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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (449) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (850) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7103) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15649) - 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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10885) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1857) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7408) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4427) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours a very sharp and clean copper ruby red with two fingers of sticky yellowish tan head. Nose is piney with some grain husk coming through, smells like a little roasted barley. Lots of grapefruit rind (no melon or peach.....) and a light floral quality. Slightly resinous. Kind of sharp in the mouth, definitely an aggressive bitterness. Peanut hull (to me) character, grain husk thing going on. Medium body, little bit of warmth. A bit scattered but nice enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours a very clear but deep red-amber with a small creamy head. Mild malt aroma. Slight roasted caramel flavor, but also some good hops in there. Medium bodied. A decent effort, and a good red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1250) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2012
12 oz bottle, 2012 Beer Camp Variety Pack, from Whole Foods Milwaukee. Pours a deep, reddish-brown color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is hops, citrus, grapefruit. medium on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, grapefruit, caramel malt, a little roasty, with a light bitter finish. Very interesting.

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