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Diablo Rojo - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Diablo Rojo
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7 Ratings
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Ratings: 7
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: BretSikkink on 03-08-2011)
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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.

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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.

*Note*
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.

Diablo Rojo from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.