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Brew Hub
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is an imperial red ale brewed with two-row caramel Munich barley and Magnum and Williamette hops. The beer is a rich, malty ale with a ruby-red hue and a thick, frothy head of foam.

40 IBUs

Added by JLaw55 on 03-25-2015

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Retroman40:
Photo of Retroman40
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured out a deep brown with a ruby hue. Thick, creamy long lasting head. The smell was all malt with no hops noted. The taste was quite malty indeed but never delivered the "snappy hop finish" that the can promised. The mouthfeel was quite thick, even for a higher gravity ale. I'm not so sure I would consider this beer a "perfect reward after a full day of work" as the can alludes to. Still, if you crave this style it's probably worth a try.

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Photo of Marklaker
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarrellK
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brew Hub "Diver Down"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "10 JUN 15"... hopefully that's a bottled on date rather than an expiration date.
$4.99 @ Publix #1324, Tampa, FL

I was expecting a hoppy beer, but what I found was a perfumey and sweetish beer. Hmmm, OK, I can live with that, and in fact, I think I like it better than what I was already tasting in my head.

It poured a massive head of yellowed khaki froth that I had to wait for as it settled; and then it left lacing about the glass with each sip I took. The crimson accented mahogany brown body below was clear, but too dark to tell if I could see my fingerprints through the glass or not.

The aroma was sweetish, and perfumey, displaying a combination of caramels malt, yeasty fruitiness, and floral hops.

Malt with soft brown caramel and dark almost-burnt sugar was the main focus, livened by yeasty fruitiness (berries, juicy apple, cherry, raisin) and floral and gently leafy hops. The bitterness was held back to allow the malt to come forward but still has a solid presence, and it was a bit of a sipper in that way - but also a bit of a sipper in that it's 8.0% a.b.v. as well. The alcohol didn't particularly show itself but was always there just beneath the surface, adding a bit to the balance, and helping to bring it to a drying finish as the residual malt eroded. Fruity, sugary, and slightly herbal in the lingering finish.

In the mouth the body matched the richness of the malt with a decidedly medium body and dextrinous feel. Adding to that, the lower level carbonation left it quite smooth across the palate.

As a strong malty beer for sipping I think it works because you're giving yourself time to let your palate recover, but for standard consumption I feel it's a little off-balance on the malty-sweet side. Still, it's kind of unique. I certainly wouldn't mind having a few of these on-hand for chilly nights relaxing on the back porch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a can of the Diver Down whilst in Fort Lauderdale to take on a cruise. It poured a deep amber with thin white head that left some lace. The scent was alcohol and caramel. The taste was sweet caramel malt with slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, bought in a six-pack in Destin, FL.

This is one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen: Clear ruby red color, with a dark beige head, that looks delicious.

Nice otherwise.

This is more of a scotch ale that is hopped than an amber ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of user785335
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeccaH
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A definite boozy drink that was, for the most part, solid...

The look was mostly dark red in color, with a decent head but it has not lacing. The smell was the most appealing aspect of the beer - very boozy and a very distinct smell of caramel. The beer was medium bodied, with light carbonation, but a tad cloying. I was expecting a more boozy taste and even some caramel but it was mostly run-of-the-mill ale. Not necessarily bad and I'm glad I'm letting a couple age for a few months.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

An Imperial Red Ale caught my attention, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of red licorice and some butterscotch. Pours into my trusty SAPP to a deep reddish brown with a multi-sized bubble tan two finger head. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. The taste is not unlike red licorice with a nice bitter hop kick that builds to a semi-bitter aftertaste. An interesting flavor of an imperial brew. A good sipping brew that packs a wallop.

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Photo of Chef_Paul
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DangerDawg
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamstone714
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhartley
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cuvee tulip glass. Canned on 07/14/15.

Looks much darker brown than red, thick 1.5 fingers of head.
Not much hops, more malts in the aroma; can was 2 months old.
Not a lot of hops in the taste either; malty.
Has a very nice mouth feel, though; has a lingering maltiness that is pleasant.
Overall a fairly decent beer, one I will try again once I visit the brewery and can try it fresher. However at 2 months old an in a can it shouldn't be this far off.

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Photo of hogrider
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LifeTree
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from can into glass. Lots of carbonation with 3 in head. The color looked nice, The aroma has a sweet cherry with slight hop aroma. Strong malt flavors that taste like caramel, syrup, and cherry with little hop flavor in the back. Alcohol detected. Something about it tastes and smells artificial syrup. Mouth feel is medium body.

Disappointed in purchase of six pack before sampling this beer.

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Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 12 oz can in a goblet.

L - Medium brown color with a strong red tinge. Slightly murky on first pour, but clears up as it warms and breathes. Golden head is weak on initial pour and quickly disappears almost immediately.

S - Great malty aroma of bread, nuts, graham crackers, faint raisins. Low but definite alcohol aroma.

T - Flavors are all about the malt--raisins, graham crackers. brown sugar. A bit of spice that could be from hops or maybe rye. An alcohol note that is not overly hot, like a gentle hint of brandy.

F - Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence.

O - An enjoyable imperial red ale. Could use more head retention, but otherwise it's great.

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Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Urs
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wolverine48092
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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