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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
I love this beer it has a nice toasted sunflower flavor. Rich and complex full flavoR.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ellolovey (447) - Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Pours a medium amber with a white head and nice lacing. Aroma of fruit stripe gum and peach with a hint of citrus.Sweetness is mainly on the nose, but there are nice ribbons of nectar’s throughout. Nice malt body very toasty with hints of caramel. Citrus and Pine hops linger throughout. Very well balanced. Deliciously refreshing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was tall and light tan with good retention and lacing. Hop dominated nose with pine, mint, flower blossom, and orange liqueur notes. There was also a good whiff of brown sugar. Medium bodied and dry with moderate bitterness. Pine and herbal hop flavors well supported by plenty of toasty amber/brown sugar malt elements and subdued wet stone. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Deckstar (2) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2012 does not count
red in color. smells like a red w/ a bit more hops, but not overboard. the dark malt & hops combine for an earthy aroma. smell of alcohol is very light. taste a bit of toffee & caramel. not sure if it was reading the back of the label first, but definitely picked up the melon. bitterness creeps in. nice blend of hops & malt. incredibly smooth for 8% and mouthfeel kinda thin. sn should brew this beer more often. very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark redish amber with a finger of long lasting off-white head. Aroma is mostly pine and citrus with a good dose of caramel malt. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Loads of citrus and caramel with a bit of pine in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a thick and sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, great. I wouldn’t mind if they made this a new year-round.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1312) - Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle - average size foamy head, pretty dark amaber color, big grapefruit hop aroma and flavor, balanced very well with a good dose of sweet malt, mild almost creamy kind of texture - this is really good, better than expected

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2012
This one actually gets better as it warms up. Quite a strong caramel malt flavor throughout. This grew on me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (991) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper, with a large off-white head, which offers excellent retention and lacing. Melon, grapefruit and floral hops aromas mingle with buttered toast and toffee malt notes. Potent tropical fruit and grapefruit hops up front segue eassily into full-bodied toffee malt, with some nutty notes coming through. There is a touch of sweetish caramel leading into the finish, which brings more tropical notes and a touch of pine. There is a faint aftertaste of toasty malt. I have to say this is one of the best examples of the imperial/India red ale style I have had. It is an absolute study in balance between fresh, fruity hops and smooth, full-bodied malt. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
On tap. Clear golden red amber with a fluffy white head. Huge beautiful floral orange grapefruit peach and molasses aroma and taste with a big bitter bite and a floral perfume finish. Thick buttery pallate. Hoppy as fuck without tasting like resin, lawn clippings, or soap. Really well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
A_Witty_Man (6) - Albany, USA - NOV 9, 2012 does not count
AR: Rich caramel aroma, with some toasted notes. Malt comes through first. Citrus hops that balance, but do not overwhelm the malt. Slight alcohol sharpness, but not a burn. Hop aroma is citrus crossed with stonefruit, and less intense than expected. Really inviting. AP: Pours clear reddish-brown (w/ a small amount of bottling yeast), and produces a one-finger tawny head that dissipates and laces glass during the first sips. TA: Malt-forward with a hint of light chocolate or dark caramel. Grapefruit-pith hop flavor; firm hop bitterness that sticks on the back end. Lingering malt flavors of semi-sweet toastiness. PA: Slightly prickly carbonation that, when combined with hops, adds a not-unpleasant astringency. Medium-bodied, with a semi-dry finish (again aided by hop bitterness.) Overall: A malt-centered beer that is firmly supported with a firm but not overpowering hop bitterness. The alcohol in this could sneak up on you, hidden initially in the malt flavors, and then with the residual bitterness. A really nice beer.


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