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Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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89
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
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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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

biboergosum, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

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 mactrail
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.

mactrail, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

corby112, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

LXIXME, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

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 HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, May 23, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev -1%

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

wordemupg, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

xnicknj, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of claspada
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...

claspada, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev -1%

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.

Axnjxn, Aug 05, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

CrazyDavros, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ADZA
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.

ADZA, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

twelveinches, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

shelby415, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

CoryR, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

shigg85, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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

joemcgrath27, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
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Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.