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Imperial Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
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 thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -14%

thebigredone, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MFG DATE: 9.01.2012

Large, off-white, fluffy, foamy, soapy head. Lacing is well spaced and consistent. Nice clarity in the deep ruby red color.

Tons of deep, roasty, pine, grapefruit, raisins, mango, belgian candy, apricot, not sugary. nothing is off here.. Smells damn bitter, tons of citra hops..

Dry, super bitter, heat is hidden, but alcohol flavor is upfront, a very distinct vodka flavors emanates, kinda disappointing. Roasty crystal malt is almost overwhelming with an odd blend of hops.. High carbonation, slight kick of sweetness, and brutally bitter on the back end.

A very good brew, yet a very strong (and could be offensive) brew.. Glad I tried this one. Recommended. Could use more rounding/blending, but drinks well-enough. I would love to try this brew FRESH off the bottling line..

chugalug06, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pinche_Oso, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of rcontn
5/5  rDev +22.9%

rcontn, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Mebuzzard, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

hiphopj5, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of KriegerNco
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

KriegerNco, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 DRyan
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Jester King tulip glass. Bottled 9/1/12, drank 10/8/12.

A: Dark ruby crimson almost blood red with a frothy white head that subsided quickly but laced nicely.
S: Definitely hop forward, piny scent, with some malt to the backbone
T: Opens with maltiness and finishes all hops. A much more pungent red ale than most; it's strong but in a likeable way. I found the regular Marble Red somewhat dull, but this one is not.
M: Thin, with very little carbonation. It could be better if it was a bit thicker, or had more persistent carbonation.
D: I enjoyed this one a lot. A winner of a red ale that I could easily drink all night (this bomber is going away with just myself on it!), and it is easily quaffable for being 9% ABV. One of Marble's better brews.

DRyan, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of acat25
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

acat25, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Tsrohnek
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Tsrohnek, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

sd123, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MarkyMOD, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

DCon, May 23, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DavidST
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

DavidST, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 buckyp
4/5  rDev -1.7%

buckyp, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

ZenAgnostic, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Zorro, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

tjsdomer2, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

LXIXME, Oct 09, 2011
Imperial Red Ale from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.