Imperial Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with royalty in mind, no expense was spared in crafting our Imperial Red. Generous additions of our favorite hop varieties blend harmoniously with long layers of dark caramel malts.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-07-2010)
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Big seafoam tan head with erratic stick and decent retention. Very dark ruby-amber body.

Smell - Very floral and hoppy. Grassy. Basically an IPA with some soft caramel malts underneath.

Taste - Lots of hop kick on the first sip. Follows the nose. Balanced well with the malt. Mild, balancing astringency. Relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Mild, hop-balancing astringency doesn't ruin the mouth. Very smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Such a well balanced, rounded beer. Probably the best I've had in the style. Very flavorful, refreshing, and interesting without being overbearing and with no real flaws.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber about an inch above the glass gives you a big light tan head that lasts quite a while before fading into a pretty decent lacing above a clear beer with a deep amber caramel hue that reminded me of a thick farm honey color.
A very appealing looking beer in the glass.

A light caramel malt if foremost in an aroma with a lot more going on, including some piney hops, a light earthy alcohol, and a slight grapefruit or something very similar to that.

A light alcohol laced taste of warm caramel malts, an earthy quality, and some hardy fruit hops come through as well as some other very minute tastes in the background.

A medium or even a slight more full body on this imperial with a slight dry yet slightly wet malty aftertaste with a slight but still noticeable alcohol hint to it.

I like beer like this, you can't really tell exactly whats dominate or what kind of hops or malts or other things that were used to make it but blended very well together to make pretty solid beer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 ounce pour at the brewery.

Creamy, frothy oatmeal-colored head is impressive. Lots of sticky lace. Semi-hazy deep amber body. 4.25

Piney and resinous hops. Definitely hop forward. Subtle citrus notes and not much malt to be detected. 4

Piney hops rule the flavor too. Dank and resinous are apt descriptors here. There's a bit of a spicy and rye like flavor and light caramel and bread notes. Not always perceivable, but there's some citrus to be found here. 4

Creamy mouthfeel beets biting spice and bitterness. Slightly sweet but more in the realms of IPA territory for hops and bitterness. Dry on the finish. 4

Been too long since I've had this and a review was long overdue. Hop heads will enjoy this.

Photo of m0unds
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Excellent foam and lacing. Dark ruby red, but not terrible thick given the heaviness.

Smell: Very herbal smell. Juniper and orange peel. A hint of cloves as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes exactly like smell. It's very strong, maybe a bit too strong. Some honey in there somewhere in the finish. I was just ok with this at first, but like it better the second time. This was flat the first time, but has a nice yeasty bite in the finish. Lots of pine as it warms.

Drinkability: More balance would be nice.

Overall: Gets better with age.

Photo of CraigMack61
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ncfrey
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on tap at the Marble pub. Didn't have anything with me to take notes, so I'm just reviewing this from memory. When I was trying to imagine what it might be like before ordering it, I was thinking in terms of other double reds, like Stone's 13th Anniversary and Oskar Blues' Gordon. I should have been thinking more along the lines of Marble's single red. It was definitely hop-forward, almost DIPA status, but did have a stronger caramel and toffee malt backbone than the single. The hop profile was very grassy, much moreso than the single red, but I'm not sure if this is because they used different hops, or because whatever they use just tastes really grassy in large amounts.

I really enjoyed this beer, but when I went to fill up a growler on my way out, I decided it wasn't quite good enough to justify the $4 upcharge, and went for a fill of the normal red instead.

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Hopbomber
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of texasdrugaddict
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep red that's almost brown with a dense three finger off white head that retains very well
S: pine and citrus with a little bit of caramel. slightly earthy. nice hops in the nose and just a hint of sweetness
T: piney hops up front with some nice caramel malt. slightly spicy with a bit of citrus plus a bit more caramel flavor and a bit bready. swallow brings more pine and oily hop goodness
M: medium in the mouth with a silky smooth mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation
O: great flavors, great appearance, great smell. a very solid beer that's a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored beer with a good sized orangish tan colored head. This is pretty dark it is quite close to brown in color.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong hop presence. Strong C type hops gives this a strong cedar plank aroma. Little bit of chocolate and pine with a trace of smoke.

Starts out sweet and malty with a bittersweet aftertaste. Strong woody flavor tastes distinctly like cedar. Very strong hops, this has a lot of malt to tame it. This tastes like a dead ringer for Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Overall this is good. Pretty much a slightly stronger dead ringer for Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of 797Graphics
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DavidST
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a reddish brown with a massive off white tan head. The smells are pine hops, caramel, alcohol. The feel is medium, the taste is pretty good lots of pine hop and caramel along with a very noticeable alcohol taste / burn.

Photo of rcontn
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 1 PINT, 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this in a trade w/ amcmaho1. Poured from the Tan/Red Labeled bottle into a 12oz Snifter. Has no bottled or freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Tons of huge hops and sweetness to back it up. Has also boozy background with tons of malts blended in.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has good retention. Has a light brown/deep amber glowing body with no clarity to be found. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweetness, strength, and hops all well blended. A bit too much booze and bitterness (high) at the finish but not at all upset.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Caramel sweetness at the finish, and then amarillo hops left on the palate.

Overall Impression- A nice imperial red by Marble! A bit boozy at first but then has a well blended caramel/sweet hop finish. Recommend but wouldn't go out of your way for this.

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ISmith87
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - This is a reddish brown clear beer that has an off white head that leave nice lacing.
S - 4 - Nice caramel malts balanced by piney, citrusy hops. Very sweet smelling. Great Imperial Red aroma. Reminds me of G'Knight.
T - 4.25 - Oh man, this one is good. The citrusy, orange zest, grapefruit hops start, with nice sweet caramel malt in the middle and piney, citrusy, bitter grapefruit on the back of the tongue at the finish.
M - 4.25 - Medium-heavy, full bodied. Alc covered well. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and sweet malt.
O - 4.25 - What can I say, this is a great beer. It's about the same price/oz as OB G'knight, and honestly, I'd have to have them side by side to figure out the subtle differences between the two. Great imperial red. I'm glad I had it.
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Photo of Stoneman1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice nose of flowery hops, reminds me of Cascades but label says it's a blend. Not overly bitter at the swallow, but aftertaste fades to the long hop bitterness. Attractive coppery amber in the wine glass. Malty and sweet, notes of roasted barley. Creamy carbonation is a plus. After a few sips, though, the flavor is all about the big piney hops. Back of the mouth sage and bitter herbs.

This seems kiind of one dimensional after the initial promising taste. An earthy, almost metallic taste comes to dominate the tongue. Maybe this is just a silly style, but makes me want to pour the rest out and open a nice mellow barley wine.

Photo of amcmaho1
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently put on tap at the Marble Brewery. Poured into standard pint glass...
*reviewed from notes

Appearance: Nice deep amber color, big frothy white head. Decent retention, great lacing.

Smell: Lots of hop presence at first (pine especially, with some grapefruit), lots of big malt on the nose too (biscuit notes, as well as general malt sweetness), some definite alcohol heat/phenols. Nicely integrated for being a bigger red ale, as big as each composite element is, they all come through nicely.

Taste: Lots of the mentioned attributes on the nose. Noticable alcohol bite, along with a really dry finish. Still lots of hops and lots of malt, though the alcohol and hops seem to stick out most.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, not thick or syrupy at all, and certainly not too thin. The alcohol really has a big presence here though, and it makes the 9% seem bigger than it actually is, though this is simply my opinion. Still, it's a really solid beer.

Overall: It's an American idiom, an imperial red ale. It's aggressive, it's big, and it's a perfect way to move into colder temperatures here in Albuquerque. While not being my favorite Marble offering, it's still a nice way to add some diversity and variability to our local beer scene. I reccomend goin to this beer having had the regular red ale first, to get a sense of the transformation of flavor profiles going on...

Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Imperial Red Ale from Marble Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.