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Big Red (Imperial Red) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Big Red (Imperial Red)Big Red (Imperial Red)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%


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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Reviews by WYVYRN527:
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never been much of a fan of reds ever since Bell's discontinued Deb's Red, but WOW! I think I have found the next best thing. The beer pours a clear copper color with minimal carbonation. On the nose is pure sweet maltiness with a nice hop backbone. The malt shines through on the palate at first, with hints of rising bread dough and toast. It finishes with a mild (although not too mild) citrusy hoppiness.
This is a monster of a red ale. Full bodied and very smooth, yet not too filling. This beer could be dangerous. I'll definitely buy it again, as this is one of the best reds I have tasted in years.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 00:06:40 | More by WYVYRN527
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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?

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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.

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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.

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S-Lots of malt, a lot of caramel with floral and grassy notes.

T-Very sweet and malty. A lot of caramel with dirt, grass and a tad bit of floral notes. Some bitterness still.

M-Medium bodied, a tad on the lighter side, some carbonation.

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07-30-2012 01:28:29 | More by rlee1390
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Big Red (Imperial Red) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.