Colorojo Imperial Red Ale | Wynkoop Brewing Company

Colorojo Imperial Red AleColorojo Imperial Red Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 07-22-2012

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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 kojevergas
1.75/5  rDev -50.4%
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 Todd
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 mverity
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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 rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.39/5  rDev -4%
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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 frozen-1984
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jtnord
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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 Harn_SOLO
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 pferrier
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of milwaukee512
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good if you like heavy red beers.

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Photo of Dewback4
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Determined_021
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of supaadam
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of lillitnn92
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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Colorojo Imperial Red Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 42.9% out of 100 with 84 ratings
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