Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale - Figure 8 Brewing
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: growler
06-07-2010 15:14:33 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper verging on ruby; two inches of foam cap the liquid and display great retention, leaving strands of lace behind
Smell: Big aromatics, with caramel, apple and stone fruit tones as well as earthy hops
Taste: The malt bill from the aroma overwhelms the palate, at the outset, bringing caramel, apple and stone fruit flavors and a bit of biscuit, too; in the mid-palate, the 89 IBUs arrive and add an earthy, tobacco-laden dimension (with just a hint of pineapple); very bitter in the after-taste, though the malt lingers on
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: An interesting beer, though I don't really care for the harsh aftertaste as it obliterates the other features of the hops and challenges the malt
Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 01:53:39 | More by brentk56
4.65/5 rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
One of the best Red Ale's I've tasted.
A - Dark Ruby Red color. Rich creamy head.
S- Hints of toffee and whiskey. Light sweetness in the nose, great hoppy bitterness.
T - Toffee comes through at the front, then the hop profile takes over. For a Red Ale this one shines throughout. Great body.
M - A thick mouthfeel on this which is great for this higher gravity red. Body and substance to balance out the hops.
Overall - Very enjoyable on tap and took a few bottles home. Fantastic beer!!
Serving type: on-tap
06-13-2013 16:05:00 | More by BrewhausBunk
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Acquired via trade
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2012 02:09:15 | More by ehammond1
Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.