Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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3.23/5 rDev -19.7%
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...
10-30-2011 03:37:30 | More by claspada
3.25/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
08-08-2011 22:40:52 | More by womencantsail
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
08-08-2011 10:57:40 | More by dgilks
3.5/5 rDev -12.9%
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
08-22-2011 08:42:10 | More by MaltsOfGlory
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
09-24-2010 12:58:09 | More by boralyl
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
05-23-2012 05:12:49 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.78/5 rDev -6%
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.
07-16-2013 08:57:14 | More by ADZA
3.83/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-13-2012 06:31:29 | More by MadeInOregon
3.84/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-20-2014 06:27:48 | More by mactrail
Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.