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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

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RATINGS: 308   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Sampled on 9/20/2012. This American Strong Ale pours a deep red color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is caramel and sweet, with a whole lot of piney and grapefruity hops. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The hops are piney, grapefruity and citrusy. A big hoppy beer with a whole lot of malt. Good balance between the hops and malts, but there are a whole lotta hops in this beer, a whole lotta hops. Nice carbonation. A little malt sweetness at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark amber with reddish tinges and little head. A little hoppy in the nose, which was a nice surprise, with a fairly hoppy taste to it. Itís balanced fairly well, but has a nice hoppiness to it, almost making it like an IPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Nice amber brown pour with a creamy colored 2 finger head. Big fruity hop aroma, mostly grapefruit. Very well balanced flavor, nicely hopped but a good malty sweet finish. Not a true red ale, but that is a good thing because it is far better than what you would expect from a basic red ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle.
Pours a deep, rich amber with a thik (yes, thik) head of beige and a nose of floral grapefruit, pined bread, and orange rind. Flavor is a surprising melon/grapefruit hybrid that has a bit of rose petal squeaking in the background. Iíve never tasted this combination in this way before but it works. Oily on the tongue. Fantastic beer; tasty, well-balanced, and very approachable. Definite repeat.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Draft at The new Redlight. Big reddish brown pour with a thick off white head. Big malt body with lots of resinous hops, grapefruit peels and pine. Big citrus hop aroma. Really nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (1776) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
A bold take on a red ale that successfully melds an IPA with a red ale in a finely balanced mix of styles. The hops do dominate the malts, especially in the nose, but the bitterness restrained by the malts all the way until the mildly bitter, grapefruity aftertaste. Outstanding appearance, including a very durable and near-creamy head.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chickenflea (332) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Dark slightly hazy amber. Clingy lace - nose is floral, zesty, spicy hops clinging to a sturdy malt base of dark toasted grains and toffee - low carbonation - smooth on the palate - flavor is moderately bitter on the approach, but the malt is pretty much center stage on the front end - very toasty and medium sweet - spicy herbal hops come on stronger through the middle and hit their most potent in the finish. The beer dries out as the bitterness intensifies, leaving a nice finish - reminds me of a malty up Celebration ale, which is not a bad thing - simple, but tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onionkid (361) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle. Oooh, thatís hoppier than I expected! A pretty solid blend here...basically tastes like a red ale, only the caramel and toffee is way more noticeable than the ones I usually have. This is borderline a big beer with that alcohol, so thatís pretty nice that itís blended so well! I like the hops to this, a bit floral and a bit bitter on the end. Just enough to add to the palate overall. Will absolutely say this is the best "red" Iíve had...usually Iím displeased with this variety but loving this one! 8.1% abv.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2012
12oz bottle. This beer proves you can never have to much of a good thing! This is a beer for those who want to have their cake and eat it, too. This beerís cranked up to 11 for all you haters. Almost red color, little irregular head, slight lacing, complex appetizing aroma. Big body. The hops still overpowers the malt, but the description is apt - the malt shows through the furry middle of this beer. It ties Bottletreeís version.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours a deep red color with a light tan head and leaves awesome lacing. Smell of toffee, dark fruit, raisins, citrus and melon. Tastes of all the same smells. Mouthfeel is Thick and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is one of the best imperial red ales I?ve had although I haven?t had many. Great beer


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