Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #5,292
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Rushing Duck Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Loaded with West Coast hops, it could really be called a “Red Double IPA”. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas are the first thing you’ll notice about Kroovy, but don’t overlook the slight caramel maltiness, or the body provided from adding 10% malted rye to the beer. Kroovy will satisfy even the biggest hophead!
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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at the brewery. Pint pour in a tulip glass. It pours a dark amber with one finger of foamy, eggshell-colored head and elegant lacing. It has a really pleasant aroma of lemon peel, grapefruit, mango, pine, and floral hops. The taste is really well-balanced with a base of fairly sweet malt and a hint of caramel, acidic citrus, pine, and biting hops that leave a bitter after taste. This ale is medium-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation, and its 9% ABV gives it real substance. Overall, it's an outstanding Red Ale with great balance of sweetness, fruit, and bitter hops. First rate!

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson , NY

Dark dark amber, moderate cap, leaving a tiny bubble film and nice looking fine sheeting.

Dark malt and waves of maple on the nose

Densly flavorful brew, seems most like a barley wine to me with a double IPA personality as well..mostly malty and densly flavorful to start, then some piney hop notes come forward. Nicely done, more quality brew from RDBC

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler

Pours a light amber with a thick foamy head. The aroma is citrus and pine. Solid malt back none with rind citrus and pine. Barely any alcohol burn (at 9%).
Rushing Duck just might have topped Nugget Nectar in the imperial amber category.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark, copper amber. Rusty brown. Finger or so of off white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Fruity and pungent floral hops. Underlying caramel malts and rye spiciness; slight phenol. Mango, berries, dank pine.

M: Med to full body. Oily and slightly heavy. Boozy bitterness that can get a little out of hand. May appeal more to some

T: Very piney. Lots of citrus pith. Lemon and tart apple. More astringent and bitter than sweet. Maybe some spearmint and anise; peppery.

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Photo of rorjets
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the 4th Ave Pub Beer Bar. What a great beer! Poured in a pint glass, deep Red in color, with lots of fruity hops aroma. The high 9% abv is barely noticed amidst all the hop flavor. I will be on the lookout for this brewer in the future!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

From 10/13/14 notes. On tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

Pours a deep reddish color with one inch of light off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity, much maltier than I expected. Some citrus hops, floral hops, fruity malts, bready malts, wheat, caramel malts, and rye. Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a good beer but based on the description was expecting it to be much hoppier than it was. Not my favorite RD beer but worth checking out.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Lionheart in Albany, NY.

Pours a clear rusty amber color, with a half inch head, and only a small amount of lacing.

Smells like pine, caramel, butterscotch, and citrusy hops.

The taste is similar. This one is a really delicious hoppy red. There are tastes of rye bread, caramel, bitter pine resin, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, etc. This one is a little bit sweet, but mostly bitter and bready. Delicious.

This one has a medium body, and a great slightly creamy mouthfeel. This one is really, really drinkable and tasty.

Another great beer from RD, I'm getting a good intro to them lately.

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Photo of JG-90
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kroovy is a brownish-red color and is pretty clear. Pours a moderate sized dense creamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma consists of resinous and citric hops, as well as caramel malts. Just a touch of floral aromatic hops as well.

Taste starts with resinous hops, then grapefruit, tangerine, and bread, with a floral, piney, caramel malt finish. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average for an Imperial Red with average carbonation and a crisp finish.

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Photo of canudoa9
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler brought from Albany, NY to Boston, MA before cooling and tasting. Enjoyed over a USA World Cup qualifying game out of a standard pint glass. Poured a thin head and quickly settled. Surprisingly piney aroma for a Red; Red IPA is more accurate. Quick bitter taste left abruptly. Maltiness came in for a bit and then the lingering hoppiness returned. An odd juniper taste lingered longer. As I sat and the beer warmed the aroma became more pungent. Really interesting beer that is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the half-growler (cost: $10 at Westmere Beverage) into a Piraat tulip-snifter-type glass. Body is reddish amber with a 1+ finger khaki-colored head. Leaves some "legs" of lacing.

S: First impression is that it's a big, malty nose - caramel malt, toffee and butterscotch all come to mind. Also citrus, herbal and piney hops noted after I get past the malt.

T: First impression: expecting a bigger malt profile based on the nose, I was surprised by the dominant hop bitterness. Primarily green and raw - think pine, pine needles and pine resin. Also some grapefruit peel or pith. Caramel malt underneath. Seems tea-like at times. Finishes with a palate-puckering bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Some heat from the 9% ABV is felt in the belly and as a spiciness on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, maybe a bit heavier. Carbonation is fine but active - modest sharpness to it.

O: Good stuff. Think of this as a Red DIPA rather than an American Amber/Red, as it's really hoppy and with a bigger body than your standard Amber/Red.

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Photo of Arinthos
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is something special... from the first pour you realize this is not your typical red ale... yeah the color is red but before it even touches your lips your hit with a piney hop aroma as well as a malty backbone full of crystal malts and fruity estery goodness. On the first sip it follows the nose but with abundant citrus hops and those crystal malts lend a sweetness in the after taste. The mouthfeel is of medium density and is very easy drinking and as far as the 9%abv you just can't tell it's there until it's too late : ) no fusel alcohol no hot aftertaste and in a single descriptor amazing !!! It takes a lot of skill to stay in a guidline and then to bend it just enough to let the world know this is unique. Very hard to get outside of the Hudson valley of NY or upper NJ but if you can find this get it period you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of cavedave
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful two fingers of dark beige head top this dark amber beauty. Luscious looking legs of slathery lace cling lovingly to my pint glass. Skill is what it takes to get a beer this clear without resorting to filtering.

The aroma is inviting, full of caramel and thick hop herbal and citrus, hints of rye and pine in there as well. Not super strong, but super alluring.

Ah, what flavor! What the bouquet promises the taste delivers. Not so much rye in this, but a wonderful balance of the others, and an end of sip that is just sweet enough, just hoppy citrus and light bitter enough. Not super complex, but delivers! Man this is tasty.

Easy drinking beyond belief, it drinks like a pale, refreshing, full of resiny goodness and malt sweet delivered clean as a whistle with a finish that leaves the mouth craving more. (% ABV, you gotta be fucking kidding me.

Hard to get Rushing Duck out of this area, but if you see this one jump on it, my friends. Highly recommended, sure to please.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They just tapped this beer for the first time. This was my first visit to their brewery. Impressed with the taste of all of their beers. I wish these guys luck. Pours reddish with a big creamy head. Tangy, slightly citrus smell. Taste is a nice balance between citrus hops and sweet malts. Alcohol well hidden. Can't wait to try their barrel aged stuff!

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Kroovy from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 90 ratings