corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper/ruby red color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
There’s a strong sweet malt presence in the nose but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward. I guess I shouldn’t be to surprised given that it’s Sierra Nevada but there’s a nice dank, earthy hop character with resinous oils, grassy pine and citrus fruit followed by caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut, biscuit and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle roast in there as well. Nothing too crazy but a nice combination of hop and malt character.
Medium bodied with strong, slightly roasted malt flavors countered by dry, earthy hop bitterness. The hop profile isn’t as prominent or complex as the nose suggests. Kind of one dimensional with sticky, piney bitterness, lacking the citrus/tropical fruit sweetness found in the aroma. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, biscuit, caraway seed, hazelnut, dark fruit and subtle roast. Well balanced and the high ABV is excellently masked making this beer very easy to drink. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer with a decent amount of hop bitterness balancing out the prominent malt notes. I just wish that the hop profile was a little less one-note. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful brick red color with a big billowy cream colored head that consists of tons of rather big carbonation bubbles entrapped within. As the head very slowly fades, over about a 5 min time period, it leaves a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass as well as a persistent thin foam on the top of the brew.
Smell – The aroma is of big of a pine smell mixed with some malty aromas of a bready nature. Along with these smells is some caramel sweetness as well a bit of lemon citrus.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with a decently strong caramel taste. There is some pine hop upfront as well as a little bit of citrus. As the flavor advances more hop comes to the tongue. The pine hop is what largely gets more intense, but is accompanied by some other increases in citrus hop flavor as well as the appearance of an earthy hop. In the end with an increase in all the hop one is left with a rather resinous and bitter taste to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body/lower carbonation combo really accentuate the bitter resinous flavors of the brew giving the hop more punching power.
Overall – A rather bitter and resinous but still quite drinkable IPA. Quite enjoyable.
onceblind (9664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Clear brilliant amber with a thick off-ivory head. Nose has a strong bit of boozy caramel and lemon-like hop bitterness. The flavor is big yet very balanced between acidic and resinous hop bitterness and boozy amber malt. No aspect really shines through, though. It’s basically just a malty strong ale, pretty forgettable. OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Served in a DFH IPA glass.
A - Dark russet reddish/brown, with 3 fingers of thick head that slowly melts on the edges creating a center mountain of meringue. Superb retention and lacing.
S - Toasted barley, sweet orange citrus, lemon, stern alcohol aroma, strong brewed tea, potpourri comes to mind
T - Aggressive hops upfront, not bitter but in terms of flavor. Orange cream and grapefruit pith. Loads of roasted barley is sweet, grainy and creamy in the center with orange tea notes. Hop resin shows up with a spicy herbal character. Heavy green pine pairs with a raw grainy malt and brings along a resinous bitterness.
M - Heavy side of medium bodied with creamy carbonation, alcohol.
A big red with plenty of hops to match the malt. Alcohol comes through quit a bit but doesn’t distract. Solid pine bitterness on the finish. A very well constructed beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2013 Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottled July 9th, poured October 24th. This is a pretty old essential IPA, but I heard good things. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: A copper/red color with a bit of a haze to it. Three fingers of a soapy, pillowy, huge khaki colored head that stays around for ages. Lacing is clumpy top to bottom. Looks great.
Smell: Earthy sort of pine note overtones, and grapefruit juice and rind undertones. There’s also a slight bit of alcohol in there as well, but not in a huge way. I’d have to think that, given the label, the hops faded quite a bit. Still smells quite good.
Taste/feel: First sip of this wasn’t very good.. I got a whole lot of bitter, without many real flavors. Then my mouth was coated a bit, and it got considerably better. It’s a medium-bodied beer that hits your tongue and then drapes it with a bittersweet grapefruit and grassy/earthy hop flavor. Feels very "sticky." This one is definitely loaded with hops. Aftertaste is much of the same, and there doesn’t seem to be a huge depth of flavor, but it’s still a very solid beer. The trace of alcohol I get in the aroma is also there in the flavor, but again, it’s not significant.
I’d have to think the age on this has changed this beer a little bit. One of my less favorite beers I’ve had from Sierra Nevada, but it’s still serviceable. The harsh bitterness on the end along with the taste of alcohol is just something that turns me off a little bit.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Heavy floral flavors. Overall not bad for a red. I would probably pass on this one. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Drank with Bob and Dave Clark. Nice earthy undertones and well blended caramel. Dry hoppy / dark finish. A winner. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Draft. Bronze beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and light malt aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light malt. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with light malt. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
On tap. Clear reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Grapefruit, pine, toffee, and caramel aroma and taste with a cereal grain finish a decent bitterness and a creamy palate. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2013
"Imperial Red" label from the Beer Camp Mix Pack. Pours a clear dark red-amber color with a large creamy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of earthy, herbal, resin hops and pale malts. The taste is citrus and earthy hops, stone fruits. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.