Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale | Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Firehouse Grill & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nickd717 on 02-11-2010

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fortunate enough to find this on tap at the Sunnyvale brewpub, this imperial red ale has a deep mahogany color with a decent light beige colored cap and good lines of lacing in its wake. I smell some peat and lots of deep toffee malt and a touch of herbal hops. Very nice and happily very spot on with the first mouthfull. Maybe a little more pine in the hops but lots more malt, sweet and full, rich and such a nice combination. I don't taste the peat quite as much, but there is a toasted grain quality that settles so nicely on the palette. It's resinous, smooth, near a full bodied brew but dangerously drinkable with minimal alcohol influence in the taste by my sensors. I could enjoy this anytime and would recommend it to all fans of malt/hop marriages!

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3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Deep, clear reddish brown color with a nice off-white head.

Aroma is rough citrusy and earthy hops, caramel malt, and slight buttery and vegetal notes.

Flavor is dominated by intense rough hops - citrusy, piney, and earthy. Also a good amount of caramel malt. A little buttery.

Fairly full bodied and mildly syrupy with brutal hop oils that demolish your palate. Somewhat boozy; the 10% ABV makes itself known.

Drinkability is not great, as the glass was a bit of a struggle to finish. Decent overall, except for a few minor flaws.

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Bill Brand Imperial Red Ale from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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