Galactic Imperial Red | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Galactic Imperial RedGalactic Imperial Red

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 03-22-2010

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of jalepeno4
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.
Really liked the color and smell.
The taste was interesting without being overpowering.
I was surprised by the ABV level.
Drinking it, I was unaware that it was that high.
It did not have that overwashing sensation of alcohol.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice red/copper colour with a bit of hop haze. Big dense fluffy cream head. Great lacing.
S: Truck loads of hop stink. Oozes pine & citrus. Seems super fresh.
T: Hoppy goodness with a slightly sweet malt finish. Awesome clean firm hop bitterness. Bit of toffee.
M: Good mouthfeel. Starts to border on sweet hop syrup as it warms.
O: Great beer. Very impressed. You would never guess it's 9.3%!

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of PZBREW
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a. red with some brown. big head that stays for awhile. nice color. clear.
s. caramel and fruit with hops. very nice.
t. tasty. rich but refreshing. lots of caramel again. citrus too.
m. very nice. rich. not thick. good carbonation.
o. very happy. will buy more. a good suggestion.

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Photo of DarrenStory
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very hazy swampy reddish brown, one finger of tan head held respectably, decent random lacing as it receded
S - candied fruits, dark toasted bread, pepper, and caramel, smells very much like an ESB
T - pepper and raisins up front, molasses maltiness, touch of pine hops, just like the nose i find the flavour to be very ESB like
M - towards the heavy side, somewhat spicy with a healthy bitter finish
O - bottle says imperial red, its categorized on here as a DIPA, and I think it tastes like an ESB which in some ways is in between those two, so all in all a solid brew that is big tasting yet sneaky drinkable for 9.5%, price was a bit high relative to previous HUB bombers in Alberta but thats a minor detail

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Pine Box in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with lots of dank, resinous pine needle character countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt. Rthe hop profile is sort of one dimensional with only fait hits of grapefruit and citrus rind countering the soil-like, earthy pine presence. As it warms, the malt profile comes a bit more toward the forefront but never gets in the way of he hops. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit provide sweetness and prevent it from just smelling like a plant.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that provides a lingering bitterness which dominates the flavor. Very earthy and bitter with tons of grassy pine needle flavor that's countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit give off enough sweetness for balance without hurting the strong hop flavors. Could use a bit more complexity in the hop flavor but overall it's a nicely balanced hop bomb that's surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV and intense hop character.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 7/7/12

A glowing amber with with just a few visible bubbles but a finger of beige foam that slowly falls to a thin film leaving just a few specks of lace

S piney toffee at first followed by some tropical notes, and candied fruit, smells a little sweet with just a little booze but nowhere near 9.5%

T a touch of earth on top of what I smell with some rind and burnt brown sugar, perhaps even more pine and toffee then I smell. there's somehow a little balance but its definitely a hop bomb

M shes bitter but 100+IBU's I'd never guess, a little sticky and just enough bubbles too give it some life, no booze anywhere and a lingering citric aftertaste

O its a solid beer but not the best I've had from Hopworks, perhaps I got an old bottle because I'm surprised how the malts catching up too the hops

its a good beer for sure but I don't quite understand the 16$ price tag, I'd drink this again if 10$ was shaved off the cost. I expected more for the cash but it was enjoyable and pretty easy to drink considering the strength

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Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Galactic Imperial Red from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 115 ratings