Climax Noel - Imperial Red Ale | Eel River Brewing Co.

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Climax Noel - Imperial Red AleClimax Noel - Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States
eelriverbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust Imperial Red Ale is a hop showcase. The first sip reveals hints of toffee and caramel flavor notes, accentuated with dry hopped organic Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe and Citra hops.

Named after the Climax Engine, a steam locomotive used to haul logs out of the forest, this beer was made for the winter season. With a 9.2% ABV and 62 IBUs, you can count on a nice, warm, drinking experience.

Added by cswhitehorse on 11-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This red really glows, drops a substantial 1" off white head, a little under average retention though. Aroma brought more dark fruit vibe than red malt. Does that mean its complex?

Taste was a little sweeter, minimal hop usage, like a hybrid of a dubbel, bdsa and red ale. Even brings some holiday spice rack to a small degree. Caramel of course.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of instinct2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light brown colored body.
The aroma is a pleasant barnyard, grain and lemon mixture.
The taste is a sharp malty sweetness, a hit of lemon bitterness, caramel and pine.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
A bold red ale.

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Photo of Buick222
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, unbelievable cherry red color in the tumbler. It's like a drink in a fancy cocktail bar plus the beautiful tall head. A pleasant sudsy mouthful. Expansive aroma of piney hops.

Malty and wheaty, in the cereal sense. Warm with malt and hot with alcohol. It's like having a shot with your IPA. Lots of hops but not overly bitter, but spicy with all the hop aromatics. Sharp and tangy with a thin body. It's really like a mixed drink dosed up with bitters.

The best I've had from Eel River. From the 22 oz bottle bought at La Bodega Wines & Spirits in Riverside.

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Photo of Liana
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LuauLarry
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Sark
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of citrus forward qualities in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle updated tan and blue logo poured into 25cl tulip
Appearance is dark mahogany/dark brown woth a yellowish-tan 1" frothy head which is gone in 1 minute. Lacing is nice and sticky. Smell is a definate hop bitter front backed by juicy fruit, pine, brown sugar, grapefruit, apricot. A very juicy winter
Beer.. Taste is a nice bitter hop front with nice malt back bone, not too much spice here. Mango fruit and tropical undertones throughout.A hoppy/piney/sweet imperial red with complexity. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a medium carbonation, and sticky resin feel to the mouth. Would be appreciated by hop heads,'as a christmas ale. should be drank fresh I believe. Pair with a aged yellow chedder/ beemster, cashew/brazil/chesnuts, black truffels, beef bone-marrow.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a lovely clear red amber with a small white head and lacing. Hoppy aroma with light malt. Medium bodied with a nice malty, light citrus, hoppy red ale start, but the finish is overly bitter, a bit boozy and not supported by the other flavors. The bitterness stays starkly on the palette. I liked the looks of this and it seems well made, I'm disappointed it's a miss.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness in the nose.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which also has some hints of dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber brown with a thumb of tan head with little retention but good lacing.

S: Warm caramel and dried fruits with a spicy hoppiness to it.

T: Yum, dark malts and a raisin prune like flavor are the most dominant, with a nice citrus hop just present in the background. The high ABV ties the bitterness and maltiness together quite well, and gives the drink a warm flavor.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a wet warm mouth feel.

D: For a nice cheap organic brew, this is a good find.

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Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew is a 2009 bottle.

Poured into a chalice glass.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Brew has alot of sediment in the glass, which I always appreciate. Light tan head quickly leaves into a lace patch island. Good sediment and cloudiness, no real lacing, head is rather ho hum. Above average looks.

Nose is sweet dark fruits, yeasts, spices. Bready malts and it is a nice balanced nose. Above average smell.

Brew is nicely carbonated in the beginning, spiciness and dark fruits. Yeasty, malty smoothness in the middle. The brew finishes clean and has a slight bitterness to it. A little thinner then expected, but honestly its a refreshing Dubbel. the alcohol is well hidden. Good flavors and taste.

This is a good solid brew, nice smooth balanced brew that probably benefited from over a year of sitting. A brew that is sessionable as well. Good solid brew.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant red, good initial impression of the head, 1" deep, dissipates rather quickly that doesn't have any lace to it. This was a 2009 bottle, so it has about 1 year of age on it.

Fair presence of dark fruit, dark sugar possibly, cane. Isn't overpowering, reminded me of a tamer Salvation, which is a good thing. Aroma is tame, has some of that red aspect to it, can't really describe it, but you know how a red smells, tame. No hop presence, plenty smooth. Hides the alcohol well. Seems like a winter warmer. Could be some hazlenut or nutmeg to this one. Equal parts red and amber ale, but then takes on dimensions of a dark belgian hybrid.

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Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy reddish-coppery color. There was a fairly large off fizzy white head on it that dropped away rather quickly. Interesting nose. Yeasty and bready, with a hint of a little funk. Some raisins, faint spices and caramel malts also. Definitely some fizziness on the tongue. Toffee, faint raisins, toffee, and some distant, faint citrus bitterness to the taste. A touch harsh. It's not too bad, but just doesn't seem to work.

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Climax Noel - Imperial Red Ale from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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