Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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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.
08-10-2012 22:59:10 | More by corby112
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
07-07-2012 22:51:17 | More by wordemupg
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.
06-17-2012 03:49:50 | More by biboergosum
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
3.83/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-17-2011 00:25:26 | More by tobyandgina
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
Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.