Colorojo Imperial Red Ale | Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Colorojo Imperial Red AleColorojo Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ArrogantB on 07-22-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 84
Photo of dcscientist
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Harn_SOLO
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of colingaiser
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.75/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by the head brewer at Roc Brewing Co, on location.

Pours a deep copper red, with 2 inches of head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells vaguely hoppy, with some pine, some grapefruit, some orange, some grass, maybe, and a little bit of toasted bread.

The taste reveals a possible infection. The aforementioned hop flavors are there, but there's thi s interesting funky twang, almost lactic, at the end of each sip that is probably not intended. The person who shared this with us said when he last had this beer a few months ago, it did not have that taste. Seems like some bugs got in here.

Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel, low carbonation.

The infection is not all that detrimental to this beer, but I would've liked to try it as intended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is way underrated. i think the people who bash on it just may not have a taste for hoppy reds, because this one is excellent and distinct from the crowd with its frothy sudsy full body and bright crisp citrusy hop profile. it also finds a perfect balance between bitter and sweet, two characteristics that define each of the styles in this mash up. brick red in color, this is a rich and robust beer from the get go. toffee and dryer red malt are both present, and the hops start late but come in hot, grapefruity and pungent, not too oily or heavy, but they lighten up a rather sturdy brew before finishing bitter. balanced and big, and excellent brew from wynkoop which i am surprised has garnered such a negative overall response here on BA. it really is great beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Old Lady and I are splitsville, but not before she enticed me to come out and visit her in CANorado. She was a great hostess, but I was not out there for hospitality. I was heartbroken when she kissed me goodbye before I boarded the train as I knew that it was truly goodbye and a farewell to yet another beauty.

From the CAN: "Wynkoop's Even Smaller Batch Series"; "A bodacious, sticky, double red with luscious caramel and malt notes and deep layers of hops."

The Crack caused a little splash of foam to spray across my fingertips. I was using my CAN glass and so I used an inverted Glug to get things started without having to worry too much about overflow. The result was three fingers of dense, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose was, ahem, dank, which is what they seem to have meant by "sticky". Piney, resinous, wow. Mouthfeel was big, thick, dense and the flavors of caramel and pine were deeply intertwined. Double wow. This may have been a small batch, but there was nothing small about this beer. I would have said that it was too sweet for my taste if it had not been for the hops just attacking my poor, aching tongue. Man, this would not be a beer for the weak or faint of heart. Finish was semi-dry with the hops definitely lingering, but only after a wash of caramel malt. Phew!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from can to goblet.

Colorojo is a redish brown ale with considerable haze. The head is not especially thick nor long lasting. A little bit of spoty lace is left behind.

Aroma is more sweet and malty than hoppy but it has some nice fruitiness. A bit like a barleywine.

Flavor is also more malty than hoppy but that shouldn't come as a surprise. It's an imperial red. No IPA in the name. Rich, sweet, and fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a solid beer but the imperial label might be a tad inappropriate. It is big but maybe not enough to warrant the name imperial.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty, rich amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, caramel malts. Taste is a bit hoppy, some malts, a bit of caramel, considerable bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt red caramel with a nice think head poured out of a can leaving great lacing on the glass.

Smell - nice rich caramel up front with some bittering hops at the tail end

Taste - while it is a double, just not as balanced as I would have hoped. Lots of bitterness ends the flavor with little to no caramel.

Mouthfeel - you can taste the strength of the beer for sure and it leaves your mouth quite piney.

Overall - not a horrible beer, but I was hoping for a lot more after the sight and smell. Fun that it is in a can though.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours ruby amber with a medium pillowy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet malts, piney resiny hops and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts and some fruit with a big grassy resiny (almost tarry) bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial red. I like G'Knight and some of Lagunitas' offerings better.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

On tap at Hops and Pie. Dark red, decent head, looks like a double red to me. The aroma is downright awful, I couldn't tell if it was paint or paint thinner, ugh. The taste was interesting, not super hoppy but easily a double red or imperial red, malty, decent. Overall though the smell killed it and made this really unpleasant, I was glad I only had a small snifter of it.

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Colorojo Imperial Red Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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