coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
there are citrus and piney hop notes with floral qualities too then theres toffee flavored maltiness...clear amber red brown color with very creamy off white head..tastes tingly with hops and spice of a piney and citrus nature(this is a west coast brewery all the way)with a welcome caramel/roasty hop background very ngood and complex quite a surprise..medium bodied and creamy texture..overall much less astringent than most red ales and much more flavorful and complex this is a keeper sierra nevada jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
Bootle- A lovely reddish brown colour, with a nice foamy head. A very enjoyable beer. a very well made beer Maris (1612) - 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. There’s 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. DanielBrown (4563) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from/at/with Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Very good balance of these things: malty, bitter, warming, full flavoured, correct hopping level (not over the/a top). Went down good. May have contributed to me leaving half my beers on a bus. ozarkspops (368) - - AUG 15, 2012
Good representation of one of my favorite styles. Deep amber color. Thick head. Grapefruit is the most prominent hop flavor. It's an imperial but not too much of an alcohol taste.
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poisoneddwarf (2688) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2012
12 oz bottle from the 2012 variety pack bought from work. Pours hazy amber with a medium cream-colored head that falls in a minute, leaving a blanket of foam and some lace. Aroma is biscuity, caramelly; could be more prominent. Taste is roasty, biscuity, starting out lightly sweet before becoming quite bitter. Has flavors of caramel, cinnamon. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. If I didn’t know better, I would guess this was in the 5 or 6% range. Tastes like an amped up version of Fat Tire. Nice one. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2012
A - Pours an almost clear ruby red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and, tropical, citrus, and lightly piney hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced hoppy Imperial Red Ale. Good hop profile and bitterness throughout. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle. Pretty dark brown to copper colored hue with a tall, fluffy beige head. Aroma is spicy hops, peach and citrus with caramel underneath. Taste is big citrus, tropical fruit and strong peach notes along with spicy hops, caramel and hints of toffee. Body is medium-full and rather chewy with a dense, prickly carbonation and a moderate lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more citrus notes, hints of pine, spicy hops, peach, strong caramel, sweet malt and toffee notes. Tasty! Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle-purchased at Jubilation in Albuquerque, NM-Aug 2012-pours deep ruby red hue crystal clear with a lovely soapy lite tan head. looks awesome! nose is big tosted carmel malts with alot of piney hops. smells awesome! A brief hint of alcohol on the nose. Love how this smells-alot of complexity. Flavors of deep caramel malts, toasted malt, lite roast, lots of piney hops, huge resin and a wonderful carmel malt base that lasts the entire way through the sip. Long toasty/piney hop finish with lingering notes of leafy tobacco. This is awesome! This should become a SN regular in their 24oz bottle series. I would be happy. Im really surprised by the low ratings. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
355mL. Pours a clear, deep red to mahogany with a massive, rocky, beige/yellowish head. Huge formation, lasting retention, big lacing everywhere. Nose is fresh cherries, milk chocolate, brownie, some baked rhubarb pie with buttery crust. Taste up front is more stout like than expected, very silky, rich with dense chocolate and melted ganache. Palate in the back is wickedly bitter like sucking on sine sap and spruce tips. Lasting, mega bitterness. Reminds me of SN Celebration a bit. Very delicious. SN Celebration fans rejoice! I think Sierra Nevada is one of the only breweries that should attempt the often disastrous "imperial red" style. Small booziness is evident but not offensive- so sweet brown alcohol.