Starfish Imperial Red Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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2.65/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
01-24-2012 07:33:09 | More by mactrail
2.95/5 rDev -16.7%
bottled: June, 2011
A: pours a ruddy red ale with no real head production and a mirror surface. Hazy clarity. no lace.
S: Nice caramel and toffee tones with a bit of oxidation, nicely balanced with some earthy hops. Above average nose for an Impy Red. Malt dominent, reminds me of a hopped English BW
T: Bitter and sweet. Some notes of sweet barley and some healthy bittering hops give this a nice balance, but the taste is nothing special. Average.
M: Thin with low carb. I would like a little more body with a little more carb to balance it out. Slick finish.
O: Beyond the nose, this beer doesn't have much to offer me.
09-26-2011 07:54:25 | More by harrymel
3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish amber with 3/4 inch of of off-white head that had low retention and good lacing.
The aroma was good, hops being a bit more of a presence than than the earthy grains. The flavors were bolder and more well defined than the scent had lead me to expect. The malt was stronger and the hops crisper than in the nose.
The body was thinner than I would have expected for an "Imperial" version. Drinkability was decent, I'd have it again, but I probably wouldn't have 2 in a row. Overall, a solid beer that was enjoyable enough, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. But it's worth trying if you see it.
07-24-2011 04:20:40 | More by beertunes
3.3/5 rDev -6.8%
A: Dark amber colored with a minimal off white head that quickly diminishes into small thin islands of foam on the surface. Nice lacing throughout. 3.5
S: Earthy hops, alcohol and sweet maltiness, with mild roast on the finish, but intensity in every department is lacking. 3
T&M: Taste is pretty malt forward. Lots of toffee/toasted biscuit malt sweetness, but there’s somewhat of a earthy, resinous hop presence in the background. Carbonation is appropriate and has a smooth creamy silky mouth feel. Finishes clean with no adverse aftertaste. 3.5 / 3.5
O: Not what I was expecting for an Imperial Red, but I guess it’s still in line with the style. I think Nugget Nectar ruined me. This is a lot more malt forward, although still within style, so I can’t fault it. It’s just not my preference. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely worth trying, but I just can’t drink too much of it due to the sweetness. 3
08-29-2011 16:45:56 | More by julian
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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,
09-22-2011 03:44:16 | More by Ghenna
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured a beautiful ruby red color. Clear. Small white head that quickly receded, leaving minimal lacing. Had an aroma of earthy hops (bitter!), citrus, sweet malts, caramel and light spices. Taste followed the nose and there was certainly a noticeable alcohol taste. Not a bad thing, but definitely pronounced.
Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and drinkable considering the ABV. Overall, a decent brew that I would recommend having as a sampler...if you like it, get a full glass!
11-20-2011 16:26:49 | More by MsRif
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz bottle poured into a really large mug
Pours reddish brown, slightly cloudy from some sediment at the bottom that I let into my pour, almost no head, very little in the way of actual carbonation. Smell is caramelly-sweet, a little bit of a spicy hops smell.
Taste is pretty good, a nice mixture of caramel sweetness and hoppy goodness. Could use a bit more bitterness, but it's pretty solid.
Mouthfeel is unfortunately flat, although it has the right thickness. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that was let down by lack of carbonation.
10-30-2011 00:37:34 | More by snaotheus
3.68/5 rDev +4%
From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep translucent amber hue, quick falling creamy off-white head.
Sweet malt and citrusy American hops on the nose, some spicy warm alcohol in the background.
Sweet, thick, sugary malt is immediately sliced through with spicy warmth and grapefruit pith from the hops, turning more into a grapefruit rind character towards the finish. Malt and hops are both somewhat intense, but balanced quite well.
Moutheel is full-bodied, slick and solky smooth texture, with low carbonation. Worth checking out and picking up again.
Enjoyable Red Ale, be it Imperial or not, with decent balance.
08-12-2011 02:50:40 | More by IronDjinn
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-19-2012 20:59:44 | More by BilbosNuts
Starfish Imperial Red Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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