Diablo Rojo - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
For a holiday seasonal, I wasn't too keen on this one. The Diablo was a hazy reddish-copper color, with a matching scent. Definitely sugary sweet taste on a caramel malt base. Wasn't too big a fan of this one, but it was a good break from the norm if you wanted something different. Pretty much a run of the mill winter seasonal, nothing too special.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2011 10:19:37 | More by downhilldrift
3.8/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served an attractive reddish-brown color with a scant foamy head forming inside the goblet. Other than the dearth of lacing, this is a fine look for this beer, billed as a Double Red Ale.
The nose is hoppy enough for the imperial billing, with pine, herbs, and a hint of citrus. Mildly floral presentation, presumably the house yeast which is quite prevalent. Malts are under-represented, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable.
Similar pattern in the flavor: strong hoppiness with broad complexity, but the malt falls down. Just not strong enough to balance. That's more than okay by me; I love this hop-centric brew that leaves the pale, toasted malt to carry the weight of much more assertive grains. The sharp alcohol may have been borne away by a sweeter malt bill, but I actually enjoy the sting of booze and bitter hops together.
Body is medium, full for a Red Ale but average for a Strong. Pretty slick and viscous, but not terrible. Finishes hoppy and spicy from the alcohol but still wet. Diablo Roja is one of the best one-off beers I've had from 4P. I would definitely give this one a shot.
I classed this under Strong Ale and graded it as such due to the published 9.2% alcohol by volume. However, it is definitely closer to an Amber/Red Ale in spirit than, say, a barleywine. Don't go in expecting a bruiser, but it does pack a decent punch.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2011 04:07:15 | More by BretSikkink
Diablo Rojo from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.