Big Rapid Imperial Red Ale | Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Big Rapid Imperial Red AleBig Rapid Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Lumberyard Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
95 IBU

Added by OakedCanuck on 01-14-2011

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson; February 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy, red amber color and is topped by a pale tan colored head. The aroma smells of crystal malt, lots of pine, and sharper herbal hop citrus character. As the beer warms up more of the citrus / hop fruit character becomes noticeable with ruby red grapefruit zest, definite lychee and bright, almost candied, caramelized orange zest all being quite noticeable.

The beer is nicely bitter up front and is amply hoppy, this is backed by supporting toasted and crystal malt laden flavors that play a supporting role. Lots of candied citrus, big tangelo flavors, ruby red grapefruit, pine, and lots of herbal hop notes play the dominant role in this beer. This is really quite amply hoppy; it has just enough malt character to move the hops along. The malt is somewhat noticeable and contributes flavors of toasty, nutty malt notes, as well as some spicy whole grain touches and a chewy crystal malt character. The body is nice, certainly a touch chewy, but not overly heavy and it keeps a quaffability to it.

This is a nice, easily quaffable, enjoyable, good hop fix (for those who crave that)without too much intruding malt to keep this from being a hop focused beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Served at the Lumberyard brewpub in Flagstaff.
A: Looks good: crystal clear reddish-brown; more red than brown with a good, long lasting off-white head that leaves excellent lacing patterns. The aroma has some sweet, bready malt ad is quite hoppy: floral and spicy/herbal. The flavor is also hoppy, but with more pine as well as a solid sweet malt base. High ABV is well hidden except in the slightly harsh mouthfeel and the inevitable warming. Medium body.

O: A fine Imperial Red worth seeking out. Available on tap and in 22 oz. bottles.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color with an impressive head; nice stickage with plenty of lacing action

Smell: Caramel and tobacco, with undertones of herbacious spruce

Taste: The crystal malt bill overwhelms, with the caramel and tobacco and a hint of apricot; in the middle, the herbal spruce flavors arrive and while the beer brings a lot of bitterness, the malts are so overpowering that the hops are ultimately left in the dust

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (slightly syrupy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have no idea how old this bottle might be (but I didn't hold onto it for long before I cracked it open) but I am not getting the massive hops that others seem to have tasted; to me, this beer verges on the Old Ale/Strong Ale territory more than the world of Imperial Reds; in any event, the flavors are very different and, as I don't like a lot of malt in my hoppy beers (unless we are talking Impy Stouts) this is not my thing

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. There is no date listed, but I have had since the Winter. Maybe like January. Poured into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber color. Basically no head, this might be due to the age. Just a ring of bright white color. Carbonation was OK.

S: Spicy maltiness. Definitely still some hop character. Some spicy piney hop aromas. The malt bill definitely leads here.

T: Front of the tongue, lots of spicy hop notes. Peppery. Middle of the mouth lots of those typical red ale malts. It's a really nice balance. Even though this bottle isn't as fresh as I'd like, you still get some good hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head settles rapidly and leaves excellent lace.

S - a fruity aroma of pine and grapefruit with some caramel malt.

T - strong pine and grapefruit hop character up front. Some dark caramel and brown sugar in the middle with a stiff bitterness that carries through to the finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - the hop character is excellent with a robust malt profile to match. The bitterness is a touch on the harsh side, but overall well balanced.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in the Tickers BIF from Phelps.

A: Very dark amber with great clarity. Thin half finger off white head that fades fairly quick. Leaves a decent lacing down the glass.

S: Floral hops with some citrus notes mixed in, mainly pineapple. Much hoppier than any other red I've had. Caramel malts still come through beautifully.

T: Sweet caramel upfront along with some toffee. A mild bitterness and floral flavors come through the maltiness just enough. Finishes with big grassy notes and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium to light in body. Smooth. A slight alcohol warmth. Pretty dry finish.

O: Haven't had many Reds and not a huge fan of the style, but this is easily the best Red I've had. Reminiscent of an IPA in a way.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sleepy little flagstaff just blew my mind with this imperial red. God damn.

The appearance is a beautiful dark ruby red with an egg shell head that is sticking around with some nice lacing on my plastic cup courtesy of Fairfield inn.

Nice floral hop smell with a strong Carmel like malty overtone.

The front of the mouth one gets a big hop bitterness with a nice bite. Middle of the mouth has a flowing malty breadiness. Semi sweet. Really delicious. The hop comes back again and a nice balanced harmony lingers for a while.

Good stuff

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Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine last weekend for $4.99.

Beer poured a reddish-brown with a fantastic tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is toasted crystal malts and floral hops.

Taste is very well balanced with a generous crystal malt backbone balanced seamlessly by a generous amount of pine and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a dangerously easy drinking big beer that is a must try for those that enjoy an imperial american red style!

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with very slight haze, high carbonation, and enormous head. Nose is appetizing with some rum soaked cherries and slight grassy aroma. Palate offers leafy hops, and balanced with generous caramel malt sweetness. Carbonation zips through and into the finish. Little medicinal quality to it.

Edit: waay too boozy as it warms

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of pine and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malts up front are joined quickly by hints of breadiness. Midway through good amounts of pine and light herbal hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer; however I didn’t get the huge hits of hops that others appear to have enjoyed. Still, a solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times at the brewery and it was amazing. I finally grabbed a bottle of this and now I can review it. poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Pours a beautiful amber red with extreme carbonation, after the foam party stops it leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- is sweet and hoppy

T- the incredible hops in this beer and the roasty maltiness with a little alcohol heat make this beer perfectly balanced for my tastes.

M- medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and nice warmness at the back of the throat

O- This is my favorite Arizona beer hands down, every time I go to Flagstaff I have a glass of this, highly recommended if you are in the area

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Photo of RandyV
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with exceptional clarity on the pour. The smell is that of an IPA, with pine and citrus backed by caramel malt. This is a hopped up beer with grapefruit predominant in the initial taste. It becomes balanced with malt in the middle but finishes slightly bitter, which I like. There is a definite apricot presence in the aftertaste, a nice surprise.

A nice beer from an in state brewer, and one I would definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing.

Smells of grassy and pine hops with a caramel malt underpinning.

Tastes of a big hop wave and good malt base. Hops have notes of grass, citrus peel, and pine with a moderate bitterness. Malts are characterized by toasted bread, dark caramel, and some fruitiness. Sweetness is kept light. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a slight warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, I was very surprised and this is definitely worth checking out if you see it.

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Photo of Phelps
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 22-ounce bottle labelled Big Rapid Red. Lumberyard's Imperial Red has been much talked-about, winning a gold at the 2010 GABF. Poured into a tulip.

An absolutely beautiful sunset orange, glowing like the burning sky. The clarity is equally outrageous, with nary a speck blocking my view of the other side. An extremely dense, sticky two-finger, khaki head of silk fizzles away quickly, eventually leaving a thin ring and swiss-cheesy walls of lace. I’m already in love.

Lumberyard has an IPA that displays one of the better aromas I’ve found in the style, and this here red seems to have taken its blend from that brew. Fresh grass mixes with orange juice, a bit of grapefruit and some dankness. What’s new here — and what I’m psyched about — is the addition of sweet malts in the form of apricot and burnt sugar.

The hops translate to the flavor in a glorious blend of grass, citrus peel and sticky weed.
Lightly toasted biscuits pop up, along with hints of honey, brown sugar and a not insubstantial amount of ethanol. Hefty bitterness grips the tongue after each sip.

Somewhat syrupy, sugared medium body with a hint of prickly carbonation. Alcohol numbs the tongue and warms all the way down. Finishes a bit sweet, but brightly.

Hot damn, what a beer. Imperial red ales aren’t usually my cup of tea, but they’re much more agreeable when they’ve had the shit hopped out of them like this one. Each sip is a blast of bright hops and sugary malt. This just might be the best beer in Arizona right now.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes on 3/1/11:

From the tasting glass, appeared a nice bright amber, thin to 1/4 inch head that dissipates but clinged well.

Smell is nice roasty, caramely malt, light sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness (pine).

Taste is a nice caramely malt front, touch of roasted malt following. A good hop bitterness in the finish, touch of fruitiness and light pine notes.

Mouthfeel is great, flavors balance well and not cloying.

Overall, very well done, love the balance and hard to figure this one comes in at 9.5% as the strenth is not overpowering.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained from the brewery in Flagstaff.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper to a rusty brass red. Very minor head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

S - Fruity and bitter mainly with some malt coming through. Occasional whiffs of apples, oranges and a bit of spice

T - Incredibly hoppy, in the most delicious way. Citric hoppy flavours of grapefruit, tangerine, oranges and lemon zest. The malt back provides some very nice toffee and caramel notes.

M - Chewy, wet, resinous hops mouthfeel. Excellent balance.

D - This is a great beer. You could almost classify this as a DIPA as it is bordering on being one. The strong hop presence is great as some Reds trend towards being malt bombs. Not this one. If you can get this beer, get it, and get a lot of it. Fantastic beer.

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Big Rapid Imperial Red Ale from Lumberyard Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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