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Big Red (Imperial Red) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 07-03-2006)
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Mad Elf snifter

Bottle lists this as 9% ABV vice 9.5% that BA lists here.

Pours bright orange in color, cloudy, with a finger and a half of sticky foam that dissipates slowly and coats the glass

Smells like noble hops up front - also picking up some passionfruit / sweet citrus.

Initial flavor is a rush of sweet citrus / tropical fruits that is quickly followed by a strong metallic bitterness that lingers in the back of the mouth

This beer looks great, smells great, but only tastes good due to the unbalanced bitter aftertaste. While there is a good amount of malt to this brew, and a nice, viscous mouthfeel - it just needs a little smoothing out.

I will say this is pretty darn drinkable, and the 9% ABV is expertly hidden within its depths.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:01:08 | More by FickleBeast
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-15-2014 19:22:48 | More by HoppyBastard2
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a tight, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, heavy cream, biscuit, grass, lemon, straw, wildflowers, herbs, and mild spices are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, orange, herbs, grass, straw, honey, flowers, and spices give way to notes of caramel, toffee, cream, biscuit, nougat, and roasted nuts. The finish is smooth and mild with a pleasant combination of caramel, cream, biscuit, honey, grass, herb, and lemon flavors.

M: Full in body and neither dry nor sticky. Carbonation is simultaneously delicate and firm. Alcohol presence is very subdued.

O: An awesome amber/red ale. Well-balanced for such a big, robust beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 17:36:47 | More by mrfrancis
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JimmyPhillips

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-03-2014 19:26:14 | More by JimmyPhillips
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

04-14-2014 15:10:11 | More by harpus
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Shagator

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-18-2014 20:45:49 | More by Shagator
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-15-2013 18:04:27 | More by BillRoth
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-10-2013 05:23:02 | More by Alex5
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours hazy amber with a small off white head, which has decent retention and lacing. The aroma has spicy hops, some earth, grass, and biscuit malt.

Tastes sweeter than expected, based on the aroma. there is caramel and biscuit malt, spicy hops, grass, and citrus zest. This was most likely hoppy when fresh. I didn't know until I checked this site that this ber is retired. Since there is no date on the bottle, I had no way of knowing I picked up an old beer. Since there is no bottle date, I am going to judge any problems I might have with this beer as the brewery's fault. It should be mandatory to date all cans and bottles.

Medium to full bodied, with low carbonation. There is a lingering spicy hop flavor, from the Hallertau hops. Not my favorite Southern Tier beer. I'm not sure if it would have been a lot better when it was fresh?

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:21:40 | More by hardy008
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Mlawrence

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2013 22:16:57 | More by Mlawrence
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golf4collet

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-02-2013 00:44:28 | More by golf4collet
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CloudStrife

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dusty and off a shelf today, havent seen one in years.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish brown with an off white head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: An aged profile going on with this one, can tell it has mellowed out over the years. Malts are dominate with a bready aroma. Perhaps a touch of oxidation. Hops are in there giving a bit of earthy quality.

T: Nice flavors going on here, hops have held on well and add a fruity characteristic. Malts are solid backing it up nicely. Everything seems to have melded together here.

M: Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

Overall I'm real happy to have found this one. Had it many years ago and am surprised how the flavors have aged and blended together.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:09:41 | More by CloudStrife
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clay23

New York

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-03-2013 19:54:33 | More by clay23
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-23-2013 21:19:16 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-15-2013 00:41:27 | More by jkane101
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blknikon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-30-2013 19:13:34 | More by blknikon
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-28-2013 12:54:20 | More by neckbracesub
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-19-2013 21:52:04 | More by Eaglefan344
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-11-2013 17:14:09 | More by DaPan
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

03-23-2013 16:24:22 | More by ejimhof
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Chrily

Norway

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-14-2013 12:41:32 | More by Chrily
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-30-2013 18:29:10 | More by DmanGTR
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Schwerzpunkt


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter....

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a large, rapidly dissipating head. A swirl of the glass leaves moderate lacing which also disappears quickly.

Smell-This was my favorite part of the beer. The malts dominated the aroma. Smelled very yeast and very much of biscuits. Almost like a dog treat...but in a good way. It was also somewhat sweet smelling with moderate fruity notes (especially apple, but some citrus as well) and a hint of caramel. Very pleasing.

Taste-Malts were very much on the forefront. Sweet was the predominant flavor, with notes of caramel and fruits, such as apple and citrus. Some hop bitterness present, however, it seemed more of an afterthought and outweighed by the malts to the point of being unbalanced. It left a faint, bitter, slightly medicinal aftertaste. Finally, there was a faint presence of alcohol flavor towards the back.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation with and moderately full bodied. Noted a slight alcohol burn as it slid down the throat.

Overall- The best part of the beer was the aroma, which I absolutely loved! Alcohol was definitely present in the taste, and there was the slightest burn, however, I think it worked with this beer and was not unpleasant. The malts were very much on the forefront and dominated the hops to the point of putting this beer out of balance. That being said, one must keep in mind that this is a retired beer and past its prime, so some of the hop flavor could have faded. I'd wager that a fresh version of this beer would be a bit more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:39:27 | More by Schwerzpunkt
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MrBoh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-12-2012 02:05:39 | More by MrBoh
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

09-09-2012 23:43:43 | More by Molson2000
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Big Red (Imperial Red) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.