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RATINGS: 284   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 canít suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy burgundy color. Thereís a nice head capping it off; itís about two fingers high, off white in shade, and rather frothy in its texture. As the head recedes (retention is good), the lacing left behind is quite prevalent. S: This one seems to focus on the herbal and piny hops, with noticeable caramel and toffee to balance. Very little in terms of citrusy hop notes. The overall combination - piny hops, tons of caramel - donít really appeal to me, but this one works rather well. As it warms up, a little more maltiness shines through. T: Iíve noticed a few comparing this to cannabis. And by gawd, theyíre on to something. It opens relatively sweetly, with the usual caramel-and-toffee suspects at the forefront. It takes a bit of time to build, but soon after, a great deal of resiny hops explode on the palate. Itís not just generically bitter - the weed, herb, and pine notes are decently defined. As bitter as it is, it doesnít bother me in the least. A twinge of sweet caramel reappears in the distant aftertaste; maybe thatís why. M: Itís gotten to the point where an amber ale has to finish crisply in order for me to actually like it. And this does. Itís a little sweet on the aftertaste, but thatís no big deal. This one gives me a bit of a cottonmouth feel post-swallow...OMG JUST LIKE WEED. THIS IS WEED BEER, BRO. O: I usually do not like any amber ale that isnít made by Troegs. This is a welcome exception to that rule. Wow, imagine that, an amber ale that brings the hops and treats the malt like an unwanted mother-in-law (there, but kept in that dingy room away from the good times), what a novel concept. This and Nugget Nectar are probably the only two ambers I could willingly drink multiple servings of.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (1996) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, Ship in a Bottle, West Kirby. Copper pour with a reserved tan head. Sweet malt, citrus and resin in the nose. Initially sweet taste that succumbed to a healthy dollop of citrusy hop. Satisfyingly pleasant to drink. This Beer Camp Series is very good indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (3618) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisoís mid-week lasting 03/07/14. Bottle from cotteridge wines. Caramel/ red coloured pour with a lasting loose off white head. Aroma is leather, smoked pine, resin tobacco. Flavour is nice resin, pine needles with a big clean bitterness. Some fruity tangerine and toasted bread malt. Palate is full, sticky resin. Lingering clean piney bitterness. This bottle held up well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2224) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle from Drinkstore [250914]
Dark chestnut brown, slight haze, frothy off white head, good lacing
Aroma of chocolate, caramel malts, some red berries, slight pine
Taste of caramel malts, dab of dark chocolate, red berries, burnt orange, toffee malts, soft roast, piney hops, quite an intense flavour
Palate - Medium carb and body, smooth. Finish of caramel, bitter zesty hops
Overall - Lots of malts with a bitter zest finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle. Red colored pour, tan head. Smell is huge on hops and some malts. Taste is smooth, somewhat refreshing. Kind of reminds me of Arrogant bastard. Good beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Nicely balances caramel and nutty aroma with blasts of fresh citrus. Flavor is tame - not an in your face hoppy red, but the hop flavor, light spice and aromatics are definitely there. Another solid addition to the beer camp line."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3166) - 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 (1526) - 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. Itís sharp, nearly harsh, and right to the point. Nothing keeps this beer cozies up to your taste buds. Itís all business. Lord business. It really tastes like thereís 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 (265) - 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 (9555) - The íSham, 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 (15782) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3rd July 2014
Craig on Heat Tasting at ChrisOís. 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.


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