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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

366 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%


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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't see "Blood Shot" anywhere on the label, but this is definitely a 2013 vintage Beer Camp #95 beer and is called "Imperial Red Ale." I'm assuming this is a discrepancy due to the initial limited beer camp test releases versus the wide release of the beer camp pack; maybe this was called Blood Shot in the test release and then they renamed it "Imperial Red Ale" for marketability? Anyway...

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun lively label art and a standard branded silver pry-off cap acquired yesterday as part of the beer camp variety 12-pack box at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I thought Beer Camp #65 (Red-o-ric) was above average and it was also an imperial red. 8.50% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness. Decent frothiness. Complexion is somewhat soft. Inconsistent messy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the 8.50% ABV - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a dark seductive amber. It's not so much vibrant as it is understated and glowing - which suits the style. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for an imperial red - and is darker than most beers I've seen in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws. I'd say it's well above average; the head retention is a highlight.

Sm: Has a lovely albeit generic floral hop presence as well as some fruity and citrusy hints. Loads of caramalt overwhelm even the amber malts. There's also pale malts and clean barley. Has a light toasty character more befitting a winter warmer than an imperial red. There's also a light candi sweetness. Overall, it's a bit closer to the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum than I would have anticipated given the style. It's hard to tell, but there might be some chocolate malt in there too, as well as a couple other darker malts. Judging by the aroma, it seems too much caramalt was used.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's a clean aroma, and I suspect a medium-attenuation American amber yeast was employed.

An inoffensive aroma of moderate strength.

T: Loads and loads of caramalt lend it an unbecoming caramel sweetness and overwhelm the other malts (pale, a bit of chocolate, and amber). Way too sweet, even coming off candied. Loads of residual sugars here; a higher attenuated yeast might bring a bit more balance to it. It does have a tea-like bitterness, and the hop presence - while not up to the task of balancing the caramalt - does lend it a bit of hop bitterness about the climax, primarily in the form of subdued pine. Where the first two acts are too sweet, this piney bitterness goes untamed, leaving the drinker with too much bitterness on the finish. Middling floral hop presence.

No explicit yeast character or boozy alcohol presence comes through, though it does have a light alcohol-induced warmth which I'd argue is pleasant.

As abovementioned, it's quite imbalanced. Has too sweet a build for the style. There's little complexity here, and certainly no subtlety or nuance. Below average depth of flavour for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

There are no egregious off-notes here.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the most part, with a moderate body. It does have a subdued dragging coarseness throughout the second act, seemingly to drag a bit more flavour delivery out. A biteen too thick. Feels full enough. Decent presence on the palate. Coating. Overcarbonated, but not to the point of sharpness or bite. Suits the flavour profile adequately, but feels far from custom-tailored specifically to it. Unrefreshing.

Not buttery, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable but forgettable Imperial Red from Sierra Nevada. It hides its ABV well enough. There's just nothing remarkable about it. By no means a unique or special beer. Just a generic pedestrian Imperial Red that I see no need to buy again. I'll happily polish off the other bottles from the variety box, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or anything. This is now my "average" benchmark for the emerging imperial red style.

If you're into comparisons, Troegs Nugget Nectar is a far better example of the style, and dareisay a paragon.

C

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 20:54:55 | More by kojevergas
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vkv822

Oregon

3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, dark cherry-mahogany with a foamy, off white head that dissipates to leave a thin film and decent lacing.

Resiny, slightly grapefruit citric hops, with a solid, caramel malt backbone.

Medium+ body, mild carbonation, slight resinous, bitter finish.

Nothing too interesting, an enjoyable strong, amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 08:22:22 | More by vkv822
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mactrail

California

3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The Imperial Red from what is sold in southern California in 24-bottle cases. Red coppery color in the St. Bernardus goblet. The usual excellent foam and lively carbonation from Sierra Nevada's master chemists. some

The malty sweetness is rich without being in the least sugary. It's my favorite feature of this brew, being all too short lived. Unfortunately, or fortunately if you're a drooling hop fiend, the total bitter takeover is the other 90 percent of the taste. There is a glimmer of pineapple just before the grapefruit pith closes the place down.

Did some fool say Sierra Nevada wasn't man enough? This is my least favorite SN brew ever, and I always look forward to the Beer Camp oddities. This one just seems to be part of the hop escalation wars. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 05:29:35 | More by mactrail
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:04:48 | More by GilGarp
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2013 Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Nonick pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Pretty dark red brew with a small creamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) A touch of malt sweetness, a little grass, and a decent amount of pine. You can pick out some citrus as it warms. A little alcohol too...

T) The citrus is more assertive in the flavor. The zesty bite of rind is a bit much for me on this one. The alcohol warmth creeps in at the end.

M) Medium body with mild carbonation. Starts smooth, however finishes very dry. The aftertaste is like I just chewed up an orange rind.

O) This was just okay... Perhaps the pita chips I was munching on threw off my palate and taste buds, but I don't think so...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:47:40 | More by RoamingGnome
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of the new 12 pack, approximate cost of $1.49. Red color, good head, huge lacing. Aroma is hops and a slight hint of caramel. Flavor is mostly bitterness from the hops, not much fruit or pine, hints of malt and alcohol. Overall this is not nearly as good as the imperial red from last year's Beer Camp mixer which is too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:11:39 | More by ArrogantB
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Brad007

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger head into my glass. Some lacing is left on the edges as well. Very nice.

Decent hop bite upfront that leans more along the lines of pine with some buttery malt undertones.

It's definitely stronger than a regular red ale. More hops and less malt. I can't find much else worth noting.

It's stronger than usual so you should sip it. Mouthfeel is all pine hops and malt. Alcohol is surprisingly toned down,

Not bad but I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:22:18 | More by Brad007
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has pretty damn good retention- it seems to be stuck at two fingers at the moment. The head is an off-white with hints of beige while the body is dark amber to maroon that glows a dark honey and amber when held up to the light. Respectable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Another inconspicuous and subtle aroma- What is going on, Beer Camp? I got a mix of coffee, roasted malts, and nuttiness from the bottle but practically nothing from the glass. Hints of caramel and some bread? Some coffee and a bit of raisin sweetness. Very under the radar.

Taste- Lots of assertive coffee. Begins with some raisin and citrus from the hops (lemon, then orange). Ends with pine and resin that has a pretty considerable bitter wood linger. A touch of spice on the linger as well. Very sweet at beginning, some caramel underneath but this is not dominant on the malt bill. The coffee starts to dissipate and is taken over by the assertive hops mentioned on the label. Although these finish with more pine, resin, grapefruit, and matchstick than of brighter citrus fruits. Some earwax on the end as well. The linger may be a little too much for me and the beer itself, while good, is not that interesting to me. Above average is about all I can say.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some juiciness. An appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly drinkable, but the flavor profile is a rather dull one for me.

Overall- This one probably gets last place for me in the current Beer Camp Olympics. Worth a try but worth buying the whole case? Perhaps not. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:14:50 | More by artoolemomo
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:39:49 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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goochpunch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:43:03 | More by goochpunch
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BB1313

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing auburn; frothy off-white head that slowly fades and leaves great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have subtle hints of grapefruit and citrus, but they don't exact smack you in the face. There's a decent amount of caramel malts in the aromas as well. Smells nice, but it's very subtle. The flavors are pretty bold and very bitter. The malts definitely take a backseat. The hop bitterness is clearly the star, but it really lacks the hops flavors that I personally enjoy. There are a ton of pine needles in the mix as well. The more you drink it, the more balanced everything becomes. The mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied; creamy and fluffy; moderate carbonation. There's a touch of heat and warmth, but nothing overboard at all. It's borderlines being boozy, but it's really not. It does drink like a beer bigger than it is.

I completely understand the appeal with this beer. It's well crafted, but not what I personally look for in the style. I do appreciate them focusing on the hops and less on the malts though. I just wish there was more hop flavor, but the bitterness is absolutely there. They definitely didn't hold back with this one and there is alot to like about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:08:01 | More by BB1313
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Copper with ruby red highlights. 1 finger of off-white head with decent retention.

Nose
Pine, rye, navel orange, lemon, toffee and caramel.

Taste
Pine and notes of rye are upfront followed by tangerine, orange zest and lemon. Thin sugary backbone with notes of toffee. Finishes spicy and zesty with pine and florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, bitter and dry.

Overall
Tastes like a rye IPA. It's good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:16:08 | More by justintcoons
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TheSixthRing

California

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 05:30:17 | More by TheSixthRing
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Slatetank for gifting me with a couple of these new beer camp brews. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a matching Sierra Nevada snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained off-white cap that holds with rising bubbles. Patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with rinds, zest, herbs and fruity to floral hop aspects before getting grassy with a solvent alcohol inclusion. The blend of hops and alcohol is aggressive to say the least.

The taste is bitter and rindy with pith and zest components. Grapefruit juice and orange skin/zest blends into a bit of solvent alcohol which is harsh and numbs the tongue with a lingering tingle.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not bad but nothing out of the norm either other than the abnormal focus on neutral sort of alcohol burn which was mildly distracting.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 19:03:47 | More by stakem
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with two fingers of thick tan head. Head sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Sweet sugary malts, brown sugar and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet malts come forward, then a hit of booze, followed by a nice hop finish. Biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit tartness, hint of booze, and hop bitterness. As it warms the alcohol comes out a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick, smooth, slightly creamy.

Overall, this is a great brew. I like how there is a kind of grapefruit tartness present in this beer along with a fantastic mouthfeel. In my opinion it still doesn't come close to G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues. If you enjoyed this one and like the style but have not yet tried G'Knight, then that is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:47:59 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle of this when I mixed a six pack at the local Binny's.

A- Pours a deep, clear copper red color with about one and a half fingers worth of off white head.

S- Good deal of hop aroma comes forward. Also some malty aromas present, but nothing very complex. I expected a little more from this beer.

T- Some malty caramel flavors with a bitter finish. Hoppy and slightly citrusy, but still lacking a certain component in my opinion.

M- Medium mouthfeel and an average amount of carbonation. The 8.5% ABV is actually pretty noticeable in this brew. It is hoppy, but not the smoothest beer that I have ever had.

O- A solid brew, but in my opinion is is lacking in complexity and smoothness. Being a Sierra Nevada brew I thought this would be a little better. I would have it again but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:06:09 | More by MickeyBeer
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this, it has a dark reddish body with a think foamy head that slowley dissapears to a thin head. The aroma has a sweet but hoppy to it. The taste has a little sweet to it first but then the bitterness of the hops comes right after and tingles the taste buds. It also has a citrus notes to it. The mouthfeel is kinda heavy and overall this is a good example of a amber red ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:57:33 | More by chefhatt
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scottfrie

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a couple fingers of greasy light tan head that stuck around forever. The head faded into a thick greasy film that left sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Pine hops dominate with notes of citrus and bready malt.
T: Citrusy with a roasted, almost smokey, finish. I get flavors of caramel malts, bitter pine resin, grapefruit pith, and rye in the aftertaste. Very bitter.
M: Bitter, medium-full body, creamy soft fluffy mouthfeel and carbonation. Smooth yet bitter.
O: Super hoppy amber, bitter pine and citrus rind with a accent of spice. Not bad but potent.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:19:28 | More by scottfrie
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark amber color, two finger of khaki head, no lacing.
S - Caramel malt up front, some dried cherries, green apple, a little herbal, and a tad bit of alcohol in the end.
T - Tons of really sweet caramel malt, definitely boozey which is a big time disappointment, at the end you get a little bit of herbal hop traits and dried fruit.
M - Alcohol burn, soapy bitterness, chewy.
O - Not impressed with the whole beer camp lineup as a whole, and I'd say this is the biggest letdown. I have yet to try flipside, but I hope its nowhere near this realm.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 22:52:55 | More by Omnium
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a nice, slightly transparent shade of cherry red with a one finger light tan head. Looks nice enough.

S- light caramel aroma. Weak, uninspired

T- solid malty backbone, lightly hopped. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, though there's a nice smash of bitterness at the end

M- medium bodied on the thick side. Pretty much a given considering the ABV

O- I'm not in love. Sierra Nevada, I beg of you, please don't do another imperial red in next year's Beer Camp pack...I think we can mix things up a lil bit, eh?

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 21:04:21 | More by bigfnjoe
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Zorro

California

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red colored ale with a small tan head.

Smells hoppy and bitter. Northwest style hops and burnt sugar. Pine and other wood scents, smells something like a pine forest.

Starts out sweet and tannic. Malty and bitter there is a strong tea flavor. Strong pine flavor and burned sugars. That is pretty much it bittersweet ale.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall it is OK, but I don't really like this one that much.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:09:50 | More by Zorro
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herman77

Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark amber with a light khaki head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Some spicy hop notes with sweet malts (carmel), grapefruit and lots of pine. Maybe some molasses in there too.

T: Lots of herbal/slightly spicy hope with tons of pine hops, hints of grapefruit and a big dose of carmel malt. Not as sweet tasting as the nose would maybe suggest. Just lots of bitter, pine, herbal/earthy hops that are found throughout and in the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Average to moderate carbonation. A bit oily feeling.

O: Drinkability is okay at best. I think I liked the Imperial Red that came in Beer Camp last year better. Kind of disappointed with this one, not bad by any stretch, just had high expectations because of last year's version. This would be my least favorite in this year's Beer Camp, followed by the IPA and Belgium Black IPA being the best out of the trio.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:52:41 | More by herman77
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 9th, poured October 24th. This is a pretty old essential IPA, but I heard good things. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A copper/red color with a bit of a haze to it. Three fingers of a soapy, pillowy, huge khaki colored head that stays around for ages. Lacing is clumpy top to bottom. Looks great.

Smell: Earthy sort of pine note overtones, and grapefruit juice and rind undertones. There's also a slight bit of alcohol in there as well, but not in a huge way. I'd have to think that, given the label, the hops faded quite a bit. Still smells quite good.

Taste/feel: First sip of this wasn't very good.. I got a whole lot of bitter, without many real flavors. Then my mouth was coated a bit, and it got considerably better. It's a medium-bodied beer that hits your tongue and then drapes it with a bittersweet grapefruit and grassy/earthy hop flavor. Feels very "sticky." This one is definitely loaded with hops. Aftertaste is much of the same, and there doesn't seem to be a huge depth of flavor, but it's still a very solid beer. The trace of alcohol I get in the aroma is also there in the flavor, but again, it's not significant.

I'd have to think the age on this has changed this beer a little bit. One of my less favorite beers I've had from Sierra Nevada, but it's still serviceable. The harsh bitterness on the end along with the taste of alcohol is just something that turns me off a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:46:53 | More by Alextricity
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark red. Crimson and nearly brown. Minimal head. Surprised by how dark this one is.

S-Piney with hempy notes. Big, fat caramel and dough maltiness. Almost smells like root beer. Interesting to say the least. Herbal hoppiness.

T-The flavor delivers an aggressive bitterness but the bitterness isn't reall paired with much hoppy flavor. It's bitter for the sake of being bitter. A bit of coffee and even a bit of nuts. The malt is just as hefty as the bitterness. I would like more flavor from the hops rather than just soulless bitterness.

M-Fuller bodied. Cutting bitterness. Warms the cheeks.

O/D-A massive Red Ale. I think I would have enjoyed this more earlier on in my beer experience. Lacks subtlety. For a big, bitter sipper this does fit the bill however.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:31:24 | More by VelvetExtract
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jeffjeff1

California

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 20:18:05 | More by jeffjeff1
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Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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