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Imperial Red Ale
Ommegang 25th Anniversary Ale

Ommegang
25th Anniversary Ale

I've been complaining a lot about Ommegang lately, and here's an example of why. In a nutshell, the brewery has hopelessly lost their way in terms of moving away from focussing solely on the greatness of their past, and of late producing a bunch of beers that have nothing to do with their Belgian-styled roots, and everything to do with pandering to a dumb marketplace. Given the potential significance of such a milestone beer, you'd think that Ommegang would dip into the huge depth of great...

Ridgeway Imperial Red Ale 2017

Ridgeway
Imperial Red Ale 2017

Bottle number 4815. Kahn's, Indianapolis, sometime in the latter half of 2022. 330 mL bottle. I have zero expectations here, or at least I'm assuming that it's going to be a dud, and anything and everything above that will be a bonus. Deliberately aggressive pour to generate a head. Not too bad considering age and ABV (see picture). Thin film on the surface results, zero lace. The body is a murky, frankly unattractive brownish-red body. Nose offers a sweet, English Barleywine note, and this...

Sweetwater Dank Tank Red Hot Mama

Sweetwater Dank Tank Red Hot Mama

Murky dark burgundy body with some decent thick, white head an lace. Head fades, but at 8.6% I'll give it a pass. Nice orangey, citrusy rounded big feel, with a decent drier finish. It's quite rich and bold which is what we would expect. A nice combo of grapefruit bitterness, some rounder, maltiness and some tiny hop pricks in the back end. Over time, the fruity element seems to have gone up a couple of notches, and this, I like Didn't tike this a lot the first two times I tried it, but the...

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs (Fresh Dry Hopped Double Red Ale)

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs (Fresh Dry Hopped Double Red Ale)

22oz bottle, the latest in the Dank Tank series, this time with a red, yellow and green motif. It's difficult to keep up with the amount of beer being produced of late, especially in the what has now become, quite prolific Dank Tank Series. The pour gives a nice 'gloop, gloop' sound as it forms a chestnut brown color (rather than especially 'red') with some lovely head, and some great, sticky lace which for me, is an absolute necessity for a beer of this style. The nose on this beer is amongst...

Shark Attack Double Red Ale

Shark Attack Double Red Ale

22oz bottle, Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. Very typical for the style, a cloudy and turbid brown soup like affair with some big, rocky, pitted, off-white head and lace. Retention is not great. It's a bit of an ugly looking beer for me. Nose and tastes deliver typical big, hoppy alcohol notes, and there is the requisite dry finish. Strangely, the alcohol is fairly well hidden during the drink, but in the aftertaste and at the end the beer packs its' full punch. The combination of...