Kern River Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
So, we have a new beer; an Imperial Red Ale dry hopped with Summit and Simcoe. What are we calling it? You guessed it, Dirty Hippie. It weighs in at 8%, 95 IBU and has a whole lot of hoppy goodness balanced with a nice malt backbone that you would expect out of an Imperial Red. Does it really smell like a dirty hippie? Come on in, grab a pint and decide for yourself.

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PugUglyBrewer (765) - - JUL 26, 2017
Very dense reddish brown, tarnished copper, color with a thin head of offwhite head of foam. A well crafted imperial red with a big malt backbone that doesn’t overdo it. The balance between caramel base and hop additions is near perfect. Pine dry and semi sweet. Perhaps some grapefruit meddling around in the mix. Keep it up Kern. Good brew.

3.8
TylerGreenDC (1032) - - MAY 8, 2017
Draft. Cloudy copper color. Thick, dense lace. Aroma of toasted nuts and a bit of raisin. Flavors of caramel, toffee, and orange juice. Old school American ale stuff done very well.

3.5
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2017
Draft @ Toronado San Diego, San Diego, CA. Pours an amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grapefruit hoppy piney aroma. Fruity malty grapefruit hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty grapefruit hoppy bitter finish.

3.4
gyllenbock (9711) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2017
On tap at Bottlecraft Little Italy, San Diego. Amber with a white head. Aroma and taste of hops, fruit, caramel and some malt. The body was medium as was the bitterness.

3.7
Bule (2239) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2017
22oz bottle pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Prominent hop flavors that overpowers he maltiness. Lacking a little malt backbone.

3.4
Zymurgeist2 (2330) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. Found the hops restrained and the malt a little cloying with the alcohol showing slightly through residual sugars.

4
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy dank, herbal and woody hops with a cracker malt backbone. Flavor is heavy dank, sweaty sock, herbal and woody hops and bitterness with sweet cracker malt and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.2
dinkle50 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Vibrant clear red pour with a slightly off white single finger head. Lace present. Aroma is slightly fruity, hops and pine, as well as a little marijuana. Light bodied. Big time pine, caramel and crackers. Caramel malt is very strong in this, but so is the marijuana like notes. Dank indeed.

3.7
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle at home. It pours a reddish orange color with an off white head. The aroma is mostly peaches with some hints of grapefruit. Very fruity with some notes of rich caramel and pine. The flavor has more toasted malt, light sweet caramel, grape, peaches with hints of lightly floral/piney bitterness. Toasted malt in the finish lingers with the bitterness. Good.

3.2
DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2016
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma has some dank hop notes as well as a little cotton candy. Caramel malts come through after the hops dissipate. Light nuts and toffee, too. Transparent amber body with a small to medium cream-colored head. Starts with a bunch of earthy, dirty hop flavors. QUite bitter, actually. There’s a little caramel malt sweetness in the middle with some tannins. Finishes with more of the earthy hop flavor and some cotton candy hints, too. Quite hoppy, and quite bitter. A little much.


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