Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale - Figure 8 Brewing
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4.65/5 rDev +21.7%
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!!
06-13-2013 16:05:00 | More by BrewhausBunk
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
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
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
4/5 rDev +4.7%
A= Deep Amber in color, Nice Foamy head with great retention and some pretty good lacing.
S= Carmel and toasted malts are strong in the nose. I also picked up some fruit like apples in those one.
T= Taste is similar to the nose you get a lot of Carmel and Toasted malt taste in this one really strong. I also tasted a little bit of apples in this one. Pretty good beer It was really malty.
M= Good Carbonation and medium in body.
O= I thought this was a pretty good beer nice flavors, good carbonation, and perfect for a nice fall day.
10-01-2011 01:24:10 | More by LiquidBread219
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Served on tap at Pikk's Tavern in Valparaiso, IN.
A - Lighting in the tavern is bad, but the beer looks good. Pours a brownish/orange, white head, excellent lacing. Ruby highlights.
S - Malty sweetness with some hops for good mesure. Almost smells like a baby barleywine.
T - Description says imperial amber, but I'm not so sure. A strong malty caramel presence, slight hops, with a roasty/fruity finish. Cross between a brown and a (dark) fruity amber.
M - Medium body, slightly sweet, full flavor.
D - Pretty good. I could have a few but they would wear on my palate quickly. ABV isn't apparent in taste but makes itself known.
Overall - My first Figure 8 brew and a quality one at that. Some minor flaws but more than worth a shot if you come across it. I'm glad I ordered it.
09-21-2010 01:37:49 | More by mrandypandy
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
Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.