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Starfish Imperial Red Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Starfish Imperial Red AleStarfish Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 07-08-2011)
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Reviews by Ghenna:
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Ghenna

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber, very nice dark amber color.\

Spicy reddish smell to it (well malt/hop balanced).

Lots of up front hops, resin and pine.

MF isn't too strong or anything.

Strong beer, but fits a hop profile I'm not super fond of (pine resin-y). Not bad, but not one I would buy again. If you like that sort of hop profile I'm sure it would be great, but I'm more of a citrus hop person,

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 03:44:16 | More by Ghenna
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4/5  rDev +13%

04-23-2013 14:48:58 | More by Navysqurl
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Washington

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Washington

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-18-2012 07:06:33 | More by twelveinches
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in August 2012. Pours fairly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, pine, citrus rind, floral, light toffee, and piney spiciness. Nice aromas with good malt/hop balance and complexity. Taste of orange, grapefruit, caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, light toffee, floral, citrus zest, and piney spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, floral, citrus rind, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt/hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial red ale. Nicely balanced hop/malt flavor complexity; and nicely smooth to sip on. This was a nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:22:56 | More by superspak
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starfish Imperial Red Ale in 22oz bomber format. I poured it into a pint glass.

There's some considerable hop haze clouding up this beer. Clay in color with an off-white head that rose up to an inch-and-a-half's height before finally settling with the remnants of dense surface foam. A single etch of lacing holds on one side of the glass.

A double-whammy of both juicy citrus and floral hops. A nose prominent with ruby red grapefruit and apricot spars with generous toast from the malt and the smell of bread crusts.

This Imperial Red is meatier and maltier than the nose spelled. Dominant grapefruit hop oils mesh with well-kilned malts in a gently toasty sweetness. The alcohol picks up in the middle and carries out through the finish with some latent tanginess and a bouquet of finishing flowery flavors. Supple flavors of nectarine and sandalwood are noted, as well.

The body is wet and wooly with a spiny feel to the carbonation. Coarse, bushy-tailed, and full of dextrins; it's built like something less strong. The booze on the swallow has no significant pulse making this one very drinkable Imperial Red.

I wasn't particularly looking for complexity, but this beer is a bit one-note. Riding high with the cliche of 'grapefruit-meets-brown-bread', Fish Brewing executes with an exemplary ale for its style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:30:41 | More by thecheapies
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-27-2012 18:16:21 | More by bluckbeyes
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber/bronze with a frothy 1/2 finger off white head that left one big shade of lace as it never completely settles.Orange and pin hop notes stick out in the nose along with some brown sugar and caramel biscuit,a little bit of leather in the backgrown d as well.Flavors are a mix of the orangey hops and deep brown sugar and alcohol,the alcohol plays a pretty big role on the palate.It's close to being great with its nice hop profile but it is a tad raw.I liked it better than most I think.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 20:36:36 | More by oberon
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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07-19-2012 03:37:06 | More by Mebuzzard
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-24-2012 05:13:24 | More by GRG1313
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BilbosNuts

California

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear, deep amber red color. A small white head on top quickly reduces to a thin ring. A moderate amount of carbonation slowly rises to the top.

S: There is a good balance of hops and malts. Sweet caramel and toasted malts pairs well with the fruity hop profile.

T: The malts have a bigger presence in the taste than the aroma lead me to believe. They drown out the fruity hops that I was looking forward to.

M: Its body is on the thinner side and is kind of watery. It has a moderate amount of carbonation that fits in just fine, allowing the flavors to linger. Finishes with a light crisp and bitter bite. Quite refreshing.

O: This was a pretty good Imperial Red. If the taste were able to create the balance found in the aroma, I would have enjoyed it a bit more though.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:59:44 | More by BilbosNuts
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2012 19:47:47 | More by rogerthegill
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Pugs78

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-04-2012 03:13:59 | More by Pugs78
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mactrail

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin and bitter Red Ale. Color is a nice red amber with a brief head. Quite woody in the mouth. Hops are the earthy and sawdust flavor. Some flowery fragrance and a flirtation with the honeysuckle. A hint of cedar in the taste, but makes me think of a dirty floor. Bitter aftertaste, but not IPA bitter. Light body and a watery mouthfeel. On the acidic side. Malt seems to be vanishingly thin.

Mostly the flavors are funky malt and bitter, dirty hops. There seems to be this family resemblance among the Fish Brewing beers in my experience. 22 oz bottle from the Jug Shop in San Francisco.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 07:33:09 | More by mactrail
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Starfish Imperial Red Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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