Vancouver Island Brewery – 30 Years Imperial Red Ale

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8.1
Good: Nice toasted flavours with big body
Bad: a touch burnt and quite strong
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7.9
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Vancouver Island Brewery 30th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale Review

Vancouver Island Brewery – 30 Years Imperial Red Ale Review

Vancouver Island Brewery was founded way back in 1984 making 2014 its 30th anniversary. To commemorate this landmark occasion the Thirty Years is an imperial Red Ale that signifies the flavour, progression and growth that Vancouver Island Brewery and the BC Craft Beer Industry has seen. This beer pours a deep and dark amber-brown colour topped with nearly three fingers of thick and lacing head. Through this head comes tones of caramel, toasted malt, hop and a touch of oak. The flavour is rather rich with a slightly burnt flavour along side a solid hop and caramel. The booze in this is rather noticeable but does not come across as over the top. Rather it adds to the body and makes for a smooth and enjoyable Imperial Red Ale from one of BC’s oldest breweries.

Alcohol – 8.5%
Size – 650ml
Price – $7.40 (Private Liquor Store)
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Vancouver Island Brewery 30th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale Review
Vancouver Island Brewery 30th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale Review

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Vancouver Island Brewery - 30 Years Imperial Red Ale, 7.9 out of 10 based on 9 ratings

2 Comments

  1. Terry
    May 12, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Big fan of this one, I enjoyed the molasses/caramel flavours a lot. I did find that as it warmed, the flavour started to get less pleasant so it’s not one to sit on for too long once opened. It’s nice to see another tasty release from this place!

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  2. thebeerrater
    May 14, 2014, 11:58 am

    I’m going to have to to revisit this one because I was really not a fan at all when I first tried it.

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