Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2013)

 
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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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3.5
J_man (1008) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Burnt wood notes in the aroma along with earthy notes. Clear copper/amber color with a light tan head. Scorched sugar and molasses sweetness followed by a creamy vanilla flavor. The alcohol becomes very evident at this point along with a good bitter earth/forest hop presence. A bit of butterscotch in the back along with more charred wood notes. Finishes dry and sweet with a lasting bitterness.

2.4
bwa5879 (947) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pour is deep copper to brown, pretty murky, thin whispy layer of beige suds. Cloudy linen scent. floral hops and robust sweet carmel, some faint banana. Pert carbonation, mouthfeel average to thin, very bitter finish, carbony/resinous. Bitter resin and pine hop flavor, somewhat indistinct malt character that just adds roundness to the flavor overall. Straght forward bitter beer that’s not too strong but lacks complexity.

3.8
aleigator (945) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2014
Ember-brown color, with a big, froth head. Contains lots of sweet malts, along with a very inviting, fruity hoppiness, which is quite straight forward and intense on the nose. Begins with bready, toasty malts, which turn sweeter, into a dark fruity direction with hints of syrup. Then the slick hop fruitiness gets mingled up with earthy malts, creating an enjoyable complexity. Hops then turn dryer with spicy, stingy hints, enhanced by a slightly metallic, lively carbonation. Finish is also centered on the hops, with stone-fruits and lime, a pleasant dryness, while warming malts are still being recognizable. Malts accompany the hops in an outstanding, well balanced way, which in the end, lets the hops stand out even more. Again, Sierra Nevada sticks out for me, as they are brewing blueprints of particular beer-styles, very clean and thoughtful.

3.2
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Decent. Pours red with a tan head. Aroma is primarily sweet malt and hops. Taste is full of bread notes, finishes bitter hops.

4
salvaticas (847) - - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at Ashley's. Lots of malts with a great hoppy bit. Little on the nose. Pours a dark red. Good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2013
12oz into a stemmed belgian. Head is heafty and full with marshmellow likeness. Aroma is sweet plums, rasin, blackberries, and soil. Taste is malty up front, the amber offering bring forth a smooth ride down the pallate, but forthcoming hop bombs ring in a diffrent tune and spice this one up some. Its a full frontal blast of amber excellence in the long run. Caramel malt tranfusions usher in a resounding balance of continuation, as does the yeast balance and the full bodied brew. The abv centers along the line of resounding but does not seem too out of line. This brew hols steady along the line and is my second favorite tihs year. I really like how the hops sneak right in and shower one with the bitterness and juicky flow of an ipa, then the malts overturn such action and befuddle the course, bring this version an imperial status. Nice brew.

3.5
bbbeer (838) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Reddish brown with small tan head. Aroma piney hops and malt. Medium-full body. Not much alcohol. Grapefruit and citrus hops, bit of brown sugary malt in the background. Bitter hops overwhelms a hint of sweetness. Flavor is quite hoppy and pretty much tastes like a DIPA without much red ale character. Nonetheless is good.

3.9
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy burgundy color. There’s a nice head capping it off; it’s about two fingers high, off white in shade, and rather frothy in its texture. As the head recedes (retention is good), the lacing left behind is quite prevalent. S: This one seems to focus on the herbal and piny hops, with noticeable caramel and toffee to balance. Very little in terms of citrusy hop notes. The overall combination - piny hops, tons of caramel - don’t really appeal to me, but this one works rather well. As it warms up, a little more maltiness shines through. T: I’ve noticed a few comparing this to cannabis. And by gawd, they’re on to something. It opens relatively sweetly, with the usual caramel-and-toffee suspects at the forefront. It takes a bit of time to build, but soon after, a great deal of resiny hops explode on the palate. It’s not just generically bitter - the weed, herb, and pine notes are decently defined. As bitter as it is, it doesn’t bother me in the least. A twinge of sweet caramel reappears in the distant aftertaste; maybe that’s why. M: It’s gotten to the point where an amber ale has to finish crisply in order for me to actually like it. And this does. It’s a little sweet on the aftertaste, but that’s no big deal. This one gives me a bit of a cottonmouth feel post-swallow...OMG JUST LIKE WEED. THIS IS WEED BEER, BRO. O: I usually do not like any amber ale that isn’t made by Troegs. This is a welcome exception to that rule. Wow, imagine that, an amber ale that brings the hops and treats the malt like an unwanted mother-in-law (there, but kept in that dingy room away from the good times), what a novel concept. This and Nugget Nectar are probably the only two ambers I could willingly drink multiple servings of.

4
bellco33 (821) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Poured from bottle into pint glass: Pours dark amber / red with a one-finger cream colored head. Aroma consists of roasted malt, caramel, and a slight earthyness. Flavor is malty, carmel, a bit nutty, and then finishes with a strong hop note on the back end. Medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation which suits this beer well. My only complaint is that I find it to be a bit too bitter, but other than that, this is a really nice beer.

3.8
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Should be named not nugget nectar. I liked it but come on guys we know whats your trying to do. Good beer nothing to knock in the brew itself but the intentions may be questioned


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