Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2013)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 289   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 can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Hello my love how was your day? Poured from the 12oz bottle to a tulip. Less "red" that expected, appearance is a dark cherry wood. Aromas are superb!. First rush on the nose is a nice blend of fresh floral hops (A SN trademark) cherry, currant and caramel malts. The alcohol gives a pop on the end of the nose. Good complexity. Stone and tropical fruits also make themselves known in the aroma. The mouth feel is surprisingly light considering the bitterness from the hops. Bitter-fruity-juicy-with a touch of sweetness, the finish retains that clean Sierra Nevada Profile. This is and amazingly approachable ale. A bit of black plum and grapefruit, and caramel and toffee and and and...Just a lot going on. The abv is well hidden. I enjoyed the finish, long but not overpowering bitter and mouthwatering citrus. Fridge some of this.

craftbeersweden (700) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2016
Bottled in 2013, bought March 2014 in Sweden and stored in my beercellar for almost two years.
ABV: 8.5% - Best before September 2014.

This is a dark, red, hazy beer with a two finger high, fluffy, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing. A lot of sediment floating around.

Nose: Caramel malt, dried fruit, ripe apples, floral notes, vanilla, resin, apricot, red berries and yes! Still a lot of hops in the nose after more than two years!
As the beer warms up it explodes of hops - Really nice!
Taste: Almost creamy taste. A slight bitterness at the end. Dried fruit, plum, grapefruit, orange, pine, resin, caramel malt, pink grapefruit and grass. A lot of hops in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Thick texture. Medium carbonation. Soft and creamy. Dry and bitter ending. A "chewy" feeling, like taking a big bite of a great, tasty, fruit!

As you can see I really like this brew! It has matured very good and I just hope I’ll still have a few bottles of this #95 - 2013 deep down in my cellar...

Svesse (8767) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2016
(Bottle) Reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, hoppy nose with notes of caramel, resin, apricots, dark bread, orange peel, burnt rubber, some chocolate and a touch of maple syrup. Malty, hoppy taste with caramel, apricots, resin, orange peel, dark bead, a touch of chocolate and a generous citric/resiny bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Solid malt profile and a generous hop character. Very nice.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Hoppier than expected. Acquired a malty taste after warming up. Just a bit more bitter than I like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle split at ChrisO tasting, London. It pours a rich golden color with medium off-white head. Aroma is rich in resinous hops, citrus peel pine cones, light grapefruit and grass. Taste is herbal, dry, with more resin, pine cones, citrus. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, good resinous IPA

nihtila (3908) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
30.7.2014. Beer camp #95 2013. Dark copper colour. Intense has sweet caramel malts, and tells its strong in abv. Also raisin and intense fruity hoppiness. Taste has bready malts, turning into ripe fruits, nuts, pine, sth slightly roasted. Finish is bittersweet with grass and nuts. Good and quite complex and balanced. Towards the end, rating dropped.

JohnRMurdoch (5043) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2015
12oz bottle from Drygate. Dark reddish orange brown, reasonable head. Toffee apple malt aroma and flavour. Very smooth and well balanced. A big tasting bitter.

Leighton (22297) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle shared at the July 2014 chriso tasting - London. Pours clear penny copper with a frothy white head. Big piney hop nose with secondary notes of orange rind and dried caramel. Medium sweet flavor with grainy bread, pine, earth and orange. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation and oily texture. Resinous finish with more pine and grainy toasted bread. Not bad.

mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6102-20131214] Tap. Toasted wet grains aroma. Slightly hazy, red brown body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Toasted grains continues in the flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting. (6/4/7/4/14) 3.5
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wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, Ship in a Bottle, West Kirby. Copper pour with a reserved tan head. Sweet malt, citrus and resin in the nose. Initially sweet taste that succumbed to a healthy dollop of citrusy hop. Satisfyingly pleasant to drink. This Beer Camp Series is very good indeed.

mR_fr0g (13475) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s mid-week lasting 03/07/14. Bottle from cotteridge wines. Caramel/ red coloured pour with a lasting loose off white head. Aroma is leather, smoked pine, resin tobacco. Flavour is nice resin, pine needles with a big clean bitterness. Some fruity tangerine and toasted bread malt. Palate is full, sticky resin. Lingering clean piney bitterness. This bottle held up well.

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