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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 rangel2:
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rangel2

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

I first found this at the Bloomington Craft Brew Fest this past summer, and have purchased it everywhere I can find it since, with it just now starting to pop up around Indianapolis more.

Poured from bomber into a ~12oz. Duchesse De Bourgogne tulip glass. Pours a medium brownish color. Little head in this thin glass, with no retention. But that's to be expected, as I know it holds a nice retention in a regular pint glass -- walls just too thin on these types.

Anyways, the initial smell is of carmel, syrupy, the bitterness clearly ready to go.

Taste: Decent carbonation up front, immediate bitterness, with some faint citrus poking through, followed by a solid malt backbone of more syrup, nice toastiness, lovely caramel. Ends in a solid bitter finish that's not dry or overbearing... at all.

This beer has great balance and goes a lot of different places before it empties from your glass.

If anyone wants a bottle of this stuff, I will definitely help you. It's a great Imperial Red, with 89 IBU and a strong 7.5 ABV you'll forget about, as you chug away trying to pin this one down completely.

10-19-2011 04:42:39 | More by rangel2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

06-09-2011 13:29:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

08-14-2012 02:09:15 | More by ehammond1
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

(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.

06-23-2011 21:51:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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PBRmeasap1980

Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

07-25-2014 18:42:17 | More by PBRmeasap1980
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BruceBruce

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-07-2012 01:03:20 | More by BruceBruce
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

10-03-2010 08:58:37 | More by alleykatking
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bkonk10

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-12-2012 00:06:13 | More by bkonk10
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awdturboiv

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-25-2012 15:16:37 | More by awdturboiv
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

10-21-2011 21:35:49 | More by bluejacket74
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

09-27-2011 23:21:57 | More by jmarsh123
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rattletrap968

Indiana

5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-19-2011 02:46:32 | More by rattletrap968
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Prager62

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-12-2013 06:00:40 | More by Prager62
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-30-2014 11:08:11 | More by Kubrickx
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TerryB

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

04-27-2013 10:55:42 | More by TerryB
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

02-11-2012 03:15:50 | More by titosupertramp
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Ryankarver

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-03-2013 14:21:35 | More by Ryankarver
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-01-2013 22:40:38 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-25-2014 01:41:26 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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BMoney575

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

05-05-2011 22:31:19 | More by BMoney575
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jaidenjb

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

05-28-2012 11:54:49 | More by jaidenjb
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

03-15-2011 00:18:24 | More by CuriousMonk
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Yesdog

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-09-2014 21:56:05 | More by Yesdog
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azconafr

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-20-2013 16:06:49 | More by azconafr
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TheWiredDJ

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-26-2014 16:14:18 | More by TheWiredDJ
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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.