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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gobbledock (4) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
Pours a deep copper colour with a fairly quickly dissipating off-white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt and some citrus. Caramel and toffee flavours with resinous pine and a bitter, slightly boozy, finish. Medium bodied and slightly oily. Nicely balanced - delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JeyAre (239) - - MAR 6, 2014
Nice brown red color with a coffee foam head. Taste is good an aftertaste nicely bitter. I would say that overall it is a very nice beret and therefore the good rating!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (574) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2016
Bottled in 2013, bought March 2014 in Sweden and stored in my beercellar for almost two years.
ABV: 8.5% - Best before September 2014.

This is a dark, red, hazy beer with a two finger high, fluffy, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing. A lot of sediment floating around.

Nose: Caramel malt, dried fruit, ripe apples, floral notes, vanilla, resin, apricot, red berries and yes! Still a lot of hops in the nose after more than two years!
As the beer warms up it explodes of hops - Really nice!
Taste: Almost creamy taste. A slight bitterness at the end. Dried fruit, plum, grapefruit, orange, pine, resin, caramel malt, pink grapefruit and grass. A lot of hops in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Thick texture. Medium carbonation. Soft and creamy. Dry and bitter ending. A "chewy" feeling, like taking a big bite of a great, tasty, fruit!

As you can see I really like this brew! It has matured very good and I just hope I’ll still have a few bottles of this #95 - 2013 deep down in my cellar...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle-12 pk beer camp purchased at Total Wine in Springfield, VA August 2013 Pours deep copper hue with a lovely soapy lite kacki head. Nose is very resionous, pine, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grains, Smells awesome! Perfect marriage of hops and malts. Flavors are very resinous hops, nice sweet toasted malts, caramel, lots of resin. Lots of piney resinous bitterness here. Body is full, lush and somewhat over carbonated however, that aids to this beer actually. Its like Bigfoot in some ways, just not quite as big and./or malty. fantastic brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (2250) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Poured two and half fingers of head on a deep red colored body. The aroma is nice with dry grain and lemon zest. The taste is bold. Lots of malt balanced with a heavy dose of pine bitterness. The texture is crisp but thicker with moderate carbonation. A big imperial red ale, no doubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coreyc1221 (283) - Truckee, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Damn. Has a bit of tart, almost sour kick to the otherwise recognizable red ale aroma. Dark red toned color with a beautiful shiney tan head. Smooth and balanced creaminess at first taste.then a zing of bitter that rolls from the front to the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1706) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Pours a dark copper color with thick tan head. Hop, caramel, citrus and malt aromas. Hop, caramel, citrus, pine, toffee and malt flavors. Medium body and a hoppy caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5619) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle (and three more coming up!). Beautiful huge hoppy nose, heavy citrus with pine and resin, some caramel and grass, but man, that citric hopping is fresh and very attractive. Pours a dark mahogany with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head, lace. Taste is bone dry and tongue scraping, some alcohol showing, deep caramel and toffee, earth, strongly bitter but not scathing or overly aggressive, just a firm and chewy example. Tremendous pine! Light spice, faint floral notes (even lavender) and medium citrus (in a turn-down from the appetizer). Even manages some deft tropical pith/rind. Lightly crisp medium-full body, has some gin-type spirit spicing, light pepper, very pleasant. Very light touches of soap. Alcohol on the whole well-integrated, more like a 6% IPA, and the overall effect despite the intense bitterness/resin is one of smooth calmness! Wow, I might even like this better than Celebration, which is clearly a cousin. A great one, really jumps outta the goddamn glass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2034) - Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
12 oz bottle, last year they did an Imperial red ale in the Beer Camp variety pack, already repeating themselves?- Pours hazy ruby red with a nice two finger frothy light tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a spicy kick, nice amount of hops. The taste is balanced, malty caramelly sweet and bitter hops, kind of a toasted character. Nice creamy palate, it just coats the mouth, carbonation is spot on. Good beer, this variety pack is not pushing any boundaries so far, only one left to go the Belgian Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, peach, pineapple, caramel, bread, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aroma with good complexity and big hop presence with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial red ale. All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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