Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
4 | pDev: 7%
Apr 04, 2020
Nov 27, 2014
Very Good
Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series)
Notes: Malt – Pilsner Malt, Aromatic Malt, Caramel 60, CaraRed

Hops – Magnum, Zeus, Centennial, Falconer’s Flight

65 IBU(estimated)
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4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 04, 2020
4.12 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Dec 16, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Treated as an American strong ale, this was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a semi-thick dark orange to red color with a sheet of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, somewhat stringy.
The aroma had a stable smooth blend of sweet caramel/toffee malts, light earthiness, some grassiness, light tobacco, and ended with a little brown sugar.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas stabilizing the aftertaste in the same way.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a slight sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Really nice smooth grassy to earthy and malty finish.
Overall, nice as an American Strong ale but too high an ABV for the American red/amber ale style. Still, I'd have again.

Oct 17, 2017
4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Jun 02, 2017
4.11 by Redscot from New York on May 26, 2017
3.78 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep copper red, with a good clear and translucent body appearance. Faint rising carbonation, matching to a three finger, but very soapy retention head. Quite bubbly top, as it settles with small pill sized lacing, and a big swiss cheese collar.

Soft grains and caramel notes, almost a faint honey sweetness. Slightly mellow hop and juiced but a bit indistinct. Perhaps a bit leafy green but also slightly citrus.

Palate brings good caramel and amber warmth. Big hints of light brown sugar matching with a soft bodied hop and tea like flavor in the mid palate. Finishes with soft and chewy malts with a bit of hop astringency that cuts through nicely. Slight orange and pekoe tea like flavors in the aftertaste with soft malt chewy depth. Digging this really nice mouthfeel.

Not a hop heads beer, but adds a good contrast to the large malt backbone with lighter sweetness. Excellent big amber.

Sep 17, 2016
3.5 by sgregory from Connecticut on Aug 23, 2016
3.94 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Aug 18, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by rajendra82 from Georgia

The beer poured murky red in the pint glass, and formed a good looking, two finger thick head. The aroma of the beer was on the hoppy end of the spectrum, with spicy bite to the nose, followed by a sweet smell that was like a fruit punch made with brown sugar. The taste followed the nose for the most part, but started off sweet instead of finishing that way, and then morphed into a drying hop finish. The body of the beer seemed a little on thin side at first, but started to feel more substantial further into the session. The finish ended with a smooth, boozy, and caramelized flavor, that reminded me of a dark rum. The beer was well put together, and I wouldn't mind picking another bomber one day.

Jul 31, 2016
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a bomber from Tempe Bevmo in early April for $6.49. Best by 9/3/16. I think it is 8.2% abv but it's smudged.

Beer poured reddish brown with a beautiful white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is fresh citrus, very nice.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and the citrus hops. A slight vegy finish knocks it down a quarter point.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is another solid beer from New Hampshire's finest brewer. i have enjoyed every brew i have tried from these guys. Their consistency is excellent!

Jul 24, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Apellonious from North Carolina

1 pt 6 fl oz poured into a tulip. Appears to be best by 8/31/16 date, but it's half rubbed off.

Dark red with pink and brown highlights. A one finger head that moves to a tan lace very quickly. The aroma is interesting, almost barleywine-esque, with nougat, dark fruit, citrus, and bread touches. Taste follows the nose, with some back end earthiness and grass. Carbonation is medium low, the feeling is dense and coating, with a lingering finish.

Overall, this is big beer, and has some interesting qualities. Worth giving it ago if you like the imperial red space.

Jul 02, 2016
3 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey on Jun 16, 2016
3.75 by mklisz from New Hampshire on May 31, 2016
3.83 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StringsAreWings from New Hampshire

L: What a beautiful beer. a semi-translucent amber that pours with a tall, dense head that takes quite a while to recede. After 5 minutes there is still a finger of foam there.

S: Malt, black grapes, maybe a touch of cinnamon.Almost smells like a muted wine.

T: Wow what a complex taste. I can taste currants and the bitter hops are now front and center. Orange and grapefruit stand out on the dry finish which is also dominated by bold hop bitterness. This is a very unique beer.

F: Aggressive carbonation but I think it fits well here. Dry finish.

Overall this is a hard one to categorize. It's really good, you can just taste the freshness, but it's bold in it's forward bitterness and really unique in it's flavor profile. As a result I couldn't see this as a regular choice but it would be a great choice for a treat and something out of the ordinary every now and then.

May 18, 2016
4.51 by ejane from Connecticut on May 16, 2016
4.2 by schmitter from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2016
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2016
3.81 by nickfl from Florida on Apr 16, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by oberon from North Carolina

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich copper/bronze with a sticky almost full one finger off white head atop.Big caramel and biscuit malts in the nose with the hops giving off mainly pine notes but there is a slight grapefruit note underneath.Caramel and brown sugar flavors upfront with a bit of toast,a dryer earthy and piney finish that lingers.Pretty much no frills,I liked it but maybe was expecting a little more from this one.

Apr 14, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a small glass: color is dark copper/amber, head is light tan with mainly fine bubbles; head lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is pleasant blend of caramel malt and sweeter bitter hops

Taste is similar to the aroma, with moderate caramel flavor, some biscuit, light toast; hops are earthy, bitter, maybe some spice.

Mouthfeel is very good for a beer of this strength and tendency towards sweetness, no cloying flavors or biting bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer, that has great flavor and good presence with great drinkability.

Apr 13, 2016
4.25 by Toolbox462 from Connecticut on Apr 11, 2016
3.75 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire on Apr 03, 2016
3.99 by RodSmith from District of Columbia on Mar 28, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

Best by 9/3/16.
In a snifter the beer was a cherry amber color. There was a small tan head that dissipated quickly.
Piney hop and caramel aroma.
Caramel/toffee taste. Pine resin.
In looks and taste I was reminded of a barleywine.
Very nice beer.

Mar 21, 2016
3.85 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Mar 02, 2016
3.75 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Feb 29, 2016
3.32 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Feb 07, 2016
4.13 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Nov 29, 2015
3.5 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2015
4.2 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Nov 15, 2015
4.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Oct 23, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Been a while since I had a Smuttynose big beer. Just $7.25 for the bottle just as affordable as I remember.

A - As expected the deepest dark shade of amber brown hazy with a 1/4 inch of head that slowly settles to a ring.
S - Hoppy at first but in the glass malty like a DIPA that has been aged a tad. Candied caramel and hoppy combo.
T - Bitter lingering taste at first then a bready sort of spruce like pine taste. Alcohol is sort of well masked not in the taste but in the finish.
M - Medium body and as easy to finish as said off DIPA

Overall its a semi sweet spruce like drink with some bready malts that kind of taste like a DIPA that has been sitting on the shelf for over 6 months. Still it wasn't bad at all!

Oct 15, 2015
4.55 by mpmcguire11 from Rhode Island on Oct 10, 2015
3.66 by boondogglefob from Montana on Sep 17, 2015
3.15 by rderedin from Maine on Sep 11, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by scotorum from Massachusetts


Bottle conditioned March 2015. 5 months old.

a: Clear light ruby with a finger plus thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Sweet ripe fruit, mainly pear with a citrus tinge.

t: Considerable peppery and piney bitterness up front over a medium bread to caramel malt base. Bitterness lingers in the mouth over a dry finish.

m: Medium, smooth with good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o; The age on this may have changed the hop flavor to mainly heavy bitterness. Malt sweetness helps provide balance in this case but the bitterness lingers throughout. I was never the fan of Finest Kind that many others are, and I can see why this may please them even less, but I do enjoy the overall substance of it even as the bitterness approaches cloying. Again though I'll allow that the age on this, which led to it being offered at a reduced price at a local store, may have muted what might have been more enjoyable flavor a few months ago.

Sep 02, 2015
4 by chippo33 from Vermont on Sep 01, 2015
4 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois on Aug 30, 2015
Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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