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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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85
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This imperial red ale takes the intense hop profile found in traditional double ipa and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon--balanced by a smooth and surprisingly robust malt body.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours a deep and dark mohogany red with cherry cola flavor in there too. Taste is strong hops, musky soil, and malt caramel red. threres a nice comparison between a dipa and a malty red here as both styles mix well. This brew takes on a grandiose flare when settled and poured appropriatley so into a stemmed belgain glass. Looks good, taste good, sierra nevada seldom dissapoints.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atomicpunk22 (14) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pours with deep redish brown color - very deep. Light brownish head that diminishes quickly. Heavy toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Not getting much hop aroma on first at first, but developing a fruity aroma after the first taste. Great mouthfeel and a great balance of malt & hops. Finishes with a sharp bitterness. Big beer - but I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3439) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Strong grapefruit peel and oak nose. Tea underneath. Murky rust colored, medium yellow head, good lacing. Sweet woody oak flavor with a citrus peel accent. Cherry jolly ranchers are present throughout, in the background. Peppery, resinous, bitter citrus peel bite on the finish, rather off-putting. Like the imperial oatmeal stout from this same beer camp series, it is much too much. It’s like trying to suck the marrow out of life but choking on the bone. My apologies to Robin Williams.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (387) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Long awaited, tough to find the 12 pack, very hoppy, bitter, and sort of dry, tasting the red ale, more like a bitter red than an imperial, or a red crossed with an IPA, but very drinkable, I like the interpretation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (677) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pours reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is slight pine hop. Very lively on tongue with caramel malt notes. Nice hop and alcohol bite in the finish. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
8/7/12. 12oz bottle from Grassroots. Dark brown pour, clear red under the light, with a nice khaki head that fades but laces a ton. Floral and slightly piney hop aroma with earthiness and caramel. The flavor matches but with a more perfumey hop presence and lots of chocolate. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
Gbbf 2012. dark red brown colour. Red fruit hop malty aroma. Quite tasty in mouth. Really drinkable. Doesnt drink 8%.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (7948) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Beer Camp mix pack 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of toffee malts with spicy, citrus hops. The taste is bitter resin hops with a faint toffee malt finish. Medium bodied. A little one-note but not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1401) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Deep red-brown with slightly off-white head and tons of lacing. Sticky grapefruit and pine with aromatic toasted malt and light caramel. Flavor dank grapefruit, tropical melon, pine, and sticky caramel and toasted malt in the finish. Well-played, flavorful ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear light-medium amber with a well-retained, creamy beige head.. looked great in the glass. The aroma picked up spicy grapefruit and pine resin over soft biscuit and nutty notes.. fresh earthy yeast made a presence and was complementary.. very nice. The flavor found darker fruit as well as chewy bread and biscuity notes at the core.. fresh pine, peppery notes, and grapefruit bitterness around.. finished warm with mostly pine bitterness over bread and fruity malts. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel through the palate.. rolling carbonation.. smooth, tasty, and well-balanced.


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