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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pras (474) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Deep burgundy (httr!) color . Hoppy aroma of pine and citrus. Flavor is much like the aroma, piney and citrusy, slightly astringent. Nice warming beer. Alcohol content is in balance with the strong hop flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2012. Clear 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1557) - Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2012
12 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a nice two finger off white head that looks like a root beer float and nicely draped lacework. Aorma is hops, Pacific Northwest hops, piney and resinous, grapefruit and moderately spicy. The taste is malt driven at first, sweet mellow malt followed by those NW hops, mildly bitter, but very hoppy. I am not usually a fan of these types of things, but Sierra Nevada knows their hops, and they balance wonderfully with the not overbearing malt, SN knows their shit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2012
The body is a bit heavy with good carbonation. Overall this one is mediocre. It’s fair enough, but my least favorite so far of the beer camps

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (641) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours a deep and dark mohogany red with cherry cola flavor in there too. Taste is strong hops, musky soil, and malt caramel red. threres a nice comparison between a dipa and a malty red here as both styles mix well. This brew takes on a grandiose flare when settled and poured appropriatley so into a stemmed belgain glass. Looks good, taste good, sierra nevada seldom dissapoints.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atomicpunk22 (14) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pours with deep redish brown color - very deep. Light brownish head that diminishes quickly. Heavy toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Not getting much hop aroma on first at first, but developing a fruity aroma after the first taste. Great mouthfeel and a great balance of malt & hops. Finishes with a sharp bitterness. Big beer - but I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4021) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Strong grapefruit peel and oak nose. Tea underneath. Murky rust colored, medium yellow head, good lacing. Sweet woody oak flavor with a citrus peel accent. Cherry jolly ranchers are present throughout, in the background. Peppery, resinous, bitter citrus peel bite on the finish, rather off-putting. Like the imperial oatmeal stout from this same beer camp series, it is much too much. It’s like trying to suck the marrow out of life but choking on the bone. My apologies to Robin Williams.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (436) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Long awaited, tough to find the 12 pack, very hoppy, bitter, and sort of dry, tasting the red ale, more like a bitter red than an imperial, or a red crossed with an IPA, but very drinkable, I like the interpretation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (736) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pours reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is slight pine hop. Very lively on tongue with caramel malt notes. Nice hop and alcohol bite in the finish. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6129) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
8/7/12. 12oz bottle from Grassroots. Dark brown pour, clear red under the light, with a nice khaki head that fades but laces a ton. Floral and slightly piney hop aroma with earthiness and caramel. The flavor matches but with a more perfumey hop presence and lots of chocolate. Not bad.


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