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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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very good

56 Ratings

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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5/5  rDev +30.5%

rattletrap968, Nov 19, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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!!

BrewhausBunk, Jun 13, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rangel2, Oct 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

bkonk10, Aug 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

szartman, Dec 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

lucasj82, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

JonathanSuarez, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Arsenal0328, Apr 11, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

Al_M, Nov 19, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

ifixufly, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BruceBruce, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Prager62, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

lilsmizzul1225, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BigDog0996, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

visualmartyr, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jeff96gt, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BYOFB, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Stoutlad, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidBread219, Oct 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

MapleCity219, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BriaCloette, Aug 24, 2014
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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.