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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

51 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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jaidenjb

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

02-02-2014 00:42:58 | More by thinwhiteduke
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rw1992

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-12-2014 03:21:13 | More by rw1992
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psmith161

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-11-2013 19:08:18 | More by psmith161
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room)
Poured a decent, if very light and shiney, red; did have some nice initial head and a bit of decent lacing. Huge hoppy scent, nearly overwhelming; very unbalanced as far as aroma, with just some slight malt underneath. Same with the flavor, a lot of hops (pine mostly) that kick the malt out; you don't get the interesting grain bill that I like in reds due to the overwhelming hop presence. Very hop rough, too, without a lot of smoothness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 18:17:59 | More by JamesS
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TerryB

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-14-2013 18:44:30 | More by JABarber
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:15:50 | More by titosupertramp
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-25-2012 15:16:37 | More by awdturboiv
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SuperNova777

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-15-2012 00:22:53 | More by SuperNova777
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-22-2014 04:07:46 | More by mpayne5
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-20-2013 16:06:49 | More by azconafr
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-25-2014 14:08:32 | More by MSandahl23
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-28-2013 13:06:50 | More by neckbracesub
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antoines15

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-19-2012 00:55:08 | More by antoines15
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 21:51:37 | More by rhoadsrage
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:21:57 | More by jmarsh123
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.