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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2013)

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a clear ruby red amber sort of colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The modest aroma has some roasted malts, malt sweetness, some vague hops and sweet dark fruity esters. The taste delivers roasted malts, malt sweetness, some pine hops, grassy resiny hops and a lime like citrus bitter hoppiness. Behind those notes murmurs sweet cherry to prune dark fruity esters. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Draft. From notes. Caramel and bready with a good citrus kick. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1622) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Hazy, reddish-brown pour with a light tan head. The aroma has grapefruit along with faint caramel. It has a medium body with smooth texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a long finish and some noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Concealer (1174) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark cooper with a frothy caramel-white head. Aromas is toasted malt, caramel, pine and light citrus. Flavor is bitter pine and hop spice, light citrus and sweet malt. Subtle caramel notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount Liquors. Deep reddish-brown, clear, tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, pine, citrus fruits and resinous hops. Similar flavor, nicely balanced with medium bitterness and sweetness. Medium to full body with a hoppy, slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle from the recent Beer Camp 12-pack ($19.99 for 12-pack). Pours a brown-red (ice tea) color with a finger and a half of beige-ish foam leaving some lacing. AROMA of floral and herbal earthy hops with some citrus with an almost equal amount of nutty brown malts. FLAVOR has an initial strong citric hoppiness along with some pine but soon moves toward nutty caramel malts. An almost chocolate-like sweet flavor in the finish along with some bitter hops. Well-concealed alcohol. Not sure why Sierra Nevada ran an "imperial red" in two consecutive beer camp packs, but I think I prefer the 2012 version more than this one. The hop profile in the 2012 version was more interesting, while this one seems to try to make a 50:50 split between hops and malt. (137, 814)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good malt and west coast citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
A lightly hazed reddish amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with good piney and floral hops, fragrant. In mouth a good caramel and vinous malt with treacle, loads of piney floral hops, pink grapefruit, loads of alcohol, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3582) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle from my Bro Pete for my B-Day. Pours a dark amber with red highlights. The aroma is sweet with caramel and bread. The flavor has the sweetness up front but quickly gives way to the citrus and peppery hops. Quite dry with a very nice after taste. The alcohol is hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2013 Beer Camp Version. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and ample tan head. Aroma is a ripe floral fruit hop note. Taste is a nice blend of roast caramel malt and hops. Very good.

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