DeadHead Double Red Ale | DESTIHL Brewery

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DeadHead Double Red AleDeadHead Double Red Ale

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Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This imperial or 'Double' Red Ale has intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma balanced by high notable alcohol content, fruity esters and caramel malt character. It is dark reddish-copper in color and full-bodied.

92 IBU

Added by Sallerj on 02-09-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a clear, garnet red with a one-finger, off-white head. Decent lacing and carbonation
S- Lots of malt, citrus hop smell. Cherries.
T- A great example of imperial red.
Very good!

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a honey-amber colored liquid, clear and relatively still. Small and quickly fading head. The smell is a mix of malt and hot alcohol...there are a few peppery hop notes as well. The taste is sharply boozy, and there is a toasted malt and bitter hop flavor in the forefront. There is a bit of sweetness underneath, but it is still a relatively balanced beer. Sharp bitterness in the finish and full in body.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is fruit, caramel/malts, spices and slightly perfumes. The flavor is caramel malts, grapefruit, mild sweetness and a big hoppy/slightly sugary finish.

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

DEADHEAD Imperial Red Ipa, 9.4% abv, 86 ibus, bottled 12/1/16 (2 months out, new on shelves)

Pours a clear garnet with one finger of dense khaki foam, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, fig, pine, with notes of candied orange citrus and dried apricot. Taste: orange, note of dried dates, agave on toast, finishing with a bit of resin and candied grapefruit peel. Medium-to-full bodied with a creamy feel upfront then getting sugary midsip, with oily hop blast catching up finally at the finish. This is nice but quite sweet. It delivers more in the Double AB strong ale category than anything I would brand as IPA, though it's a pretty big grey area.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange/crimson with a thumb of cream colored head. Stellar head retention & very nice lacing

S: Toasty & herbal hops, & some boozeyness once warm

T: Woody hops, toastyness, biscuitty hops, with a little bit of red grape/cherry up front.? Herbal & woody hops with a little cakeyness, pine & a little grapefruit as this warms, plus toastyness. Finishes dry, toasty with herbal hops, bready with a little toffee, a whisper of pine & booze too

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation nice balance, warming as well

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavily malty Imperial Red. Not sure why it isn't a tad higher on the reviews. I think many of this style push the hops to the limit where this one is maltier than most but still a very nice beverage.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

On-tap @ Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours dark ruby with a thin wisp:

The smell is of pine and caramel with some cherry-like fruitiness.

The taste upfront is of pine/resin bitterness quickly followed by sweet caramel/toffee. Cherry wood weaves in and out. Booze shows in the sweet-leaning finish.

It hits full-bodied, but not thick. Residual sugars linger on the lips.

This is a well-made "double" red. It has a strong red ale malt with a noticeable hop presence. An enjoyable "sipper"!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review. Pours a clear read with a layer of tan head that leaves only a coating. The smell is hop forward in the form of pine, wood, along with some herbal notes. A sturdy caramel malt base is present which brings a little bit of sweetness to the party. Taste is heavy on the pine hops which brings a considerable amount of bitterness to the flavor. Not much malt backing up the bitterness here, poor balance in my opinion. Mouthfeel has high carbonation and medium body. Overall, this one doesn't stand out, a little too heavy on the bitterness and lacking in balance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the midwest brewfest in Plainfield. The beer poured a cloudy, dark red/amber off-white head and some lacing. Smells of strong hops and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. A very strong bitterness present. Tastes of strong hops (citrus and floral), sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Overall, strong body, but not complex at all.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong earthy hops, spicy hops, hint of pine, strong sweet malt, alcohol, tea, hint of candy sugar, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, sugar, earthiness, alcohol, strong resin, caramel malt, hint of tea, and spicy hops. Overall, sweet, strong body and aroma, great appearance.

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Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small, off white head that fades into a soapy collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, ripe fruit, pine, and citrus.
Taste is of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, candy sugar, and sticky hops with standout flavors of pine, orange, and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is sticky, sugary, with caramel, and bitters fighting it out to a very well balanced brew.

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DeadHead Double Red Ale from DESTIHL Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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