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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 306   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Rich deep red pour with a frothy white head with hints of pink. Malt forward with caramel and hints of rye, coupled with some pink grapefruit, lemon, and a bit of maple syrup. Not super hoppy, but definitely a nicely balanced beer with a pleasant dry finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1014) - Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Reddish amber,one finger head,frothy spitty-scattered lacing.Pretty clear. Malty,hoppy nose,light roast,kinda bready sweet,mixed hop aroma kinda fruit-floral light pine almost juniper/mild earthly /pepper/fresh dirt. Pretty subtle aroma but pungent and somewhat complex. Very creamy mouthfeel, big bready and toast,hoppy mild complex hop flavor,but finishes with more pine and some roast.Citrus also in finish. Besides the bigger abv,its my kind of hoppy red ale.Good smooth but robust bittering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Maroon Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2178206:38 on the front of the bottle neck. Aroma- Tons of mixed fruits in the aroma. Citrus and much more. Malt pops up big as well. Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark amber/copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind. Flavor- Malty, bit of caramel, and a mix up of fruits are all present in this complexed brew. Light-Medium hop bitterness. Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and finishes with tons of hop. Finally the hops come into play! Very spicy and strong. Overall Impression- My 3rd from the "Beer Camp" Series and was above average. Not sure why the hops couldn’t have came up sooner in the taste! Very enjoyable though and will be popping another one of these. Glad there are 3 of each to the pack!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Cask @ GBBF ’12. The pour’s deep brown with a frothy off-white head. The nose is skunky marijuana, some wood, splashes of cherry and sweet malts. The taste is sticky pine, strong hops, dank. Some orchard fruits. A bit herbal. Woody, dry finish. Medium body, definitely a sipper. Slightly boozy. Overall, quite tasty but not balanced enough to enjoy repeatedly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2012. It pours hazy deep mahogany, with a small off-white head. The wood, leather, dark fruit, leaf and toffee. The taste dark red fruit, melon, wood, leaf, brown sugar, toffee and alcohol warmth, with a pretty bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Smooth and flavoursome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
A - Pours an almost clear ruby red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and, tropical, citrus, and lightly piney hops. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced hoppy Imperial Red Ale. Good hop profile and bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
12oz bottle. Pour brown, white head. Nose is is caramel, red fruit, citrous fruit, raspberry, earthy, malty. Taste is deep caramel malty, red fruit, raspberry, grapefruit and citrus hop. Nice balance of a lot of flavours on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Aroma of strong hops, grapefruit, citrus pine and resin. I also get notes of chocolate, tobacco and earth. This beer has strong caramel tones. Flavor is rich, hoppy with a full malt backing. Nice, herbal and citrus hop notes. There are also some caramel notes. It has a nice full body, good carbonation. This is a nice beer from Sierra Nevada. It’s not something that will gain a lot of hype but a good example of an interesting cycle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on August 19th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark red.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel malt.
Taste: Medium bitterness, piney, lots of caramel malt balance.
Palate:Medium light body, slick, lingering aftertatse..a hint of

Summary: My first of four Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2012 beers. A pretty good example of one of my favorite "styles" of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pretty ruby amber pour, big head. Sticky pine sap on the nose, with some caramel. Flavor is hop-forward, with a good malt counter behind. Far more robust than an IPA with the same hop bill. Warming, and very tasty.

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