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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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 brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 thinwhiteduke
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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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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 mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of alleykatking
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 lucasj82
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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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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