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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
This imperial red ale takes the intense hop profile found in traditional double ipa and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon--balanced by a smooth and surprisingly robust malt body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
12oz bottle from beer camp 12 pack. Red-brown pour with thin but sturdy light tan head. Aroma is hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, caramel and light floral. Tastes are on the malty side - roasty, earthy, herbal, coffee and then pine hop bitterness. Little bready. Interesting - lots going on, but not sure everything works well together. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Malt content is very juicy, sweet and balances well with grapefruit tones of the hops but not the double ipa that was advertized. More of malty sweetness well balanced in an ale form. I like it nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6072) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
(12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) clear medium red, wispy white bubbles. Nose of crystal malt, agave, herbal. Taste of rich caramel, light agave, herbal without being bitter, brown sugar. Oily creamy body. Nice palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a little bit of lasting head and an aroma of a little malt and some barely noticeable hops. Flavor is good and creamy malt, some peppery tin/hops and dry grapefruit on the finish. Not bad, but middle of the road as far as imperial redís go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5775) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 8/30/12

Aroma: The nose is a balanced combination of caramel malts and pine hops
Appearance: It pours a clear, dark reddish color with a foamy beige head and fairly heavy lacing
Flavor: The taste is light-medium sweet, fairly malty, with spice notes, and a fairly big hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, has a fairly creamy, smooth feel, soft carbonation, and a rather dry finish
Overall Impression: Overall, this a solid beer, but not a standout in the Imperial Red "style." The nose is solid, but I didnít get nearly any of the grapefruit, peach, and melon that the nose promised. The flavor is also solid, but it also doesnít reach the level of the best examples of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
Spruce, piny aroma. Soapy head and lace dots. Initially complex hoppy melange with a dry malty finish. Worth sipping to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (509) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
From the Beer Camp 12 Pack, my second favorite after the Oatmeal Stout. Poured a nice reddish brown with a dirty off white head. Nose was a nutty malt, a bit on the fruity chocolate side. Nice balanced taste leaning on the sweet side. Not as strong tasting as the ABV would lead you to think. This is a medium bodied beer with a nice creamy texture, and long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
12oz bottle. Rating #76. Dark reddish/amber color with a nice sticky beige head that left some great lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, itís a nice blend of hops and a caramel, light toast, sweetness. Nice flavor as well, more toast with a nice bite in the finish. Nice stuff. (2376)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Strong malt aroma with a light amount of alcohol. Clear amber color with a small white head. Light bitter and sweet aroma with a sweet creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours dark copper with a thick beige head and a toffee and citrus aroma. There is a citrusy smoked malt flavor. Full-bodied with a dry chocolate finish.

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