Rabbit's Reserve #2: Imperial Red IPA | Red Hare Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Red Hare Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Cyberkedi on 02-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Moondog Growlers (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours a beautiful deep chestnut with 3 fingers bubbly ecrue head. Large foamy sheets of lacing all the way down. A great looking beer, for sure.

The nose is pretty mild. Floral hops, carmel & wheat.

Taste has a big floral hop punch with a strong sugary malt base. A long, medium dry, bitter hoppy after taste. The booze peeks through early and often and rides that line between acceptable and almost too hot. But for 9.4% abv it goes down quite smooth.

Nice thick, coating feel. A good but not overwhelming amount of carbonation. Moderately sticky... and that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

Overall I enjoyed this a lot. I'd call it more of an imperial red than an imperial red ipa but I reckon it's just somantics. It's good to see this fledgling brewery experiment with bigger beers. I'm sure that they'll have some wicked cask versions of this like they had for the chocolate porter (Ranbit's Reserve #1). If you're in the Atlanta area (specifically near Marietta) and enjoy big hoppy imperial red ales, you could do much worse than this one. I look forward to finding more soon.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bisonfort
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZacHawkins
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerpig
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Wajohnst
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of OldTime
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jophish17
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Reviewed from Notes.

(Appearance) Appears a deep red, light brown with a light tan ring of froth. Not much carbonation activity. Looks pretty solid. 4

(Smell) Very mild distant dark fruit flavor, like grapes or dates. Potency is too low to make a good evaluation of content. 3

(Taste) first impressions show Caramel, toffee and sweet fruits like raisins or dates come through with a very boozy alcohol burn and bitter hop finish. There's a great deal of content to this beer but I feel that the alcohol is far too dominant in the flavor and masks the remainder of the brew. Very boozy like rum raisin, not too appealing as such. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mildly carbonated, overall slick with a minor prickle here and there. Laid back carbonation makes a decent pairing for the rest of the beer. 4

(Overall) I'm not a huge fan of this although it's far from a miss there's a lot of toning down to do with the booze and more to be had with the other flavors that this style is capable of. I'd suggest to pass on this. 3

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.44/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11 ounce goblet - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a clear albeit dark amber-hued body with a quarter-inch of yellow-beige foam.

Smell: Nostril cauterizing resins with a sprinkling of powdered citrus pith, foregoing any ingratiating, inviting fruity, juicy notes.

Taste: Very faint toffee with a mild toastiness and touch of grain. Very low sweetness. The initial maltiness is knocked aside by a tackle of resinous pine and citrus pith. Medium-high bitterness. Remains hardly resinous and pithy, now joined with some booze, carrying you to the finish. That tongue-coating resinous quality just won't shake -- pass the water!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a tough one to get down, to be honest, even at only eleven ounces. Par for the course for Red Hare.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap an opaque mahogany brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Aroma is woody, hoppy and malty with hints of fruit and caramel. Luscious flavor has woody, malty and fruity notes, the latter including banana and citrus, plus hints of caramel and cloves. Texture has above-average body and a good amount of tingle. Catch this hare while you can!

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Rabbit's Reserve #2: Imperial Red IPA from Red Hare Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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