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Imperial Red Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A boldly flavored double red ale. Combining caramel malt for sweetness mixed with nice alcohol and plenty of dry and late kettle hop aromas from three killer America strains create a beer that is tough to compare.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-08-2010)
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

02-26-2014 00:37:22 | More by tedho21
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-27-2011 04:26:14 | More by DrBier
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-21-2013 22:25:33 | More by Bnoise11
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Travisnin

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-13-2012 06:23:18 | More by Travisnin
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Lynn

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

06-14-2012 23:13:00 | More by Lynn
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle from release 34

A: poured into a pint glass to a deep red with a half finger of dense off white head that slowly fades and leaves plenty of lacing
S: smells of caramel, pine and citrus
T: taste is pine oil, caramel sweetness, toasted malt, citrus and some oily hop. swallow is a nice blast of pine resin and herbal hop flavor
M: this beer sits medium in the mouth with a soft but present carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: this is a very nice imperial red. it has a good dose of hops but there's a firm enough malt backbone to balance things out and it has great flavors as well. Definitely a solid example for the style

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 01:35:58 | More by SHODriver
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-09-2012 14:58:17 | More by Elfastball7
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a testing group, this imperial red ale was served in a sampler goblet. The ale poured a brownish tinted red color with an off-white head. The ale left generous lacing in the glass. The smooth red maltiness immediately leaves an impression. A mildly hoppy backbone is a nice surprice, particularly coupled with the smoothness. The citric hops, giving grapefruit and grass notes, do not overtake the malts. It blends well with the malts, almost like an added bonus. The citrus notes become bigger in the aftertaste, even becoming warming as it goes down the throat. The mouthfeel on this one is particularly striking. I went back for seconds and thirds when time allowed. Not my favorite imperial red, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 15:27:09 | More by JohnnyHopps
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delta490

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep cloudy red big a creamy tan head. The head has pretty good retention and a nice collar and leaves sticky lacing throughout. The aroma is malty, dark fruit, sweet, with just a hint of hops. The flavor is very similar, with dark fruit and dark bread flavors with some lighter hops in the background. It has a nice weight on the palate and is quite smooth. Overall an outstanding example of a big malty imperial ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:54:42 | More by delta490
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-12-2013 02:15:11 | More by crob3888
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-23-2013 22:00:13 | More by DRTBrewster
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-27-2012 05:18:36 | More by aflies
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bifrost17

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-01-2013 01:08:11 | More by bifrost17
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-09-2014 14:48:38 | More by ToddThompson
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g_jenkins

California

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

06-28-2012 03:52:52 | More by g_jenkins
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Glibber

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-01-2013 06:57:26 | More by Glibber
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-10-2012 00:26:41 | More by mcsauter82
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-04-2012 03:07:30 | More by swetsastonic
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jmw4437

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

07-14-2013 19:49:54 | More by jmw4437
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pinnser

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-12-2014 20:34:30 | More by pinnser
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-29-2012 04:04:36 | More by rolandboy
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle shipped from Letspour.
Poured into a Corsendonk chalice.
Medium brown with medium amber head.
Aroma of light rye, malts.
Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel...penetrating.
Flavors of rich dark and medium malts, significant grassy and grapefruit rind bitter hops, rye, cream of tartar, pine sap. Cream and big body...no shortage of hearty ingredients. Could be considered an affront on the taste buds for the inexperienced big beer drinker, but for others this is quite tasty and fulfilling.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:32:20 | More by DenverLogan
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JamFuel

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

06-30-2013 07:55:35 | More by JamFuel
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kagent777

Utah

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Release #2 (7.8 % ABV) of this particular beer from Epic was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Wow, this is one pretty lady! She had a huge, long lasting thick head, that let some gorgeous lacing. The color was almost brown with flashes of amber and red thrown in for accent.

Smell: I can smell the bitterness of some hop perfume as well as some nice caramel malt. Since this one is 7.8 ABV, I can also smell a little of the alcohol.

Taste: Matches the smell. First, you have the malty sweetness. Once it fades, the various hops kick in and linger for a bit longer. I wish I could put more words to this, it is simply really tasty. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is a big beer. I suspect the final gravity is quite high. Has a heavy feeling on the palate, but not overpowering. The carbonation and alcohol give it a lift.

Drinkability: This is probably not a beer for beginners. It is very good. Unfortunately, this one is a little pricey. So when I have extra money and the brewery is stocking it I will be sure to grab another. I wonder what this would taste like when aged a little? A very good offering from Epic.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:53:40 | More by kagent777
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DeezGunz14

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-25-2012 05:52:19 | More by DeezGunz14
Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.