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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4.4
mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Tasty red IPA. Has that Sierra Nevada signature to it. caramel, roasty, resin, leaves, red, clear, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, creamy, lively, bitter,

4.4
MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle - from "Beer Camp" sampler. Deep copper color. Mostly clear. Aroma is mostly malty with a bit of roast. Really good! Quite hoppy with some malt flavor. Would definitely buy a case of this if available.

4.4
TourDeBeer (123) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2013
Malt aromas, sticky taste, high bitters, fairly high carbonation. Great appearance I hope the rest of the beer camps are this good -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

4.3
ardbeguser (23) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Really excellent beer. Lovely hop aroma, which follows through in the taste, but with real body and depth. Excellent.

4.2
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.

4.2
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Love love love this brew. Sampled in a 24 oz bottle. Really malty with fresh hop flavors. A great brew that I can’t get enough of.

4.2
cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
I really liked this beer. It had some of the earthy qualities of an Irish red ale, but unlike that style, it was aggressively hopped. The hops mask the high alcohol content very well. Very pleasant to sip, a little overwhelming in flavor if you try to drink it too fast though. The hops have a fresh, light character, and I definitely notice citrus like the description claims, which is an interesting contrast to the earthy, caramely malt background. What I like most about this beer is that, especially if I sip it, it has a very light character, in spite of its richness, intense hoppiness, and high ABV. And it really is red--holding it up to the light was visually striking.

4.1
zsb19 (480) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and floral and pine hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt upfront with some juicy sweet citrus on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering sweet citrusy hops. Palate is thin and somewhat sticky. Overall nice balance and very drinkable.

4.1
poisoneddwarf (2690) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2013
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. Didn’t they do an imperial red ale last year? Aroma is toasty, minerally. Taste is lightly sweet with a pretty fierce bitterness following along right behind. Pours a pretty ruby red with a light haze; has a nice looking beige head with good retention; leaves some funky lacework. Palate is nice and creamy with just right carbonation. Well made, if not very original. Self plagiarism is alright if you’re a big brewery I guess.

4.1
Chudwick (3437) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2013
draft - pours deep amber with ivory head and great lacing. Flavor is roast, caramel, herbal hops, citrus and rye(?). Good balance with bitterness winning out. Impressive.


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