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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (12247) - 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) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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 (1971) - 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 (4034) - 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 (1784) - 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 (1604) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25225) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Cask@GBBF2012. DEep amber colour, small head. Aroma is fruity, caramelly, floral and toffeeish with some mild alcohol and peach as well. Flavour is wood, nectar, wood and some mild floral and grassy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
bottle. Pours amber with a small off white head. Aroma of bread and biscuity malts, some hop presence of slight pine and herbal, not all that fruity, just a touch of citrus. Flavor starts wit a sweet and lightly citric note that becomes more piney and herbal as it moves along. A slight cocoa note in the finish with some breadiness and a moderate bitterness. Medium body and a crisp carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5262) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2012
12oz bottle in a cup. Pours amber. Aroma of citrusy hops and some cereal and caramel malts. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer.

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