Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale
Figure 8 Brewing

Ro Shampo Imperial Red AleRo Shampo Imperial Red Ale
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American Imperial Red Ale
3.83 | pDev: 13.05%
Figure 8 Brewing
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Ro Shampo Imperial Red AleRo Shampo Imperial Red Ale
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This fine beverage was delivered from a friend from work---Thanks Justin!
This nice red ale pours a lightly murky amber with red outlines and a nice head
of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, nice pool, and light lacing in the snifter.
Nose of honey malts, toast, and nice floral hop notes. Flavors do not follow the nose but are
nice all the same. Bitter piney hops crash into honey malts and biscuit with subtle floral notes
and a nice bitter finish. Nice mouth feel, low carbonation, coating on the hop side, and subtly
dry on the finish but awash in bitterness. Overall a solid red ale for the hop lovers out there.
Also of note a nose that is not near the same as the taste which is strange with no bitter pine
notes detected. Interesting.


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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a recent arrival to the market, so I'll assume it's fresh.

Dark reddish Amber color with perfect clarity in the light. Several fingers of ecru foam, an intricate halo of drippy lace, and fairly lasting retention.

Aroma is fairly fresh with a malt sweetness and dry floral hop note.

Piney hop bitterness, honey drizzled biscuit, butterscotch in the background, firmly bitter in the resiny pine aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, chewy texture. Overall pretty solid though nothing overtly unique about it.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at tasting event from 22 oz bottle

A- Haze red with thin head
S- Nice boquett of hops for the nose. A bit of toffee too
T- Rich hops blend that gives this Imperial Red more of an IPA/IIPA taste
M- Solid overall mouthfeel, not too thick or too thin

O- my favorite offering from Figure 8 of the 4 I tried at the tasting (Lost Staint, Raven Tor, Snake Pro). My buddy gave me a bottle of their Off With that I still need to try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper verging on ruby; two inches of foam cap the liquid and display great retention, leaving strands of lace behind

Smell: Big aromatics, with caramel, apple and stone fruit tones as well as earthy hops

Taste: The malt bill from the aroma overwhelms the palate, at the outset, bringing caramel, apple and stone fruit flavors and a bit of biscuit, too; in the mid-palate, the 89 IBUs arrive and add an earthy, tobacco-laden dimension (with just a hint of pineapple); very bitter in the after-taste, though the malt lingers on

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer, though I don't really care for the harsh aftertaste as it obliterates the other features of the hops and challenges the malt

Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity

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Photo of BrewhausBunk
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Red Ale's I've tasted.

A - Dark Ruby Red color. Rich creamy head.

S- Hints of toffee and whiskey. Light sweetness in the nose, great hoppy bitterness.

T - Toffee comes through at the front, then the hop profile takes over. For a Red Ale this one shines throughout. Great body.

M - A thick mouthfeel on this which is great for this higher gravity red. Body and substance to balance out the hops.

Overall - Very enjoyable on tap and took a few bottles home. Fantastic beer!!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Murky dark amber and brown with a thick but pillowy khaki colored head that leaves thick chunks and fat rings of lace down the glass.

Definite sweetness and bread in the aroma, along with a touch of spice (cinnamon? interesting), and some mild, earthy hop character. Nice enough, but quite muted.

Sweet flavor of caramel and some mild spice along with earthy hops and a moderate bitterness for the style. Very drinkable, especially on a very hot day.

Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Great drinkability.

A tasty imperial red. I wasn't expecting to like this much but this was just fine.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle on date that I can find. Judging from the dates of previous posts, this is likely an old bottle.

A: A really nice looking beer. Pours a clear, dark red with two fingers of frothy, textured head. Leaves a lot of lacing and very attractive film.

S: I think this is where the bottle shows it's age. Hardly any hops left..maybe earthy. Toasted, bready malts.

T: Taste is a little better than the smell. Earthy hops, toasted grains. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Bitter and dry.

O: I think this might've been a pretty good beer when fresh. A clear example of why bottle/can dates should be industry standard.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, $7.99 a bomber. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky reddish/brown color with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is earthy and citrusy (pineapple) hops, toffee, and some caramel malt. The brew tastes like earthy and citrusy hops, toasted and caramel malt, and some apples. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's a solid overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of rangel2
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first found this at the Bloomington Craft Brew Fest this past summer, and have purchased it everywhere I can find it since, with it just now starting to pop up around Indianapolis more.

Poured from bomber into a ~12oz. Duchesse De Bourgogne tulip glass. Pours a medium brownish color. Little head in this thin glass, with no retention. But that's to be expected, as I know it holds a nice retention in a regular pint glass -- walls just too thin on these types.

Anyways, the initial smell is of carmel, syrupy, the bitterness clearly ready to go.

Taste: Decent carbonation up front, immediate bitterness, with some faint citrus poking through, followed by a solid malt backbone of more syrup, nice toastiness, lovely caramel. Ends in a solid bitter finish that's not dry or overbearing... at all.

This beer has great balance and goes a lot of different places before it empties from your glass.

If anyone wants a bottle of this stuff, I will definitely help you. It's a great Imperial Red, with 89 IBU and a strong 7.5 ABV you'll forget about, as you chug away trying to pin this one down completely.

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Photo of JamesS
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room)
Poured a decent, if very light and shiney, red; did have some nice initial head and a bit of decent lacing. Huge hoppy scent, nearly overwhelming; very unbalanced as far as aroma, with just some slight malt underneath. Same with the flavor, a lot of hops (pine mostly) that kick the malt out; you don't get the interesting grain bill that I like in reds due to the overwhelming hop presence. Very hop rough, too, without a lot of smoothness.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Deep Amber in color, Nice Foamy head with great retention and some pretty good lacing.

S= Carmel and toasted malts are strong in the nose. I also picked up some fruit like apples in those one.

T= Taste is similar to the nose you get a lot of Carmel and Toasted malt taste in this one really strong. I also tasted a little bit of apples in this one. Pretty good beer It was really malty.

M= Good Carbonation and medium in body.

O= I thought this was a pretty good beer nice flavors, good carbonation, and perfect for a nice fall day.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour a deep ruby red very clear with a minimal light tan head that dissipates immediately.

Smell is almost all sweet caramel. Maybe a bit of citrusy or pineapple, but not much there.

Starts out with a little caramel citrus sweetness rounding into a resiny finish leaving lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the light side. Carbonation levels are good.

Flavor is really good, but the thin mouthfeel counteracts that a bit. Very drinkable imperial red. Let it warm up a bit. Much better. Glad to see another solid beer brewed in Indiana.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear reddish-garnet body with a thin film of light tan that breaks up and is supported by a slow motion carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft pine and pineapple weed hops character with a dry toasted malt and biscuit malt character which is stronger than the hops.

T- The toasted malt flavor has some biscuit malt flavor growing out of it and a wheat malt note to follow. There is a dry finish with a green woody dry hop bite that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- Is this really 89 IBUs? Where are they? This beer has a nice malt flavor the distinct toasted and biscuit malts shining through. The hops are mostly bitterness in the aftertaste with little hops flavor or aroma. Pretty easy to drink for such a big ABV.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Crazy chimp on the label, thankfully there is no talk of daggers ... just beer. Head, lacing and retention wins our atten- tion, as does the clear garnet color. Big bready aroma—a malty beer we want to sniff! Smoothness makes us want to sip more and more, even with the big body behind it. Big toasty cliff that some caramel wants to slide down; bready goodness. Hops run in hard to balance, but leave the malt foundation alone. Alcohol is a bit warming/fruity. Baked apples and toasted bread in the finish. This is one of those malty Red Ales that throws down without killing your palate. Very drinkable, even through the sem-dry toasty finish. Malty diamond in the rough.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-4-11

Pours a cloudy red/orange color, with a white head that fades quickly. A thin ring of lacing sits around the edge, lasting the while time.

Smell is tart hops, aromas of light fruit, pineapple, and a great kick of earthiness right at the end.

Taste is nice and easy, with the same tart fruitiness as the smell. The booze just pokes through in the middle, with more earthy hops in the finish. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, slick to go with the hops, but maybe a bit too little carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the alcohol is just high enough to make this a badass session beer.

Overall, another good beer that we miss out on in MI.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hurfer for the nice extra from a local brewery in Indiana. Poured from a bomber (no date stamp) into a dimpled mug. Pours a reddish brown hue with a diminishing head and and mild lacing throughout. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee, a bit of pear and apple esters, a touch of brown sugar and faint medicinal tones perhaps. The taste starts with a nice malty front with light hoppy notes towards the finish, some underfermented sugar still is place. The mouth feel is medium-bodied and a quite sticky which was off-putting for me. The low point of this beer was that the hops were crushed by the remaining sweetness in the brew towards the finish. Quite an interesting and complex beer, but not for me.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap...

A- Pours a deep amberish color. Two finger brownish color head shows fantastic retention. Lacing is good with streaking on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel and toasted malts in the front of the beer. This gives way to a light earthy hops with some mild spicey hops. There is a light chocolate presence that I can't figure out. It seems to be in hints toward the middle to backing. The overall aroma is a little muted but once this beer warms it comes out more fully.

T- Caramel malts come in from the front which I knew was going to happen. There was a light darker fruit thing going on to counterbalance the malts. I get a nice toffee malt in the middle with a light brown sugar flavor. A grassy, spicey hop in the ending balances out the entire beer. The alcohol comes through in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Flavor was crisp and clean throughout the entire beer. Light malts left on the palate with some darker fruits. Hops and light alcohol are in the aftertaste which I found to be quite pleasant. Alcohol had light drying on the palate. Everything blended well and made this a balanced beer.

D- I found this beer to be very drinkable. I wouldn't want to drink..lets say...a growler of this beer but a couple pints would be good. This brewery has really suprised me and for the good. Can't wait to have more from them!

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Photo of mrandypandy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pikk's Tavern in Valparaiso, IN.

A - Lighting in the tavern is bad, but the beer looks good. Pours a brownish/orange, white head, excellent lacing. Ruby highlights.
S - Malty sweetness with some hops for good mesure. Almost smells like a baby barleywine.
T - Description says imperial amber, but I'm not so sure. A strong malty caramel presence, slight hops, with a roasty/fruity finish. Cross between a brown and a (dark) fruity amber.
M - Medium body, slightly sweet, full flavor.
D - Pretty good. I could have a few but they would wear on my palate quickly. ABV isn't apparent in taste but makes itself known.

Overall - My first Figure 8 brew and a quality one at that. Some minor flaws but more than worth a shot if you come across it. I'm glad I ordered it.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TEMP: Fridge kept @ approx 40 degrees, allowed to warm to about 55 degrees
(Made with six different malts and four hops [amarillo, cascade, chinook and columbus].)

This beer pours up a very nice, dark amber color. It has some mild ruby tinting to it. A medium pour produced a nice, fluffy, head of light brown colored foam that was right at three-fingers thick. The retention is very good. The lacing is in sizable strands and is sticky enough to keep it hanging around the sides of the glass for awhile.
Very nice looking.

The nose is somewhat muted, but let's sniff around and see what we can find.
A good malt presence is what I pick-up on first. Nice notes of caramels, toasted breads and even some faint bubblegum hints, almost cotton-candy like. Hints of milk chocolate and cocoa powder are detected. The hops presence seems to be nicely balanced here. It brings in some good earthy notes and a touch of smooth spiciness. I'm also getting a very slight hint of cherry sweetness.

Immediately, I get the sweet-earthy balance that's happening here. This has a very good malty presence, as expected. There is a fair amount of mild dark fruit sweetness here. Cherries mostly, along with a few others. Also, some mild traces of toffees and a touch of brown sugar and caramel. Light hints of toast. The hops bring a great presence of earthiness to the mix, along with a mild hint of spiciness, which gives the whole thing an enjoyable balance.
I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that some of the malts used in this one were smoked. I'm getting a mild, yet nice, presence of smokiness here. When combined with the rest of the flavors, it brings out some mild whiskey-like notes.
This is quite tasty and interesting.

This brew has a medium body which is coming close to full-bodied. The carbonation level is medium-to-almost-high, which works well for this style. This is a style that you don't really want to be mellow and relaxed, it should be vibrant and active, which this one is. Very crisp and clean feeling and nicely refreshing.

This is a very tasty and enjoyable beer. While I can't find the 7.50%abv in the taste, it does seem to hit me just slightly harder than expected. That certainly isn't a bad thing though. Also, it doesn't hit hard enough to detract from it's enjoyment. Just enough to keep you entertained, really.
I would drink this fairly regularly, if I lived in the area.

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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 72 ratings