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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Love love love this brew. Sampled in a 24 oz bottle. Really malty with fresh hop flavors. A great brew that I canít get enough of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
I really liked this beer. It had some of the earthy qualities of an Irish red ale, but unlike that style, it was aggressively hopped. The hops mask the high alcohol content very well. Very pleasant to sip, a little overwhelming in flavor if you try to drink it too fast though. The hops have a fresh, light character, and I definitely notice citrus like the description claims, which is an interesting contrast to the earthy, caramely malt background. What I like most about this beer is that, especially if I sip it, it has a very light character, in spite of its richness, intense hoppiness, and high ABV. And it really is red--holding it up to the light was visually striking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and floral and pine hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt upfront with some juicy sweet citrus on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering sweet citrusy hops. Palate is thin and somewhat sticky. Overall nice balance and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. Didnít they do an imperial red ale last year? Aroma is toasty, minerally. Taste is lightly sweet with a pretty fierce bitterness following along right behind. Pours a pretty ruby red with a light haze; has a nice looking beige head with good retention; leaves some funky lacework. Palate is nice and creamy with just right carbonation. Well made, if not very original. Self plagiarism is alright if youíre a big brewery I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2816) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2013
draft - pours deep amber with ivory head and great lacing. Flavor is roast, caramel, herbal hops, citrus and rye(?). Good balance with bitterness winning out. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sickassmick (228) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
pour is hazy brown, creamy khaki colored head. smell is fresh malt and some honey and citrusy hops. Taste is very fresh and sweet . mouthfeel is nice lively medium high body. finish is lasting bitter hop, almost metalic. overall tho, a very good replacement for traditional lunch. Warms the belly but the alcohol isnít really present in the taste, just be careful! I was going to try to rate all three of the beer camp beers in one sitting, but i have a feeling if i do iíll turn into a giant piece of dook. Itís almost Party Bus time! wooooo

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2013
This is actually a bit milky, with some fruitiness at the back end, maybe orange. Pretty good still, thought the caramel is a tad on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrosen (2) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013 does not count
Caramel start, strong alcohol, hops in the end. Overall very nice beer, should have bought more bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle. Rich roasted caramel malt aroma with a promise of heat. Murky dark reddish brown with lots of suspended particalia. Very rich flavor with each of the aroma aspects coming through in full force. Strong peppery malt backbone that mostly overwhelms what is likely a substantial hop profile. Interesting that the commercial description spins it different, "starts with a caramel-like malt flavor that canít suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale." Thatís also an accurate description; the malts certainly try to suppress the hops. Another very good beer from Sierra Nevada and the 2nd year in a row that Iíve been impressed with their Beer Camp sampler pack!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Pours reddish brown. Medium head. Nice hop character throughout. Has some punch, but is well balanced. On tap at the Burger Stand.

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