Mispillion River Holy Crap! Imperial Red Ale

This brewery is putting out a lot of beers that are getting a lot of distribution in Jersey. I wanted to visit it when we were in Delaware years ago, but we just ran out of time. The can art is pretty awesome, so I’m never surprised when Val brings me their beers home.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Holy Crap! evolved by accident, when our brewer blended two different styles of beer. After months of digging for the recipe, we learned: you can’t suppress a brewer’s gust instinct. This 8.5% ABV Imperial Red Ale leads with a strong malt body and finishes with the dry bitterness of a 65-million year extinction. Hold on to your butts!!!”

Random: Getting up at 2:30 AM is not conducive to having a decent sleep schedule.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up some almond and hazelnut notes with warm with sweet malt. Booze was present and slightly off-putting. The taste was really hot and not pleasant. It transitioned into chestnut and almond with caramel at the end. The body was lighter than I expected, but I couldn’t get past how boozy this was. The carbonation was light as well. I paid $1.75 for the can, which came to $.15 per ounce. The beer was alright, but nothing that I need to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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