Colorojo Imperial Red Ale
Wynkoop Brewing Company

Colorojo Imperial Red AleColorojo Imperial Red Ale
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From:
Wynkoop Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 16.43%
Ratings:
86
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 18, 2020
Added:
Jul 22, 2012
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  11
SCORE
81
Good
Colorojo Imperial Red AleColorojo Imperial Red Ale
Notes: None
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4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2020
 
3.82 by WTKappler from Colorado on Jul 10, 2018
 
3.85 by zotzot from Vermont on Oct 02, 2016
 
3.48 by Jeremiah87 from Colorado on Jul 04, 2016
 
3.79 by samibr from New York on May 27, 2016
 
3.54 by Determined_021 from New Mexico on May 21, 2016
 
3.72 by Tlloyd417 from Colorado on Apr 23, 2016
 
3.77 by MammothTarantula from Colorado on Apr 12, 2016
 
3.88 by NappyB from Illinois on Apr 07, 2016
 
3.83 by Gerred from Missouri on Mar 21, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dcscientist from Colorado

This was actually pretty good, though closer to an IPA thanks to the high IBUs of the Imperial. Most reds these days tend to be fairly hoppy, and this was no exception, but it was still pretty smooth and drinkable. This is a solid offering from Wynkoop and one I would drink again.

Feb 16, 2016
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harn_SOLO from Colorado

Very solid amber style of beer, and as an Imperial Red Ale it has a good 8.2% ABV. Strong caramel notes on the front, but finishes with a touch of dryness. Almost like a more pronounced version of Odell's 90 Schilling. Definitely one of my favorite beers from Wynkoop Brewing.

Jan 27, 2016
 
3.82 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 19, 2016
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3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by cdragos from Colorado

Not bad but not great as well. Varnish-like smell ruins it.

Nov 30, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Amber in color and fairly murky. There's a fingernail of khaki foam on top. Heavy lacing is present. I smell notes of pepper, amber malt, and citrus hops. I taste plenty of amber malt and citrus hops. The mouth is a lightly boozy and a tad syrupy.

Nov 14, 2015
 
3.64 by BlakeAM from Illinois on Oct 27, 2015
 
4.5 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois on Oct 10, 2015
 
3.5 by rwilde from Ohio on Sep 24, 2015
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2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by colingaiser from Colorado

Poured from a can into a standard shaker...

L: Produces a monster, sticky head, thick lacing, with a deep caramel color. Looks like a meal.

S: Honestly, not much of a scent. It's a little biscuity, and a few piney hop notes come through.

T: This is a malt bomb -- the deep caramel notes dominate, along with some sweet honey, biscuit, and hints of molasses. Otherwise the warm booziness and astringent alcohol is what lingers, and I'm searching for the hops but they're not there.

F: Heavy, thick body, verging on syrupy, and could certainly use a little more carbonation.

This was a fresh can, so I have to blame this on the beer. It's just not very good. It might satisfy if you like a heavy dose of sweet malt and don't mind the overbearing alcohol notes, but I found it to be incredibly unbalanced.

Sep 20, 2015
 
3.8 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Sep 14, 2015
 
3.49 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CO-Bloom from Colorado

I truly don't get the hate on this beer. Is it the best in it's style (hoppy Imperial red) no - I prefer several ahead of this (G'Knight, Lagunitas,) but it is still a worth while offering from an old staple Colorado brewery.

L- Dull red-amber hue. Poured from can a 2 finger head into a pint glass. It retained a head the entire time and left sticky lacing up the side of the glass.
S- sweet caramel malt and fairly muted hop presence. While I wish I had more from the hops, it smells like it will be relatively big, sweet and piney.
T- Big caramel sweetness, toasted malts and then some pungent, piney hops come through with some good balancing bitterness. It is a big beer and strong on both sides of sweet and bitter but it seems well balanced to me.
F- Sticky, medium carbonation and some lingering dry bitterness left on my taste buds.
O- I seriously don't get the hate. My guess that those complaining about the lack of hops had an old can or keg because while the hop profile is not my favorite, it is certainly present and enjoyable as it balances out the big malt sweetness of this good imperial red.

Jul 18, 2015
 
3.52 by WDJersey from Colorado on Jun 28, 2015
 
3.42 by Blazer22 from Colorado on May 24, 2015
 
3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on May 10, 2015
 
3.75 by jtnord from Colorado on May 10, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by milwaukee512 from Wisconsin

Good if you like heavy red beers.

Mar 29, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

Pours an amber color with good clarity and a slight head that leaves lace before fading away. Aroma of roasted malt and floral hops. Taste has caramel and citrus, smooth and easy drinking. Full bodied, smooth. Drinks easy. I'd have another.

Mar 21, 2015
 
3.33 by frozen-1984 from Tennessee on Jan 16, 2015
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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

CAN: Aluminum. 12 fl oz. Silver, with an amateur looking maroon label.

8.2% ABV. Reviewed live as an imperial red ale per the label. Expectations are low. Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Acquired as part of a Wynkoop variety box.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4-5 fingers wide. Beige colour. Nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness, with a decent consistency and complexion. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Deep copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated (perhaps overly so). It doesn't nail the style; it's not an amber or a red, and the vibrance isn't there. But there's nothing egregiously wrong.

AROMA: Horribly underhopped for an imperial red, with none of the freshness that you find in the best beers in the style (e.g. Nugget Nectar). Sticky caramel/caramalt runs rampant, accompanied by generic amber malts and caramalts. Some brown/unrefined sugars in there too. Perhaps even treacle? Toffee? A maple-like syrup? Overly sweet, with only a modest floral hop presence lending it any bitterness. Definitely suggests an imbalanced brew, and a poor imperial red.

Aromatic intensity is average. No yeast character is detectable. I do pick up on some faint boozy warmth.

I can't say I'm excited to try this...

TASTE/TEXTURE: Horribly imbalanced; just a mess of a brew. An off-putting caramalt and amber malt sweetness runs rampant throughout the beer, ruining any hop presence that might otherwise have emerged. It's sticky, coarse, rough, scratchy, and dragging on the palate, with too much thickness and weight on the palate lending it a syrupy foul feel. Hops bring no flavour but plenty of untamed bitterness - which wastes no time assaulting the palate. It also suffers from a boozy warmth. Sugary.

Poorly constructed across the board. Doesn't feel cohesive, let alone gestalt. It's also painfully simple. It's a chaotic hodgepodge of flavours, none of which are pleasant alone. I'm a bit surprised this made it to market, to be honest. Quite poory executed, with no redeeming characteristics. It bludgeons you with its flavours, lacking any subtlety at all.

OVERALL: I'll be combining this with a leftover IPA or three in order to finish it. Not Wynkoop's worst work, but close. I'll be steering clear of this in the future, and would advise friends and trade partners to do the same. Difficult to drink, and very low quality.

High F

Jan 04, 2015
 
3.8 by Keepnitrl from Washington on Dec 07, 2014
 
2.75 by lillitnn92 from Virginia on Nov 25, 2014
 
4.2 by erkrause from Colorado on Oct 23, 2014
 
3 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Oct 13, 2014
 
3.64 by jophish17 from Georgia on Sep 27, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
by zander4dawin from Texas

Caramel, burnt sugar, hoppy red ale. Alcohol is smooth and concealed.

Sep 14, 2014
 
3.76 by Dewback4 from Pennsylvania on Sep 08, 2014
 
3.8 by ktenneydenver from Colorado on Aug 25, 2014
 
3.5 by zestar from California on Jul 28, 2014
Colorojo Imperial Red Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 86 ratings