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Imperial Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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90
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marble Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a three inch head that delivers nice lacing action

Smell: Roasted onions, caramel and pine

Taste: Layers of flavor, with the caramel elements dominant but the onions and pine layering underneath by mid-palate and coming on strong, after the swallow; in the finish, the bitter elements are held in check by the residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue; a hint of mint lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Like the Red, the Imperial Red has some unique elements to the flavor profile

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity

brentk56, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.7%

kjkinsey, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

largadeer, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -14%

nickfl, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

this is an awesome beer from a brewery that knows how to do hops. this pours impossibly deep red, earthen and glowing, with a sudsy khaki head a couple inches tall. excellent lacing and retention. the nose is big fresh piney hops, stronger than, but in a nice jive with a deep deep red amber malt, redder than red. itd be dry if it wasnt for the big oily hop boom, which carries from aroma, through the flavor, and is still left at the end after the swallow. cant explain how fresh this tastes, huge robust beer, but carefully refined. something id serve to my closest beer commrades, and one i would kill to try on tap. mouthfeel is huge. big old bastard body gets help from the polleny hops and perfect carbonation. usually not huge into red beers, but this is surely the best one ive ever had. potent earthy hops with a unique dark red malt body and a smooth and slightly filling feel. what a beer!

StonedTrippin, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

mactrail, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MarkyMOD, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Zorro, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Mebuzzard, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

LXIXME, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -12%

Bomber picked up recently, think it was $5.49. looks identical to the regular Marble Red, red, good head and lacing. Aroma is a tinge of hops, a wallop of alcohol, and malts giving chase. Flavor was fruity, boozy, and not as full as the regular red. I do suspect that this is the base for the Marble Reserve Ale though I could be wrong. Decent value but not sure I'd buy another.

ArrogantB, Oct 06, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

One of the standouts from my tasting at the taproom in Santa Fe. This was a big beer with lots of hops but anchored in tons of malt as the style defines. I didn't really taste the alcohol as the beer warmed up but rather the hops really shined in this brew. One of the more complex beers in New Mexico this is why Marble is probably the best brewery in the State

canucklehead, Oct 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

buckyp, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Lovely85, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Out of a bomber I brought from my home state back out to the East this beer was a deep amber color with one finger of golden-khaki-colored head. The foam retained itself as a skim and then a collar. The aroma was hoppy and similar to an IPA with a malty background and some caramel notes. The flavors were also quite hoppy with a big note of Cascade up front balanced by the caramel malt and some raisin-like sweetness. As it warmed I tasted dark fruit, a bit of tartness, sweet breads and a fair amount of booze. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/full and the carbonation appropriate. Sort of like an Imperial IPA meeting a Belgian beer. It was punchy yet balanced enough to pass as sessionable, if you want your session to end in a drunken, blurry stupor. Don’t get me wrong though; I liked this beer! But it was a bit heavy on the hops, in my opinion.

thekevlarkid, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked up a bomber in late March from Total Wine for $6.29. Mfg Date of 11-27-13.

Beer poured deep amber with a large off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is grapefruit zest and toasted malts.

Taste starts with a huge toasted caramel malt backbone balanced nicely but a big grapefruit hop. After taste is piney.

Mouthfeel is huge, full and viscous; very satisfying.

Overall this is a delicious brew! I would love to try it fresher to see how it compares!

arizcards, May 31, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

This has a ruby amber hue to it with thin foam. A sweet piney aroma comes through, followed by a piney, chewy, big and bready taste. Lots of sweet, sweet malt comes through along with some pine and some chew. Becomes noticeably sweet as it warms. Very tasty.

elNopalero, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

thebigredone, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

sd123, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

DCon, May 23, 2012
Photo of jdense
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

22 oz bottle gifted by Breakwater Ted Rice, shared with neighborhood beer buddy poured into Chimay chalices
2.16.11.

One finger tan head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Deep reddish brown clear body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Big crystal/cherry hit in the nose, caramel malts in the middle with good dose of citrus and piney hops. Taste mirrors the nose, big cherry notes dark fruit leading to a fairly significant long lasting bitter finish, really tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky. ABV is noticeable effects the drinkability a bit, though I am very impressed with this brewery, and you will be too.

jdense, Feb 17, 2011
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Imperial Red Ale from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.