Brewer's Cut Imperial Red Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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88
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JMad on 01-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a standard pint glass.

appearance: Nice copper/amber color. Head dissipates quickly. No haze.

nose: First impression is pretty citrus fruit and floral notes. There is a good bit of caramel sweetness to back it up.

taste:There is a little dark fruit in there with all that caramel malt. The grapefruit and pine flavors come through more distinctly on the palate than on the nose. There is a pretty good interplay between the sweet malt and the bright/ bitter hop notes.

Overall: I like this pretty well. It has balance. The almost 9% alcohol doesnt poke through at all. Good but not distinctive enough to wow me.

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite Real Ale I've had. Definitely hope this beer makes it into their year round lineup.

Appearance: Beautiful red body, classic Imperial Red IPA look. Beautiful white head. Very frothy. Lots of yeast particles floating in the beer but that doesn't bother me at all. The look of this beer is very similar to Great Divide's Hercules, except more red.

Smell: lots of red apple and caramel. Very sweet and pleasant smelling beer. Also very strong smell.

Mouthfeel: very drinkable and crisp but still maintains a frothy carbonation that is absolutely wonderful.

Taste: very sweet upfront. Lots of caramel sweetness and red apple "crispness" then it smooths out towards the finish and leave you with a very balanced and crisp hop taste. Not a palate ruiner but gives you enough of a punch to notice.

Overall: If you can find this beer, then grab a four pack or two. You won't regret it. I'm thinking about buying two more four packs and aging one of them.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed red color with ample tan head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Nose leans strongly to the hoppy side of the spectrum with tropical, pine and citric peel aromas leading the charge. Maybe a bit of toffee/biscuit malt as it warms, but they dont jump out at you.

Taste is pretty damn good actually. The hop flavors pop more than the bitterness and the whole hop profile is vibrant and spicy. Caramel and toffee malts are more impactful than in the nose, which I think even the most ardent of hopheads will agree helps this particular beer. It gives it a more rounded profile and adds a touch of sweetness to help offset the heavy load of hops. Mouthfeel is fine, goes down smooth and everything works together well. Solid offering that I will definitely buy another 4-pack of before it disappears from shelves.

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium amber-colored body, surmounted by a small, dense, and persistent off-white head. A modest amount of suspended particulate is present. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Its all about the hops, the Three 'C's (Cascade, Centennial, Columbus) utterly dominate the aroma. The roasted malt aroma would normally be a substantial, even dominating characteristic, but it is but a mere bit player here.

Taste: Opens with a substantial wave of grapefruit find and pine tar flavored hops. These dominate the taste throughout. Also notable is a fairly strong toasted malt presence, which would, as with the aroma, be a dominating characteristic in a less hoppy beer. As the taste progresses, the hops ebb and flow, allowing hints of toasted bread, biscuit, and light fruit to manifest. Finishes with mildly sweet maltiness, and a long, lingering pine tar hop wave.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, quite elegant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example, as typical from Real Ale. This would serve as a compliment to a cold, late autumn day.

Prsentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

Photo of JMad
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a red color with a little burnt orange and an off white frothy head. It has a strong caramel smell with some grapefruit and pine. The taste is sweet with lots of sugar, citrus, and pine oil. Feels thick and heavy but the carbonation is soft and add a nice texture, the finish is very dry which is preferred, to me at least. I think this is up there with the best beers I have ever had, the sweetness hits you first then the bitterness of the hops completely takes over. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew. Red and clear with a good lasting head and pretty good lacing too.

The nose is super hops with a side of hops. Lots of pine, citrus, lemon peel. Faint biscuit malt and caramel.

Flavor is nice, lots of hops come forth right away. Citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, pine, along with a more pronounced and somewhat balancing malt character.

Body is a bit slick, pretty full, and finishes bitter from the hops.

I like this one, it's damn tasty. Another success from Real Ale.

Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brick red color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes after a minute. Filmy, patchy lace is left behind.
S: Resinous pine, grapefruit, citrus, and a strong bitterness. Caramel malt for a bit of balance. Though the big hoppy aroma is the show here.
T: Follows the nose with a big hoppy flavors. Resinous pine, bitter grapefruit and citrus. Some burnt toast and caramel malt. Finishes on the bitter side with a slick oily hop feel.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Resinous, piny, oily and slick on the tongue. Not hard to drink. The bottle will be gone in no time. Though not something I am coming back to again and again.

Nothing wrong with this. Actually pretty enjoyable. Though I am not a big hop head. A strong hop bitterness and big hop character that makes this a little to one dimensional for me. Hop heads will enjoy it though.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/11/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and good complexity of dark malt and hop notes, with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Slight pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; with a near perfect malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial red ale! All around nice balance balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep brown amber color with a thin medium caramel colored head. Aromas of pull candy and lemon grass. There are Christmas pull candy and sorghum flavors with hints of overripe fruit emerging. The mouthfeel is unassuming, yet appealing. Not bad, but not great.

Photo of coldriver
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting that this classified as an Imperial IPA - it's clearly malt dominated. 12 oz bottle pours a deep amber with good head and lacing. Caramel toffee aroma with faint display of citrus hops. Taste is dominated by the caramel malts, hops are there but providing bitterness without much flavor. Seems a bit thin somehow for a malt dominated 8.8% beer. This beer seems flat and limp with a metallic yucky aftertaste. After I've read the other reviews perhaps the hop aspect of this beer was very shortlived. Not horrible, but certainly something I would not seek out again.

Photo of nsheehan
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewer’s Cut 004 Imperial Red Ale
Real ale BC
20130630
12oz bottle to Modern pint glass
Imperial Red ale
Best by 12.11.13

A – Poured a little strongly, resulting in one-third finger of head that mostly dissipated in a minute, leaving behind a tan-ish off-white film. The beer is pretty much opaque but a little translucent. It’s cloudy and there’s unexpected sediment in it. It’s a brown color, with a red tinge.

S – Smells earthy and fruity, I like it so far. Brown sugar, dirt, vanilla, grass, and a chocolately, pineappley strawberry-banana like smell. Like some strange smoothie. I can also pick up some alcohol.

T – I get the some dirt, cocoa, and fruit taste, followed by grass and some pine. Quite a strange progression. The cocoa lingers the whole time, staying through the aftertaste with the pine and re-occurrence of the strange fruit flavor. The flavors are borderline muddled, and mud seems to be one of the tastes. As it warms a little, some orange comes out, as does some spiciness from the hops.

M – Medium bodied, pretty well carbonated, but becomes slick in the swallow. Keeps its distance from the tongue.

D – Not a very good red ale, and putting style on the backburner, a pretty average beer overall, but kind of murky. There is some balance between hops and malt though, though it is malt forward but not very ‘red ale’.
All 3’s.
P.S. After reviewing this beer, I see BA has it listed as a DIPA. Well, that might have changed some of my thoughts, but what am I going to do now.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Best-by date 12.11.13 - Seems ambitious considering that I've had this in my fridge for at least a month or two.

Look- A vigorous pour leaves me with half a finger of dense off-white head; tons of visible particulate suspended in the beer; here's to hoping it's unfiltered hop pellets. Cloudy deep amber. Sparse lacing.

Smell- Ripe melon, lemon, papaya, borderline abrasive pine-y aroma. Overall impression of starburst candies and green tea. Develops more cracker-y characteristics as it warms.

Taste- Massively dry-hopped, bitterness milder than expected; I'd guess 65-70 IBU. Green tea, tangerine rind, honey, light treacle, starfruit. Distinct English-y stone fruit ester character, low butteriness. Middle brings out a semi-sweet roasty flavor more along the lines of roasted espresso liqueur-soaked ladyfingers than plain toffee. Bread pudding, perhaps. Compliments the mild-moderate bitterness and mild fruit character very nicely. Resin, white raising, light mineral character on the back end. Nice balance, complexity, overall flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, medium carbonation. Juicy, full feel. Light stickiness, slick, fairly clean finish. Easy drinking, found myself quaffing rather than sipping.

Overall- Very nice, if pricey. It's good to see Real Ale continue to experiment. Not going to blow most hop-heads away, but definitely worth picking up if you can get it and I'll probably be snagging another four-pack. Recommended.

Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a malty amber caramel with a burgundy tinge & some lasting foam.

Right off the bat the aroma is hoppy & malty sweet, some mildly dank hops on the aroma compete with a touch of grapefruit.

Flavor is herbal, with some dank medicinal notes, & a piney finish atop a sticky sweet malt that’s balanced by a bracingly bitter b-something of flavor. One to sip & savor, though I could have easily quaffed this too.

Photo of mothman
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper red in color.

This beer reminds me of furious and is quite good. Lots of grapefruit and hop resin. Floral and juicy with a little bit of a malt backbone.

Nice and hoppy with some bitterness and malts to balance it out. I like it. Ends a little sticky.

Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear deep amber color with a creamy/rocky off white head that has ok retention and very good strong lacing.
S- The aroma is a little tame at first with notes of caramel and mild floral/piney/citrusy hops. Mild yet very comlex. I'll bet the aroma will open up quite a bit after warming up a little. Oh yes, as this beer warms a little, and with a swirl of my glass, the nose opens wide up with much of the same as mentioned above, just more in yo face than while still cold.
T-The flavor if much of the same. Straight foward with burned caramel and a pungent bouquet of hops. Pine is the more prodominant hop in the taste. I don't think this should be catagorized as a double IPA, I think they got it right and intended on making an imperial amber ale. It's almost barleywine-like imo. If I'm judging this as a double IPA, it has lower scores, but as an imperial amber ale, it has high scores. (Just to make it clear, I'm judging this as an imperial amber ale, not IIPA)
M-Very slick and sweet with a long bitter finish and medium to low carbonation.
O-I really like this beer. It's a very good hoppy beer for the "cooler" south texas nights. Very glad I made myself splurge and bought a four pack. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves big hoppy beers.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is either a ton of yeast or hop particles hanging out in this orangey/amber body. Slightly off-white head that laces well.

Yummy caramel sweetness and a piney citrus hop aroma.

Bitter citrus and resinous pine. Some hefty malt to keep those hops in check. Great balance as far as I’m concerned.

Drinks smooth. Has a medium body and is dry.

There is something a little off about the beer but it is a good hoppy red ale worthy of a try.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Best before 12/13/13
Unmarked Riedel tulip

A: Pours a pretty deep amber color. Initially almost two fingers of slightly off white egg shell like head. Leaving some sticky lacing. There are some floaties in there, not clear at all.

S: Good nose here. Getting nice hop character: more earthy and pine like hop aroma. Then that traditional red ale comes through, nutty light caramel and slight toffee.

T: Nice prick of hop bitterness right on tip of the tongue. It's that nice pine character from the nose. Mid palate still getting earthy and slight herbal hop flavors, but met by the deep red ale malts. Hints if caramel and toffee. That nuttiness. Finish is dry and there is lingering hop flavors that stick with you.

M: Nice big medium. Mouth coated with hops.

Brewer's Cut Imperial Red Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.