Imperial Red I.P.A. - Blue Hills Brewery
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4.85/5 rDev +32.9%
This imperial is without a doubt top quality. The idea of a red ale and an IPA combined for one big beer is brilliant. The 9% abv is a surprise if you did not see it on the label. The nice sweet caramel malt flavors balanced with some great hops and just a touch of roasty make this a great brew. Its a nice well made balanced beer and even some of my friends who hate IPAs love this beer.
02-25-2012 02:09:55 | More by IHC
4/5 rDev +9.6%
I found this to be a great, very refined IPA. Didn't know about the high ABV until after I had tasted it (at a Blue Hills beer tasting event).
Prefer the taste of this much more than their regular IPA. Also enjoyed this much more the Harpoon Leviathan (their high ABV IPA).
Bought the remaining bottle in the liquor store.
01-09-2012 20:58:29 | More by KarlosT
4/5 rDev +9.6%
I saw this new brewery come to a local brew shop so I had to give it a try. Plus, an imperial red ale sounded delicious...
A: A nice clean deep red color with a 3/4 in off white head that fades quickly to a small lace atop the brew. Good.
S: Smells of some nice spicy hop upfront with some sweet malt quickly followed. Some caramel sugars on the back. Good.
T: Very well balanced brew. It has a quick sharp hop that is immediately beaten into submission by a sweet malt wall with some caramel and mild almost cinnamon. A watery spiciness on the backend. Good.
M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation. A spicy finish. Good.
O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Not amazing, but good. I think it is mis-clasified on here as a DIPA. This is just a standard Imperial IPA. There's nothing double about it. The hop profile is a lot more tame for a DIPA. This is for the IPA lover who likes a more balanced, tame hop profile, type IPA. If that's you, you'll love this beer. If you're looking for a hop annihilation, then this will disappoint you.
10-15-2011 01:25:05 | More by steve8robin
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Poured a 2" beige head. Looks more of a burnt sienna brown color than a red. Smell is complex with malt, caramel, hops. Taste is more of the same, almost even quad-like, with a long finish. The higher alcohol is very apparent, definitely imperial, but I wouldn't call it distracting. This probably is Blue Hill's best beer currently. It's probably not a good example of an Imperial IPA but it's a flavor powerhouse nonetheless.
09-25-2011 10:17:48 | More by MoreThanWine
2.33/5 rDev -36.2%
Purchased this from the brewery itself.
Poured into a tulip, this has an opaque, dark caramel color with lots of floating yeasties. Didn't get much of a head and I poured aggressively.
Aroma smelled huge of caramel apple. A little cinnamon stick, and toasted bread. Didn't smell too much hops.
The taste was of very sweet malts. Hops come in 2nd and add bitterness, and little apple/orange hop flavor. But just a little. Mouthfeel is a bit syurpy and oily.
This smelled and tasted exciting at first. But its enjoyment quickly went down hill, and I wasn't able to finish the last couple gulps. As it warmed to room temperature it drank almost like a barleywine, and it ended up tasting a little out of whack. The sweet flavor became cumbersome after a while which prevented me from finishing it. This brew would benefit greatly if the malt sweetness was kicked back one notch, and the hops went up a notch.
09-14-2011 03:16:11 | More by jbertsch
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
$9.00 bomber from Bottles in Boston.
Hazy darkish red-orange body, topped by three-fingers-plus of various sized micro-bubbles. Good dripping lacing quickly evident.
Assertive and inviting pine aroma with some juicy fruit background.
Sweet malt slides quickly by, not really gaining much foothold. Plenty of juicy fruit follows. Big pine in the finish and aftertaste.
Sloppy mouthfeel could use some firming up.
An enjoyable Imperial Red well worth sampling, but no match for Nugget Nectar.
09-04-2011 03:45:04 | More by RonfromJersey
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
Imperial Red IPA doesn't necessarily bear the nose of an IPA, but it is a good nose nonetheless, being heavy with brown sugar malts, caramel, lychee nut, apricot, and fig, all over a bed of toasted grains. There is little in the nose to suggest a large IBU rating, as the aromas are almost devoid of pine or grapefruit.
On the tongue, however, the hops come out in good force, existing as both a grapefruit-bitter sting as well as a sugary rosewater caress. IBUs are not high enough to ward off those unfamiliar with an Imperial IPA (and in fact I wouldn't have known this was an Imperial had the label not said so), but they are present in good enough quantities to tickle the senses, and delight hop enthusiasts. The brew's malts are equally nuanced and tasty, with brown sugars, wheat, apricot and fig balancing the hops. The aftertaste is mostly hops, with a stronger emphasis on the bitter grapefruits than the sugary rosewaters. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is an excellent IPA, and in many ways resembles a tamer and more accessible version of Dogfish Head's 120-Minute IPA. Hop lovers will still find plenty in Imperial Red IPA to rejoice over, and newcomers to the style will find this flavorful and less overpowering than many of its peers. Superior fare.
08-03-2011 19:28:50 | More by jondeelee
2.3/5 rDev -37%
opaque, dense, cloudy. dark gold/brown, violin stained wood. 3-4 finger head, dissipates quickly, with a thick nearly uniform lacing.
not much on the nose. after several deep inhales, start to pick up a very mild dull melon.
barely noticeable if any malts at the front. not much complexity, dull. bitter at the end. nothing special from the beginning to end.
mouthfeel is medium to almost thick. creamy. carbonation is big and loopy, coating the mouth, but at the same time this is not characterized
i can drink this as a session beer, only because there is not much to it, and it does go down fairly easy. it is 9%, but i don't notice it. aftertaste lingers, bitter, but not something i would want to sit there for a while.
at $10.99 for a bomber, this is extremely overpriced. i was contemplating on spending $14.99 for some long time wants but
because i randomly met the president of sales at the store and he hyped it up, i went in for the kill. really wish i didn't. i could have spent three dollars less and gotten a variety of better
quality locals, or shelled out the few extra bucks and picked up some stuff on my wish list.
07-29-2011 01:06:35 | More by bkny27
2.4/5 rDev -34.2%
Clear amber with a darling white head. Slightly hazy from disturbed yeast (bottle conditioned). Fair lace and retention.
Aroma is malty orange marmalade. Bready. There's a definite artificial orange cleanser scent to this - like orange scented Pinesol or the orange scented Clorox wipes at work with which I use to sanitize my lil' cubicle. If you're gonna call it an IPA "balanced" or "malty" can't describe the aroma.
Orange citrus and bread crust make the first impression before the whole experience melts into a sloppy, overly sweet mess. Timid grapefruit bitter. Unnecessarily boozey.
This is like a novice homebrew. In fact, I recently brewed a red IPA that was a little bit better than this...and I'm a terrible brewer. I want to like this brewery so much because I've done a lot of my long training runs in the Blue Hills. After 3 mediocre to blah brews by Blue Hills I think I'm done with them.
06-16-2011 01:05:15 | More by donkeyrunner
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured into my chalice with a small amount of head that mainly left a ring around the glass. A deep reddish orange with a thin haze. The nose contains a lot of sweet, somewhat dark malt and a sugary candy aroma. No hops and a lot of caramel. A smooth body with a big malt character. Darker fruits like plums and red grapes but also some chocolate malt. The hops show up in the finish doing more to dry off your palette from the intense sweetness leaving a light grassy taste. The bitterness makes you want more giving how sweet the body is. I had to watch myself though with the 9% and a growler's worth.
04-24-2011 22:29:52 | More by DrinkingDrake
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
For my first Blue Hills brew, I chose to sample one of my favorite styles. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.
Pours a murky reddish-orange. Cloudy enough to block most of the light. I love when IPAs look like this. Gorgeous.
Smell is is mostly mild, fruity hops. A little bit dull. A little sweetness, too.
Taste is solid. It's not the cleanest red IPA I've had- the malt seems a bit too spicy for the mild, fruity hops. While the combined flavor misses the mark slightly, the components are nice. The alcohol hides nicely, and adds just a touch of punch. Finish is sticky and sweet, with a dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is dense, again, almost too dense for the mild hops that try hard to poke through.
Decent offering overall. With a bit more punch to the hop profile, this could be a winner.
04-13-2011 03:05:38 | More by stonermouse
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Imperial red ipa? Seems like a stretch for the style. Either way, I couldn't resist.
Pours a decent amber color with a two-finger head into my glass.
There's a decent citrus hop aroma that awaits the adventurous nose. Perhaps a dash of mango from the hops?
Not as hop-forward as I thought. Chewy, lightly-buttered malt is the norm here.
Alcohol is well-hidden, which can easily deceive the taste buds.
Hmm, I don't see the point here. Its a good beer but it reminds me more of a light-barleywine than an imperial IPA. Regardless, don't let this review stop you from trying it!
03-14-2011 00:54:08 | More by Brad007
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Well it's certainly red, a very nice color. Slight chill haze and light cloudiness made it somewhat opaque. The creamy head was almost two fingers, and very slowly faded to a nice white film. Lacing was thick and in sheets.
The hoppy smell was really good. Quite floral, with malty notes and just a touch of pine.
Taste was really smooth and delicious.
Light alcohol warming, but exceptionally luxurious feel, great smooth tiny bubble carbonation, and a sweet/bitter lingering aftertaste.
Really nice. This is a good beer. I'd love to have it again.
03-09-2011 02:01:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Imperial Red I.P.A. from Blue Hills Brewery
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