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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Foco. Pours a clear, dark rust orange appearance with a fluffy, brown head. Pretty rich toffee, toasty caramel malty, mild espresso, herbal/floral hoppy, somewhat fruity aroma. Fairly roasty, mild coffee/chocolate, rich caramel/toffee, earthy, fairly fruity hoppy flavor. Pretty smooth and drinkable but nothing all extraordinarily special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6665) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2012
12 ounce from Beer Camp box. Big red pour. Malty and full of caramel. Nice hop profile overall. This is nice and doesnít over do the malt for a red/strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle pours a clear amber with a thick tan head. Lacing. Scent is malty, toffee ans bread. Taste is caramel, toffee and pine. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours a clear amber with medium off white head and some sticky lacing. Smell is piney hops and almost raw grains. Taste is resinous and pine hops, fruit cocktail, heavy malts. Quite abrasive, but in a good way. I am liking this camp pack but not as much as last year as a whole.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2012
12 oz bottle from the 2012 variety pack bought from work. Pours hazy amber with a medium cream-colored head that falls in a minute, leaving a blanket of foam and some lace. Aroma is biscuity, caramelly; could be more prominent. Taste is roasty, biscuity, starting out lightly sweet before becoming quite bitter. Has flavors of caramel, cinnamon. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. If I didnít know better, I would guess this was in the 5 or 6% range. Tastes like an amped up version of Fat Tire. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2012
This is a roasty, malty and hoppy red. It is ok, but nothing special. Very dark red pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Tastes like a generic red ale that every brewery and their mother brews but amped up. It isnít bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle from Windy City. Nose is fairly malty with some roastiness and hops. Malty with some sweetnes and a decent citric hop bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (4170) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
15 aug 2012, bottle. Clear red/ amber, no bubbles. Nose is dried leaf hops and red ale malt. Med body and mildly fizzy. Harsh red ale malt. Butter dried leaf hops. Odd red ale. Iím not a big fan. No noticeable alcohol taste either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1701) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Restrained grapefruit and caramel notes in the aroma, pours a clear dark red, with a thin light-tan head. Nice blend of caramel malts and bitter hops in the flavor, with a lingering bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel, with a fairly full body. This is a nice representation of the Imperial Red style, and could work as an introduction to some of the more aggressive beers out there.

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