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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

121 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-08-2010

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.
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Photo of DenverLogan
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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

Release #7. 7.8% ABV.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber/red with a one finger tan head.
S: Hoppy with some caramel malt in the background.
T: Floral hops give way to sweet caramel and toffee malts. There is no alcohol bite and very low bitterness; the beer's focus is on the hop profile.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.
O: For a style that isn't really well defined, I'll judge this based on the fact that it is listed as an Amber/Red Ale, and it is a slightly stronger, hoppier version of a Red Ale. This is nothing at all like Nugget Nectar, but it doesn't try to be; instead of citrus, floral and sugary flavors fill this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Release #9 according to the website brewed June 2011, WTF I bought this last month...I will bitch next time I'm up to the store I'm at versus bitch about on BA. Pours a clouded burgundy very deep clouded amber with a light tan caramel head. Aroma has astringent notes of alcohol and hops, with some green mint and herbal leaf components alongside caramel malts flowing free. Flavor has stale hops, go figure, caramel malts with green leafy vegetable notes and herbal qualities somebody please get a fresh version of this to let me know how it pans out. If you're a store selling a year old version of Epic's beers let them know I'm sure they will be pissed about it, if you don't let them know I will I'm sure they will still be pissed about it when it's called an Imperial Red Ale...by the way this is 8.0% abv. Again muddled malts and hops, it's bitter tea leaf, astringent vegetable green with hops and caramelized malt sugars found in a fresh imperial red ale. WTF, again I hate to curse but what's going on either don't brew beer to send to Ohio or brew it and send it fresh. Also have an agreement with the beer stores to sell fresh product. Medium to full bodied texture with ample carbonation slick hop oils that last throughout each sip. Mouthfeel has medium bodied slow bubbling carbonation that many others should think about, slightly resinous still not horrible despite the age issues. Overall enjoyability isn't bad I'm actually liking it, thanks guys from Utah for the well aged Epic beer you have poured me for full price.

Photo of sonata2008
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lovely, creamy foam. About a finger's width. Extremely cloudy. Reddish brown. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops, lots of hops. A sweet aroma.

Taste: Roasted with a little bitterness. Can detect the alcohol. Definitely some candy sweetness but not fruity. Tastes almost like a bit of malt extract of the kind you use to brew beer. A great taste, almost Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation, sweet finish with just the slightest bitterness.

Drinkability: Tastes lovely but you won't want too many. With 7.70 ABV, it is definitely not a session beer.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6 fl.oz. bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on jan´13. Pours reddish brown in color. Chill haze. Off-white froth creates a lasting creamy crown. Aroma profile is amazing. It shows toasted caramel malts, pine & resins, toasted bread, tobacco, hints of fudge chocolate & ripe apricot. Toasted malt flavor rounded by orange chocolate touches. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Citric astringency in the middle. Dry bitter finish & orange peel on the aftertaste. Delightful & easy drinkable.

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed red colored beer with a thick tan colored head.

Smells malty and hoppy with a sharp citrus aroma. Strong tea and woody aromas. Grapefruit, lemon and pine, they didn't spare the dry hops in this one. Some toffee candy but this stuff is hoppy.

Starts out malty and a bit savory with a slight burned candy taste. Spicy and woody in the mouth cedar wood is a major flavor component. Little bit of a butter flavor. Not bad has the basic parts of the style both strongly hoppy and malty.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a solid imperial Red Ale.

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of roadies
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark cherry color with a very large, rocky, cream colored head with moderate carbonation. The head clings to the sides to the glass.

S - Mild citris in the nose with a moderate dose of piney goodness, toasted caramel malt, and somewhat earthy and mildly spicey.

T - Not as malty as what I expected from a red ale. Toasted caramel nips the tongue up front followed by a hoppy mixture of pine and citrus followed by a dose of alcohol effervescence which then gives way to a warming sensation as it glides down the throat. Buried deep down on the palette is a mild touch of chocolate and toasted toffee. Between the hops and the malt, not one dominates over the other, it's a nice balance. There's also a touch of spicy character to the finish.

M - Somewhat chewy, heavy medium body, quite smooth on the tongue.

O - I'm not one to enjoy the boozy effervesence of a beer but for some strange reason, it really lends an extra dimension to the character that makes it interesting and enjoyable. I also have to say I really don't like red ales because of their big malty character but Epic used the right amount of hops to bring the toasted malt character back into check. Nicely done.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Samaurer23
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of aflies
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a flat out fantastic red ale, one of the best around, and you cannot beat the price at under six bucks a bomber. fabulous color to this, brassy tinted brick red with a full inch of copious white lace, rising above the rim, and lasting awhile. it smells more hoppy than anything else, fresh pinecones and forest scents to this one, with more subtle bready red malt underneath, neither sweet or dry, but a sort of fusion of the two. full bodied for sure, this is a hearty wintery type. hoppy throughout the flavor, with bitterness increasing as it progresses. fluffy feeling to it, lighter than what it is, oatmeal maybe? there is also a touch of something else in the finish, autumnal, like a dried cranberry or apple tartness, but it only lasts a second before the hops take over. its another interesting layer. overall a supremely enjoyable bottle from epic, who I am so glad is now in our fine state of Colorado!

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of claspada
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a large, thick, creamy tan colored head leaving real nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with caramel malts up front, a little sticky and somewhat sweet. There is a lot of oily hops, somewhat piney resign, and a touch of grapefruit. As it warms, I get some more darker roasted malts which I didn't expect.

The taste is really full flavored, lots of sticky sweet malts with notes of caramel and lightly toasted toffee. The hops transition pretty smoothly, resinous pine and hints of grapefruit. There is a nice subtle lingering bitterness but the subtle background roasted malts help to balance out.

The mouthfeel is quite thick and heavy for the style; almost drinks like an American Strong Ale or an American Barleywine. Plenty of carbonation and hop oil which helps this to finish pleasantly dry and crisp in the finish.

Overall I am pleasantly pleased with this beer, especially because it is so fairly priced at $7 for a 22oz. It is not mind blowing or revolutionary, but really solid in the taste. Lots of dark malt flavors surprisingly for the style. Much more so than your typical American Red Ale. I would classify this as an American Strong Ale if it was up to me; anyway. Good, fairly priced and tasty, what else do you need.

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.

Photo of mr-jj
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is hazy reddish brown with a massive tan head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing for a red ale. Smell is caramel malt, pine and a touch of citrus. Taste is a nice balance of caramel malt and piney hops with a generic bitter finish. Body is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I liked the extra hops flavor in this red ale.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Imperial Red Ale from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.