Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (2012)

 
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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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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chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2012
12 oz bottle: Pours a rich, hazy and slightly cloudy mahogony red. Nice light tan head and good CO2 release. Aroma is sweet malts, floral hops some hay. Taste is a rich caramel malt with very little noticible hop profile, but good bittering. Thick and creamy, smooth at first but a bit of a bitter finish. Very good, rich red ale.

3.2
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours a very clear but deep red-amber with a small creamy head. Mild malt aroma. Slight roasted caramel flavor, but also some good hops in there. Medium bodied. A decent effort, and a good red ale.

3.2
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Draft. Copper beer with a dark cream head. malt aroma. Caramel and light pine flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and light pine linger.

3.2
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012
bottle. reddish amber with medium head. very nice looking beer. extremely bitter and resiny. definitely not an easy-drinking beer.

3.2
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
This poured a medium red color with an off white head. Aroma was of nuts, caramel, piney hops, and a bit of diacytel. Flavor was much the same, pretty common imperial red flavor, thoguh lacking in hop flavor, there is a fair amount of bitterness, to balance the sweetness of the malt.

3.2
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Aroma: seltzer, froth, and rind, some dough; Appearance: nut brown, thick creamy head upon pour that lingers, lots of rings (lace?); Taste: quite bitter like a DIPA, just a hint of carmalized oat, not burnt though, can definately pick out the grapefruit rind, but not so much the melon or the peach, also slightly metallic; Palate: a somewhat mixed aftertaste, gets a bit sweet if you sip it, sometimes the bitter lingers, sometimes that malt settles on the back of the tongue, seems to change throughout the course of a pint; Overall: initial impression is that it is more like a DIPA than a red ale, but, after a while, you kind of sort of get the idea that there’s more to this beer than initially meets the eye (or the tastebuds in this case), I’d recommend it

3.2
tennisjoel (1487) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2012
This was probably my least favorite of the beer camp series. Copper red pour with a high malt content. Some underlying hops beneath. Somewhat harsh finish. Not awful, but I’m not a huge fan.

3.2
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Nice red amber color. Good head with nice lacing. Nose is malt and hop. Crisp clean attack and smooth finish.

3.2
screigh (765) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Pours a deep red with an off-white head. That head quickly settled down to a thin film that left some nice lacing. The aroma is very "grainy". I get malty grain with a lot of hop bitterness in the finish. Not getting the complexity others are describing. I don’t get a lot of hop aroma or flavor just bitterness.

3.2
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
355 ml bottle.
Pours a amber brown colour with a large frothy white head, which collapses quickly. Aroma is very weak with some notes of berries and caramel malts. Flavour of caramel malts, sweet berries, caramel and grassy hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a dry, rough, bitter finish. Decent.


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