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Big Red (Imperial Red) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

393 Ratings
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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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from Chuck’s Fine Wines. $6.99 Bottle offers a lot of insight into the beer. Contains Halterau variations, chocolate, caramel, and 2 row pale malts. 9.5% ABV. 15 Degrees L. 20 Degrees P. 93 IBU. Advises to drink out of a snifter.

Appearance: Bright reddened copper. Initially large white head settles to skim.

Aroma: Fruity with lots of caramel and citrus juice. Hints of chocoalte. Halterau goodness.

Taste: Chocolate (more then expected) and caramel body. Very juicy as well but individual fruits are difficult to make out because my palate is rather overwhelmed by the bitterness. This could have used some time to meditate, 6 months or maybe even a year.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, American Barley Wine like. Full and strong. As it warms, increasing amounts of bitter fruit and booze come forward turning this more and more into an IPA like beer instead of a red. By the end I can barely taste the chocolate that was so abundant when this was cold.

Drinkability: Ok. This is pretty filling and very bitter. Some time would surely help.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 20:22:04 | More by DaPeculierDane
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mobud

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into pint glass.

A- Reddish copper with a cloudy appearance and a nice creamy off-white head that remained strong thru sample.

S- Really hoppy with a light alcohol nose. A spicy aroma is also there, but not as strong.

T- A pleasant sweetness from the malt balanced nicely with a spicy hops taste that gives a burning sensation going down.

M- Very full. The burn from both the hops and the alcohol remains, but it is good and not a turn-off.

D- Yes, this is a good beer. The high ABV can be a problem if going at this alone, but the balance of elements make it worth the effort. Another good one from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 19:01:46 | More by mobud
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After sitting around in my cellar for nine months, two of us finally got to total this on a good summer day. The label came apart letter by letter from accumulated moisture. Probably the beer benefitted from some ageing, there was good big bitterness there, with the malts secondary and truly adding balance. Great with lunch. CItrus hop aroma, and decent head.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 03:22:14 | More by Sammy
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a reddish orange color with a 1" head that slowly receded. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of caramel and ripe red fruits are easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel and malt sweetness with red grapes, plums, grass, hint of biscuits, strong piney bitterness, and alcohol. This is an alcohol laden and candy sweet kind of beer that is very bold on the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Brief aftertaste of caramel, bitterness, and alcohol. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: the alcohol really a bit to overpowering to score higher on this mark. Not a wimpy red ale at ale, a real slow sipper but still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 23:10:39 | More by Gavage
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Ounce bomber bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A nice dark golden color. A two finger head that is nearly white sits atop.

S - Citrusy hop along with a sugary sweetness.

T - A nice blend of in your face sugary and alcohol along with hop flavors. The hops take an approachw ith less huge bitterness and more of a tea like flavor. Very nice.

M - Nice and smooth. Even medium body with just the right touch of prickly carbonation.

D - Very good. A nice hoppy amber. Borders on strong ale due to the ABV but is a little more subtle than an American Strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 04:40:26 | More by EStreet20
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cbl2

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/12/2007 $5.49 22 oz. 9.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

After a healthy pour, this emerges a crystal clear brown with roughly half an inch of tight white head that settles to a persistent quarter inch.

Aroma:

Notes of fresh pressed grapefruit and a touch of candied sugar.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth hop-oil mouthfeel kicks off this superb concoction. Hops dominate the palate, though not to the extent I would have expected from the 93 IBU's promised on the label. Flavors consist of grapefruit essence, with a faint hint of peach preserves. A bit of the heady alcohol is apparent towards the finish (and it is making my head swoon a bit as well), but overall a well balanced, enjoyable beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 18:46:33 | More by cbl2
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours orange with ruby highlights with a thin off white head.

S - Spicy hops and caramel malt.

T - Spicy, piney and grassy hops and caramel malts with a touch of alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with a warming touch and a dry finish.

D - A tasty red. This one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 03:41:13 | More by brewcrew76
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Litterbean

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am absolutely a fan of this beer. It pours amber in color with a one-fingered head. Lace is clingy but thin.

The hops impart a spicy aroma which is nice, very easy on the nose and herbal. The malts take a bit of a back seat but they're there as well, a bit bready but it's hard to make them out.

The taste is excellent. When served chilled, the hops and malts blend together to form an almost juicy quality, with a lot of citrus notes and herbal/grassy notes, mixing it with some cherry, chocolate, and other sweets. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 18:40:18 | More by Litterbean
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blitz134

California

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

Just got this in from a trade today. I've been wanting to try some Southern Tier brews for a while.

Caramel colored body. Perfectly clear. Offwhite head, about a half inch on the pour and now its only a thin layer on the top. Nice sporadic lacing.

Smell is strong with caramel and crystal malts and almost leads to a bit of raw sugar aroma. Nice floral hopping works in well. Alcohol peaks out as well, but it isn't that harsh. Simple overall, but pretty good.

Flavor is pretty unique and has a lot going on. Initially the crystal and caramel malts come out. The Hallertau hops offer up some floral and slightly herbal hoppiness next. Next are some slight roasted flavors towards the finish and after the swallow some bitterness lingers, in the form of pine, and alcohol notes begin to expose themselves. I like this. Don't know if it falls into the Imperial Red flavor category; I think it is more of a strong ale with a dominant hop side. Alcohol is a little too evident, but isn't overly fusal so it is easily tolerated.

Mouthfeel is alright, I'll let it slide by with it being called medium, but it seems a touch thin to me. Carbonation level is right on though. It adds a bit of crispness to compliment the hoppiness but not so much to mute a lot of the other flavors.

Good drinkability. I really like the flavors that are in this, its fairly complex, but the alcoholic nature holds it back. I'll have no issues finishing the bomber and I'd probably pick this up on occassion if it were more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 02:22:29 | More by blitz134
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sponberg

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is it with alcoholic beverages and farm machinery? Bedell Cellars on Long Island makes a red table wine that's highly drinkable with an old Ford farm truck on the label, now this. Great label BTW - all kinds of info, suggested glass - very good stuff.

Anyway, (holds snifter up to the light) Brilliant golden red witha white head that lasts forever. Very appetizing looking brew. Aroma of deep, caramelly malt and fresh, grassy, noble hops - all kinds of Hallertau varietals are in here, and it shows.

Starts off with a warm creamy mouthfeel, caramel-toffeeish, with a pervasive balanced hoppiness. Nice lingering bitterness, fresh to the point of being almost mintlike. Good hop flavor and spiciness, more English in style than German despite the Hallertaus in here. Alcohol is well controlled - not a lot of burn, although it shows up more when warm. I'd agree with the bottle - better when chilled (42) rather than cellar temperature. Finish is like, well... Think of your favorite red ale from any good brewpub - you know, the one that would be an ESB but it's a bit maltier and more "American" in style? Crank it to eleven. Nice lingering bitterness with a rounded maltiness. Drinkability is huge when chilled, lessens as it warms, but I don't recommend pounding bombers of this 9.5% ABV brew to get the best effect.

Nice effort - one of those "fits the bill" beers when you want something big but not a hop bomb, malt monster, or Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 03:51:19 | More by sponberg
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wrong style! No matter how much amber malt they put in the brew kettle, it cannot stand up the the serious hops. A big hoppy nose delivers citrus, pine, and perfumy aromas with a hint of malty sweetness. The flavors again show citrus, grassy, and earthy flavors and become more spicy as the beer warms. A contributing toffee, caramel sweetness drags the hops into reality, kicking and screaming. The feel is large and full, but not thick or heavy. Alcohols and hopping deliver a complex and evaporative, dryness, and numbing. Warm late with a follow-up of hop bitterness. Really good IPA with an English Ale maltiness. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 02:51:21 | More by BEERchitect
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: After a vigorous pour. A nice clear deep amber color with a frothy one finger white head that's nice and bubbly. Glass covering lace--amazing!
S: Nice grapefruit hop presence with a good caramel malt backbone. Slight grassyness in the hop notes also. Fresh smelling.
T/M: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Nice bitterness in the finish that lasts well into the aftertaste. A tad too buttery. Fruitiness is present but not very big. Flavor tends to hang out in the shadows. Maltiness is a bit more present than the hop profile. Bitterness is felt, but I'm not sure that's an indication of the hop presence.
D: An interesting brew by Southern Tier. I haven't seen an Impy red yet--this is the first one. That said, I wasn't wowed by this style. More or less a red ale with a creamier body and higher abv. Abv isn't noticeable, which is nice. What's the difference between this and a regs red ale, besides the abv, or is that all? If the abv is the only thing, I'd pass for sure on this guy.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 03:28:42 | More by bjohnson
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany and red in color with a medium sized frothy off white head that dissipates and leaves a tiny island and ring formation.
S: Big grassy, piney, and citrus rind scents up front with some sweet caramel malts coming out towards the middle-end. Slight alcohol scents in there at the end too.
T: Big piney and medicinal flavors up front followed by a nice citrus rind and grassy middle ending with some sweet malts, slight caramel and a nice alcohol warmth. As the beer warms more caramel comes out and the alcohol bite makes it presence felt more.
MF: Medium light with a warm finishing bite.
Overall: A nice brew on level with Nugget Nectar at times, but as it warms falls short of keeping up its stature. If you like Imperial Reds, give this a try. It won't dissapoint and at times will impress greatly.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 03:38:03 | More by Illinick
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to think I try a lot of different beers, but this is the first one in a while that makes me ask, "what the [explitive deleted] is going on here?"

Basically I was able to boil this beer down to a few flavors: big caramel malts, a touch of chocolate malts, an edge of grassy hops. Definately a combo I've never experienced before. I thought it might be like a barley wine, but I'll be darned if it's close. Not much residual sweetness, and only some hops bitterness.

If you like different beers, find this one now.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 06:58:40 | More by tempest
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Jredner

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a ruddy, opaque orange and holds a creamy tan head that is lasting and clinging. Aroma is caramel with a firm hoppy aroma bracing the whole thing. Narrow, but it smells good.

First sip is sweet deep caramel that approached chocolate/cocoa then bitter hops rush in to balance and the finish again touches on chocolate/cocoa with that flavor lingering quite some time. The mildly citric hops combined with the cocoa put me in mind of those Terry’s Chocolate Orange candies that you tap to break up the slices.

More than I was expecting...I thought this would be some in your face hop monster, but I guess Hallaertau isn’t really the hop for that. Very nice beer that would make a great Christmas/Winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 17:11:35 | More by Jredner
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dusky pumpkin orange with no trace of red... unless I hold the glass up to the red Christmas lights outside my front window. The head, and especially the thick lace that it lays down, are outstanding. Pastel caramel in color, the cap is firm, bubbly and rocky. Pocked sheets of lace cover every square millimeter of glass and will probably look even better after additional pours. If the beer was richer and more multi-hued, the next highest score would have been a given.

I don't mind Hallertau hops and I like them quite a bit in some styles. I'm not 100% sure that a single-hopped Imperial red ale is the correct place for them, however. That was my bias prior to cracking the crown. Sniff.... not bad, not bad. In fact, I like the way the spiciness of the Hallertau stands up to the caramel malt. The best part about the nose is how many hops the brewers added. We can't have an Imperial red without a few fields' worth of hops, now can we?

I would imagine that it isn't easy to Imperialize a red ale and have it taste like a big red ale and not a barleywine or something similar. After all, styles tend to blur at some point. Amazingly, Big Red tastes like a big red. I wish that I had given it another six months to rest so that the alcohol could have cooled down a bit more, but anyone who buys a 9.5% beer knows what they're in for.

The malt bill is made up of pale, caramel and chocolate malts. By concentrating on the former (presumably), the brewers were able to add a modicum of caramel flavor, while staying well short of a barleywine-like amount. The beer could use more toffeeishness though, since the malt doesn't contribute much in terms of flavor; which it needs to do in a red ale in my opinion.

As I suspected, hops rule the roost. I'm not sure that the Hallertau are up the task however. They seem better when present in smaller quantities or when paired with another variety. I'm well aware that that's a personal preference, but then this is my review and my preferences are all that matter. German hopheads oughta dig Big Red.

I'm not a bit surprised that a big beer from one of my favorite breweries has a killer mouthfeel. It's big and firm, like a statuesque supermodel, rather than big and soft; qualities that fit the spicy resinous of the hops beautifully. I'm enjoying the mouthfeel more and more as the beer warms toward an estimated 60 degrees. Which reminds me, please feel free to ignore the 42 degree recommendation on the silk-screened label.

Big Red Imperial Red would be one of the best beers in many craft brewer's lineups. This is Southern Tier though. Their regular lineup is amazing and--top to bottom--is bested by few. While I have no desire to seek out another bomber, this was a ride well worth taking.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 22:25:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy red brew. Head holds on nicely, with coating lacing. Aroma is balanced with grains and hoppy character. Flavor starts with a moderate maltiness, but is quickly overpowered by hops bitterness. The malt does make a comeback near the swallow, but then is quashed by the somewhat raw alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not working very well for me either. That parting blow of booze that lingers in the mouth just does nothing for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 22:36:02 | More by ppoitras
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. The brew is solid amber in color with excellent clarity. There is a finger of ivory head over top that is maintained by a solid carbonation of small bubbles. The color on this brew is excellent. A healthy sniff brings a lot of herbal and grassy hop backed by solid toasty, caramel and grainey malt and a kiss of alcohol to let me know it is there. It has a lot going on there. The flavors follow suit from the aroma. It hits first with a big caramel and bready malt followed by a very herbal hop, finishing with a moderate bitterness and a lot of herbal flavor from the hop. This one is big in flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, with a mild carbonation that really keeps this one feeling big. This brew is definitely not one that will be leaving my glass quickly. With everything about it being big, it is a sipper. I enjoy how the herbal hop compliments the bold maltyness, and how the alcohol really doesn't come through too strong in it. This is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 01:34:07 | More by kmpitz2
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shirfan

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, almost glowing red-copper with a thin layer of fine foam.

Aroma is chunky caramel malt, toastbread, hints of apple juice and slight alcohol.

Fairly unique taste. Has the feel of a barleywine but as the name states, is malted as a large red ale. Then, instead of the usual hop suspects, there's nothing but hallertau. Quite interesting, actually.

Keeps a nice balance most of the way, dries slightly in the finish.
Begs another sip *far* too well for a 9.5 abv brew.

Another winner from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 00:58:40 | More by shirfan
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jameaterblues

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the 22oz bomber.

A- Big amber with a red hue....1/4th inch cream rose colored head....light lace.

S- Caramel malts and a little bit of chocolate (not dark but sweet). Hops, and much more than expected....spice, resin, and light citrus (grapefruit).

T- Light caramel malts...a little toffee. Resiny spice in the hops....the hops are really big and seem to grow with the beer as I drank it.

M/D- Mild carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish. This beer was normal for a bomber and definitely enjoyable, but not so sure that I would buy another one at $5.99 or $6.99 a pop. Definitely a style I want to further explore.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 16:27:46 | More by jameaterblues
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thought as I poured this was 'okay this looks taaaasty" then after checking the bottle (bomber), I find its best served in a snifter. Oh well, no harm, no foul. A quick slip into a new 'proper' glass and here I sit with a mighty fine looking beer.

This one starts out with a plush, fluffy milk-white head on it, a good two-fingers, that falls kind of fast to that lumpy, semi-bubbled nook and cranny surface that looks so appealing. The liquid is a amber/red, sort of the color of dull rust, not meant in a bad way, just a descriptor. Some nice, light lacing trails down the glass as I continue to drink it.

Give this thing a few swirls (I mean it IS in a snifter for a reason) and my nose fills with sweets. I also get a strong sense of floral and fruity hops. This beer is supposedly brewed with all Hallertau.

The taste on this one is pretty unique, which I feel is a good thing in the style category that is 'red/amber ale'. I think a lot of that has to do with the hop choice, which keeps this crisp. The other factor is the fact that is an imperial. By ramping up the beer, ST has gone out of their way to set this beer apart. Speaking of, the alcohol level on this one seems pretty well hidden. You get a little bit in the nose and a little bit is noticable in the middle of a sip but its all well blended with the malty sweetness and the little spicy hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a tad drying. This one's a sipper though, I think if you drink it too fast, you'll miss a lot of what's going on.

Of course, while you're noticing what's going on, that ABV is sneaking up on you, so this one's probably enough. It's tasty and drinkable, but by the time you hit the middle of your second, you may not be 'noticing the finer points'.

This is my first imperial red and I'm not sure if there are a lot of them out there, but this one's a good starting point.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:01:22 | More by foureyedgeek
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rarevos

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Hazy brownish-red, almost like raspberry iced tea. Head is light tan and fleeting. Not much lacing, not much in the sticky trail department.

S: Sweet caramel malt and candied fruit, like grapefruit and orange.

T/M: Caramel/toffee up front with some mild bitterness and chewiness. The fruit is a bit more diverse in the taste than it was in the aroma. I'm still getting grapefruit and orange, but some apricot and pear as well. Finish is fruity/spicy with a long bitter tail.

D: This is sneaky for a 9.5% abv beer. It does NOT drink like a big beer, so be careful. For a sessionable red ale, I'll still take Ithaca's Cascazilla from among local options, but this is a damn fine sipper. Kudos to a brewery that I'm starting to really appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 21:50:00 | More by rarevos
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auntfloyd

New York

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

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with one finger of off-white head. Smells of caramel malts with a hint of floral hops. Nice and hoppy taste up front, which is well balanced by sweet maltiness further on. The mouthfeel is just right for the style, with body, but not syrupy or overbearing. This is a highly drinkable beer, especially considering how strong it is. All in all, an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 00:49:02 | More by auntfloyd
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle purchased at NYC's gem of a beer store, New Beer on Christie st., god I love visiting that place!....anyway, I also love big beer and guess what, this is a lovely, BIG beer. Pours a nice dark honey, almond amber, semi cloudy with a fine and tiny bubble, creamy, light tan head. A gentle swirl leaves plenty of fine, scattered and splotchy lacing. So far so good. Caramel and smoky, nutty notes on the nose. This is a well hopped, very smooth and tasty ale. Layers of malt, balancing spicy hops. Lingering oily hops on the palate, spice and heat ever present. Delicious, heady brew. Great tasting, easy drinking, another very worthy offering from NY's Southern Tier Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 12:38:37 | More by Billolick
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bkett01

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber with an average off-white head. Very appealing looking beer that smells of floral hops and a sweet malt with a mild hint of alcohol detectable. No smells stand out dominantly, as they all blend together.
Taste is a great balance that masks the 9.5%abv very well. A smooth creamy malt rounds out the bitter hallertau bite. Very little carbonation is present, but this beer remains lively on the palate. Amazingly drinkable for the high ABV. Overall, a very nice Imperial Red.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 01:35:15 | More by bkett01
Big Red (Imperial Red) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.