In Collaboration with the Flying Monkey Brewing Company, Central City Brewing has released the 80IBU, 9.5% Red on Red Imperial. This potent beer pours a deep copper colour with 2 1/2 fingers of head clinging to the glass. The smell coming off this brew is boozy and lined with mosaic hops. Notes of papaya and other fruity floral notes balance the alcohol into a manageable package. The taste is strong. The alcohol content hits hard in the front while the fruity notes of papaya and guava build in the mid-section. The 85IBU is not as intense as you may suspect as the alcohol content seems to cut the bitterness. For the finish as the alcohol flavour subsides a floral, sweetened hop finish is left on the palate is is the smoothest aspect of the whole beer. This is a very flavourful beer that packs a wallop within. I you like a boozy, in your face, complex ale then this is the beer for you. If you are not accustomed to this style of beer it may alternatively turn you off the strong stuff. Don’t go into this brew blind but if you know what to expect it is really, very good!