DetailsFulton’s Libertine Imperial Red Ale is a full bodied malt forward libation, with just the right amount of hop character. Rye malt adds a twist to this animal, and with an ABV approaching 8% this beer is sure to please. We were thrilled to work with Fulton crew on this brew. We think you will find it as intoxicating as we did. (15 lbs.)
Fulton is one of the newest breweries to the Minneapolis scene. While they have been selling their product for a while, they just recently opened a new brewery complete with a public tap room near Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. The guys from Fulton have been shopping here for years, and we like to think we contributed in some small way to their success. To celebrate their new brewery we had the pleasure of working with them on a collaboration brew that is sure to knock your socks off.
A Libertine is a free thinker who is unrestrained by the confines of society. We think that is an apt comparison for this brew. Fulton’s Libertine is a beer that defies conventional classification, and blazes a trail all its own. It is malt forward, but it does not suffer from a lack of hop character. With a hint of rye, and an ABV that breaks the 8% threshold, this deceptively easy drinking brew is sure to bring out your inner “Free thinker”.
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4.8 / 5.024 ReviewsJust Get It!Debated on getting this beer because the price is a little higher than your average kit. Well I am glad I did because it is bueno. I gave the beer five stars across the board because it is that good._x000D__x000D_I used the White Labs California Ale yeast, 2 weeks primary, 3 weeks secondary and kegged it. Tasted good immediately after force carbonation. Tossed the keg in my temp controlled freezer at 37 degrees and tried to forget about it. It has been six weeks and what a difference that has made. It is going to be really tough to let this age, I have a feeling it will probably be gone before it reaches 4-5 months. Out of fifteen or so batches this is my favorite. It is just delicious!July 25, 2012Fantastic!!! But Be patient.I am finally ready to review this beer! Brewed on 4/12/13 with a 2 liter 1056 starter 20 days in primary 2 month secondary with 3oz fuggle dry hop last 10 days of secondary. In bottle since july 13' This beer has aged like you would not believe I tried my first bottle at a month of conditioning and liked it and 1 bottle every other week since but now mid May 14' this beer has really come into itself Unbelieveably good very complex with the rye really shining through with a nice clean lightly bitter finish. I would love to try the original from Fulton but I live in CO and going to MN in the winter is not very likely. If you like big complex beers different from all the rest brew this beer it is truly amazing for the price of the kit!!! 5 stars was a no brainerMay 15, 2014Great Imperial RedI left this brew in the primary for 2 weeks and the secondary for 3 weeks. I have it conditioning for 5 weeks so far in bottles. They recommend 6 months conditioning (because of the high alc. %) but wanted to give it a try. So far I really enjoyed the beer. Yes it will be better once it ages but so far it tastes good. Going to drink one a week while it ages ;-)._x000D__x000D_The only reason I gave it 4 stars for Price is by the time you get the kit home with shipping it's around $60 for 2 cases which is still a good price for a great beer. I would by this kit again maybe with Pacific Ale Yeast from White Labs. _x000D__x000D_If your unsure about this kit just pull the trigger and pick it up. Give it at least 4 weeks in the bottle before you try it and you will see why you spent the $60(if you have to ship it). Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!June 23, 2012I will make this for years to come.I am a fan of a good Irish Red but after few years of home brewing I just cant find as much pleasure in some of the simple kits. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy them but after tasting some of the other kits that produce complex flavors, a simple Irish Red is harder to justify making. This Imperial Red reminds me of an Irish Red but has all the flavor you expect from an Imperial Ale. The Imperial Stout, this Imperial Red. and the Belgium Triple are my favorite kits from Midwest Brewing. I will make more of this bear whenever I am even close to running out.August 6, 2012One of the best kits everIf you like Rye, this is a kit for you! I have had it in the keg for two weeks and so I expect it to only improve with age. Very balanced kit , carmel creamy head, not too hoppy even with the 5 oz of hops, and the higher alc % is not overpowering. I have made over 20 of the Midwest kits and they are all quality kits, but this is at the top of the list. Somewhat pricey, but lot of quality ingredients make up for it.November 3, 2012Intense!This was a great brew. It has a very intense flavor. It has a nice hop character that's balanced well with the rest of the beer. I got a lot of compliments on this particular brew. This was my most recent brew and I think I'd like to try it again. This one is a must-try.December 12, 2012Deelicious!Just the right blend for me. Crisp, hoppy, some maltiness, and strong ABV. The flavors are intriguing and deliciously satisfying. One of my favorites after brewing with your kits for over two years. I personally prefer a more hoppy beer, and this red rye imperial IPA is a winner.January 12, 2013Packs a punchI gave it 5 months to age since it's a high alcohol beer. Smooth and tasty, this has a mix of nice flavors. I used the Wyeast 1272 yeast, and I oxygenated the wort with my O2 system to help the yeast out, and they did, because they didn't stall._x000D_January 23, 2013perfect balanceHad never had a rye beer so gave this a shot. Two weeks primary and 2 secondary.Used 2 s-05`s. If you like hoppy beers,you will love this.If you like malty beers you will love this.Its a perfect balance between the two.Taste is almost lager like crisp.That white head on top of that amber color is striking. Even friends who dont like my big beers, loved this one. Next time I will use a hop sack for the dry hopping.Thanks MWFebruary 13, 2013Good but let it ageI brewed this one in November 2012: two weeks in the primary and then four weeks in the secondary. It's been in the bottle now about 4 weeks. It tastes great but needs more time to bottle condition. It has a bit of a syrupy sweetness that I think will change over time. _x000D__x000D_My only complaint is that on the box it says 6 months (at least!) until it's ready, but the directions are like all the other kits as far as the time frame: about one week in the primary and and another 7-10 days in the secondary or two weeks total if only primary. So the 6 months: is that in the secondary or in the bottle? I realize I could have called Midwest or logged in to the live chat, but still, it would be nice if the directions were more specific. _x000D__x000D_After reading some of the reviews, though, I think most of the 6 months are for bottle conditioning. My challenge will be to hold off that long!February 23, 2013
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