badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
On tap. Clear golden red amber with a fluffy white head. Huge beautiful floral orange grapefruit peach and molasses aroma and taste with a big bitter bite and a floral perfume finish. Thick buttery pallate. Hoppy as fuck without tasting like resin, lawn clippings, or soap. Really well done. A_Witty_Man (6) - Albany, USA - NOV 9, 2012 does not count
AR: Rich caramel aroma, with some toasted notes. Malt comes through first. Citrus hops that balance, but do not overwhelm the malt. Slight alcohol sharpness, but not a burn. Hop aroma is citrus crossed with stonefruit, and less intense than expected. Really inviting.
AP: Pours clear reddish-brown (w/ a small amount of bottling yeast), and produces a one-finger tawny head that dissipates and laces glass during the first sips.
TA: Malt-forward with a hint of light chocolate or dark caramel. Grapefruit-pith hop flavor; firm hop bitterness that sticks on the back end. Lingering malt flavors of semi-sweet toastiness.
PA: Slightly prickly carbonation that, when combined with hops, adds a not-unpleasant astringency. Medium-bodied, with a semi-dry finish (again aided by hop bitterness.)
Overall: A malt-centered beer that is firmly supported with a firm but not overpowering hop bitterness. The alcohol in this could sneak up on you, hidden initially in the malt flavors, and then with the residual bitterness. A really nice beer. mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2012
330ml bottle from Archive. Pours a very deep tarnished copper colour with a good even layer of light brown foam. The nose carries some fruitiness with pech and nectarine aromas. Strong alcohol kick in the aroma. SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle Beer Camp variety pack from BevMo: Poured a deep dark shade of amber red with mahogany tinting with a thick lather of head that looked similar to shaving cream. Nose is decked with sugary sweet malts that smell perfectly toasted while a slight nuttiness comes through as well. The flavor is semi sweet with a moderate taste of toffee like candy stemming from the quality malts put in usage by Sierra Nevada. This is a solid effort beer and passes the grade in my beer camp recruits. Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours dark amber with two fingers of perfect creamy head. Promises a lot and delivers as well. Aroma and flavor: caramel, hazelnut, chocolate and citrus. Oily palate and long bitter finish. SN delivers again!
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bnoel09 (588) - Elk Grove, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Poured into a shaker. Dark reddish brown with a cream colored head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some toffee, fruit, and some pine hop notes. Flavor is very malty up front with toffee and some almost chocolate notes. Finishes with some hop bitterness - mostly earthy but some pine as well. Medium bodied and pretty smooth for the hoppiness. Overall this is an interesting beer. The maltiness almost reads more like a brown, the hops like an IPA, but all with the balance of a red. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Poured onto a, shaker. Nice thick creamy head. Good lacing. Aroma is almost chocolate and malty, the flavor is hopy and bitter, sort of like a black ipa, but lighter. Red ipa is perfect, nice balance. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2012
(bottle) Pours a clear crimson color with a large, fluffy, off-white head that takes a long time to settle and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma holds an abundant amount of cherry oddly enough, with little hints of anise and some citrus. An odd, but pleasant scent sequence. There’s a bit of booze in here too that just accentuates instead of detracts from the aroma. The flavor is pretty well put together, with a lot of fruity flavors such as grapefruit, cherry hard candy, light tootsie roll, lime zest, and caramel. The beer finishes with a light and resinous piney bitterness that is in no way overpowering (as is oft the case with SN). Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is dialed right in. Overall this beer is the best of the beer camp series, and something I’d drink every so often if it were regularly available. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2012
12oz bottle. Filtered glowing red-amber. Foamy off-white head. Cool to see Sierra Nevada not only finally tackle an red, but also really nail it. BIg and full bodied, but quite balanced and drinkable too. Fruity amber malt and rich caramel malt is held in check by steady piny hop tones. World Class. Toasty, hoppy, rich. Excellent. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Deep ruby red. Healthy slush-heavy head with a touch of lace. Looks really outstanding.
Aroma of earthy malts and grapefruit. The hop pretty much sits atop the malts, daring you. There is a strong mint-leaf scent that I didn’t expect.
The flavor has a wow factor: citrus hops that beautifully balance the spicy, earthy malts. The flavors play off each other like great jazz. It’s pretty harsh, no doubt, but very rewarding.
Chewy and sandpapery. This is a bigger beer than I thought it would be. A challenging and big brew. The kind of beer where when you’re halfway through, you’re grateful you have another half left.