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Colorojo Imperial Red Ale - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Colorojo Imperial Red AleColorojo Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 07-22-2012

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 12
Photo of milwaukee512
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good if you like heavy red beers.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with good clarity and a slight head that leaves lace before fading away. Aroma of roasted malt and floral hops. Taste has caramel and citrus, smooth and easy drinking. Full bodied, smooth. Drinks easy. I'd have another.

Photo of kojevergas
1.75/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

CAN: Aluminum. 12 fl oz. Silver, with an amateur looking maroon label.

8.2% ABV. Reviewed live as an imperial red ale per the label. Expectations are low. Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Acquired as part of a Wynkoop variety box.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4-5 fingers wide. Beige colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness, with a decent consistency and complexion. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Deep copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated (perhaps overly so). It doesn't nail the style; it's not an amber or a red, and the vibrance isn't there. But there's nothing egregiously wrong.

AROMA: Horribly underhopped for an imperial red, with none of the freshness that you find in the best beers in the style (e.g. Nugget Nectar). Sticky caramel/caramalt runs rampant, accompanied by generic amber malts and caramalts. Some brown/unrefined sugars in there too. Perhaps even treacle? Toffee? A maple-like syrup? Overly sweet, with only a modest floral hop presence lending it any bitterness. Definitely suggests an imbalanced brew, and a poor imperial red.

Aromatic intensity is average. No yeast character is detectable. I do pick up on some faint boozy warmth.

I can't say I'm excited to try this...

TASTE/TEXTURE: Horribly imbalanced; just a mess of a brew. An off-putting caramalt and amber malt sweetness runs rampant throughout the beer, ruining any hop presence that might otherwise have emerged. It's sticky, coarse, rough, scratchy, and dragging on the palate, with too much thickness and weight on the palate lending it a syrupy foul feel. Hops bring no flavour but plenty of untamed bitterness - which wastes no time assaulting the palate. It also suffers from a boozy warmth. Sugary.

Poorly constructed across the board. Doesn't feel cohesive, let alone gestalt. It's also painfully simple. It's a chaotic hodgepodge of flavours, none of which are pleasant alone. I'm a bit surprised this made it to market, to be honest. Quite poory executed, with no redeeming characteristics. It bludgeons you with its flavours, lacking any subtlety at all.

OVERALL: I'll be combining this with a leftover IPA or three in order to finish it. Not Wynkoop's worst work, but close. I'll be steering clear of this in the future, and would advise friends and trade partners to do the same. Difficult to drink, and very low quality.

High F

Photo of zander4dawin
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%

Caramel, burnt sugar, hoppy red ale. Alcohol is smooth and concealed.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by the head brewer at Roc Brewing Co, on location.

Pours a deep copper red, with 2 inches of head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells vaguely hoppy, with some pine, some grapefruit, some orange, some grass, maybe, and a little bit of toasted bread.

The taste reveals a possible infection. The aforementioned hop flavors are there, but there's thi s interesting funky twang, almost lactic, at the end of each sip that is probably not intended. The person who shared this with us said when he last had this beer a few months ago, it did not have that taste. Seems like some bugs got in here.

Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel, low carbonation.

The infection is not all that detrimental to this beer, but I would've liked to try it as intended.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is way underrated. i think the people who bash on it just may not have a taste for hoppy reds, because this one is excellent and distinct from the crowd with its frothy sudsy full body and bright crisp citrusy hop profile. it also finds a perfect balance between bitter and sweet, two characteristics that define each of the styles in this mash up. brick red in color, this is a rich and robust beer from the get go. toffee and dryer red malt are both present, and the hops start late but come in hot, grapefruity and pungent, not too oily or heavy, but they lighten up a rather sturdy brew before finishing bitter. balanced and big, and excellent brew from wynkoop which i am surprised has garnered such a negative overall response here on BA. it really is great beer.

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Old Lady and I are splitsville, but not before she enticed me to come out and visit her in CANorado. She was a great hostess, but I was not out there for hospitality. I was heartbroken when she kissed me goodbye before I boarded the train as I knew that it was truly goodbye and a farewell to yet another beauty.

From the CAN: "Wynkoop's Even Smaller Batch Series"; "A bodacious, sticky, double red with luscious caramel and malt notes and deep layers of hops."

The Crack caused a little splash of foam to spray across my fingertips. I was using my CAN glass and so I used an inverted Glug to get things started without having to worry too much about overflow. The result was three fingers of dense, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose was, ahem, dank, which is what they seem to have meant by "sticky". Piney, resinous, wow. Mouthfeel was big, thick, dense and the flavors of caramel and pine were deeply intertwined. Double wow. This may have been a small batch, but there was nothing small about this beer. I would have said that it was too sweet for my taste if it had not been for the hops just attacking my poor, aching tongue. Man, this would not be a beer for the weak or faint of heart. Finish was semi-dry with the hops definitely lingering, but only after a wash of caramel malt. Phew!

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from can to goblet.

Colorojo is a redish brown ale with considerable haze. The head is not especially thick nor long lasting. A little bit of spoty lace is left behind.

Aroma is more sweet and malty than hoppy but it has some nice fruitiness. A bit like a barleywine.

Flavor is also more malty than hoppy but that shouldn't come as a surprise. It's an imperial red. No IPA in the name. Rich, sweet, and fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a solid beer but the imperial label might be a tad inappropriate. It is big but maybe not enough to warrant the name imperial.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty, rich amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, caramel malts. Taste is a bit hoppy, some malts, a bit of caramel, considerable bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt red caramel with a nice think head poured out of a can leaving great lacing on the glass.

Smell - nice rich caramel up front with some bittering hops at the tail end

Taste - while it is a double, just not as balanced as I would have hoped. Lots of bitterness ends the flavor with little to no caramel.

Mouthfeel - you can taste the strength of the beer for sure and it leaves your mouth quite piney.

Overall - not a horrible beer, but I was hoping for a lot more after the sight and smell. Fun that it is in a can though.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours ruby amber with a medium pillowy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet malts, piney resiny hops and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts and some fruit with a big grassy resiny (almost tarry) bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial red. I like G'Knight and some of Lagunitas' offerings better.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

On tap at Hops and Pie. Dark red, decent head, looks like a double red to me. The aroma is downright awful, I couldn't tell if it was paint or paint thinner, ugh. The taste was interesting, not super hoppy but easily a double red or imperial red, malty, decent. Overall though the smell killed it and made this really unpleasant, I was glad I only had a small snifter of it.

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Colorojo Imperial Red Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.