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Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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88
very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 4.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 107
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! (570 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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. (899 characters)

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

2011 vintage. 9.5% alc.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a crisp clear dark molasses brown and ruby red color. Big fluffy off-white head with big planetary galactic spotty head that settles to a nice frothy ring of lace-making goodness.

Smell: (4.0)
- The smell is somewhat masked in the beers body. But I get some wonderful sweet caramel scent, as well as a sharp bitter pine hop, with some fantastic citrus and floral notes all melded together in perfect unison. Very grassy, earthy, and herbal as well.

Taste: (4.5)
- Great bready and sweet caramel malts. Not too overly sweet which I like. There is a big bready earthy touch to balance this bad boy out. The super bitter pine forward hop certainly plays a big role as well in balancing this beast. Some light caramel, brown sugar, and a roasty earthy flare hits first, with a nice grassy herbal and floral finish. Certainly well balanced while still being very bitter. The heat from the alcohol exists, but is not overpowering or boozy. Very well done.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, chewy and cloying. Drying from the mad bitterness, and leaves the palate a bit sticky. Overall expected from the style. Well carbonated and bubbly.

Overall: (4.0)
- Overall a very nice and smooth malty imperial red. If you don't like very bitter early boil hops, this beer probably won't be for you. It's certainly for me. Very true to the style, all organic, and hits the spot. I like that it isn't so overly syrupy and sweet like so many can be. Well worth the purchase. (1,515 characters)

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. (388 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (433 characters)

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. (836 characters)

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 (363 characters)

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. (873 characters)

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. (860 characters)

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