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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
During the California Gold Rush the foothills just south of San Jose were mined for their red cinnabar, which contained the quicksilver essential for extracting gold from its encasing rock. The historic town that is home to the oldest and richest mine in the state is called New Almaden and is the inspiration for our Imperial Red Ale.
New Almaden Red pours an exquisite cinnabar color. It is brewed with a combination of pale and crystal malts to create a complex malt profile, while copious amounts of hops are added to balance the malt sweetness and create a piney, citrusy aroma and flavor.

Contract brewed at Hermitage Brewing Co. until 2015.

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3.8
katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Pours deep amber with lots of foam, sweet aroma of malts and floral hops, thick sweetness upfront with the bitter hops at the end, medium mouthfeel, tough to tell this is a 10% abv, tap.

3.7
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a softly hazed amber to crimson with a thin white head. Light malt and a bit of citrus on the nose. Crisp and toasty. Medium bodied, soft malt, sticky with some nice sweetness and a bit of toast. Balancing bitterness into the finish, soft and toasty.

3.5
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Deep amber red with light khaki head. Props to this beer for being 10% and showing NO signs of that (I’d have guessed 7). Does drink big for a red with a deep malt profile and aromatic and bittering hops as well, but no heat. Pretty nice overall.

3.5
gunnfryd (15274) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2015
Fonefan 191214. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, malt, hop, citrus. Flavour is caramel, malt, hop, citrus, alcohol. Full body. Nice beer.

4
nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Santa Clara Valley Brewing from San Jose sounds like your crappy local brewery that’s likely to elicit either uncontrollable yawning fits or exclamations of "F*** THAT NOISE!!!" San Jose is seriously the most boring city in the world, even more boring than the town of Boring, Oregon or a drill bit that is literally BORING into the ground. The plants in San Jose actually use borophyll to extract boredom from the sunlight. Needless to say, I must say I didn’t expect much. Well, it’s good they don’t revoke your ticking license for calling it wrong (although they may revoke it for logging just 180 official ticks in 2014, which is pathetic). Anyway, I was wrong. On to the beer. I’m going to use the brewery’s own words and call the appearance an "exquisite cinnabar color." It is just that. Crystal clear and deep. A beautiful one-finger head rises to the top, fading gradually up your schnozz one pop at a time. The aroma is pleasant, with caramel, dried fruit, and grapefruit. The flavor is sweet but balanced. Bready and caramel malt gives way to a citrusy and piney hop finish. Medium bitterness. Fairly full body, with the hefty 10% ABV extremely well-hidden. The carb level is exactly where you’d want it to be. The best thing to come out of San Jose? Maybe, but that’s not saying much.

3.9
fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Santa Clara Valley New Almaden Red ].
Clear medium red amber color with a large to huge, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grass, riped fruit, orange - citrus, dusty hops. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, riped fruit, sweet fruit, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20141219]

3.1
yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is pine and herbal. Sweet, flat malty and teaish herbal. Dry, bitter and herbal. Dry into the finish.

3.6
yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. An almost clear one, dark reddish brown in color and with a small, dense, beige head leaving some lacings. The aroma is hop-dominated, piney and citrusy, with a resiny touch and some caramel maltyness. It’s quite bitter on the palate, with almost enough caramel maltyness to deal with it. Not much sweetness, quite a lot of pine cones and resins. Some alcohol warmth. Full body and a nice carbonation level. Lasting bitter and resiny finish. Quite nice this one, but a bit too heavy on the alcohol. 141219

3.7
Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, orange, grape, citrus, pine and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.8
Rasmus40 (21986) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - grapefruit and pine. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 191214


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