onceblind (10895) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Hazy dark nutty amber with a medium foamy light khaki head. Aroma has a lot of semi-sweet caramel with some sticky grapefruit rind. Flavor is quite piney and a bit floral, dank, and juicy hoppy, but buttressed by a load of amber caramel sweetness and a little nuttiness. Finishes a bit caramelly/cerealish with a wee piney kick. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Very simple, predictable rendition...the most basic aromatic components for this sort of beer (caramelly malt and grapefruity/resinous hops) along with the raw, yeasty vitamin B smell Sierra Nevada is known for. Looks nice, and the mouthfeel is pleasant too. Exactly what you would expect when someone says "imperial amber / IPA" or whatever you want to call this. Reasonably well-made but quite generic. drjay44 (3894) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2013
12 oz. bottle. A gift from Zach. Pours a thick, well retained ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly hazy, particle laden, dark amber copper (SRM 18) body....nose is citrus, pine, light toffee/caramel, minimal esters.....taste is moderate toffee/caramel to start, then heavy pine, grapefruit peel, finishing with a big, lingering hop bitterness......mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds tingle, and clean acid finish. The hops are dominant as advertized, but this beer would be better with more malt complexity and character. BJCP 7/2/13/4/6 j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle from the beer camp 12 pack. Pours a clear dark crimson amber with a medium sized beige head. Big sticky hops on the nose, citrus and grapefruit pith, earthy malt. Medium-bodied, long earthy bitter hops right away. Long quinine bitterness and a bit of toasty malt. Big and bitter. Lovely. cheap (6216) - CHINA - OCT 25, 2013
On tap at the madd madd mex in robinson, nice palce. Darker with a creamy head. creamy head. smells a little vanilla. oh yes big strong impact on the buds. over the top, kick ass makes a point. with a punch. fairly flat and medicinal. high alky and yah know it. a little numbing and rude.
Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Draft. Murky amber brown color, massive tan head with good retention. Aroma of pine boughs dipped in burnt caramel. Taste is sweet burnt butterscoth, a bit if pepper, bitter, boozy finish. MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle - from "Beer Camp" sampler. Deep copper color. Mostly clear. Aroma is mostly malty with a bit of roast. Really good! Quite hoppy with some malt flavor. Would definitely buy a case of this if available. AWISLguy (3429) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle from the Summer Beer Camp pack, from Antioch Fine Wine. Pours a brownish red color with light orange head that sticks around nicely, and leaves some streaks of lace. Aroma has pine, citrus, stone fruits and some caramel - dominated by the pine; rest are subtle. Taste is of sweet simple sugar, spicy pine, bitter orange/grapefruit and caramel. Some alcohol present. A lot of body but a bit oversweet. Medium bodied. Slightly syrupy. Finishes quite bitter for as sweet as it was in the presentation. A solid american strong - too sweet to be stellar. DougHnut70 (72) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
On tap @ Tap25 - I wonder if raters are confusing this with Flipside, the new SN red this fall in 6 packs found everywhere. Dark red, clear, with a head that sticks around. Hops and citrus dominate aroma, taste starts like a typical Sierra Nevada, then gets a little sweeter, and then finishes with a bitter, hoppy, crispy bite. No alcohol warming, great for a 8.5%. From what I remember, this version is a little hoppier and a little better than last years. Who doesn’t love Beer Camp? Had this side by side with a Sculpin and preferred this. Recommended. Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours ruby red from draft into snifter. Strong citrus almost tangy hops in the nose. Taste starts off as smooth light toffee, citrus, and hard candy. Hops kick into the back for a nice crispness. Really enjoyed this one.