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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 canít suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (918) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Decent. Pours red with a tan head. Aroma is primarily sweet malt and hops. Taste is full of bread notes, finishes bitter hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bwa5879 (904) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pour is deep copper to brown, pretty murky, thin whispy layer of beige suds. Cloudy linen scent. floral hops and robust sweet carmel, some faint banana. Pert carbonation, mouthfeel average to thin, very bitter finish, carbony/resinous. Bitter resin and pine hop flavor, somewhat indistinct malt character that just adds roundness to the flavor overall. Straght forward bitter beer thatís not too strong but lacks complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2013
12oz into a stemmed belgian. Head is heafty and full with marshmellow likeness. Aroma is sweet plums, rasin, blackberries, and soil. Taste is malty up front, the amber offering bring forth a smooth ride down the pallate, but forthcoming hop bombs ring in a diffrent tune and spice this one up some. Its a full frontal blast of amber excellence in the long run. Caramel malt tranfusions usher in a resounding balance of continuation, as does the yeast balance and the full bodied brew. The abv centers along the line of resounding but does not seem too out of line. This brew hols steady along the line and is my second favorite tihs year. I really like how the hops sneak right in and shower one with the bitterness and juicky flow of an ipa, then the malts overturn such action and befuddle the course, bring this version an imperial status. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (817) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 2, 2013
From the 2013 Beer Camp 12 pack. A- pours a deep dark red, 2 finger head of foam, good lacing. S- big notes of citrus with a solid malty backbone. Grapefruit and Caramel. T- Caramel malt first, overwhelmed by grapefruit hoppiness, back to the malt and back to the... pretty much a 1 2 punch thatís enjoyable to drink. Thatís what counts. M- just fine and dandy. Medium carb supports the medium body nicely. O- a very nice offering in the Beer Camp box for 2013. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (804) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Should be named not nugget nectar. I liked it but come on guys we know whats your trying to do. Good beer nothing to knock in the brew itself but the intentions may be questioned

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (792) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Dark amber with a red hue. Tall tan head. Aroma is big full of citrus,pine and hops. A great full flavor beer with malts and tons of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Citrus and strong resiny caramel. Hints of spice throughout. Light alcohol burn as the brew warms. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (745) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Reddish brown with small tan head. Aroma piney hops and malt. Medium-full body. Not much alcohol. Grapefruit and citrus hops, bit of brown sugary malt in the background. Bitter hops overwhelms a hint of sweetness. Flavor is quite hoppy and pretty much tastes like a DIPA without much red ale character. Nonetheless is good.

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