Blood Junkie
Three Weavers Brewing Company

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #35
Ranked #11,835
4.02 | pDev: 6.47%
Three Weavers Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Prosthetic Records.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 50 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Ahypercube:
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Ahypercube from California

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is easily the smoothest IRA I've had to date. I found it reminiscent of Lagunitas' WTF Brown ale, but more hoppy and a touch lighter in body.

L: Badass can art. A little demonic in theme, may offend the religious... But I'm sure they'll forgive the brewers after they see that pour. Gorgeous transparent dark amber body, the color of black tea. Head is khaki and incredibly persistent, leaving bands of lacing half a centimeter thick stuck to the glass.

S: A sour prune aroma hits the nose first, followed by dark chocolate, softened with sweet buttery toffee, candied orange, almond and tobacco. A faint aroma of sage pervades through the middle and finish—the only hoppy note I smell besides the citrus.

T: A big, dark* chocolate bar in an orange suit shoves a wad of sage in your mouth and waterboards you with prune juice. You bite his hand off and escape, but the taste of sage lingers... as well as some unexpected orange rind...

F: Sticky and chewy, but tart and dry enough not to be syrupy. I'd call it medium-full body. Tiny bit clingy.

O: Great beer. This is close to the end of its freshness date, and the hops are getting oxidized, but it's still quite drinkable. I bet this would be fantastic when super fresh.

*(85% cacao)

Jan 25, 2019
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 14, 2021
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Finite from Australia

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: a murky red-brown mahogany. Thick off white soapy head which dissipates quicker than expected leaving a thin foam residue and patchy lacing.

S: Sweet amber malts and alcohol esters. Floral hop aromas with dark honey

T: Sweet dark honey, charcoal, wood. Dissipates. To bready malts as the hop profile comes through to break up the sweetness. Nice grassy finish.

F: Tight, fine carbonation smooth on the palate with sticky sweetness on the lips.

O: A very nice well rounded beer. Not much you can complain about

May 19, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark copper in color, with a light reddish tinge when held to light. Sandstone colored, two-finger width head that displays good retention before dying down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Chunky lacing,

Smell - Citrus hoppiness with a hint of floral character and a fair caramel sweetness. Faint chocolate aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Candied citrus and a bit of grapefruit hops, playing off a caramel base that hits primarily on caramel, but adds touches of chocolate and roasted malt to round out said base.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker, even at a boastful 8.7%.

Overall - Really nice Imperial Red, and quite reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, if I had to compare. I'd love to do a side-by-side one day, hopefully sooner rather than later.

May 17, 2020
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Boone757 from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 23, 2019
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johnInLA from California

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2018
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drewone from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2015
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2016
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer to be spot on like the one on the bud light dog. Eazy breezy smooth caramel malts like Raul during last call, then with a light bouquet of floral hops like the one your girl dropped at the toss of her best friend’s wedding.

Overall, winner winner vegan chicken dinner.

Nov 20, 2018
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charlzm from California

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 29, 2015
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wethorseblanket from California

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 27, 2014
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SpdKilz from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 14, 2018
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 19, 2016
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a very dark and deep red, closer to a dark maroon, bordering on brown ale territory. The head was a nice inch and a half of decently dense foam with the slightest red tint. The smell was a balance of sweet malt and piney hops. There were more hops on the nose than I had expected. The taste followed the nose. The malt led the way while the hops were all over the finish. They were piney and citrusy and bright. With a medium body, a dry finish helped to keep me wanting more. Only towards the end did I notice the sweetness from the malt sticking to my palate. Very nicely done imperial red brought a balanced drinking experience.

Dec 07, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Back for 2015 in the 22 oz bottle. I purchased this one at Bottlecraft in San Diego. Label describes it as an Imperial Red Ale, rather than any kind of IPA. It's hoppy, but the big malt makes it a Red/Amber Ale in my book.

Gorgeous creamy off-white foam in the Rodenbach Grant Cru goblet. Prettiest beer yet in my new tall glass. Such a dark red, coppery brew that licks and sticks to the glass. Fragrant with some kind of resiny hop. The malt is quite substantial. No one would call this a light body, and in fact it's a little sticky in case you slop some down your sweater.

Rich and sharp at the same time. Roasted malt with some sugary notes. I'm thinking of maple fudge with a vodka chaser. The hops are resiny and a little dank. I think I'd buy this just for how beautiful it looks in the glass. And how creamy and sexy it is on the lips. Jeez, I'd better go drink some water.

Dec 27, 2015
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 02, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The York in Highland Park, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of toast and citrus qualities.

Serving type: on tap.

Jun 24, 2015
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Gobzilla from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 17, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red and ugly like the label. One finger beige head.

Smell awesome of fresh hops.

Taste pretty good with a bit of cheezyness like a kid wearing dad’s sneakers.

Feels like the taste.

Got in San Francisco and drinking in Vacaville, Nov 25, 2019.

Nov 26, 2019
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socon67 from New York

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 30, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 28, 2016
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Wowcoolman from California

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Imperial Red. Enjoyable even in cold weather.

Dec 21, 2014
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bschinelli from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 17, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Blood Junkie at the Tap room. It poured a clear amber with off white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of pine. The taste was sweet malt with pine like bitter finish. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

Sep 14, 2016
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Kramerwtmf from California

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 06, 2015
Blood Junkie from Three Weavers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 50 ratings