Bell's Imperial Red Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stortore on 07-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 33
Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too sweet. Too bitter. Too toasty. Too rich. Too floral. Too dry- brewers hear it from all angles. But no other beer really captures it all an usually in impeccably true balance than the red ale. As the Bell's brewing team rework the ale to give it a unique "Bell's" thumbprint, an imperial status with increases strength, flavor and complexity is born.

Their Imperial Red Ale is a deep amber, light mahogany beer that crowns with a rich ecru swath of foam. Its bright and balmy scent rolls onto the senses with toast, citrus, pine, grass and a mild tropical flare. Its taste though its more sided with the malts. Caramel, toffee, nutty and of bread crust, hints of peanut skins and granola become apparent.

As the middle palate unfolds, the malts digress and the hops pull forth to bring the taste into even keel balance. The remnants of malt remains semisweet, toasty and toffee-like while the floral hops round on the palate with pink grapefruit, fresh orange zest and pineapple. As the bitterness grips the throat, it takes on the character of grass clippings, muddled pine needles, and a peppery alcohol spice.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's weight is kept in check by the drying power of both hops and alcohol. Each acting as a drying agent to keep the strong beer drinkable and dangerously refreshing. As the piney and citrusy bitterness grows, the finish begins to side more with hops to give impressions of red IPA in a toasty, malty dry afterglow.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a reddish orange with a finger plus of a frothy white head that sticks around forever and leaves behind some serious lacings along the side of the glass. pretty strong clarity with just a touch of a haze

Smell: strong malty character. mix of toasted malts and sweet caramel. caramels hint at dark fruits. fairly boozy and strong smelling

Taste: opens up with a bready to toasted grain malt taste, sweetens up with caramel and toffee, hinting at the dark fruit aspect of the malts. backend has some citrusy hops and a good kick of booze.

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, pretty heavy.

Overall: another great red from bell's but way behind others of theirs (this goes to 11 and roundhouse IRA) being most similar to roundhouse but lacking alot of the creaminess and smoothness in character that the other has.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a 16oz. snifter at the brewery.

A- Reddish-brown, hazy, light toffee head.

S- Sweet tropical notes of papaya, mango, pineapple, some pine. Some ABV coming through but nothing too distracting.

T- Similar to aroma, nice fruity notes, a good level of sweetness, some alcohol but not too much, a light lingering bitterness.

M- A bit on the heavier side of medium but not beyond what is expected for an 10% beer.

T- This is one of my favorite offerings I've had from Bell's and further proof that Bell's knows hops. Hope they keep the recipe and decide to brew it or something very similar again. It really reminded me of a higher ABV version of Roundhouse, which is another stellar Bell's hoppy offering.

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Bell's Imperial Red Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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