Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2013)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that cant suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pours a dark amber with red highlights. The aroma is sweet with caramel and bread. The flavor has the sweetness up front but quickly gives way to the citrus and peppery hops. Quite dry with a very nice after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (994) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2013
From a 12 oz purchased at The Greeks into a pint glass of some sort. Pours a crimson red. Three or so inches of head and some sticky lacing. Very nice piney aroma with some lighter fruit mixed in. Mouthfeel is sticky with a solid amount of carbonation. Taste is first off a scotch ale but then the hops kick in. After which its bitter and piney. Some skunk, veggies and pineapple. Glad to have tried it and I could see myself drinking it when I feel like a big ass red IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Very hearty caramel body with strong notes of molasses. Some rich toffee sweetness and a bit of chocolate. Big fruit sweetness. Pine and grass with a big citrus rind component. Strong and somewhat boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14025) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari. Clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, light pine, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/pine, some alcohol astringency. Medium body, some resin, stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
12oz bottle from the Beer Camp box, pours a really dark red almost brown with an off white head, aroma is a mixture of sweet malt and caramel with a good amount of citrus and hops mixed in as well, the flavor has a nice hoppy front end with a smooth sweet finish, not over the top bitter and hoppy and not too malty, a really nice mixture of the two, really nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (705) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Very dark amber brew with small quickly fading head. Aroma was like dewberries or blackberries with a small copper metalic hint. Taste was a more hops than expected but still pretty good. Other than the hops there was hits of the malts and a thick mouth feel that made this one really good. Hope the store has more of this Beer Camp sampler left cause looks like Ill be buying them out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
This red ale is so dark it almost looks black. The head is bitter and stick. Pininess and dusty dirt characterize the aroma. The flavor starts with caramel malt instantly crushed by the west coast hops and leading into the smoothest finish available in a beer anywhere. All hail IRAs. If you arent smiling this will wipe that frown clean off your face.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (10124) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle from Beercraft in Rohnert Park, CA. Clear amber pour with a small wispy head. Citrus / herbal hops with plenty of caramel and booze - comes off a little medicinal. Crisp on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (7980) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear deep ruby mahogany, medium beige head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, resin, cat piss, caramel. Flavor is about the same, light sweet and medium bitter. Caramel adds a little sweetness up front, but then the bitterness takes over and brings it all home. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit too much bitterness on the finish, but otherwise tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle to pint. Deep ruby color. Aroma of sweet malt and dark fruit. Taste is big on pine and strong malt, also red fruit and a bit boozy. Heavy beer. Bitter finish.

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