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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3.7
onceblind (10864) - 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.

3.2
cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Somewhat piney, a bit dank, slightly floral hoppy, caramel, citrusy aroma. Somewhat strong and a bit boozy, burnt caramel malty, earthy, spicy hoppy flavor that finishes a bit goopy and slightly strong. OK.

3.9
GT (10017) - 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.

3.5
mabel (10004) - 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)

3.7
DrSilverworm (10000) - 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!

3.6
blipp (9902) - 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.

3.8
douglas88 (9795) - 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.

3.3
bb (9790) - 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.

3.7
The_Osprey (9673) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. No bottling date, but 2013 vintage. Murky dark red / brown with a small off-white head. Smell is toned down - some cardboard, slight cat urine, maybe a hint of orange and fried indian snacks. Body is medium, slightly foamy, medium carbonation. Taste is caramel and toffee in that order, a bit of mocha in the middle and then lots of grapefruit. Finish is astringent and slightly sharp. Not bad.

3.7
bytemesis (9497) - 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.


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