Imperial Red Ale
Marble Brewery

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #21
Ranked #7,470
4.07 | pDev: 10.32%
Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States
Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale
Notes: Brewed with royalty in mind, no expense was spared in crafting our Imperial Red. Generous additions of our favorite hop varieties blend harmoniously with long layers of dark caramel malts.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 91 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery. Very dark amber with small creamy head. Malt in spades, especially in the aroma. Hops kick in at first sip and linger for quite a while, pleasantly. ABV hides behind the hops, only evident by some gentle warmth deep in the gut.

Jan 27, 2016
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coltonbrimhall from New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-reddish brown hue, good not as much head as desired
-great pine slight hop floral but sweet
-great flavor hoppy but not to overpowering, smooth, kissing IPA territory?
-warming but not lingering, could of had a thicker body but overall still good
- great beer would definitely drink again

Feb 20, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 ounce pour at the brewery.

Creamy, frothy oatmeal-colored head is impressive. Lots of sticky lace. Semi-hazy deep amber body. 4.25

Piney and resinous hops. Definitely hop forward. Subtle citrus notes and not much malt to be detected. 4

Piney hops rule the flavor too. Dank and resinous are apt descriptors here. There's a bit of a spicy and rye like flavor and light caramel and bread notes. Not always perceivable, but there's some citrus to be found here. 4

Creamy mouthfeel beets biting spice and bitterness. Slightly sweet but more in the realms of IPA territory for hops and bitterness. Dry on the finish. 4

Been too long since I've had this and a review was long overdue. Hop heads will enjoy this.

Dec 13, 2014
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Beautiful dark cherry pours with 1/2 inch foam
Smell - Hop forward but sweetness and slight caramel
Taste - mmmmm, more malty than first expected, caramel creamy goodness!
Feel - Super smooth and well-balance hop-malt. Just falls into your throat
Overall - Awesome, the best imperial red out there. No wonder GABF Gold 2014

Jun 26, 2014
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber in late March from Total Wine for $6.29. Mfg Date of 11-27-13.

Beer poured deep amber with a large off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is grapefruit zest and toasted malts.

Taste starts with a huge toasted caramel malt backbone balanced nicely but a big grapefruit hop. After taste is piney.

Mouthfeel is huge, full and viscous; very satisfying.

Overall this is a delicious brew! I would love to try it fresher to see how it compares!

Jun 01, 2014
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ISmith87 from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - This is a reddish brown clear beer that has an off white head that leave nice lacing.
S - 4 - Nice caramel malts balanced by piney, citrusy hops. Very sweet smelling. Great Imperial Red aroma. Reminds me of G'Knight.
T - 4.25 - Oh man, this one is good. The citrusy, orange zest, grapefruit hops start, with nice sweet caramel malt in the middle and piney, citrusy, bitter grapefruit on the back of the tongue at the finish.
M - 4.25 - Medium-heavy, full bodied. Alc covered well. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and sweet malt.
O - 4.25 - What can I say, this is a great beer. It's about the same price/oz as OB G'knight, and honestly, I'd have to have them side by side to figure out the subtle differences between the two. Great imperial red. I'm glad I had it.

Mar 12, 2014
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep red that's almost brown with a dense three finger off white head that retains very well
S: pine and citrus with a little bit of caramel. slightly earthy. nice hops in the nose and just a hint of sweetness
T: piney hops up front with some nice caramel malt. slightly spicy with a bit of citrus plus a bit more caramel flavor and a bit bready. swallow brings more pine and oily hop goodness
M: medium in the mouth with a silky smooth mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation
O: great flavors, great appearance, great smell. a very solid beer that's a pleasure to drink.

Mar 19, 2013
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chugalug06 from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MFG DATE: 9.01.2012

Large, off-white, fluffy, foamy, soapy head. Lacing is well spaced and consistent. Nice clarity in the deep ruby red color.

Tons of deep, roasty, pine, grapefruit, raisins, mango, belgian candy, apricot, not sugary. nothing is off here.. Smells damn bitter, tons of citra hops..

Dry, super bitter, heat is hidden, but alcohol flavor is upfront, a very distinct vodka flavors emanates, kinda disappointing. Roasty crystal malt is almost overwhelming with an odd blend of hops.. High carbonation, slight kick of sweetness, and brutally bitter on the back end.

A very good brew, yet a very strong (and could be offensive) brew.. Glad I tried this one. Recommended. Could use more rounding/blending, but drinks well-enough. I would love to try this brew FRESH off the bottling line..

Jan 23, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an awesome beer from a brewery that knows how to do hops. this pours impossibly deep red, earthen and glowing, with a sudsy khaki head a couple inches tall. excellent lacing and retention. the nose is big fresh piney hops, stronger than, but in a nice jive with a deep deep red amber malt, redder than red. itd be dry if it wasnt for the big oily hop boom, which carries from aroma, through the flavor, and is still left at the end after the swallow. cant explain how fresh this tastes, huge robust beer, but carefully refined. something id serve to my closest beer commrades, and one i would kill to try on tap. mouthfeel is huge. big old bastard body gets help from the polleny hops and perfect carbonation. usually not huge into red beers, but this is surely the best one ive ever had. potent earthy hops with a unique dark red malt body and a smooth and slightly filling feel. what a beer!

Oct 17, 2012
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DRyan from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Jester King tulip glass. Bottled 9/1/12, drank 10/8/12.

A: Dark ruby crimson almost blood red with a frothy white head that subsided quickly but laced nicely.
S: Definitely hop forward, piny scent, with some malt to the backbone
T: Opens with maltiness and finishes all hops. A much more pungent red ale than most; it's strong but in a likeable way. I found the regular Marble Red somewhat dull, but this one is not.
M: Thin, with very little carbonation. It could be better if it was a bit thicker, or had more persistent carbonation.
D: I enjoyed this one a lot. A winner of a red ale that I could easily drink all night (this bomber is going away with just myself on it!), and it is easily quaffable for being 9% ABV. One of Marble's better brews.

Oct 09, 2012
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up recently, think it was $5.49. looks identical to the regular Marble Red, red, good head and lacing. Aroma is a tinge of hops, a wallop of alcohol, and malts giving chase. Flavor was fruity, boozy, and not as full as the regular red. I do suspect that this is the base for the Marble Reserve Ale though I could be wrong. Decent value but not sure I'd buy another.

Oct 06, 2012
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elNopalero from California

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a ruby amber hue to it with thin foam. A sweet piney aroma comes through, followed by a piney, chewy, big and bready taste. Lots of sweet, sweet malt comes through along with some pine and some chew. Becomes noticeably sweet as it warms. Very tasty.

Jul 18, 2012
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DCon from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 1 PINT, 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this in a trade w/ amcmaho1. Poured from the Tan/Red Labeled bottle into a 12oz Snifter. Has no bottled or freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Tons of huge hops and sweetness to back it up. Has also boozy background with tons of malts blended in.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has good retention. Has a light brown/deep amber glowing body with no clarity to be found. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweetness, strength, and hops all well blended. A bit too much booze and bitterness (high) at the finish but not at all upset.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Caramel sweetness at the finish, and then amarillo hops left on the palate.

Overall Impression- A nice imperial red by Marble! A bit boozy at first but then has a well blended caramel/sweet hop finish. Recommend but wouldn't go out of your way for this.

May 23, 2012
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber I brought from my home state back out to the East this beer was a deep amber color with one finger of golden-khaki-colored head. The foam retained itself as a skim and then a collar. The aroma was hoppy and similar to an IPA with a malty background and some caramel notes. The flavors were also quite hoppy with a big note of Cascade up front balanced by the caramel malt and some raisin-like sweetness. As it warmed I tasted dark fruit, a bit of tartness, sweet breads and a fair amount of booze. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/full and the carbonation appropriate. Sort of like an Imperial IPA meeting a Belgian beer. It was punchy yet balanced enough to pass as sessionable, if you want your session to end in a drunken, blurry stupor. Don’t get me wrong though; I liked this beer! But it was a bit heavy on the hops, in my opinion.

Feb 26, 2012
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DavidST from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a reddish brown with a massive off white tan head. The smells are pine hops, caramel, alcohol. The feel is medium, the taste is pretty good lots of pine hop and caramel along with a very noticeable alcohol taste / burn.

Feb 25, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a three inch head that delivers nice lacing action

Smell: Roasted onions, caramel and pine

Taste: Layers of flavor, with the caramel elements dominant but the onions and pine layering underneath by mid-palate and coming on strong, after the swallow; in the finish, the bitter elements are held in check by the residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue; a hint of mint lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Like the Red, the Imperial Red has some unique elements to the flavor profile

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity

Feb 19, 2012
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Big seafoam tan head with erratic stick and decent retention. Very dark ruby-amber body.

Smell - Very floral and hoppy. Grassy. Basically an IPA with some soft caramel malts underneath.

Taste - Lots of hop kick on the first sip. Follows the nose. Balanced well with the malt. Mild, balancing astringency. Relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Mild, hop-balancing astringency doesn't ruin the mouth. Very smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Such a well balanced, rounded beer. Probably the best I've had in the style. Very flavorful, refreshing, and interesting without being overbearing and with no real flaws.

Jan 04, 2012
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Zorro from California

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colored beer with a good sized orangish tan colored head. This is pretty dark it is quite close to brown in color.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong hop presence. Strong C type hops gives this a strong cedar plank aroma. Little bit of chocolate and pine with a trace of smoke.

Starts out sweet and malty with a bittersweet aftertaste. Strong woody flavor tastes distinctly like cedar. Very strong hops, this has a lot of malt to tame it. This tastes like a dead ringer for Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Overall this is good. Pretty much a slightly stronger dead ringer for Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Dec 13, 2011
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Excellent foam and lacing. Dark ruby red, but not terrible thick given the heaviness.

Smell: Very herbal smell. Juniper and orange peel. A hint of cloves as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes exactly like smell. It's very strong, maybe a bit too strong. Some honey in there somewhere in the finish. I was just ok with this at first, but like it better the second time. This was flat the first time, but has a nice yeasty bite in the finish. Lots of pine as it warms.

Drinkability: More balance would be nice.

Overall: Gets better with age.

Dec 05, 2011
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber about an inch above the glass gives you a big light tan head that lasts quite a while before fading into a pretty decent lacing above a clear beer with a deep amber caramel hue that reminded me of a thick farm honey color.
A very appealing looking beer in the glass.

A light caramel malt if foremost in an aroma with a lot more going on, including some piney hops, a light earthy alcohol, and a slight grapefruit or something very similar to that.

A light alcohol laced taste of warm caramel malts, an earthy quality, and some hardy fruit hops come through as well as some other very minute tastes in the background.

A medium or even a slight more full body on this imperial with a slight dry yet slightly wet malty aftertaste with a slight but still noticeable alcohol hint to it.

I like beer like this, you can't really tell exactly whats dominate or what kind of hops or malts or other things that were used to make it but blended very well together to make pretty solid beer.

Oct 09, 2011
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amcmaho1 from New Mexico

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently put on tap at the Marble Brewery. Poured into standard pint glass...
*reviewed from notes

Appearance: Nice deep amber color, big frothy white head. Decent retention, great lacing.

Smell: Lots of hop presence at first (pine especially, with some grapefruit), lots of big malt on the nose too (biscuit notes, as well as general malt sweetness), some definite alcohol heat/phenols. Nicely integrated for being a bigger red ale, as big as each composite element is, they all come through nicely.

Taste: Lots of the mentioned attributes on the nose. Noticable alcohol bite, along with a really dry finish. Still lots of hops and lots of malt, though the alcohol and hops seem to stick out most.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, not thick or syrupy at all, and certainly not too thin. The alcohol really has a big presence here though, and it makes the 9% seem bigger than it actually is, though this is simply my opinion. Still, it's a really solid beer.

Overall: It's an American idiom, an imperial red ale. It's aggressive, it's big, and it's a perfect way to move into colder temperatures here in Albuquerque. While not being my favorite Marble offering, it's still a nice way to add some diversity and variability to our local beer scene. I reccomend goin to this beer having had the regular red ale first, to get a sense of the transformation of flavor profiles going on...

Oct 08, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice nose of flowery hops, reminds me of Cascades but label says it's a blend. Not overly bitter at the swallow, but aftertaste fades to the long hop bitterness. Attractive coppery amber in the wine glass. Malty and sweet, notes of roasted barley. Creamy carbonation is a plus. After a few sips, though, the flavor is all about the big piney hops. Back of the mouth sage and bitter herbs.

This seems kiind of one dimensional after the initial promising taste. An earthy, almost metallic taste comes to dominate the tongue. Maybe this is just a silly style, but makes me want to pour the rest out and open a nice mellow barley wine.

Jul 05, 2011
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jdense from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle gifted by Breakwater Ted Rice, shared with neighborhood beer buddy poured into Chimay chalices

One finger tan head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Deep reddish brown clear body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Big crystal/cherry hit in the nose, caramel malts in the middle with good dose of citrus and piney hops. Taste mirrors the nose, big cherry notes dark fruit leading to a fairly significant long lasting bitter finish, really tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky. ABV is noticeable effects the drinkability a bit, though I am very impressed with this brewery, and you will be too.

Feb 17, 2011
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vealdog2 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. This beer was a Christmas gift from my sister who lives across the country in ABQ, NM. Seeing the 2 prior reviews on this beer I was pleasantly surprised to see some nice ratings and couldn't wait to taste!

The first smell was MUCH better than subsequent sniffs. LOTS of of hoppy aroma with that sweet malty characteristic that implies I am in for a treat. But it didn't last long. Smell faded to almost a musty smell after a short time. The beer pours a reddish brown with a fairly thick, foamy, root-beer-float head. Bubbles have a bit of a "soapy" shine to them. Head dissipates slowly. Held up to the light, the beer is true to the name and shows through as a bright cranberry red...smell now reminds me of a DIPA or sweet imperial pale ale. Taste reminds me of a Stone beer. 100% not what I expected. Big hop up front that transitions to super hoppy bitterness and finally ends with a bite. Sweet caramel maltiness throughout to balance until the very end. The hop sits on the tongue for quite some time between sips. I detect a slight metallic taste on the finish.

Overall very drinkable beer. Not sessionable at 9.0% but extremely tasty and a nice variation on the typical red ale. Part of me wishes I had shared this one with my Dad but the other part of me is happy I get to finish the bottle! Send me more Rachel!

Jan 21, 2011
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ncfrey from New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on tap at the Marble pub. Didn't have anything with me to take notes, so I'm just reviewing this from memory. When I was trying to imagine what it might be like before ordering it, I was thinking in terms of other double reds, like Stone's 13th Anniversary and Oskar Blues' Gordon. I should have been thinking more along the lines of Marble's single red. It was definitely hop-forward, almost DIPA status, but did have a stronger caramel and toffee malt backbone than the single. The hop profile was very grassy, much moreso than the single red, but I'm not sure if this is because they used different hops, or because whatever they use just tastes really grassy in large amounts.

I really enjoyed this beer, but when I went to fill up a growler on my way out, I decided it wasn't quite good enough to justify the $4 upcharge, and went for a fill of the normal red instead.

Oct 20, 2010
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