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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1939) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
355 mL bottle. A really good amber. Nice blend of earthy and citrus hops, and the malt backbone is distinctive and well established. Nothing particularly "imperial" about it though, except the booze. Which you can’t taste.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2012
this is a fairly nice strong ale. Very deep amber with a half inch head that held well. Aroma was piney hops and a deep undercurrent of caramel malt. Some molasses taste with mild bitter and alcohol notes. a good inclusion for a mix pack.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Deckstar (2) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2012 does not count
red in color. smells like a red w/ a bit more hops, but not overboard. the dark malt & hops combine for an earthy aroma. smell of alcohol is very light. taste a bit of toffee & caramel. not sure if it was reading the back of the label first, but definitely picked up the melon. bitterness creeps in. nice blend of hops & malt. incredibly smooth for 8% and mouthfeel kinda thin. sn should brew this beer more often. very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2286) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 26, 2012
12oz bottle. Deep red brown, crisp gray head. Smooth maple syrup nose, sweet coffee tart bite. Rusty sweet. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle... Poured dark, burgundy with a thin, off- white head. Nose had toasted grains and sweetness. Dark malts, toasted sugars, dark fruits, cherry skins, citrus, earthy pine, yeast esters and spice. Full bodied, low alcohol flavor presence. Just a nice malty, ale estery beer. Hardly any flaws.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle-purchased at Jubilation in Albuquerque, NM-Aug 2012-pours deep ruby red hue crystal clear with a lovely soapy lite tan head. looks awesome! nose is big tosted carmel malts with alot of piney hops. smells awesome! A brief hint of alcohol on the nose. Love how this smells-alot of complexity. Flavors of deep caramel malts, toasted malt, lite roast, lots of piney hops, huge resin and a wonderful carmel malt base that lasts the entire way through the sip. Long toasty/piney hop finish with lingering notes of leafy tobacco. This is awesome! This should become a SN regular in their 24oz bottle series. I would be happy. Im really surprised by the low ratings.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was tall and light tan with good retention and lacing. Hop dominated nose with pine, mint, flower blossom, and orange liqueur notes. There was also a good whiff of brown sugar. Medium bodied and dry with moderate bitterness. Pine and herbal hop flavors well supported by plenty of toasty amber/brown sugar malt elements and subdued wet stone. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5713) - Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle to pint (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks decent; a transparent amber with resinous light-beige lacing. Smells solid; lots of malt and hops. Tastes good; like it smells, only hoppier, and with nice balance. Average on the palate. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11230) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is nicely sweet with plenty of caramel and toffee malts. Strong hop profile of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. A bit of peach fruitiness, maybe some earth and floral notes as well. The flavor is slightly bitter with lots of pine and citrus peel hop notes. Tangerine and grapefruit give a nice citrus character. Solid maltiness with a good caramel sweetness as a dominant flavor of the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6231) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12-oz. Pours a slightly hazy and very dark rubied amber with a loose creamy tan head. Lots of bubbly lace. Big piney nose with lots of caramel underneath. Creamy medium body with moderate carb. Toast, caramel, and pine on the mid palate with a piney finish. Surprisingly simplistic for the ABV, especially given that judging by the appearance it looks like it has a hefty malt bill.


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