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Overall Impression
A strong, full-flavored American ale that challenges and rewards the palate with full malty and hoppy flavors

and substantial bitterness. The flavors are bold but complementary, and are stronger and richer than

average-strength pale and amber American ales.

A fairly broad style that can describe beers labeled in various ways, including modern Double/Imperial Red/Amber Ales and other strong, malty-but-hoppy beers that aren't quite in the Barleywine class. Diverse enough to include what may be viewed as a strong American Amber Ale with room for more interpretations of other "Imperial" versions of lower gravity American Ale styles. Many "East Coast" type IPAs might fit better in this category if they have considerable crystal malt or otherwise more of a malty-sweet finish.


Commercial Examples
Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red, Stone Arrogant Bastard.

Brewing ingredient price: $40 to $45 (approximate)

Original Gravity: 1.081 SG
Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Alcohol by Vol: 8.7 %
Bitterness: 94.2 IBUs
Est Color: 22.0 SRM

Calories: 275 kcal/12oz

Johnny Z's American Strong Ale
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