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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


MacDouglass' rating

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Aroma: seltzer, froth, and rind, some dough; Appearance: nut brown, thick creamy head upon pour that lingers, lots of rings (lace?); Taste: quite bitter like a DIPA, just a hint of carmalized oat, not burnt though, can definately pick out the grapefruit rind, but not so much the melon or the peach, also slightly metallic; Palate: a somewhat mixed aftertaste, gets a bit sweet if you sip it, sometimes the bitter lingers, sometimes that malt settles on the back of the tongue, seems to change throughout the course of a pint; Overall: initial impression is that it is more like a DIPA than a red ale, but, after a while, you kind of sort of get the idea that there’s more to this beer than initially meets the eye (or the tastebuds in this case), I’d recommend it


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppsan (98) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours dark amber with two fingers of perfect creamy head. Promises a lot and delivers as well. Aroma and flavor: caramel, hazelnut, chocolate and citrus. Oily palate and long bitter finish. SN delivers again! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1156) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2014
Blackheart & Sparrows (2-Feb-2014) Sweet malt & herbal fruit aroma.Brown red colour, ok head and suds lacing.Sweet malt resin herbal flavour.Rounded resin spice finish and tangy fruit pepper aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1365) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2014
Chocolate malt hop aroma. Brown cour good head & lacing. Malt spice herbal chocolate flavour. Smooth lingering palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Slightly hazed ruby red with a very large creamy tan crown that relinquishes itself slowly. Aroma is a floral and toffee mix with citrus, grapefruit, caramel, bready malt and sticky buns. Taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, citrus, grapefruit, orange and light booze. Moderate bitterness on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1473) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
I’m currently rating every SN brew I’ve ever had in one clean sweep. I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6172) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Deep red-orange with a frothy clingy head. The aroma is enticing, very hoppy with an undercurrent of sweet bready malts. The palate is malt forward, with breadcrusts, caramel, and milk chocolate balanced by ripe tropical fruit hop character. I think the age on this has tempered the bitterness somewhat, because I would characterize this as moderately bitter at most. Superb balance here, lovely flavours.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2561) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Tasting Notes - On Tap at Brick Store in Atlanta at a 2012 Premire. This poured a dark amber color with a beige head. The aroma is full of citrus, caramel, and some dark fruit. The flavor is very bitter like an Impy IPA with many malty aspects of an amber ale. This is well balanced and tasty. Overall this is a good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from/at/with Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Very good balance of these things: malty, bitter, warming, full flavoured, correct hopping level (not over the/a top). Went down good. May have contributed to me leaving half my beers on a bus.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2013
Drunken bass players? Could be a long session indeed. Beer camp sounds like a fun thing to do. Probably be a urination outside tents issue though. Hope the Korg player is relatively sober.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle Beer Camp variety pack from BevMo: Poured a deep dark shade of amber red with mahogany tinting with a thick lather of head that looked similar to shaving cream. Nose is decked with sugary sweet malts that smell perfectly toasted while a slight nuttiness comes through as well. The flavor is semi sweet with a moderate taste of toffee like candy stemming from the quality malts put in usage by Sierra Nevada. This is a solid effort beer and passes the grade in my beer camp recruits.


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