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): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kds2437
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TubaDan
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Beerdruid
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of awayne56
3.17/5  rDev -17%
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 -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chiefmoneymaka
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ParlayHard8
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Matt141
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjtexplorer
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of chefinboots
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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The Imperial Texan from Martin House Brewing Company
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