VOLTRON Collaboration Imperial Red Ale | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 03-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Perducci
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of trappistlover
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(On draught at Papago). Pours clear mahogany with off-white head. Aroma has lots of fruity, citrusy hops. Also, some pine/wood. Taste is malt sweet with bright hop bitterness. Medium bodied with sticky texture. Finish is dry and bitter. This is a good beer and a great showing by the AZ brewing crew. Cheers, guys and well done.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour produces a frothy 1.5 finger thick, full tan colored head with amber tinge to it that leaves some nice layered lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark red stained, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, pretty, ruby-red hue when held up to the light. Smells of sweet, malty caramel, from a distance, but when you go in it is basically a huge hop character that dominates the nose; notes of sweet tangelo, lots of ruby-red grapefruit, vibrant lychee, a hint of guava and perhaps a hint of herbal character towards the finish, but just a hint as the nose is all about the huge fruity hop focus. I can't believe how good this smells; I have had most of the Imperial Red beers that went in to this blend and by far the SanTan version was the best, so I figured this would be at best a washed out version of that beer, but this is not the case at all. The rich malt plays a purely supporting role here, and really helps to boost the juicy, sticky hop fruitiness found in the nose; the tropical fruit character is just huge.

A pungent herbal bitterness greets me as this hits the front of my tongue. As it rolls across it picks up a nice tropical fruit character that is healthily balanced by a biting bitterness that takes on a menthol like edge at times as it lingers on grippingly in the finish. Specific hop flavors of bright berries, tangelo / cherry jam, juicy lychee, slightly funky guava, hemp-tinged menthol, perhaps a touch of pine tar, The malt character is, again, not nearly as pervasive as I was fearing; it does contribute a sweet base that supports / boosts the hop fruit character. The malt is definitely crystal malt laden, but for some reason it is held well in check here, though it does contribute flavors of toasted whole grain malt, crystal malt caramelized sweetness, some spicy whole grain character and toffee notes that seem to have a cherry candy like edge to them (though the fruit part of this is definitely hop influenced). During and after a sip there is an oral-nasal influence that has a particularly piquant, dank hop quality that I almost want to describe as cheesy / skunky marijuana like character that is only noticeable from time to time. As the beer warms up the herbaceous, green hemp character becomes a bit more noticeable. This has a chewy body to it that does not get cloying, but is definitely note a beer to be quaffed in mass quantity.

I really like the singular hop focus that the nose has, but I also like that the flavor is so much more balanced between the herbal, fruit and bitter hop notes as well as by the rich malt character. Quite surprising in the end, I wasn't nearly expecting to like this as much as I am.

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3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler tick thanks to Bobby.

A: The pour is amber in color with a frothy khaki head and with sticky lacing.

S: There's a nice hoppiness to the nose which is quite grassy and slightly citrusy. Underneath, though, the beer seems really quite watery. There's a strange funkiness, almost like feet. Maybe a bit cheesy.

T: The hops provide a nice bitterness, but that's about it. Otherwise this is really quite bland. Some toffee and bread and maybe a touch of toast. Mild notes of light fruits, such as apples.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not something that I would really care to drink again, but it's not horribly offensive.

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VOLTRON Collaboration Imperial Red Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 4 ratings