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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2013)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2138) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark red, nose is toffee malt, caramel, taste is sweet and creamy, burnt toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
It pours a dark copper, deep red color and forms a crazy thick, frothy medium brown colored head. The lacing on the glass is mountainous. Mountainous. The aroma is strong of burnt caramel and alcohol, with a touch of what seems like either a roasted malt bitterness or a sincere dosage of resinous hop acidity. Even notes of alcohol-infused, crystallized pit fruits. And hops. The flavor has a bite to it, but mostly in the finish. Up front it screams mostly of burnt caramel and hop bitterness, while mid-palate it tastes like a strongly-flavored double IPA. But then the sharp burnt caramel comes right back. While the body is perfect for a double IPA, the presence of the very much burnt caramel adds an almost uncomfortable bite to an already bitter hop flavor. It finishes with more burnt caramel and hop bitterness. It’s sharp, nearly harsh, and right to the point. Nothing keeps this beer cozies up to your taste buds. It’s all business. Lord business. It really tastes like there’s much more alcohol in this than there really is, especially in the finish, and that sharp alcohol presence adds to the harshness. Some of the pit fruits emerge as well, making this taste very much like a fermented fruitcake infused with rum. That said, sounds pretty good, eh?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (200) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2014
Ember-brown color, with a big, froth head. Contains lots of sweet malts, along with a very inviting, fruity hoppiness, which is quite straight forward and intense on the nose. Begins with bready, toasty malts, which turn sweeter, into a dark fruity direction with hints of syrup. Then the slick hop fruitiness gets mingled up with earthy malts, creating an enjoyable complexity. Hops then turn dryer with spicy, stingy hints, enhanced by a slightly metallic, lively carbonation. Finish is also centered on the hops, with stone-fruits and lime, a pleasant dryness, while warming malts are still being recognizable. Malts accompany the hops in an outstanding, well balanced way, which in the end, lets the hops stand out even more. Again, Sierra Nevada sticks out for me, as they are brewing blueprints of particular beer-styles, very clean and thoughtful.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8302) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle at Chriso going Dutch tasting, 03/07/14. Dark amber with reddish hues and a good sized light beige covering. Nose is bitter citric peel, caramel malt, light spice, nutty tones, blood orange. Taste comprises red grapefruit, bitter hops, pine, caramel, candied fruit peel. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3rd July 2014
Craig on Heat Tasting at ChrisO’s. Lightly hazy deep orange amber beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy and light, good fince carbonation. Light airy malts with a bitter toffee - caramel streak. Bitter marmalade hops. Whisper of red berry fruits. Hop spice. Light dry finish. Good stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (14195) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle at chrisOs... Deep red brown... Small tan head... Soft dry toffee malts nosr... Soft sweet toffee fruits malt

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1565) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
Flaska, ebest SB. Mörkrödbrun öl med gräddigt smutsvitt skum. Dofter av grapefrukt, persika, plommon, citrus och torkad frukt. Smakinslag av grapefrukt, karamell, apelsinskal, malt och torkad frukt. Mjuk och rund munkänsla. Medel mot stor beska. Försiktig sötma. Något för framträdande alkohol. Fyllig kropp.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4440) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Appearance: Deep amber color with a fine tan head. Lovely lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Fruity, malty and grapefruit hoppy.
Palate: Full to medium body. Slightly sweet, and a fresh bitterness. Average carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Malty, plum, nutty, bready and grapefruit hoppy.
Overall impression: Powerful and nice hoppy ale in the fruit basket.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2270) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. A dark hazy copper-red coloured beer with a very rich red rich fruity flavour, burnt toffee, pine and sarsaparilla notes and a bitter pine finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Cloudy dark amber with fair ecru head. Initial aroma overpowering hops later caramel and faint dried red fruits and nuts. Moderately sweet, quite bitter. Very sustained carbonation. Finish prolonged tempered bitter.


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