Epic Exponential Series Imperial Red

Tasting: August 4, 2011
Style: Ale (Imperial Red)

I had a sample of this ale at a “Craft Brew Monday” tasting at Gary’s in Wayne, NJ. I was able to pick up some interesting character from the small sample (earthy/nutty – if I remember correctly). It was enough to have me pick up a bomber for $8.99. Funny everyone in my favorite beer stores is quick to say (with a look of awe), ‘have you had any of these yet?”. This exponential series has me intrigued. The label says that only 1,800 bottles were produced in this batch. Although, they may very well have produced this a few times as it also says” release # 7″. Finishing the label notes – 7.8 % ABV. This brewery hails out of Salt Lake City.

Poured this ale into my new favorite 18 oz cognac glass. Rich brownish red color with quickly vanishing head. Interesting nose – orange rind, subtle sweetness with alcohol finish. Flavor is rich – malt is caramel sweet dominant with some roasted notes. Hops lay a nice back bone finish of an earthy/spicy quality. If you are looking for high IBU — look elsewhere. This one is simply – sticky, semi-sweet, earthy chewy and quite enjoyable. My only minor criticism is that its a little astringent fizzy – but not so much to interfere with a sticky hop experience. I’ll give it 88 points.

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