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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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 19
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2.18/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Novels
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Should be called Ro Shampoo, cause it tastes so bitter and unbalanced that it might be better as a cleaning agent.

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Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
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 JamesS
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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 TerryB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of titosupertramp
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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 ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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 awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of reg1214
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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 spycow
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pulltabs_only
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Cheers

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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