Southern Tier Big Red

Southern Tier Big Red

Rated 3.355 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company

Jamestown, NY, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Inspiration can sometimes be found in the strangest of places. This eccentric brew started with a single flower from a hop named Hallertau. The delicate and spicy aroma present in the flower has been responsible for generations of great beers. Hallertau hops are to a brewer what an old tractor is to a farmer: reliable. Big Red expresses the nobility of Hallertau by placing it at the forefront of this Imperial Ale. Pour it into a snifter. A swirl allows the spicy aromas to come forward as a taste to the lips reveals the complex balance between sweet malts and the bitterness of hops. Big Red’s ability to please is as dependable as your grandpa’s old tractor. Please consume wisely.

ID: 23882 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank7036
Overall Percentile85.3
Style Rank224 of 727
Style Percentile69.2
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.418
Weighted Score3.355
Standard Deviation0.354

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  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottled@Konttori, Tampere. Amber colour, basically no head. Aroma is lots of fruity hops, some oaked notes as well as some herbal notes. Flavour is fruity, mildly yeasty, some alcohol, some plum as well as burnt sugar.. Huge grassy and caramelly peak in the finish. Hides the 9 % very well, since alcohol only shows as a slight sweetness.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    9.2% ABV: I liked this one. Could use a little more malt. Light red appearance. Has some DIPA characteristics, or something like one of those hybrids. Citrus and pine hops, etc. Still finding Lagunitas better though, for about 2/3 the price....or even half if you get their 6-packs.

  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    This beer pours a copper color. The head was white and the lacing pretty good. It has an amazing smell malty with some bitterness in the background, maybe a little raisin but the taste was a let down. It was almost antiseptic in flavor with a bad after taste. This was my first try of this brewery hopefully the next one will be better.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A fuzzy amber colored beer. A big off white, frothy textured head rises above. Great hang time. Eventually settles into film on side of glass and lumps of froth atop the body. Toasted malt and a big floral hops in the nose. The body is medium body. Well and pleasantly carbonated. Nice balance of sweet malt and bitter, piney, floral hops in the taste. A really good representative of the style. A must try.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bomber: Poured a deep amber, clear butt with a nice off white cap that lasted well enough considering the ABV% Aroma was very nice; pungent roasty malts with plenty of fruity esters and hop earthiness. Toasty-bready-toffee-fruity that’s the profile and it is well pronounced and executed. A substantial ale, firm bodied, satisfying and warming. I wish I had a supply of this last winter.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Imperial Red...........would that be a darker red? A better tasting red? A Red for the ages? If any of those are the case than Southern Tier falls short. This is a mellow beer with the taste of sweet malt and a bitter finish. Easy drinking despite the higher than average alcohol content.

  • CYRENAICA 2159 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    650ml bottle
    7.8% ABV (as opposed to 9.5%)
    Smokeless Joe (Toronto, Ontario, canada)
    July 18, 2008
    The beer poured a translucent red colour with some brown hues. The head was tan in colour, and maybe half an inch in thickness. The aroma was weakly floral with some sweet malt in the mix. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was primarily grapefruit and citrus hoppiness, some peppery tones, and a little maltiness.

  • CADDYLAC 298 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    thanks for the bottle timmy! poured to a nice amber color w/ a nice head that went away to fast to enhance the nice color. the aroma wasn't what i would expect from a impy. the flavor kind of followed the aroma with a lack of taste for an impy. not a bad brew, just average as u can see by the numbers.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Considering the bottle says imperial red, I was rather disappointed with this beer. It pours an amber color with a decent head and decent hop aroma but the taste is where things go downhill. I was expecting a hopped up red (93 IBUs) but it didn't taste like a red or have the hop kick of an IPA--just a plain tasting amber beer. Would have hoped for a little less balance and more of a kick.

  • PKSMITH 388 reviews
    rated 2.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Disappointing to me. This is a red? Not so much. Copper color, with little head. Aroma is malty, as expected, with hops noticable. The first sip turned me off this brew. Bitter, very bitter. I noted little if any of the malt flavor I expected from an Impy red. No more for me, thanks.

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