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Imperial Red Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale

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118 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nightrain87, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

tedho21, Feb 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

DerwinWentworth, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Bnoise11, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in short ale glass

A: dark ruddy red; beautiful head, great lacing, excellent carb
S: beautiful hop bomb; Cascade esp. prominent; lingers long, and is very inviting
T: complex hop bomb; balanced, but with preference to the hops; not spicy; sweetness based in the very thick malt profile;
M: thick, viscuous

Really great big beer

Arithmeticus, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Unchi, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Lynn
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Lynn, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of delta490
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.

delta490, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
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

SHODriver, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

crob3888, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ToddThompson, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Elfastball7, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

DRTBrewster, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

TrojanRB, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

aflies, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bifrost17, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mcsauter82, Nov 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

g_jenkins, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

tpacek, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Glibber, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

deac83, Aug 31, 2014
Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.