Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
This imperial red ale takes the intense hop profile found in traditional double ipa and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon--balanced by a smooth and surprisingly robust malt body.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (10270) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from Appellation Wines, Dalry. Aroma of sweet red berries and cereal. Lovely deep amber colour; good, lasting head. A lot going on in the mouth, which disguises the strength, perhaps a touch too heavy on the carbonation. Also too full and sweet a finish for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle and served in tulip: Pours a deep amber hue with brilliant ruby highlights topped by an initial huge off-white head which left very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of caramel, aromatic and bready malts along with some PNW hops esters of grapefruit and pine. The taste is rather balanced with the right amount of hop bitterness to counter the malt sweetness. A bit of mineral and metallic note towards the finish. The mouth feel is medium-bodied and slightly aggressive. Overall this is a very solid effort and one I would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unstablefable (233) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2013
Pours translucent amber/red with substantial slightly off white head. Aroma is dark fruity hops, pine, caramel toffee. Taste starts of with great malty nutty flavours red fruits finishes cleanly with a powerfully bitter citrusy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Appearance was clear red brown with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aromas are sweet brown sugar, toffee and caramel malts. Hoppy are floral citrus fruits with hints of fig, no alcohol present. Taste of sweet malty backbone then the fruity hops of pine,grapefruit, lemon, orange with hints of fig and date. Yummy. Palate is smooth creamy CO2 with meduim body, then lasting smooth balanced touch dry finish. Wonderful red.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from the Eastchase Specs. Brownish pour with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and hoppy. Taste is bitter, almost burned, awkward caramel, spice, and a goofy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1062) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack purchased at the Escondido BevMo ($19.99 for 12-pack). Pours a deep red-brown (like tea) color with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma of citrus, lush tropical fruit, caramel, and tea. Flavor full of hops with notes of pine, sharp citrus, flowers, spicy hops, honey and caramel. Theres really a nice level of balancing sweetness here along with the significant bitterness. Good representation of the "imperial red" style. (269, 764)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1462) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
From a 355ml bottle on 8/1/2013. Pours a fairly clear red amber with a biggish very light tan head. Has a very pleasant aroma featuring lots of pine, bready and toasty malt, and some musk. In the mouth, you get a terrific malt hop balance. Theres bread, toast, caramel and nuts on the malt side, followed by sweet citrus fruit, a touch of tropical and stone fruit (peach, apricot and mango), and a firm, quite long grapefruity bitterness at the back. The body is medium to full. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (6040) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Nice rich amber coloured body with a bright ruby highlight, three centimetres of tan head and a lot of small bubbles rising from the bottom and the sides. Aroma of fresh hops, pine, alcohol, yeast and a bit of spruce. Medium-bodied; Strong hop flavour at first with a great malt balance, some toffee and caramel, a bit of pine and spruce, but a lot of grapefruity and citrus finishing flavours. Aftertaste is subdued - with the hops really out of the picture and the main flavours centered around the citrus and pine with a good malt balance. Overall, a nice and balanced beer with less hops than expected, but that was a good thing. I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.69 sampled at home in Washington on 07-January-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Nice caramel and toasted nuts in a fairly malty beer. Fairly aggressive hopping, although its mostly in the flavor and less in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 4, 2013
This is the Imperial Red Ale from the 2012 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. This beer pours a nice dark Amber/Red color in the glass. With an aggressive pour I got a nice finger and a half of head. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Definite alcohol legs, this beer is 8.1% abv. The initial smell coming off this beer was peachy with citrus grapefruit smell. There was also a nice sweet malty smell. This beer was somewhat hop forward, felt like the taste didnt really start until the middle of the tongue. Beer seemed like it wanted to go sweet but finished with a slap of bitterness and grapefruit. As the beer warmed, it got very boozy in the nose and the finish. Decent offering overall. Not great for August or September but good later on. Hop resin floating in the beer, otherwise it was clear.

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