Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale | Figure 8 Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
70 Ratings
Ro Shampo Imperial Red AleRo Shampo Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Figure 8 Brewing
Indiana, United States
figure8brewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by coldmeat23 on 06-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of BrewhausBunk
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Ro Shampo Imperial Red Ale from Figure 8 Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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