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Big Rapid Imperial Red Ale - Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Big Rapid Imperial Red AleBig Rapid Imperial Red Ale

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very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lumberyard Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: OakedCanuck on 01-14-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson; February 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy, red amber color and is topped by a pale tan colored head. The aroma smells of crystal malt, lots of pine, and sharper herbal hop citrus character. As the beer warms up more of the citrus / hop fruit character becomes noticeable with ruby red grapefruit zest, definite lychee and bright, almost candied, caramelized orange zest all being quite noticeable.

The beer is nicely bitter up front and is amply hoppy, this is backed by supporting toasted and crystal malt laden flavors that play a supporting role. Lots of candied citrus, big tangelo flavors, ruby red grapefruit, pine, and lots of herbal hop notes play the dominant role in this beer. This is really quite amply hoppy; it has just enough malt character to move the hops along. The malt is somewhat noticeable and contributes flavors of toasty, nutty malt notes, as well as some spicy whole grain touches and a chewy crystal malt character. The body is nice, certainly a touch chewy, but not overly heavy and it keeps a quaffability to it.

This is a nice, easily quaffable, enjoyable, good hop fix (for those who crave that)without too much intruding malt to keep this from being a hop focused beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 03:31:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-21-2013 01:25:27 | More by bsuedekum
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South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Served at the Lumberyard brewpub in Flagstaff.
A: Looks good: crystal clear reddish-brown; more red than brown with a good, long lasting off-white head that leaves excellent lacing patterns. The aroma has some sweet, bready malt ad is quite hoppy: floral and spicy/herbal. The flavor is also hoppy, but with more pine as well as a solid sweet malt base. High ABV is well hidden except in the slightly harsh mouthfeel and the inevitable warming. Medium body.

O: A fine Imperial Red worth seeking out. Available on tap and in 22 oz. bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 04:32:49 | More by chinchill
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color with an impressive head; nice stickage with plenty of lacing action

Smell: Caramel and tobacco, with undertones of herbacious spruce

Taste: The crystal malt bill overwhelms, with the caramel and tobacco and a hint of apricot; in the middle, the herbal spruce flavors arrive and while the beer brings a lot of bitterness, the malts are so overpowering that the hops are ultimately left in the dust

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (slightly syrupy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have no idea how old this bottle might be (but I didn't hold onto it for long before I cracked it open) but I am not getting the massive hops that others seem to have tasted; to me, this beer verges on the Old Ale/Strong Ale territory more than the world of Imperial Reds; in any event, the flavors are very different and, as I don't like a lot of malt in my hoppy beers (unless we are talking Impy Stouts) this is not my thing

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:19:36 | More by brentk56
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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. There is no date listed, but I have had since the Winter. Maybe like January. Poured into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber color. Basically no head, this might be due to the age. Just a ring of bright white color. Carbonation was OK.

S: Spicy maltiness. Definitely still some hop character. Some spicy piney hop aromas. The malt bill definitely leads here.

T: Front of the tongue, lots of spicy hop notes. Peppery. Middle of the mouth lots of those typical red ale malts. It's a really nice balance. Even though this bottle isn't as fresh as I'd like, you still get some good hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 14:33:34 | More by inlimbo77
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves excellent lace.

S - a fruity aroma of pine and grapefruit with some caramel malt.

T - strong pine and grapefruit hop character up front. Some dark caramel and brown sugar in the middle with a stiff bitterness that carries through to the finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is excellent with a robust malt profile to match. The bitterness is a touch on the harsh side, but overall well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 04:59:35 | More by nickfl
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in the Tickers BIF from Phelps.

A: Very dark amber with great clarity. Thin half finger off white head that fades fairly quick. Leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S: Floral hops with some citrus notes mixed in, mainly pineapple. Much hoppier than any other red I've had. Caramel malts still come through beautifully.

T: Sweet caramel upfront along with some toffee. A mild bitterness and floral flavors come through the maltiness just enough. Finishes with big grassy notes and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium to light in body. Smooth. A slight alcohol warmth. Pretty dry finish.

O: Haven't had many Reds and not a huge fan of the style, but this is easily the best Red I've had. Reminiscent of an IPA in a way.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 03:51:28 | More by doughanson78
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sleepy little flagstaff just blew my mind with this imperial red. God damn.

The appearance is a beautiful dark ruby red with an egg shell head that is sticking around with some nice lacing on my plastic cup courtesy of Fairfield inn.

Nice floral hop smell with a strong Carmel like malty overtone.

The front of the mouth one gets a big hop bitterness with a nice bite. Middle of the mouth has a flowing malty breadiness. Semi sweet. Really delicious. The hop comes back again and a nice balanced harmony lingers for a while.

Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 03:20:47 | More by Patrickbrusil
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine last weekend for $4.99.

Beer poured a reddish-brown with a fantastic tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is toasted crystal malts and floral hops.

Taste is very well balanced with a generous crystal malt backbone balanced seamlessly by a generous amount of pine and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a dangerously easy drinking big beer that is a must try for those that enjoy an imperial american red style!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:33:09 | More by arizcards
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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with very slight haze, high carbonation, and enormous head. Nose is appetizing with some rum soaked cherries and slight grassy aroma. Palate offers leafy hops, and balanced with generous caramel malt sweetness. Carbonation zips through and into the finish. Little medicinal quality to it.

Edit: waay too boozy as it warms

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:28:53 | More by yemenmocha
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Big Rapid Imperial Red Ale from Lumberyard Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.