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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale - Figure 8 Brewing

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Ro Shampo Imperial Red AleRo Shampo Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Figure 8 Brewing visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: coldmeat23 on 06-07-2010)
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Fridge kept @ approx 40 degrees, allowed to warm to about 55 degrees
(Made with six different malts and four hops [amarillo, cascade, chinook and columbus].)

This beer pours up a very nice, dark amber color. It has some mild ruby tinting to it. A medium pour produced a nice, fluffy, head of light brown colored foam that was right at three-fingers thick. The retention is very good. The lacing is in sizable strands and is sticky enough to keep it hanging around the sides of the glass for awhile.
Very nice looking.

The nose is somewhat muted, but let's sniff around and see what we can find.
A good malt presence is what I pick-up on first. Nice notes of caramels, toasted breads and even some faint bubblegum hints, almost cotton-candy like. Hints of milk chocolate and cocoa powder are detected. The hops presence seems to be nicely balanced here. It brings in some good earthy notes and a touch of smooth spiciness. I'm also getting a very slight hint of cherry sweetness.

Immediately, I get the sweet-earthy balance that's happening here. This has a very good malty presence, as expected. There is a fair amount of mild dark fruit sweetness here. Cherries mostly, along with a few others. Also, some mild traces of toffees and a touch of brown sugar and caramel. Light hints of toast. The hops bring a great presence of earthiness to the mix, along with a mild hint of spiciness, which gives the whole thing an enjoyable balance.
I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that some of the malts used in this one were smoked. I'm getting a mild, yet nice, presence of smokiness here. When combined with the rest of the flavors, it brings out some mild whiskey-like notes.
This is quite tasty and interesting.

This brew has a medium body which is coming close to full-bodied. The carbonation level is medium-to-almost-high, which works well for this style. This is a style that you don't really want to be mellow and relaxed, it should be vibrant and active, which this one is. Very crisp and clean feeling and nicely refreshing.

This is a very tasty and enjoyable beer. While I can't find the 7.50%abv in the taste, it does seem to hit me just slightly harder than expected. That certainly isn't a bad thing though. Also, it doesn't hit hard enough to detract from it's enjoyment. Just enough to keep you entertained, really.
I would drink this fairly regularly, if I lived in the area.

coldmeat23, Jun 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Crazy chimp on the label, thankfully there is no talk of daggers ... just beer. Head, lacing and retention wins our atten- tion, as does the clear garnet color. Big bready aroma—a malty beer we want to sniff! Smoothness makes us want to sip more and more, even with the big body behind it. Big toasty cliff that some caramel wants to slide down; bready goodness. Hops run in hard to balance, but leave the malt foundation alone. Alcohol is a bit warming/fruity. Baked apples and toasted bread in the finish. This is one of those malty Red Ales that throws down without killing your palate. Very drinkable, even through the sem-dry toasty finish. Malty diamond in the rough.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Murky dark amber and brown with a thick but pillowy khaki colored head that leaves thick chunks and fat rings of lace down the glass.

Definite sweetness and bread in the aroma, along with a touch of spice (cinnamon? interesting), and some mild, earthy hop character. Nice enough, but quite muted.

Sweet flavor of caramel and some mild spice along with earthy hops and a moderate bitterness for the style. Very drinkable, especially on a very hot day.

Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Great drinkability.

A tasty imperial red. I wasn't expecting to like this much but this was just fine.

ehammond1, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear reddish-garnet body with a thin film of light tan that breaks up and is supported by a slow motion carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft pine and pineapple weed hops character with a dry toasted malt and biscuit malt character which is stronger than the hops.

T- The toasted malt flavor has some biscuit malt flavor growing out of it and a wheat malt note to follow. There is a dry finish with a green woody dry hop bite that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- Is this really 89 IBUs? Where are they? This beer has a nice malt flavor the distinct toasted and biscuit malts shining through. The hops are mostly bitterness in the aftertaste with little hops flavor or aroma. Pretty easy to drink for such a big ABV.

rhoadsrage, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at tasting event from 22 oz bottle

A- Haze red with thin head
S- Nice boquett of hops for the nose. A bit of toffee too
T- Rich hops blend that gives this Imperial Red more of an IPA/IIPA taste
M- Solid overall mouthfeel, not too thick or too thin

O- my favorite offering from Figure 8 of the 4 I tried at the tasting (Lost Staint, Raven Tor, Snake Pro). My buddy gave me a bottle of their Off With that I still need to try.

PBRmeasap1980, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of BruceBruce
4/5  rDev +4.7%

BruceBruce, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap...

A- Pours a deep amberish color. Two finger brownish color head shows fantastic retention. Lacing is good with streaking on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel and toasted malts in the front of the beer. This gives way to a light earthy hops with some mild spicey hops. There is a light chocolate presence that I can't figure out. It seems to be in hints toward the middle to backing. The overall aroma is a little muted but once this beer warms it comes out more fully.

T- Caramel malts come in from the front which I knew was going to happen. There was a light darker fruit thing going on to counterbalance the malts. I get a nice toffee malt in the middle with a light brown sugar flavor. A grassy, spicey hop in the ending balances out the entire beer. The alcohol comes through in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Flavor was crisp and clean throughout the entire beer. Light malts left on the palate with some darker fruits. Hops and light alcohol are in the aftertaste which I found to be quite pleasant. Alcohol had light drying on the palate. Everything blended well and made this a balanced beer.

D- I found this beer to be very drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink..lets say...a growler of this beer but a couple pints would be good. This brewery has really suprised me and for the good. Can't wait to have more from them!

alleykatking, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of bkonk10
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

bkonk10, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

awdturboiv, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, $7.99 a bomber. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is earthy and citrusy (pineapple) hops, toffee, and some caramel malt. The brew tastes like earthy and citrusy hops, toasted and caramel malt, and some apples. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's a solid overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour a deep ruby red very clear with a minimal light tan head that dissipates immediately.

Smell is almost all sweet caramel. Maybe a bit of citrusy or pineapple, but not much there.

Starts out with a little caramel citrus sweetness rounding into a resiny finish leaving lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the light side. Carbonation levels are good.

Flavor is really good, but the thin mouthfeel counteracts that a bit. Very drinkable imperial red. Let it warm up a bit. Much better. Glad to see another solid beer brewed in Indiana.

jmarsh123, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of rattletrap968
5/5  rDev +30.9%

rattletrap968, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Prager62, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kubrickx, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of TerryB
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

TerryB, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of titosupertramp
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle on date that I can find. Judging from the dates of previous posts, this is likely an old bottle.

A: A really nice looking beer. Pours a clear, dark red with two fingers of frothy, textured head. Leaves a lot of lacing and very attractive film.

S: I think this is where the bottle shows it's age. Hardly any hops left..maybe earthy. Toasted, bready malts.

T: Taste is a little better than the smell. Earthy hops, toasted grains. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Bitter and dry.

O: I think this might've been a pretty good beer when fresh. A clear example of why bottle/can dates should be industry standard.

titosupertramp, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Ryankarver
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Ryankarver, May 03, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4/5  rDev +4.7%

lilsmizzul1225, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of BMoney575
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-4-11

Pours a cloudy red/orange color, with a white head that fades quickly. A thin ring of lacing sits around the edge, lasting the while time.

Smell is tart hops, aromas of light fruit, pineapple, and a great kick of earthiness right at the end.

Taste is nice and easy, with the same tart fruitiness as the smell. The booze just pokes through in the middle, with more earthy hops in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, slick to go with the hops, but maybe a bit too little carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the alcohol is just high enough to make this a badass session beer.

Overall, another good beer that we miss out on in MI.

BMoney575, May 05, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

jaidenjb, May 28, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hurfer for the nice extra from a local brewery in Indiana. Poured from a bomber (no date stamp) into a dimpled mug. Pours a reddish brown hue with a diminishing head and and mild lacing throughout. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee, a bit of pear and apple esters, a touch of brown sugar and faint medicinal tones perhaps. The taste starts with a nice malty front with light hoppy notes towards the finish, some underfermented sugar still is place. The mouth feel is medium-bodied and a quite sticky which was off-putting for me. The low point of this beer was that the hops were crushed by the remaining sweetness in the brew towards the finish. Quite an interesting and complex beer, but not for me.

CuriousMonk, Mar 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

azconafr, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 26, 2014
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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.