The Imperial Texan | Martin House Brewing Company

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The Imperial TexanThe Imperial Texan

Brewed by:
Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Double Red IPA

This is a heavy-duty 9% abv red ale with a profusion of hop flavor and aroma. This beer is as big and proud as Texas. Because we add almost two pounds of American hops per barrel very late in the beer making process, The Imperial Texan is able to retain a wondrously piney and resinous hop character that perfectly balances its smooth but strong and dry malt backbone. This beer has a sticky presence that puts each sip perfectly on the tongue.

The Imperial Texan was brewed to enjoy around a fire with close friends while reminiscing over the day’s killer mountain bike ride.

Added by tubeyes on 04-15-2013

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of awayne56
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to love this beer because it is brewed in my home town;alas, undecided whether I like it. The Good? who can argue with a 4-pack of 16 oz cans?! Love the artwork on the can! Made in Texas by Texans. Yes sir! So far so good. Now lets pour:
L - If going for a Red River look effect, nailed it. Poured a murky brownish red colr with a healthy soapy head that dissipates slowly.Faint lacing detected.
S - very faint, too faint to contribute to the experience. I could detect citrus and piney hops along with malt sweetness.
T: Initial taste hit is caramel, toffee sweetness which quickly and thankfully gives way to hop domination. Citrus, grapefruit, and piney hops dominate with a bitter, spicy finish, which is fine with me. Regarding that spicy finish, is there such a thing as a jalapeno hop? If so, it is present here.
F: Thick coating with a dry finish and slight alcohol burn on the back of the tongue.

Overall this beer grew on me. First tasting, honestly, I hated it.2nd tasting was better, I detected more complexity, it tasted brighter if that makes sense. I will buy it again although it is not good enough to be in my regular rotation. I hope to stop by Martin House and try a fresh pour. C'mon folks, give this a try and tell us what you think.

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Photo of Akeah
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Truncated review. Expectations are low given the brewery, which has disappointed in the past. But I'm in the mood for a good red ale.

Reviewed live as a double red ale per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Seven fingers wide. Khaki colour. Foamy. Frothy. Creamy. Full. looks good, and the retention is excellent - 8 minutes at least. Leaves light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent murky copper with paler hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it seems well-carbonated and looks fine for a red ale, albeit not as amber-hued as you might expect.

AROMA: Toasted malts, amber malts, some candied character, sweetness, floral hop notes, and musty herbal hops.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength for a red ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Has an aggressive hopping characteristic of an American ale.

TASTE: Toasted malt. Amber malts. Floral hop character. Caramel. Some bread crust.
cream. It's well-balanced and nicely built, but could use more complexity/intricacy and subtlety. Each constituent note is nice, and they do come together to form a cohesive whole, but it never feels gestalt; the whole is not more than the sum of its parts.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol, off-notes, or yeast character comes through.

I find it simplistic, but the balance keeps me coming back for more sips.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, slightly overcarbonated, quenching, and approachable. Could be softer and creamier. Well-executed, albeit scratchy and a bit rough on the palate. It doesn't have any dragging coarseness, but it is a bit abrasive in the back of the throat.

This texture is a fine companion to the taste, but ultimately fails to elevate the beer.

OVERALL: A surprisingly well-crafted red ale from Martin House, The Imperial Texan surprises and delights. But let's not kid ourselves - it's far from a world-class brew, and isn't unique or special. Not toasty enough to be Irish, and not heavily hopped enough to be American, it idles in that in-betweeny bit between the two styles. But it's pleasant and worth trying. I owe this brewery more attention.


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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, just not that good either... felt syrupy and without great clarity of flavor.
Fort Worth, Texas, Feb 2017

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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The Imperial Texan from Martin House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 153 ratings