Holy Crap! Imperial Red Ale | Mispillion River Brewing

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Holy Crap! Imperial Red AleHoly Crap! Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Mispillion River Brewing
Delaware, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by slvrmon82 on 04-13-2014

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by JohnParadee:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of tempest
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 12/10/15. Love the can design. I like the spicy hops up front, but the caramel comes in too sweet, closer to what I'd expect in an old ale or English barleywine. Some good, clean flavors here, but it's too sweet and thick for me.

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Photo of Bbeissner
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BranfordBound
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at the brewery, pours a reddish dark amber, clear, with a foamy head that leaves some lacing. Smell is malt forward, big caramel sweetness here with some resinous hops in the background. Taste follows the same, it's quite malt forward with caramel and toffee sweetness, middle has some stone fruit, finishes bitter with hints of pine and earth. Clean profile, slightly dry, surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV. I would definitely take this in the cooler months when I am tired of stouts.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KenC
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into snifter canned on 11/05

A: very dark amber caramel very little head pure white

S: a lot of bready doughy caramel and some bitey floral hops

T: nice rich bready sweet burnt sugary taste with a nice blast of floral hops with touches of fruit

M: medium feel fairly clean

O: really great red ale smooth easy drinking and bursting with caramel bready flavors with a nice ribbon of hops throughout

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Photo of Shade1951
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is fine, though I'm not wild about it. As I'm discovering more and more with ales of all kinds, drinking temperature can make a huge difference.

When cold, right out of the fridge, there's not much nose and there's a rather nondescript flavor. Leave it warm up for 5 or 10 minutes, and the aroma becomes so much better, so much more fragrant. Lots of fruitiness with a touch of bourbon.

Taste also improves significantly. It's not quite as flavorful as I like, but it is definitely acceptable.

I'm still not wild about it, but I can't say that it's not worth trying.

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Photo of StanleysCup
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some citrus. Taste is caramel malts up front, some hoppy bitterness, hints of citrus and just a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer worth checking out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

can-2-spiegelau ipa glass. Dated 03.19.16. consumed 05.20.16.

A: Orangish cardinal red with a quick release of effervesce within. A soft and foamy structure is 0.5 inches, shortly holding but provides a respectable amount of sheet coverage on the vessel.

S: Sweet fruity notes of semi-dry apple skins, toasted malt and a dry flowery hop finish. Strength was moderate but fades rather quickly. Linear in complexity and low in wow factor.

T: Flavor was apple skin, toasty malt and semi-dry citrusy hop touches. Some lemon peel and lightly souring effect and some sour citrus peel finish. Again low in wow factor and nothing that speaks imperial strength to me, much less living up to its namesake. Not much to else to report here, soft malting and hop appeal.

M: Light syrupy and slick texture, mid range body depth, carbonation was light, non-factor.

O: A bit of a dry sour citrus flower hopping finish gives this some odd afterthougths. Not bad, just bittering but not in a good way, and will no doubt limit multiples. 3.25 says it best, didn't finish strong for me and became more hesitant with each closing sip. Hardly does much to impress despite its namesake or can design.

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Photo of Rammed96
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. USA!! July 1st 2015.

Pretty much text book amber, deep copper red body, bit of a glow to it, not totally opaque but can't see through it either. Head is fluffy topped off tan and almost vanilla yellow like in color. Booms up easily to three fingers, and slowly settles to a thick one finger puck. Creamy top, some fine and small swiss cheese bubbles in the make up. Very nice looking.

Very nice aroma. Hints of mild earth, a bit of crispy toffee like caramel sweetness, and a big dank note of hop to go with it. Comes out almost into classic American strong ale territory but toned down. Surprised how much this reminds me of Arrogant Bastard on the nose so far. Toasty punching cinnamon as well.

Palate sort of brings things back to earth. Light bodied almost hints at herbal tea hop quality in the mid palate, but some very light and wet bodied caramel makes a splash. More tea and a bit of earthy and soily dirt makes its way as well. Caramel action seems nicely toned down, but then so does the hop character as well. Comes off a little muted, but nicely controlled.

Could be argued to be old, but still drinks nicely.

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Photo of MShloss
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small shaker pint glass. Pours a dark reddish amber with a two finger light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, slightly earthy. Flavor is caramel malt, nuts, orange, citrus and piney hops, lingering mild resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice imperial red ale that meanders into American barleywine territory. Malty, but supporting a nice hop bill. I was not expecting much from the cartoony can and name, but was quite impressed by this one. Big and well made. The ABV is warming, but well covered by the great malt body. Glad I got a chance to try this one. From notes on my August, 2015 trip to Delaware.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TexasATM3
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwmulcahy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Noelito76
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ShanePB
2.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Served from a 12 oz can

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Holy Crap! Imperial Red Ale from Mispillion River Brewing
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