Galactic Imperial Red - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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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.
09-29-2011 18:51:04 | More by Kegatron
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.
09-15-2011 22:37:49 | More by LXIXME
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-01-2011 22:34:02 | More by aaron12
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
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Best bottle art ever? BEST BOTTLE ART EVER.
With that out of the way...
22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass. August 18th, 2011.
A: The beer pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice fluffy head of white foam. While the lacing is not as epic as the name would suggest, it does stick around on the sides of the glass at a medium level.
S: Galactic Imperial Red gives off a strong caramel malt aroma along with some bitter pine hops and a bit of citrusy floral notes. There are also some random grassy bits floating around in there.
T: Very earthy and dank with major bread and sweet caramel and molasses malt flavors. There is a strong pine component from the hops in the beer as well, which helps to bring balance to this galactic space invader. The booziness in this beast is noticeable but not overpowering.
M: This beer has a medium body with a chewy mouth feel. It's a bitter beer that leaves your mouth feeling slightly sticky, but it's a good thing. Carbonation is medium.
O: While not really an Imperial IPA, this is a damn good imperial red ale. The retro kitsch factor from the label is what got me to buy it, but I ended up loving this beer. A great balance of over-the-top malt and hops make me one happy drinker.
08-18-2011 07:24:06 | More by distantmantra
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
I'm currently on a hunt for the perfect hoppy red ale. I want a relatively light body, truly red malt, and the intense hops one finds in an exceptional IPA. It's a pretty rare style of beer, and I haven't had much luck, even though I live in the Pacific Northwest - the home of hops.
This beer had been recommended to me by one of the owners of the Gravity Room - whose opinion I trust - when I asked them about that style. When I saw it on tap at the Eastside Club, it was a no-brainer.
It's an imperial, so obviously I was out of luck with regards to its body. Indeed, when I asked the bartender to describe it, the first word he used was "big." It is big. It's one of those beers that might be described as a meal. Many of the reviews here criticize it for its sweetness. This is the same complaint I hear from many IPA drinkers when they have an imperial IPA. I see this almost as a compliment: Drinkers who, like me, wanted an IPA-like red ale - which focused on hops instead of malt - were disappointed because this beer features both in abundance, which is, of course, what an imperial should feature.
Though I did not find the beer I've been looking for, I still think this beer is very good. It's everything an Imperial IRA should be. The color is perfect. It's flavor has a lot of depth - the hops are bold, at once bitter and floral, and the malt is at once sweet and toasty. The alcohol is high, but not ridiculous. I'm not sure I've had a better one.
08-16-2011 23:38:00 | More by sixheadedgoblin
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
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
Bomber poured into a tulip. Deep amber with a thickish head that is in no hurry to disappear. Impressive amount of sticky lacing.
Huge citrus and pine aromas swimming in an equally huge caramel maltiness. Hard to figure out what's the most impressive thing going on here: the robustness of the malt profile, the scathing bitterness, the complete absence of booziness, or the insane pine and grapefruit flavors. Regardless, this beer is pretty much Exhibit A of how to construct a big badass red ale. Great stuff.
08-07-2011 13:00:38 | More by PDXHops
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
On tap at Hopworks in Portland Oregon.
A: 1/8" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cherry red liquid.
S: Faint smell of sugars and cherries.
T: Tart with a sweet finish and aftertaste. Very nice.
M: Medium level of fine carbonation.
O: Excellent Imperial IPA that is very easy to drink.
07-19-2011 06:55:07 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.18/5 rDev +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!
07-16-2011 15:52:13 | More by DeschutesNut
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.
07-05-2011 17:48:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev +4%
2011 vintage. 9.5% alc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
06-26-2011 01:40:45 | More by Docer
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-21-2011 18:30:40 | More by daveytheformer
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-19-2011 23:50:35 | More by chumba526
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
06-13-2011 01:51:30 | More by loren01
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
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
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
04-16-2010 22:47:45 | More by djbreezy
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-14-2010 03:47:43 | More by oregonskibum
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-22-2010 00:03:43 | More by jdense
Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.