Riverside ‘444’ Imperial Red Ale


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Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Burnished copper red hue and a short tan head which gradually peels off. Patchy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Wow this is seriously good stuff. It’s gut an uber rich and sticky base which is chock-full of toffee, burnt caramel, butterscotch and candied blood orange. There’s a distinct nuttiness, very soft maple notes, lots of sweet and juicy orange citrus, ripe fleshy stonefruits and herbs. Man that is something special, if they can back up in flavour we’ve got a contender for a 10.

Flavour: Excellent follow through, we’re loving that there’s more of a hop bite here, it ensures the balance is perfectly weighted. Oodles of toffee and burnt caramel sweetness, juicy orange citrus, ripe stonefruits and toffee apple are all wrapped up together and tied off with some warming booze and hop bitterness for some aggression, depth and counter balance. Love.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, chewy and dense. Coats the whole palate nicely. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2. The 7.3% ABV adds just the right amount of heat.

Overall: Outstanding Red Ale. We knew that if 777 was anything to go by then this triple version of 44 would be equally as impressive. It’s big, a little brash and full of grunt but also quite luxurious and satisfying at the same time. Bang on.