Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

95 IBU
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Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 3189120:39 and 149 13 C-2 1526 S are both printed on the shoulder of the bottle.

Pours a slightly cloudy brownish ruby with a big creamy head that dissipates very slowly into an almost powdery looking pile. Heavy lacing. Lots of fine carbonation. Smell is malty, slightly pine, overall fairly mild.

Taste is a nice rich malty red with a nice hoppy bitterness. More bitterness on the second sip - piney. Not terrific, but pleasing. Caramel, nutty.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry. Overall, not bad at all. I like it, and it suits me right now.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep rich bronze with a creamy-like one finger off white head atop that left almost two full rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass,great rich color and a great head.Aromas of brown sugar and earthy,piney hops,the hops are there but i would have liked a little more assertivness.The hops are more pronounced on the palate with a real earthy element to them along with pine and herbal notes,good hop complexity to go with brown sugar and molasses-like sweetness.A pretty solid hopped up red,it's close to being great,as is it's solid.

Photo of MadScientist
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper colored beer good clarity. The head is tan with cream, compact bubble mixed with a few larger soapy bubbles. Good head retention and some lacing on the glass.

S: Medium-strong hops with a good amount of lemon and lime citrus along with some pine aroma. There is a medium amount of caramel backing that up with a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: A moderately-strong hops bitterness and slightly less caramel malt sweetness with a lot of citrus hops flavor. The hops also bring some pine and an herbal note, making me think it was dry hopped even though I don't catch tat in the nose. The balance is pretty bitter. Some light alcohol sweetness. The finish is medium with a linger after taste of hop bitterness, citrus mixed with some caramel.

M: A creamy medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation. A moderate alcohol warmth.

O: A big malt foundation upon which an even bigger hop presence is built. A rich hoppy beer with

Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint

Appearance: Dark, stained red with good sized tan head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, some light pine and spice.

Taste: Very malty and somewhat sweet backbone of caramel, toffee and fruit. Some grapefruit, with a very bitter, spicy and piney finish.

Feel: Somewhat full body with moderately low carbonation and a sharply dry finish. Slightly boozy.

Overall: This is a big Red Ale that skirts dangerously close to both DIPA and Barleywine territory. This is right up Sierra's Nevada's alley. In other words, damn good.

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on the "Beer Camp" box is 07/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy copper amber orange with some ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head which slowly recede to a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: An aggressive and balanced aroma of big hop esters and toasty bready malt. Hoppy upfront with big earthy, floral, and herbal hop hints. Hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus fruit hints of orange rind, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest. Toasty bready malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, yeast, and some slight roasty chocolate. Slight rye like spice hints as well. A solid well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a sharp and toasty balance of earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. Big hop presence upfront with earthy notes of grass as well as floral notes. Herbal notes of spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and zesty lemon. Solid sweet bready malt balance with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, toast, and a little roast presence as well as some spice. Nice combination of bitterness and sweetness. Very good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily and bitter. Finishes dry. Alcohol presence is tame.

Overall: A very solid Red ale. Ripe and bitter hops with a solid balance of toasty and sweet malts. Bold and balanced.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled-on date of July 2013. The label says Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #95; not sure why this has been listed on BA as 'Blood Shot'. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described as an imperial red ale stuffed with West Coast hops.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-brown hue with tons of floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, orange peel, subtle citrus, sweet caramel malt, mild earthy yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Pretty good.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild citrus, caramel malt, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Hop oils strip the palate. Very astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine resin and caramel malt.

Extreme hops, resulting in serious bitterness. Looks alright (if a bit full of sediment), while the aroma and flavour are dominated by powerful pine-laden hop notes underpinned by a caramel malt backbone. Nice body that tantalises the tongue. Good stuff - my impression is that some of the aromatic subtlety has faded but a solid brew nonetheless. I believe this was a one-off but worth sampling if you encounter it.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel and reddish amber colored with a half inch high head of beige tightly-bubbled foam that lingers long. Aroma of grapefruit and orange rind pith, notes of brown sugar and honey.

Rich flavor of ruby grapefruit hops, orange rind, and some pine. Good balance of doughey malt with the hops, but the citrusy goodness really shines here. Some ripe pear and honey, plus faint notes of alcohol sweetness.

Even mouthfeel, full but a bit slick. Slight alcohol warmth, but it does not detract. Overall a great beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip; deep, murky brownish red. Looks like a barleywine more than an imperial red. Head is relatively thick, yellow, and fades after a minute or so into a half-centimeter cap of foam.
Smells of complex malt; nutty, sweet, bready...and some herbal, citrusey hops on top.
Taste is huge malt; silky smooth, bready and nutty, semi-sweet flavors abound. Puff of alcohol heat carries some flat hop bitterness with hints of tropical fruit and citrus.
Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied for the style, smooth and perfectly fizzy at the end. Finish is bitter, bit sticky.
Overall, after this one and the IPA I had last night, I'm wondering how old these bottles are. Each bottle talks about "citrusey hops" but I get nothing but flat bitterness. They're from 2013, but no date. Without the hoppy flavors, this is basically a barleywine. As that, it's not bad though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep blood orange hued with a light tan head, forms fine speckled lacing around the sides of my chalice. Aroma citric notes all day very big hoppy experience from the first sniff onward. Big malt hints of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramelized sugars bringing in the flavor of bitter rustic, dank hops. A very big hoppy beer, imperial red ale is more accurate than the Blood Shot name originally dubbed at the Beer Camp. Residual sugars really come out in the finish, instead of the typical dryness I get from most imperial or hoppy beers, I'm getting residual sugar sweetness that lies on the sides of the backend of my tongue and really encompasses the back of the throat with each swallow. Carbonation is natural body is heavy but not weighing me down from enjoying each sip. Overall a nice imperial red ale, that may want to study Lagunitas techniques, they seem to be one of the innovators of this style...more dubbed names Mondo Red, Imperial Red, Investigation Shutdown Ale and the likes have all done this style really well and have laid down a standard for me.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Beer Camp. Bottled July 8th 2013.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a slightly yellowed dense head. Has clarity to it but is almost too dark to see through. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma explodes with hops. Big malt backbone adds sweetness and roastiness to the beer but doesnt overpower the hop. Fermented fruits

T: Bold beer that is assertive in its flavor. Strong malts clash with powerful hops. The hops come through as a citrusy and earthy blend. Aftertaste lingers with the bitterness of hops. Malts have a nice roasty flavor and a bit of carmel sweetness.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Bit of a resinous mouthfeel to it.

Overall might be the best one out of this new Beer Camp. Certainly a powerful beer with loads of flavor. Not for the faint of heart or those who dont like hoppy and bitter beers.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a rusty auburn with a 2 finger sandstone colored head. Great retention, resulting in a strong layer of suds across the top. Lacing is prevalent, with great stick. Noticeable amounts of yeasty sediment can be spotted sinking toward the bottom.

Smell - Grapefruit hits the nose foremost, along with hints of stonefruit, while toffee and caramel linger in the back. Also a lesser note of alcohol in there.

Taste - Starts with hints of caramel and a big helping of grapefruit pith. Touches on ghostly notes of chocolate and coffee. Finishes with an assertive and astringent alcohol bite. At 8.5%, it's probably stronger than it should be.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fluffy carbonation. The naked alcohol bite leaves it feeling a little rough around the edges.

Overall - Strong, but fairly unremarkable. Much like last year's Imperial red, though this one has slightly more alcohol bite to it. If the SN Beer Camp packs are gonna continue to be $20, I'm likely done buying them unless something REALLY intriguing is in a future pack (like a BA Impy Stout, for example).

Photo of GilGarp
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Beer Camp #95 is a dark hazy red color with thin white head. It settles quickly and leaves just a little lace.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It actually has good balance with the malts which provide some caramel apple character.

Flavor is much more bitter than the aroma would suggest. It has slight sweetness at first but then turns quite bitter as if there was too much hop addition early in the boil. I don't get much hop flavor or aroma but lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Completely out of balance.

Overall a miss for me. I like hops but I also appreciate a bit of balance even in imperial styles. This is all bitterness and no balance.

Photo of alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, tree bark brown color with the slightest tint of red visible when held to the light. Beige head leaves plenty of lacing behind. Gobs of sediment and trace alcohol legs.

Almost flawless blend of malt and hops and then some! Roasted caramel provide a sweetness while piney and grassy hops liven the party up. Light cherry notes provide a tartness and finally, an aroma I've never encountered in a beer before... gasoline. Very odd, I agree, but it didn't turn me off.

Just as the aroma would suggest, this one is very hoppy. Bitterness wages war on your taste buds with the strong presence of pinecone and nutty hops - very earthy. Light floral notes sneak in as if a bouquet of flowers were a sort of peace treaty before simple, roasted caramel malts move in and attempt to make sense of the aftermath. Pleasant, grassy aftertaste.

Medium bodied ale with decent carbonation and a uber dry finish. Light alcohol burn.

Honestly, not at all what I was expecting - I feel something about truth in advertising should be mentioned because in my opinion, this is an IPA. That is not a bad thing though as I found myself enjoying the brutal bitterness. I know a recommendation in 2014 for a 2013 release seems rather pointless, but if you do happen to stumble upon a bottle and you enjoy a good hop attack, this is a beer you won't regret.

Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but clear red-amber, with substantial head. Beautiful and ornate lace, with loops and frills galore!

Nose is crisp, with fruits and malts up front, and a touch of citrus underneath.

Taste is sharp and certainly heavy from the onset, with a thick body. There are plenty of malts here to keep this one firmly in "red ale" territory, but there are also ample hops to take this one to new levels. A superb "red ale" for hop-heads, for sure.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two and half fingers of head on a deep red colored body.
The aroma is nice with dry grain and lemon zest.
The taste is bold. Lots of malt balanced with a heavy dose of pine bitterness.
The texture is crisp but thicker with moderate carbonation.
A big imperial red ale, no doubt.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7/8/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a deep, dark clear amber with reddish overtones. The beer blossoms a 3 fingers tall, light tan head. The head has good retention and leaves a nice coating of lace behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (3.75)
Juicy hops fill your nostrils first with their notes of grapefruit and pine resin. Slightly tropical smelling peach and light melon tones accompany the grapefruit and pine. Underneath the hops is a faintly chocolately, caramel malt backbone. Zero alcohol is in the aroma.

Taste: (3.75)
Big, pungent and distinctly herbal hops slap your palate immediately, bringing with them notes of juicy grapefruit, peach and pine. Quickly following the hops is a lightly bready and slightly chocolate tinged malt backbone. The beer finishes bitter and off dry with lingering notes of grapefruit, pine resin and some resounding notes of chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Medium bodied, with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
A pretty decent, albeit not too unique take on an Imperial Red Ale; The malt backbone definitely seems heavily influenced by Arrogant Bastard. I find the hop profile, as with a lot of Sierra Nevada's beers, a tad too herbal for me.

Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark red - almost purple - with a finger of silky off-white head. Head dissipates to a sudsy film with nice lacing. Great looking beer.

Smells of dank hops, juicy fruit and pine. Very nice throughout.

Taste mimics the nose, with plenty of bitterness and fruit, and some nice pine to round things out. Little bit of everything here -- grapefruit, plum, toffee, lemon, raisins and rye, with some of that signature SN herbal hoppiness. Remains a really bright, bitter IPA while still incorporating some of those dark fruit/sweet malt notes.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, silky smooth, and coats the palate for a nice, long finish.

Overall, really impressed by this beer and would be thrilled to see it join Sierra Nevada's regular lineup.

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours an auburn-ruby red color with a big frothy off-white head that has great retention long after the pour, and is still floating on top halfway through cunsumption

S- floral and pine hops, caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of toasted note

T- citrus and floral hop flavors up front with some pine, sweet caramel malt kicks in mid-palate and matches up nicely with the hop profile, dry finish with a nice piney linger

M- medium body with low carbonation creates a foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish

O- this drinks more like an amber/red ale than a DIPA, which leaves to to wonder if this is listed incorrectly ( it's listed as a duplicate, even though it's not). This is a well balanced brew that is easy to drink

Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a deep ruby with a solid, off-white head. Big hop nose. Resinous, citrusy, oily. Toasty malt body. Smells sweet. Calling this an amber ale? This is a barleywine. Not a great one, though. Lots of toast. Lots of fruity esters. Pretty boozy in the taste. Nice hop kick with a sticky, oily finish. Sticky, smooth mouthfeel. Overall, if this were labeled a barleywine, and assuming I was in the mood for one, I would have liked it more. I'm not big on beers that claim to be IPAs and are super sweet and sticky.

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 150-13-C2-0459-N. This is listed as retired but the photo matches the 2013 batch bottle with the 8.5% ABV listing that I am drinking from on November 15, 2013.

The look is chestnut amber and orange with a lingering silky beige head. Busy carbonation.

Pungent aroma of malts, earthy hops, and a ripe fruit character.

The body is about medium but it does have an affable smooth texture to it.

The taste is also upfront malty with a vibrant earthy and forest green hoppiness lingering dryly at the finale. The 8.5% ABV is hidden just enough but it does still bite back. There is sort of a buttery note in the flavor as well once you get through the pungent hoppy bitterness.

Photo of Spikester
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with a huge off white head. Great amount of lacing.
Smell is woody dank malty some floral hop aroma.
Taste is sweet malty with a big hit of pink grapefruit hops. The bitterness just rolls along trying to match the sweet malts. Imagine a pink grapefruit half with a tablespoon or more of brown sugar dumped on top. Is it healthy or a dessert? You decide.
Mouthfeel is full with just enough carbonation and a bittersweet finish. Slightly dry.
Overall an ace of an Imperial Amber. Don't know if this would be a regular but I would think no more than two in one sitting. The alcohol is well masked in the taste but the effects are quite evident. Yummy.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet color with a frothy off-white head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with some bright hops on top.

Tastes of the full malts with a nice layering of hops. Malts lead off with toasted bread, toffee, and some caramel. A bit of hops make their way through giving a bit of fruitiness. Then the hops crash the party with bright citrus and pine. The hops are clean and moderately bitter, but balance well with the . Ends with a lingering grassy hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely balanced red ale.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark coppery red amber with a fine one finger off hwite head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of spicy piney, citrus hops, pineapple, citrus and caramel malt, tempting. Flavor follows, but an excellent balance of sweet malt, piney, mildly citrus hops, and nice complementary fruit juice. Finishes with resiny, herbal piney hops and a hint of rye sourness. Nice medium creamy body. This is one excellent red ale, and perhaps my favorite so far. Really well balanced and well integrated flavors, with a great fresh herbal finish. Well done, I'm in heaven. I really hope they brew this again.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- reddish color, one inch head

Smell- malt, some hops

Taste- malt, some hops, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I got this about a week a go so it must not be retired. It is not an IPA by the way. It is an Imperial Red Ale.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, eventually leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has initial tastes of grapefruit citrus and is followed by notes of earthy yeast and hints of caramel malts. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: In reviewing my notes, this beer didn't seem as bitter compared to Beer Camp #65, possibly because it had more malts to create the slightly higher alcohol content (8.5% vs. 8.1%).

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Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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