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Deranger Imperial Red | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Deranger Imperial RedDeranger Imperial Red

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2006 - released in limited edition 1-liter swingtop bottles and draught.

Added by SPLITGRIN on 08-13-2006

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured an attractive, clean, clear red with less than 1/2 inch of khaki head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

A big hit of bright, strong hops hits the nose first, followed by just enough malt sweetness to provide a solid counter-point. On the tongue the story was the same, just bolder and bigger. The citrusy hops lingered nicely at the back of the palate.

The body was full and smooth, but finished clean and dry, despite it's sweetness. Drinkability was good, but I'm not sure I'd take on 2 in a row. Overall, a very good brew, close to a must try, and certainly worth your time.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A real nice caramel brown and red body, highlights with some dark chestnut brown around edges. Light tan head makes four fingers and settles slowly with a nice cap, kind of creamy a little fluffy.

Nose is tea like herbal hops and soft brown sugar malt undertones. Quite nice and refreshing.

Palate hits with a good rich body, and density. Tea and sweetened Southern style tea action seems to hit on the palate. Juicy malt profile with a refreshing leafy hop angle. Finish leaves a little bit of caramel tasting malt goodness.

Overall pretty tasty, but the sweetness is a little much. I am also not a big fan of sweetened tea and this beer reminds me of it a bit.

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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazey orange amber body with a thick fuzzy tan head about 2 inches thick which is good to have that much carbonation considering it has been in a growler for about 5 days. Nose is a wonderful smoothe hoppy feel with some honey vanila notes that a very inviting. Huge hoppy bite enters the mouth with a bang. This is a sharp citrus based hop feel. Very proninent for any type of red in the way of hops. More like a IPA in most ways. A very favorable beer if you nare a hop head. The bitter is not that loud on the finish. Note: This beer was tried back on 02-05-06 and I'm just getting around to the review on the computer. I highly recomend visiting this establishment!

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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite red amber in color with plenty of foam in the Ciney snifter. Quite spritzy and frothy in the mouth. Long zingy caramel-tinged flavor of roast malt. Well balanced and sharpened up by all the hops and the acidity. It actually could be more malty and less hot, but the alcohol dries the stuff out as you sip. A long nose herbal hops and roasted grain of with a little funk. A whiff of honeysuckle.

Flavor is cedar and dark grain with a woody finish. Some baked apple along with that touch of malty sweetness. This is supposed to be a bitter version of the Free Range Red, and is rated at 100 IBUs, though it’s not astoundingly bitter. Overall it’s an interesting big brew, though rather sharp for my taste as the hops take hold. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market north of Seattle.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red/brown, light head, cloudy, not much retention or lacing.

S: Fruity, lots of hops, refreshing light malt.

T: Good hops, not very complex, some fruity flavors (grapefruit), malt is light and bready. Not as good as many of its competitors, though.

M: Dry, non-astringent, good carbonation, medium body.

D: Goes down pretty easily.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

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3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer back from a month-long break! I was saving the beautiful one liter bottle for a special occasion, and this seemed as special as could be.

Uncaps calmly, but pours well, producing a two-finger head in an imperial pint glass. Nice, clear red/orange color with a dirty head that leaves some lacing.

Fantastic aroma: straightforward, fresh, nothing but Cascade. Very juicy Cascade.

Good hop-forward flavor, but somewhat one-dimentional. The darker crystal malts come out more as it warms to provide a just-under-burnt level of carmel against an assertively bitter finish. The aftertaste is quite hot, much more than I would expect from an 8% beer.

Nice and smooth on the palate, medium-light without being spritzy. Well conditioned.

Overall, this is a nice assertive brew that does suffer some from the heat that comes through at the end. Best as a small dose beverage served a little warmer.

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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma, WA.

Appearance: Deep red amber with a one finger creamy head.

Smell: Pine hop aromas and a rich malt aroma.

Taste: Big chewy malt, bread, and caramel malt flavor. Finishes with a moderately hoppy pine finish.

Mouthfeel: More full-bodied, creamy, average carbonation.

O: A more malt forward amber/red that is straightforward.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrMeltron
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tasted this over the weekend at a Laurelwood pub house in Battle Ground, WA. I had it on tap, served in a 12 oz. glass.

The color was a dark auburn, with minimal head and virtually no head retention.

The aroma was very nice, very hoppy, and also very fruity. The strongest fruit note I could detect smelled a lot like lychee.

This ale tasted great, very nicely hopped, sweet and floral up front, with a mildly bitter hop finish at the back. Minimal malt flavor, mostly overpowered by the hops. It had mild fruit notes, milder than the aroma, and I couldn't quite put my finger on any specific flavors.

This one has an average mouthfeel, smooth, not very rich, but not thin by any means.

I rated this one fairly high on drinkability, but if you don't like strong hop flavor and high ABV then this one may not be for you. This probably isn't one to pair with any mildly flavored food either. It would go great with a flavorful pizza, or a basket of well-seasoned pub fries, but it somewhat overpowered the taste of the goat cheese stuffed ravioli ratatouille I had with it.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Date on the side of the bottle is 8-12-2015. I hope that's the bottled on date.

Pours dark (but translucent) amber-red with a pretty big tan head that fades slowly and seems to be leaving sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation. Smell indicates that 8-12-2015 is the bottled on date. This smells really nice, very fresh hoppy aroma, it smells like hop cones. Moderate malty presence, sort of a vague toastiness.

Taste is more of that nice hop characteristic, a stronger and better defined toastiness, and a nice roasty caramel. Hops come across with almost a minty (but not quite minty) characteristic -- more of a refreshing leafy suggestion. Deep bitter, building aftertaste composed of both hops and roast.

Mouthfeel is coarse, filmy, resinous. Overall, this is a really good beer. I continue to think Laurelwood deserves more attention than they get.

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