Double Down Imperial Red | Wildcard Brewing

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Double Down Imperial RedDouble Down Imperial Red

Brewed by:
Wildcard Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flexabull on 12-01-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 21
Reviews by flexabull:
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and slightly hazy amber color with a pretty nice light tan colored head. Good looking beer.

Nose has a nice blend of caramel, brewed tea, and pine/earthy hop notes.

Taste is of caramel malts, sweet and creamy with some spices and brewed tea notes. Finish is crisp with and earthy hop finish. Nice, but a bit on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Smooth, with nice full body.

Overall, a very solid offering. If I had my way, I'd dial back the sweetness a little bit, but this is still a tasty and well made brew. Nice first beer from my new local brewery.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a short head on a clear, but dark straw colored body.
The aroma has some pine, tropical fruits and wet grain. Really nice.
The taste is big and bold. Huge malt, but the sweetness kept in balance by the load of hops.
The texture is thick but crisp with moderate carbonation.
An excellent brew.

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Photo of Vlaminck
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown with a hint of haze, and a little number of slow rising bubbles. Topped with 4 fingers of cappuccino brown head. Great head retention.

Smells of very bright citrus and pine, with a lot of solid maltiness. Autumn leaves all over.

Citrus, pine and pink bubblegum all over. A solid sweetness and a fair amount of pine resin.

Medium light, cool aid like body, and medium low carbonation.

Solid with a few inconsistencies as far as overall smoothness and flow of the beer. I could drink it a lot, just not outstanding. Found in Redding, CA at Safeway, and drank in Redding the same day, Sept 16th, 2016.

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Photo of Hopinthenameoflove9
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChalupaBatman
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of banger7
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanwilson530
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New brewery in Redding. Figured I had better leave some reviews for the beers I tried. Out of the three I had, this one was my favorite.

Appearance: slightly hazy, deep red hue. Beer had about a one finger, white creamy head that left decent lacing in the glass.

Smell: malty. There was also a slight smell of floral hops and a bit of citrus, but a very malty nose. Bready, with some caramel as well.

Taste: taste followed nose. Big malt flavor, with a decent hop wallop. Very sessionable for a 7+% alcohol beer. Caramel malts mixed with doughy bread flavors. A good pint.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and pleasant.

Overall: A good beer from Reddings new Brewery. I enjoyed this pint.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear red color with off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Big juicy red apple, pungent citrus and piney hops, toffee, and caramel notes.

T- Lots of big juicy red apple, toffee, and caramel malt notes balanced out with a huge pungent grapefruit and piney hop presence.

M- Smooth, prickly carbonation, semi-dry finish, full bodied, and light warming.

O- This is an incredible imperial red ale with moderate bitterness and huge malt and hop character.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Somewhat murky amber mahogany/ruby red color. With a small creamy tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Earthy, pine needles, caramel, and toffee, notes of purple grapes, some stone fruits, alcohol is noticeable for a beer of this abv. A complex smelling beer. It reminds me of a lighter version of a barleywine.

T: Caramel and toffee, dark stone fruits, notes of purple grapes, pine needles and a strong piney bitterness. Not overly sweet but a good sweetness. Alcohol is a little more noticeable than expected for a beer of this abv. Once again reminds me of a lighter version of a barleywine.

F: Creamy thick body.

O: A really nice beer. It has a good mix of malt and hops. Reminds me of a lighter version of a barleywine. Very tasty.

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Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of casapy
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, earth, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, caramel, earth, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of caramel, citrus, and pine needle all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhutch31
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite beer from Redding's newest brewing company. A big congratulations to Jeff and Jenny for finally bringing craft beer that is going to stay in Redding. This beer has an awesome red hue to it, coupled by a great malty and slightly hoppy nose. The taste is smooth, well balanced and in my opionion contains a fantastic selection of various malts complimented by a good variety of hops to create an easy drinking flavor. Overall, a job well done and I can't wait to try more beers that come from this brewery.

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Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Down Imperial Red from Wildcard Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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