Starfish Imperial Red Ale | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Starfish Imperial Red AleStarfish Imperial Red Ale
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Starfish Imperial Red AleStarfish Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by biboergosum on 07-08-2011

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a small chalice: color is hazy amber, dense looking, light amber head that presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to ring and some spotty bubbles with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light toast, light caramel malt, light astringency, and some moderate bitterness.

Taste is similar with moderate flavor of light caramel and toasted malts, maybe some biscuit, bitterness is neutral or blended with earthy and maybe some pine.

Mouthfeel is sharp, not overly carbonated, but the bitterness focuses on the tongue and lingers strongly.

Overall an average stronger amber ale with a bit of harsh lingering bitterness.

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Photo of cts309
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buckyp
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Murky ruby color with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Leaves some minor lacing. Oddly, I almost smell nothing. Slight malty but I had to work hard to get even that. Flavor is malty with a decent hop bite. Bitterness lingers a little while. Not exactly bad but not one I'll buy again.

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours hazy reddish amber under a 2” frothy off-white foam cap that clings to the glass leaving thin sheets of lace.
S: Floral citrus with traces of north woods.
T: Rich malt with spice from the malt and light cardamom to cola
F: Creamy medium full body to chewy, medium low carbonation
O: A rich imperial red for those needing a jolt of hops.

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Photo of shelby415
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hreb
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a muddy brownish red, moderately hazy. Thin tan head. Aroma is decidedly on the hoppy side of "Imperial red ale", though not particularly citrusy. A little bit of sweetness, too. Flavor is likewise hop-centric, though not particularly bitter (relative to gravity). Enjoyable, but I just don't find the flavor that interesting. Points to FishTale for making a decent, hoppier version of a classic style -- unfortunately it's just not a very interesting one.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't know if I had a bad beer, but it tasted of alcohol and little else.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/2014.

Pours a murky crimson-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 earth and citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of watchnerd
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Flight317
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of chad_e_martin
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ImperialStout
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Navysqurl
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in August 2012. Pours fairly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, pine, citrus rind, floral, light toffee, and piney spiciness. Nice aromas with good malt/hop balance and complexity. Taste of orange, grapefruit, caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, light toffee, floral, citrus zest, and piney spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, pine, biscuit, floral, citrus rind, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt/hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial red ale. Nicely balanced hop/malt flavor complexity; and nicely smooth to sip on. This was a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starfish Imperial Red Ale in 22oz bomber format. I poured it into a pint glass.

There's some considerable hop haze clouding up this beer. Clay in color with an off-white head that rose up to an inch-and-a-half's height before finally settling with the remnants of dense surface foam. A single etch of lacing holds on one side of the glass.

A double-whammy of both juicy citrus and floral hops. A nose prominent with ruby red grapefruit and apricot spars with generous toast from the malt and the smell of bread crusts.

This Imperial Red is meatier and maltier than the nose spelled. Dominant grapefruit hop oils mesh with well-kilned malts in a gently toasty sweetness. The alcohol picks up in the middle and carries out through the finish with some latent tanginess and a bouquet of finishing flowery flavors. Supple flavors of nectarine and sandalwood are noted, as well.

The body is wet and wooly with a spiny feel to the carbonation. Coarse, bushy-tailed, and full of dextrins; it's built like something less strong. The booze on the swallow has no significant pulse making this one very drinkable Imperial Red.

I wasn't particularly looking for complexity, but this beer is a bit one-note. Riding high with the cliche of 'grapefruit-meets-brown-bread', Fish Brewing executes with an exemplary ale for its style.

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Photo of TeddyAuburn
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Starfish Imperial Red Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 48 ratings