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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Appearance was clear red brown with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are sweet brown sugar, toffee and caramel malts. Hoppy are floral citrus fruits with hints of fig, no alcohol present. Taste of sweet malty backbone then the fruity hops of pine,grapefruit, lemon, orange with hints of fig and date. Yummy. Palate is smooth creamy CO2 with meduim body, then lasting smooth balanced touch dry finish. Wonderful red.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fratto (2626) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from the Eastchase Specs. Brownish pour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and hoppy. Taste is bitter, almost burned, awkward caramel, spice, and a goofy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (919) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack purchased at the Escondido BevMo ($19.99 for 12-pack). Pours a deep red-brown (like tea) color with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma of citrus, lush tropical fruit, caramel, and tea. Flavor full of hops with notes of pine, sharp citrus, flowers, spicy hops, honey and caramel. There’s really a nice level of balancing sweetness here along with the significant bitterness. Good representation of the "imperial red" style. (269, 764)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1000) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
From a 355ml bottle on 8/1/2013. Pours a fairly clear red amber with a biggish very light tan head. Has a very pleasant aroma featuring lots of pine, bready and toasty malt, and some musk. In the mouth, you get a terrific malt hop balance. There’s bread, toast, caramel and nuts on the malt side, followed by sweet citrus fruit, a touch of tropical and stone fruit (peach, apricot and mango), and a firm, quite long grapefruity bitterness at the back. The body is medium to full. Fabulous beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4771) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Nice rich amber coloured body with a bright ruby highlight, three centimetres of tan head and a lot of small bubbles rising from the bottom and the sides. Aroma of fresh hops, pine, alcohol, yeast and a bit of spruce. Medium-bodied; Strong hop flavour at first with a great malt balance, some toffee and caramel, a bit of pine and spruce, but a lot of grapefruity and citrus finishing flavours. Aftertaste is subdued - with the hops really out of the picture and the main flavours centered around the citrus and pine with a good malt balance. Overall, a nice and balanced beer with less hops than expected, but that was a good thing. I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.69 sampled at home in Washington on 07-January-2013.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Nice caramel and toasted nuts in a fairly malty beer. Fairly aggressive hopping, although it’s mostly in the flavor and less in the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maltser85 (287) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 4, 2013
This is the Imperial Red Ale from the 2012 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. This beer pours a nice dark Amber/Red color in the glass. With an aggressive pour I got a nice finger and a half of head. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Definite alcohol legs, this beer is 8.1% abv. The initial smell coming off this beer was peachy with citrus grapefruit smell. There was also a nice sweet malty smell. This beer was somewhat hop forward, felt like the taste didn’t really start until the middle of the tongue. Beer seemed like it wanted to go sweet but finished with a slap of bitterness and grapefruit. As the beer warmed, it got very boozy in the nose and the finish. Decent offering overall. Not great for August or September but good later on. Hop resin floating in the beer, otherwise it was clear.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours red-brown with nice white head and notable carbonation and good lacing. Floral aromas. Malt notes up front with a long hoppy finish. More of an IPA than a red, but enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours red with off white head. Aroma of caramel and berries, cranberry possibly, quite dusty. Tasye of berries and caramel with a slightly biscuity nutty finish. Medium body with a slightly bitter and sticky finish. Ok

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (545) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Very well balanced nose with candy sweet grapefruit and foggy malts. Pours a very nice deep amber with a strong head. Flavour is tons of sweet malt with some underpinning bitter hippiness. Finish is slightly cloying but strong and dry


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