Mississippi Fire Ant
Southern Prohibition Brewing

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #85
Ranked #25,025
3.84 | pDev: 10.42%
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Mississippi, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our first high gravity offering, this dry hopped Imperial Red Ale has a huge malt presence peaking out of its many hop additions. Dark mahogany red with a nice fluffy head, the Fire Ant showcases roasted and toasted caramel notes layered between spicy, fruity and herbal hops.
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brownish red with small finger size bar pour head great sheet lace from small head.

Aroma is malty with a deep resin pine/herbal bitterness.

Taste is like the nose nice malty backbone good caramel sweetness nice body. At 80 IBU the hops aren't overpowered enough malt to just make them normal. Not overly bitter just good hop profile pine resin and herbal notes. Very tasty and pretty balanced atleast in this hop heads opinion.

Mouthfeel is big medium with smooth carbonation.

Overall I like it hopefully can get more up Tennessee easy. Could see this creeping into my regular amber brew rotation.

Dec 04, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form the 12 oz can in a snifter via a friend from work---cheers Randy.
This solid little red pours a dark reddish brown with a very nice head of
off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick clumping layer, and sports
some excellent lacing. Nose of sticky hops and heavy sweet caramel malts
with herbal and pine notes. Flavors excel by presentation with a rich caramel
backbone and heavy pine and rich herbal hops with touches of biscuit and
light breaded malt notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light
carbonation, and a rich sticky sweet (yet balanced) finish that is lightly

Overall, a SOLID brew from a new to me brewery.


Sep 15, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CAN: 12 fl oz pull-tab with red and black label art. Irritatingly, there is no best before or canned-on date listed anywhere. $1.75 USD plus tax per single at a beer store in Metairie, LA.

"Imperial Red Ale." 8% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Frothy off-white head (~5 minute retention). Murky caramel-red body. It ain't much to look at. Doesn't appear filtered.

AROMA: Caramel, toasted malt, bread crust, amber malt, brown sugar, herbal hop aromatics, a hint of chocolate malt, buried gooey malt sweetness. Less hop-emphatic than I expected, barely bringing anything beyond herbal hop notes...is this really 80 IBU?

TASTE: Everything the aroma promises is here, and boy is it well balanced. Gooey amber malt sweetness plays off toasted caramel/bread crust notes beautifully, with herbal hop character lending it a more English ale hop profile. Dried pine needles, a blip of spice, toasty malt...it's very pleasant and approachable despite a faint alcohol warmth.

Not the hoppy red ale I expected...more a toasted malt glass of goodness that only uses herbal hop flavours for balance. Rather interesting stuff, and adequately complex.

TEXTURE: Dry and coarse, accentuating the toasty and herbal flavours nicely. Medium to full-bodied. Unrefreshing. Has a hint of alcohol warmth throughout. Very approachable, if a bit filling.

OVERALL: It's no Nugget Nectar, but its more English ale-inspired approach to the imperial red style is more than welcome, a nice departure from the overhopped red ales you usually see crowding the category (on the off-chance a brewery is even willing to try brewing one). I'd nab a sixer of it each Winter, but it's too filling and malty to be a go-to year round. Solid work from SoPro.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

Sep 01, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Interesting looking beer... Nice white half to quarter inch finger head, muddy mahogany brown beer wise. with some red in there. Low carbonation.
S- Brown sugar, malt, bitter hop, licorice, and some piney notes create an overall powerful and aromatic smell.
T- Bitter hop up front, and though not bad, a caramelized malty flavor is a bit over whelming as well. Dark and stone fruits are defiantly in there. I get some raisin and apricot for sure. A good yet almost too overwhelmingly sweet flavor that fits well enough to make the beer enjoyable.
F- Definitely a sticky full bodied mouth feel. Heavy and well pronounced in my opinion. Thick.
O- I enjoyed this beer. It isn't the best beer I've had from Southern Prohibition but it definitely is good. Not overly heavy, but an absolute sipper in my opinion. Southern Prohibition puts Mississippi on the map for quality stuff for sure, but this beer isn't their greatest. With that said, I know for a fact if you enjoy anything imperial you will find something good about this beer.

Sep 22, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 4/18/18 from Jackson, MS.

Plummy raisin dark brown muddy color with a tall head of yellow-off-white.

Nice piney, fresh hop aromas on the nose with hints of raisin and lightly toasted malt.

Pungent hop flavors come forth (now a bit spoiled) with a nice level of plum and slight tailing raisin. This is an exceptionally balanced beer.

Feel is slightly sticky, with a tight carbonation pocketed inside of a smooth creaminess. Slight resins cling on the finish.

Overall, with the toasted malt character, the plum and raisin, and the bright hop character, this beer is an exceptionally balanced and executed style example. Well-done. Recommended.

Aug 01, 2018
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dertyd from California

3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a dark red almost brown color, with 2 fingers of off white head------------- the aromas are of dark sweet malts, pine and floral notes----------------- the flavors are of tea, roasted malts, pine, floral notes and light chocolate, the beer has a med mouthfeel with a light bitterness on the finish----------------- overall this was a decent red ale nothing fancy, just a straight forward hoppy red ale-----

Jul 09, 2018
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RichardFStewart from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours a brownish red-tinted hue, barely any head at all, has a surprisingly smooth fullness that belies its heavy gravity of 8%. Very pleasing smokey maltiness but allowingly short on the tartness of stronger India Pale Ales. Like the fire-ant it's named after, respect is due when you get too close. The post-supping finish can sneak up on you in the best of ways. Definitely a repeat offender during this eveing's relaxation by the pool.

Mar 22, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red/amber with rich head and lacing.
N: Malt, hops and smokey.
T: Rich malt flavors with a soft hops and smokey finish, really full flavored Red.
M: Medium
O: Great beer, flavors are perfect and super easy to drink

Mar 17, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from 12-ounce can into a glass goblet. Slightly murky auburn-colored body, with a rather aggressive pour yielding only a finger or so of off-white head that settled rapidly into a thin ring. Big aromas of dark bread and caramel, with some herbal and earthy notes from the hops. Malt forward on the palate as expected, with a nicely bitter hop bite on the finish. This is on the upper end of the ABV scale for the style, so there is a little alcohol warmth that becomes more pronounced as the beer reaches cellar temperature. I had this with a steak and it seemed to hold up just fine. It would also pair well with cheese, especially aged cheddar. Good body, quite satisfying, and very drinkable. Give it a try if you can get it.

Feb 05, 2018
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singletary from Mississippi

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It poured a hazy amber color with a large foamy head that has good staying power. There is good lacing throughout the drink. Smell is screaming carmel malts with a little hop aroma. The taste is rich malty with a citrus finish. It has medium feel with a bit of a sticky feel. Overall a very nice drink not the best but above average.

Jan 27, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

2.39/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Hand carried back from TN. Tallboy can

Appearance: Very murky brown glass holds a solid finger of sticky tan foam.

Aroma: Under attenuated malt, caramel, light earthy hop.

Taste: Sweet, very malty, musty, bit earthy, under attenuated malt. Slight citric note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, medium light body, firm carbonation, heavy coat in the finish.

Overall: Didn't care for it. Ends up feeling heavy and syrupy without enough depth or hops to make it interesting.

Oct 03, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Very hazy, muddy brown color with a frothy and long-lasting light-tan head. Great lacing and retention. Bready malt on the nose along with faint orange and caramel. The taste followed closely: moderately bitter orange that blended well with a slightly sweet malty presence. Some floral and earthy notes in the late palate. Medium-bodied and clean on the finish.

Aug 25, 2017
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt red color with khaki head smells of hops, resin, citrus. Head dissipates into ring with thin bubbly film on the surface. Medium-bodied, toasted malts with subtle caramel sweetness butressing its robust piney and citrusy hops floor. Finishes silky wirh hops blanketing the palate. Surprising hoppy bite coming from this Southern red.

Apr 08, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you richj1970 for this
16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A murky reddish brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Fairly malty, getting caramel malts, some toasted malts, bready, decent amount of piney hops with some citrus.

T- More balanced than the nose, some citrus up front, caramel malts, some toasted/roasted malts, bitter piney/resiny finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent red ale that I'm happy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden, not the most hop forward imperial red ale I've had, but does have a nice balance between hops and malts.

Oct 10, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 47°F from a 16oz can into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 18Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel, sweet peaches, white grapes, and pears commingle with mild aromas of vanilla, plums, and figs. Subtle scents of spicy and floral hops provide a minute hop balance to the dominating fruity esters and malt profile.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A mild sweetness of peaches, white grapes, pears, and caramel initially step on to the palate. Subtle flavors of campfire and vanilla immediately follow as the fruitiness of the brew becomes stronger. The fruity goodness expands as mild flavors of plums and figs make their debut while the campfire flavors grow faintly more intense. A mild balance of spicy and floral hops joins in lastly as the flavors of vanilla now grow become slightly more dominate.
4 out of 5
NOTE: Southern Prohibition impresses me once again. They aren't a brewery that I ever hear about. The can name and art do not depict something that would stand out, yet here I am, loving this beer. The sweetness really took over until it was met and balanced by a great hop presence. I just wished this tasted as strong as the aroma smelt.

Sep 27, 2016
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can with no visible date.

A: Sligthly cloudy medium brown with some red hues. Two finger dense white head with nice retention and leaving some significant lacing.

S: Bready malts with a piney hop punch. Some caramel sweetness, and a slight peppery spice note to the aroma that I can't quite place.

T: Toasted malts and caramel mixed with earthy pine and citrus hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M: Full bodied and average carbonation with an almost creamy quality to the feel.

O: Very nice imperial red. Easy drinking and refreshing. Happy to have SPB distributing in our area now.

Sep 12, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had an Imperial Red Ale. I like it.
About as dark brown, slight reddish hue, slightly cloudy. Almost no head at all. Very subtle nose, mostly sweet caramel malt. The taste is relatively subtle and extremely well-balanced. Sweet malt, hops bitterness with an apple-like quality. Hides its high ABV well. Great beer!

Jul 16, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Great head retention. Nose is fairly unremarkable. Malty caramel, slight pine. Taste is a nice caramel malt followed by a bit of pine and slight tropical fruit. Maybe just an old can? No date. Not a bad beer, though.

Jun 10, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark reddish brown like old copper, eggshell cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Rich malt supported by darker tone hops, lively in a strong way without being heavy.

Taste: This is where it shines, rich malt, and mostly malt, through mid palate where the hops march forth. Hops through to the finish with lingering malt and hops in the aftertaste with hops putting a period at the end of the sentence.

Texture: Full without being heavy.

Overall: Definitely an Imperial style, this one strikes all the cords right in tune. 8% and 80 IBUs, this one could've been a bruiser but it isn't, surprisingly agile like a large man who turns out to be a graceful dancer.

Jun 09, 2016
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BTG84 from Mississippi

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

At first taste you think ESB, but then the hops come through but nothing like a IPA. Excellent yeast finish especially off draft. The caned are very good as well. No off flavor or bad after taste. Wonderful malt flavor that lingers.

Nov 25, 2015
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light brown body, looks more rust-like. Very tight lacing, nice flavor, some tobacco flavor in there and nice lingering bitterness at the end.

Jul 26, 2015
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GerryPendry from Louisiana

4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy dark copper, beautiful dense off-white head, Belgian lace everywhere. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Big malt backbone with a slightly boozy, earthy, citrusy, refined and subtle but assertive 80 IBUs. Hop heads should certainly not be disappointed with this one. Alcohol ninja at a stealthy 8%, goes down super easy. The 16 oz. cans will sneak up on you, but it deserves an Imperial pint glass to appreciate it properly. Overall its character reminds me of a cross between a red and an English bitter on steroids. Another winner from SPB, and an underrated classic.

Note: I'd like to take this opportunity to mention that a great beer doesn't always need 15000000 IBUs of cascade hops to give it character. There's more to life (and beer) than lupulin.

Jul 02, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from California

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Bold, Brash, Lively, Fun

A lively showing if maltiness in this Imperial Red Ale, thick layers of toasted grain and caramel take over the palate to start. Alcohol and hops keep things on an even keel here. Warming and malty throughout proof that it lives up to its style. Tastebuds are having way too much fun with this beauty.

STYLE: Imperial Red Ale | ABV: 8.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Jun 26, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is pine, toffee, tree bark, and bread. This is a tasty and boozy, heavy amber ale. There is a slight bitterness that clings on. I enjoyed this one and would get it again if I was looking for the style.

May 04, 2015
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MemphisSooner from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange brew. Calling it an imperial red seems like a bit of a stretch, as it doesn't have the sweetness and malty bread-like body of a red. It has some aggressive hops, according the the reported IBUs, anyway, but they are subdued and muted by the body.

It is more like an Old Ale, without the wood-like character that old ales tend to have. It also has more hops than an old ale, but not as much booze.

Like I said, its a bit strange. If you aren't looking for a category to place it in, then this is an above average high grav treat. If you want to compare it, good luck.

Apr 04, 2015
Mississippi Fire Ant from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 175 ratings