Un-Leashed Imperial Red Ale
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

Un-Leashed Imperial Red AleUn-Leashed Imperial Red Ale
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Red Ale - Imperial
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3.67 | pDev: 14.44%
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Un-Leashed Imperial Red AleUn-Leashed Imperial Red Ale
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh boy, I wish I liked this better since I love The Great Dane as a brewery and a restaurant in Madison. Their first bottled beer was an exciting thing to be able to buy and the fact that it was 12+ abv made it that much more anticipated. Unfortunately it did not live up to the hype.

The pour into the glass was a dark red (almost opaque) color so I thought it was off to a good start. It was when I smelled it though that I started to have reservations. The smell was a mix of strong hops and a banana-like fruit presence. This was a bad sign to me because this is not what I expected in a Red Ale. The taste was very similar to the smell but the fruit taste was almost overwhelmingly sweet and the alcohol was a little too harsh. As it warmed, the taste mellowed out a little bit but it was not enough to salvage this for me.

Sep 30, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very opaquely hazed coppery brown color with two fingers of sand colored craggy foam that lasts for over three minutes, leaving behind some fairly nice-looking lacy curtains on the inside of the glass. Body and carbonation levels are both on the higher side of medium, somewhat clingy texture.

Smells very strongly of fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (coming from the blending of caramel malt aroma and grapefruit hopping made more 'fruity' by way of alcohol.) Tastes of a rather solventy and fusel alcohol-contaminated pine pitch and grapefruit pith blend with caramel and toffee malts hiding underneath the blazing booze. The finish gains a little bit of dry herbal tea aspect. There's just not quite enough seeds of depth or complexity here to make me follow through with a fleeting fancy of cellaring another bomber on the gamble of taming the harsh solvents within.

So in summary, great work on presentation and aroma, but the flavor profile needs some workshopping to get rid of the hot boozey solvents and fusels.

Sep 28, 2012
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ncketchum from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first of The Great Dane's Un-Leashed series, the first they have bottled. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky deep red-brown, off white orangish head with a ring of retention

S - initially a nice balance of sweet malt and citrus from the hops. Eventually, the hops win out

T - really nice balance of hops and malt, not too bitter, not too sweet. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden for >12%. Also hints of cherry and some other dark fruits

M - fairly thick, not much carbonation, a bit "sticky"

O - excellent offering from Great Dane, I'm excited that they decided to start bottling their beers

Sep 01, 2012
Un-Leashed Imperial Red Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 5 ratings