Red King
Real Ale Brewing Company

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Style:
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #70
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,510
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
85
From:
Real Ale Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  24
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by tracycramer:
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tracycramer from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Labor Day, 9/2/19, Austin, Texas.
Appearance: crimson, lots of lace
Smell: sweet caramel malt, a bit boozy
Taste: sweet and bitterish, but well balanced by some tropical fruits; my buds say a hint of watermelon
Feel: full bodied, lightly coats the tongue with its sweetness, yet not too heavy or sweet when compared to Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Overall: Not too heavy in any one area, which is nice considering its ABV of 8.6%. My respect for Real Ale Brewery grows.

Sep 02, 2019
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Premo88 from Texas

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(best before Dec. 13, 2015)

L: red copper, almost brown but with lots of amber; beige/tan head of foam, almost a full inch tall ... it percolates nicely and pushes up the head much like a big stout; very good sticking at the top with some lacing on the way down; brew is pretty cloudy at first, but it clears up quickly and becomes very transparent; a few specks of debris suspended in the column

S: pine, caramel, tropical fruit sweetness ... the caramel takes over, and it's much sweeter than the taste

T: bitter ... the bite is right up front and fierce; pine, grapefruit; sweetness ranges from tropical fruit to caramel; mango, orange; aftertaste is bitter ... the pine lingers and lingers; as it warms up, has a nice grape/sour grape juiciness, like a bit of sweet red wine

F: easy-drinking for a beer so big, yet it does have a bit of weight to it

O: a malty pine bomb that compares nicely to similar beers; neither the bitter pine nor the caramel malt flavor is overpowering, and the result is a good ale that's easy to drink for 8%+ ABV; reasonably priced at $5.99 for the bomber

Jun 14, 2015
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, stamped best before "MAR 19 2016," purchased at Growler's Beer, Houston, Texas, into faceted mug. The bottle characterizes this Imperial Red Ale as a "crown of hops . . . atop a deep crimson malt body." Give this reasonably-priced, unfiltered beer a vigorous pour and that's what you will get.

Mar 26, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Specs in North San Antonio earlier this week for $5.88. Best before 11-20-17. Bottled on 2-23-17.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose initially was grapefruit forward. Sitting on the porch (in the shade) the nose is oxidizing quickly unfortunately.

Taste is a nice caramel malt base that blends nicely with a pine forward hop that finished with a decent amount of bitterness.

Feel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall a solid offering that i would recommend to fans of the style.

Apr 14, 2017
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 01, 2015
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Magery from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 25, 2016
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Mortarforker from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 23, 2016
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csfcmitchell from Texas

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

May 19, 2017
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 04, 2015
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EnojysAnyBeer from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 03, 2016
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, tan head. Fantastic aroma; bright hops. Flavor starts very citric and bitter; very hop forward. There is a warming booze beneath this all, and a touch of sweet malt to boot.

Overall, I really like this. It's a very pleasant hoppiness.

Mar 14, 2017
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Kips from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 26, 2015
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gtermi from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 10, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 06, 2015
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cdwil from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 04, 2015
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archero from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 25, 2015
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DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 15, 2016
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dhfreak from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apr 04, 2015
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VivaSativa from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My go-to when I can't have BJ's Jeremiah Red.

Compared to JR the flavor isn't quite as on point but is still great. The smell isn't quite on par either. Flavors are pronounced at slightly warmer temperatures although this is probably true in a lot of cases. If you like reds try to check this one out!

May 04, 2019
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videofrog from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 18, 2015
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SmellsofMahagony from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 09, 2016
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greenspointexas from Texas

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

May 16, 2015
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Apr 19, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2015
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zbooks from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 05, 2015
Red King from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 85 ratings