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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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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.48%
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

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 07-08-2011

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Photo of mactrail
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of capuchinpilates
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't know if I had a bad beer, but it tasted of alcohol and little else.

Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Flight317
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of chad_e_martin
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ImperialStout
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of julian
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of watchnerd
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DLS168
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MsRif
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Ghenna
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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,

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/2014.

Pours a murky crimson-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of earth and citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of heytomcat
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Starfish Imperial Red Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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