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The Imperial Texan - Martin House Brewing Company

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The Imperial TexanThe Imperial Texan

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Martin House Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tubeyes on 04-15-2013

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by jhamp9:
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3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark orange pour with a creamy pale orange head.

Strong overripe peach aroma with some citrus.

Taste has a lot of orange and lemon with some pine in the background. Subtle malt sweetness. Grapefruit rind aftertaste. Becomes much more piney as it warms.

Taste is just a little thin.

Thin body a little drying on the palate.

Overall, very easy to drink and alcohol is totally concealed. Very enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour produces a massive head, that forms into a plateaued peak above the liquid. The head is cream-colored, foamy and persistent. Reminds me of the foam from a root beer float. Somewhat cloudy liquid, amber with brown hues. Shows steady carbonation.

I get a lot of citrus on the nose, some sweet malts and maybe even some vanilla. It's slightly stale, which may be the result of the shipping and wait to drink it.

I get a slight offtaste on the tongue, something metallic and stale. Again, the wait may be to blame. Something earthy in there as well and the citrus is not present. There's a slight spice in there and some floral hop flavor.

The beer has a tiny hint of astringency, low-to medium body and some creaminess. It doesn't taste or feel like an imperial beer.

I'd say it's an average imperial red, although I'd have to try it fresh from the source to know for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer pours a nice red body with a half inch thick white head

S: A delicious smell of fresh hops hits me in the face. There is also a nice sweetness to it.

T: Tons of bitter hops and it tastes delicious in this style. It's almost more like and imperial IPA IMO.

M: Strong bit of carbonation on the back of the throat.

O: It's nice to finally have a nice beer from Fort Worth that's actually worth something... Take note Rahr.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky copper/brown with orange around the edges when held up to light. The head is massive and creamy off white.

S - Earthy piney hops and caramel sweetness.

T - Sweet and malty up front with caramel, followed closely by bitter piney hops. A bit too bitter for the style I think. Grapefruit hop bitterness lingers.

M - Super smooth and creamy. The head is very fine, and the silky mouthfeel is great on this one. Moderate body, moderate to low carb, silky smooth.

O - My first Martin House brew, and better than I was expecting. A good take on the style with a great mouthfeel. A bit one dimensional but still tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy pours a hazed reddish-copper color with a large cap of beige head that is fluffy and sticky.

Nose is sugared grapefruit, caramel, toast and pine sap. Good malt/hop balance.

Nice flow from leafy hops to a toffee malt middle and finishes long and bitter. Maybe a little more hop flavor on the front end would get this beer into the upper echelon of imperial red ales, but as is, it is a mighty fine brew. I was a little hesitant to pull the trigger on a 4-pack for 12 bucks, but now am glad I did. Has alot going on and I cant see this one getting boring. Good stuff!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of landfill
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great beer overall.

initial taste is very smooth with piney hops and a citrus grapefruit aftertaste.

with it's high alcohol content, it is a very unsuspecting beer.

12 dollars will buy you a 4 pack of 16oz cans. at first I was very skeptical, but after my first taste I could immediately detect high quality ingredients as well as a lot of hard work put into a very well thought out beer. I will definitely be drinking this beer more often.

Photo of awayne56
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to love this beer because it is brewed in my home town;alas, undecided whether I like it. The Good? who can argue with a 4-pack of 16 oz cans?! Love the artwork on the can! Made in Texas by Texans. Yes sir! So far so good. Now lets pour:
L - If going for a Red River look effect, nailed it. Poured a murky brownish red colr with a healthy soapy head that dissipates slowly.Faint lacing detected.
S - very faint, too faint to contribute to the experience. I could detect citrus and piney hops along with malt sweetness.
T: Initial taste hit is caramel, toffee sweetness which quickly and thankfully gives way to hop domination. Citrus, grapefruit, and piney hops dominate with a bitter, spicy finish, which is fine with me. Regarding that spicy finish, is there such a thing as a jalapeno hop? If so, it is present here.
F: Thick coating with a dry finish and slight alcohol burn on the back of the tongue.

Overall this beer grew on me. First tasting, honestly, I hated it.2nd tasting was better, I detected more complexity, it tasted brighter if that makes sense. I will buy it again although it is not good enough to be in my regular rotation. I hope to stop by Martin House and try a fresh pour. C'mon folks, give this a try and tell us what you think.

Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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The Imperial Texan from Martin House Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.