The Imperial Red Ale from Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico pours out a clear reddish-copper in color and is topped with a three finger, dense, khaki colored head that very, very slowly reduces down to a thick film with a large collar. On the nose, hoppy, earthy and a little sweetness. Aromas of pine, toffee, earth, citrus rind and a little bread. In the mouth, a good amount of hop bitterness that has a juicy quality and a strong malt backbone giving balance. Flavors of pine, grapefruit juice, orange rind, dirt, toast and a touch of spice. Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Coating, oily mouthfeel. The finish is very long and as the layers peel away the hops shine through with an earthy, piney bitterness.
Marble Brewery seems to really know their hops. Intricate layers of hop bitterness intertwine with a malt backbone to provide a big beer that is incredibly flavorful. I thoroughly enjoyed this craft beer. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 9.0% ABV, Bottled 09.04.12
Silver Medal 2012 GABF Category: 55 Imperial Red Ale
Beer 286 of 366 for 2012