Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2013)

 
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RATINGS: 292   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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3.8
gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
355 ml / 12 fl oz bottle at Tant Selmas, Ludvika, on March 25, 2014. Beer Camp #95, 2013.
Clear dark reddish brown color, smallish tan head. Sweet, malty, hoppy, grassy scent, some alcohol and rye. Sweet, malty, grainy, bitter, hoppy, rye taste. Dry, grainy, bitter, grassy, grapefruit zest and pith afttertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.9
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
355mL 2013 mix pack purple label. Clear deep red with enormous tan foam. Perfect lacing. Nose is piney, resinous, fresh melon and thyme. Taste is rich and silky, mild chocolate and oil. Heavy pine needle and forest like SN Celebration. Softer mouthfeel but just as aggressive IBU wise. Celebration fans will rejoice ounce more. Paired with Thai food.

3.7
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
12oz bottle, 2013 vintage, beer camp #95. Dark red color, with lots of fine particles suspended in the body. Good thin khaki head, leaves decent lace. Piney, grapefruity, spicy big west coast hops, here. Spicy, chocolate malts, light caramel. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter, kind of tingly / softer carbonation, with a more dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, and a spicy finish. Good assertively hoppy, spicy imperial red!

3.7
onceblind (9630) - 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.

3.5
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark red amber body, clear with short tan head. Fruitcake, maraschino cherry-almond bread, pine, juicy ripe oranges, pressure-treated lumber and brown malts. Pumpernickel bread shows up in the finish. Brutal bitterness, medium-high sweetness, somewhat savory, decent malt firmness. It’s seemingly dry even though I can tell on the approach that it’s sweet. Sweet but not too sweet, and the hop acids cut the sugar well. With the silty / minerally Sierra Nevada yeast and strong pine resin character it seems like a different iteration of Celebration, which was one of the original American Red IPAs. So it’s got that going for it.

3.3
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Draft. Caramel beer with a cream head. Light grapefruit and light caramel aroma. Grapefruit and caramel flavor with pine and light aspirin. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and caramel linger with light pine and light aspirin.

3.6
blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Spicy and grassy hops, medium bitterness, some sweet and bready malts, and a lingering bitter finish. Pretty good.

3.5
mabel (9246) - 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
(@ Abraxas, Miami, FL)

3.8
douglas88 (9176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of caramel and citrus. Big fruity hops, medium bitterness some dusty caramel. Good. Very hoppy.

3.6
b3shine (8870) - Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Bottle says it’s Beer Camp #95. Looks good; a hazy dark amber with light beige lacing. Smells of big caramel malt with a fairly bitter hop profile and a bit of soapiness, but not unpleasantly so. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.


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