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American Strong Ale | Seventh Son Brewing Co.

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American Strong AleAmerican Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Seventh Son Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 100
Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a one pint can into a 16 ounce tulip. Pours a dark tan with orangish tint, d expected from a strong ale. The head is unreal - tan, thick, slow, and leaving amazing lacing. The nose screams with hops. Tons of orange immediately with some raisin/plum underneath. Great use of dry hopping. The taste accents the raisin, plum, fig flavor complimented perfectly by the citrus hop flavor. There is some lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated but smooth with no hint of the 7.7% abv. Overall, this beer is outstanding. I can see why it's their flagship. It's incredibly well balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Corner Stone Craft Beer and Wine a neat little beer shop with a knowledgable staff. Was in town visiting so decided to check this place out to sample some Central Ohio beers. A big man of American strong ales I decided to try this.

Looks like an iced tea. Beautiful Amber brown color. Nose is some Earl grey balanced with some bitterness. The aroma is a perfect blend of an English mild meets an American pale ale. The taste is a little more assertive than the nose. I'm getting a lot of Earl grey mixed with hop bitterness that lingers on the back end of the tongue. The can says serve this at 45 and they are right. As this beer warms up straight out of the fridge the flavors blend into each other nicely.

This is a great beer. Great job by Seventh Son on this style.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Amber with a one-finger head
S: Sweet, malty, nutty, tropical and pine
T: Matches the nose but in reverse. There's malt up front then that's followed by tropical fruits, caramel, pine and a nutty/slightly sweet finish
M: Fairly full-bodied, a bit sweet
O: A fine strong ale. Perhaps a touch sweet but the depth/complexity of flavors make it worth finding

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With American ales trending dry and hoppy, many will argue that this is how imperial amber ale should be made. The Seventh Son brewers start this dialogue with a convincing and tasty argument.

Deeply saturating with auburn honey, the ale pours dark, rosy and red. Its sticky foam lace is sure to seduce the senses with the malty-sweet scent of caramel and cashew and with the citrusy perfume of grapefruit and orange with a fringe of pine. Early on the palate, the taste is caramel, pecan, toasted with bread crust and remiss of the edges of grandma's apple pie.

Frothy on the tongue, the creamy sweetness of toasted angel-food cake topped with toffee, graham cracker and granola carries a quick and forceful balance of hops- pink grapefruit, bitter orange and muddled pine needles ring out a deep and resinous bittering power that overtakes the sweetness in finish and leads to a near-IPA shift towards finish.

The problem with the beer is in its drinkability. One that's full in flavor, full of complexity and exploiting the extremes of balance should be a beer of contemplation and slow sipping. The beer isn't that. It's one of balance, dryness, cleanliness, and crispness; surprisingly of high quaffing fashion for such flavor and comes to the delight of the culinary inclined and with the added after tow of the citrus and pine ilk of IPA.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can stamped "Hi Honey" on bottom, but no date (HA! take that beer snobs!). Bought on 11-25-2015. DFH Tulip.

A: Pours a dark red with 1 finger khaki head that quickly fades to a tan ring around the edge. Above average lacing. Modest carbonation.

S: Massively tropical (vague tropical, no specific fruit) and resinous hops. Fruity, citrusy, and sweet.

T: Milder arrival than the nose would indicate; less malty than I expected, too. Straight pine and citrus rind, with some toasted malt depth. Hides 7.7% remarkably well, but a little medicinal/pine bitterness lingers on the finish - not unpleasant though.

M: Remarkably crisp. Distinctly midweight, and clean and crisp as all get-out. Modest carbonation.

O: Like an IPA that has malt character to match its massive hop bill. Over the top on the aroma, but not excessive on the bitterness, just right. Perfectly balanced hoppy beer with 7.7% ABV. This is really good beer and could be dangerous in the wrong hands (did I mention the 16 oz. can?). Definitely worth buying a four-pack and making a regular in the hoppy beer category.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep amber red with a tight head which dissipates after a few swallows, lacing the glass. Nose is fantastically resiny smacking of lots of hops varieties. Strong and bitter up front and smooths out after a few swallows, and leaves wonderful complex layers of hops and malts. Very nearly as wonderful in cans as it is on tap, and just a truly delicious ale.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely surprise. I was gifted this beer by a friend and it came with an assortment of other Ohio beers- mostly medium hoppy ales including Citra Dog. This one, I poured this Seventh Son from a tall boy can into a Spiegleau tulip glass and was immediately taken with the ruby red color. Expecting a hoppy bite, instead the nose and tastebuds were presented with a malty mixture of caramel and citrus. I REALLY enjoyed this beer. I drank half of it from the tulip glass after it warmed a bit and half from the can while it was still ice cold. The beer took on a wonderful sweetness as it warmed. I will go back again and again to this beer.

It was my first experience with Seventh Son, but it will not be my last!

A very drinkable strong ale!

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Photo of PBRFingers
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freshly-tapped from draft to shaker/pint glass. A nice head with a nose dominated by malt and tropical fruit; that follows through to the grapefruit taste. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for the high alcohol content, a definite patio pounder.

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Photo of zimm421
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Appears a dark ruby red with a thin tan head. The nose is full of sweet maltiness focused around caramel balanced with touches of pine and citrus. The taste is slightly sweet. Notes of caramel, fruitiness and hints of pint again. Overall, this is a good, very drinkable strong ale, but it doesn't blow me away in any aspects. From reading other reviews, maybe fresher is better. That being said, there's no dating on the can; it just reads, "Happy Birthday Rahsaan" on the bottom.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tall boy can in a snifter glass. This strong ale pours a brilliant ruby red with a modest off white head of dissipating foam that fades to a nice ring, a thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of heavy citrus, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, sweet candy sugars, and moderately strong alcohol. Flavors follow the nose with lightly syrupy sweet Belgian candy sugars bathed in a cascade of pineapple, mango, papaya, and orange peel on the front and sides followed by a grain note on the rear with sticky and resin laden hops to the rear. Warming alcohol on the finish with a heavy grain bill on the aftertaste mixed with a heaping helping of hops and citrus. Coating finish and carbonated mouth feel keeps this one lively and accessible. Hoppier than I envisioned, yet incredibly solid for the style.


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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a style that often is hard to take, but this one is (believed it or not) easy drinking. It comes in a16 oz can, by the way. Sweet.

This one is pretty red. Deep deep red. With very little fizz. The aroma is fresh and sweet.

The taste is exceptional. Sweet, not to dark and deep. Not at all boozy. THIS would be my go to seventh sun if I were a regular (ich been ein Clevelander).

My Columbus experience is definitely enhanced by this one great beer. The best of the weekend.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very tasty beer. Reminds me of an imperial red/amber all while holding onto the American strong ale characteristics. Just as hoppy as your Hairy Eyeballs and Arrogant Bastards but more juicy, more tropical and easier drinking than the above. Terrific beer !

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear garnet red color with about an inch light tan head that stuck around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, mango) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. I think the taste is very similar to the aroma, but there's also some graininess and citrus peel noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, although I'd call it an Imperial Red Ale instead of a strong ale. But no matter what style of beer you call this, it's a good one. I liked it! $2.75 a single can.

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear garnet ruby hue with a thin half finger light tan head that fades to leave thin wisps and a faint halo.

S - Aromas are much more of a red IPA than anything. Older hops, faint grapefruit and pine. Light malt sweetness.

T - Taste is lightly sweet, caramel, tea like hops, faint grapefruit and even fainter tropical fruits. Alcohol is present on the pallet, slightly, but yeah...doesnt really taste like a strong ale. More like a hoppy red ale

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a nice bitter finish. Feels slightly thin though...

O - Overall I'm not sure what to make of this. Its tasty, but, if the other reviewer was correct this is meant to be drank incredibly fresh which really disappoints me. I want a mango heavy 'strong ale', if the beer was labeled as a hoppy beer I would have drank it sooner, I'm kind of bitter now.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of buschbeer
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT can
Served in a snifter

A - It is a deep red color and topped with three inches of tan head leaving very little lacing.

S - Citrus and pine are at the forefront of this beer. There is also the distinct smell of a red ale. I got a ton of mango when I bought this beer three weeks ago. The mango is gone now.

T - It tastes like a red IPA. It is citrusy up front but has a red ale base that balances it. Once again the mango that I tasted merely three weeks ago is gone.

M - Medium leaning towards full.

O - I absolutely loved this beer three weeks ago. It was a mango explosion. Now it is a good hoppy red ale. I will definitely make the hour trip south to check out Seventh Son and have some fresh American Strong Ale.

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American Strong Ale from Seventh Son Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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