavor category. Overall nothing amazing here.

The appearance was this beers one really redeeming factor, great lacing all the way throughout the beer, and the head and the body looked great from the start

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Photo of boralyl
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A - This beer produces a big 1 1/2 inch sticky white head. The retention is good and it leaves plenty of lacing. The beer looks amazing. It's clear with a deep ruby red hue.

S - The aroma consists of strong pine and caramel notes.

M - Medium in body with good carbonation. Slightly oily with a warming alcohol presence.

T - It's got a big caramel malt backbone which holds up throughout the taste. There are big citrus and pine flavors contributed by the hops. Alcohol rears it's head toward the finish. Speaking of the finish, it has a medium-high bitterness that lingers after each swallow.

This is a big beer, for sure. It's very good, but a little too bitter and the alcohol isn't hidden as much as I'd like. If you get a chance to check out the brewpub and you enjoy big bold beers, give this one a try.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the pub.

A - Poured a clear reddish amber with a thin cream colored head. The head fades quickly but leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Not much here. Some sweet bready malts and heat.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweet bread and malty.

D - Decent carbonation and a light, thin body.

O - Hot and lifeless. Not a ton of flavor here.

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Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed copper hue with a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is sweet caramel malts,a touch of roastiness with piney hops and a hint of fruit salad,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of roasted caramel malts followed with a hit of piney hops and finished with a fruit salad bittersweetness that really makes this very drinkable with its high ABV nowhere to be seen and overall it's really enjoyable and I'd buy this again without doubt cheers.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another mislabeled beer...

THE LOOK of this rarity was "pale ale" or "IPA" not "red ale" at all. It's a very attractive beer, but unfortunately it's totally inaccurately described. Con.

THE SMELL is of piney, sweet hops. The intense hopping is very evident in the aroma and was expected given the "100+ IBU's" on the label, but the sweetness is unique. In that respect, it is closer to an "imperial red ale" than an IPA after all. To me, this is like an unfiltered barleywine. Very nice smelling, for sure.

THE TASTE is of caramel, oranges, and some bready malt flavors. It is deceptively sweet in that the alcohol is almost completely masked via the sweetness. However, there is a bit of heavy, winyness to it. Galactic Imperial Red is also a little spicy. Very good balance, but a very hot and sweet beer in general.

THE FEEL, as with the taste, is big, intense, and hot. It's very wet too and there's a lot of alcohol burn in this one.

CONCLUSION: This beer is so insanely hoppy that it is borderline undrinkable unless cold or drank with food. I can appreciate it for what it is but 22oz is just too much for one sane human. A 10oz sampling would be plenty, but the day you see one of these small, progressive breweries put something in a bottle that small will be the day pigs are flying.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big and sweet, but pleasantly spicy. Handsome red-brown color with plenty of foam in the Kasteel chalice. Fizzy and satisfying on the tongue.

Rich, deeply malt with a sugary, almost candy taste. Good, though! Some roasted malt flavors plus Drambuie liqueur and definitely a jigger of Yukon Jack. The hops are waiting patiently to add their bitter burn to the cornucopia of flavors. Very warming down the throat but it doesn't taste of alcohol. A bitter finish but the waves of butterscotch keep on coming.

For an abundantly flavored brew, even more plump than the average DIPA, this is worth a try. Very pleasant sipping strong beer. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

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Photo of jalepeno4
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.
Really liked the color and smell.
The taste was interesting without being overpowering.
I was surprised by the ABV level.
Drinking it, I was unaware that it was that high.
It did not have that overwashing sensation of alcohol.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a tulip

Pours a see through reddish amber with a thin creamy head that fades to a mild amount of lacing.

Smells like piney hops, flowers, caramel malt, and a little vanilla.

Tastes are pretty malty with a strong resinous hop flavor. There is a lot of lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and a little creamy.

Overall is and one of the better HUB beers I've had.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral and piny hops along with resinous notes. Some sweet clean malt underneath.
Minty, spicy, herbal and resinous hops as flavours. Also booze and sweet bready malt followed by an aggressive bitterness that doesn't quite match the malt.
Syrupy body. Could be a little lighter perhaps.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 7/7/12

A glowing amber with with just a few visible bubbles but a finger of beige foam that slowly falls to a thin film leaving just a few specks of lace

S piney toffee at first followed by some tropical notes, and candied fruit, smells a little sweet with just a little booze but nowhere near 9.5%

T a touch of earth on top of what I smell with some rind and burnt brown sugar, perhaps even more pine and toffee then I smell. there's somehow a little balance but its definitely a hop bomb

M shes bitter but 100+IBU's I'd never guess, a little sticky and just enough bubbles too give it some life, no booze anywhere and a lingering citric aftertaste

O its a solid beer but not the best I've had from Hopworks, perhaps I got an old bottle because I'm surprised how the malts catching up too the hops

its a good beer for sure but I don't quite understand the 16$ price tag, I'd drink this again if 10$ was shaved off the cost. I expected more for the cash but it was enjoyable and pretty easy to drink considering the strength

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip. Fresh bottle with some amazing Galaga artwork.

Pours a dark copper red with a substantial white head. Smell is very hoppy with centennial hops. Taste is also substantially hoppy, though not that bitter like an IPA. Marketed as an imperial red and thats just what it is. Not a lot of complexity..i get a big caramel flavored hoppy beer with this one. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a good, not great beer. Very easy to drink but nothing that is new or overly impressive. Still, dont pass this one up if you see it. It's very easy to drink and i finished the bomber like it was 5% ABV. Recommended.

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

650ml bottle. Nice old-school Space Invaders imagery on the painted label - the laser cannon is a long neck, whuh?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of thinly puffy dirty beige head, which leaves a complete coral reef of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of fairly prominent grapefruit and orange citrus hops, some lesser pine resin notes, grainy, biscuity, and foremost caramel malt, with an industrial alcohol edge probing the boundaries. The taste is still pretty damned hoppy, the varied American breakfast table fruit well ensconced, but it all seems to have been taken down a significant notch, allowing the burgeoning caramel and toffee-tinged malt to undermine all. This is a boon to the general balance of this whole deal, and most welcome (uh, I left my Hophead membership card in my other pants), along with a crazily AWOL booze component.

The bubbles are pretty well petered out after an initial pre-pour effervescent display, the body a steady, unassuming medium weight, and default-setting smooth. It finishes rather off-dry, the now-emboldened malt claiming reign, over a bristling, still zippy and bitter citrus/pine hoppiness.

A pretty well-wrought big-ass amber ale/DIPA, whatever, this swats balls (and encroaching aliens) without apology - tasty enough from both barrels, and is conspiratorial in its increasingly incredible alcohol obfuscation. Tread lightly, if possible, and barring that - enjoy the ride.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Pine Box in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with lots of dank, resinous pine needle character countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt. Rthe hop profile is sort of one dimensional with only fait hits of grapefruit and citrus rind countering the soil-like, earthy pine presence. As it warms, the malt profile comes a bit more toward the forefront but never gets in the way of he hops. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit provide sweetness and prevent it from just smelling like a plant.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that provides a lingering bitterness which dominates the flavor. Very earthy and bitter with tons of grassy pine needle flavor that's countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit give off enough sweetness for balance without hurting the strong hop flavors. Could use a bit more complexity in the hop flavor but overall it's a nicely balanced hop bomb that's surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV and intense hop character.

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

On tap at HUB $6.00 a pint, poured into mug 3.19.2010. 21 OG, 100+ IBU, 9.3 ABV.

Full pour didn't leave much room for head to develop, 1/2 finger off-white head, not enough to measure dissipation, medium lacing. Reddish amber clear body, good amount of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. The nose is caramel malts, citrusy grapefruit hops. Taste is fairly complex,Magnum, Cascade, Centennial, Nugget, an interesting hop bill, sweet up front, some bitterness, malty in the middle, with spicy finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, pretty dry finish, a bit fruity from the yeast, with some warming alcohol. Pretty tasty, though at this ABV one is enough. Galactic adds black malt and nugget hops to the award-winning Rise Up Red. Worth a try, though to be honest, I prefer Laurelwood's Deranger, though I expect this to be a bit more balanced the next batch.

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a lovely golden copper, medium carbonation and about a finger of frothy, off-white head.

Nose is delicate, not overpowering with some piney hops and some cracker-like maltiness.

After the sip, pine oil up front(very Christmasy), very sweet malty character. Some cinnamon, brown sugar cookie notes. Mouthfeel is on the medium heavy side. Definitely imperial and sweet with a bitter pine finish.


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Photo of aaron12
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love red ales that aim to kick the shit out of you. this is one of those. thick cream-white head, dark pretty mahogany color, the smell of boozy sweet malts, and tastes fatty thick hops that ends piny with a tea-like bitter. the malts show up in the mouthfeel/mid-pallet, sticky with a dark fruit boozyness. did i mention the booze... shit man. i dig this, i dig everything hopworks does, for the price though i'd go with ninkasi's believer.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the brewery in a tall, straight walled pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange, almost brown color. Very thin head due to glass. Thick lacing was evident on the glass edge after each drink

S: Big hops right up front on the smell. Floral and citrus notes dominate. A little caramel malts as well. Smells big.

T: Very hop forward with continued floral and citrus flavors fighting for dominance. Some earthy spiciness. Malts come in mid-taste with lots of caramel flavors. Continues to taste big. Bitterness starts to grow on the finish. Well balanced, but definitely a big beer with serious hop bill and malt background. Some heat on the end.

M: Medium to big body with low carbonation. A touch on the oily side.

D: Very good for a pint. Would be difficult to drink more than one. While the taste is excellent, this is obviously a big beer. There's no mistaking it.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium off white to tan head recedes into a pretty decent lacing over a clear reddish copper colored ale.

Aroma is full of different things including a strong sweet caramel malt, a earthy grassy to grains, a light citrus hops, and a light pine to pine cone.

A full medium bodied beer with a sweet roasted caramel malt mixed with a light bitter hops that has a little citrus coming through and a light sweet earthy pine taste.

A lightly bitter on a dry aftertaste is all that is left of this 22 oz. bomber after a short time with this bottle on the table.

A pretty good imperial red, the taste seems to almost border on have a alcohol hint to but then seems to back off, which seems to me what beers should do, If I wanted to drink something that tasted like alcohol I'd drink whiskey or something.

Anyway give this stuff a try, it's pretty good.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice red/copper colour with a bit of hop haze. Big dense fluffy cream head. Great lacing.
S: Truck loads of hop stink. Oozes pine & citrus. Seems super fresh.
T: Hoppy goodness with a slightly sweet malt finish. Awesome clean firm hop bitterness. Bit of toffee.
M: Good mouthfeel. Starts to border on sweet hop syrup as it warms.
O: Great beer. Very impressed. You would never guess it's 9.3%!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a reddish/amber color, not much of a head, lacing is prominent on the glass

smell - caramel malts and hops are big in the nose

taste - caramel malts are dominant as well as a hop variety, semi complex

mouthfeel - a medium feel, some creaminess, had a cask quality to it

drinkability - this is a big beer, not sure i could have more than one

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy swampy reddish brown, one finger of tan head held respectably, decent random lacing as it receded
S - candied fruits, dark toasted bread, pepper, and caramel, smells very much like an ESB
T - pepper and raisins up front, molasses maltiness, touch of pine hops, just like the nose i find the flavour to be very ESB like
M - towards the heavy side, somewhat spicy with a healthy bitter finish
O - bottle says imperial red, its categorized on here as a DIPA, and I think it tastes like an ESB which in some ways is in between those two, so all in all a solid brew that is big tasting yet sneaky drinkable for 9.5%, price was a bit high relative to previous HUB bombers in Alberta but thats a minor detail

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Photo of DeschutesNut
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnnySmiles for bringing me this from the land of beer(Oregon).

Opped it and poured it into a tulip. Very little head. I would say maybe a fingers worth. Maybe slightly under that. Off-white in color. Poured a redish amber looking color almost brown.

Was smelling some piney notes with a rich carmelly malt base.

Tasted delightful. Those carmel malts really came out. Very sweet and almost syrupy like. Almost tastes along the lines of a barleywine.

I would definately say give it a go if you have the chance. Once again a wonderful product from Hopworks!

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Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.