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

Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95

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366 Ratings
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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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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love the beer camp series, and this is one big red brew here. the pours is dark amber, clear, with a patchy tan head with good retention. it looks and smells like a regular amber, with notes of sweeter caramel malt, earthy minerals, and this one even has a touch of oatmeal vibe to it, although I don't think that's included in the ingredients, its got that fullness and smoothness. the taste boasts quite a lot of alcohol, not toxically so, but definitely a one pint only type of beer. its not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe, and is nicely hopped on the back end. long finish of white toast and copper, with a subtle fruity hop flash. full bodied but not overly heavy, a good fall weather beer, but definitely one to slow sip, the buzz comes on hot and fast here!

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 13:39:40 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of sentomaster


4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap thanks to my buddy Mcg who was one of the winners of the SN beer camp contest.

A- Massive head of very fine bubbles erupts from the garnet body. The bubbles are so fine, thick and creamy that it seems like it must be coming off nitro. Poured into a DFH snifter and almost half the glass is full of foam erupting from the body. Held up to the light the beer is fairly opaque and turns from dark red to a very light red and a stream of carbonation can be seen. Absolutely gorgeous beer.

S- Hops and malt fight it out- hops win. Strong aromas of resinous grapefruit and tropical fruit mix with a touch of tobacco. The malt imparts a nice counterpart in a sweet sugar cookie smell.

T/M- Follows the nose closely. The malts lose a little more clearly in taste than they did in the nose, but still provide the necessary balance to the monolithic wall of hops. The tobacco/smoke is more pronounced than in the nose also. A slight grainy/huskiness rides along with the sweetness. The alcohol is almost completely hidden minus a slight warming sensation after it goes down. The body is on the heavier side of medium and the beer is carried along amply by the hefty carbonation. As the fresh hop flavors of raw passionfruit mingle with a fading caramel sweetness, the beer finishes quite clean and bright; leaving you ready for another sip.

O- This is a monster of a beer and completely unique. Dangerously drinkable and so unlike anything else. I can't wait for this to be released in national distribution.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 00:26:58 | More by sentomaster
Photo of MCG


5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I see a few reviews without a description, so I'll jump in with the first.

A: The beer pours with a wonderful head of very tight bubbles. At first glance it looks as though it came off a nitro system, however it was a basic CO2 setup. The color appears as a brownish red, however when held to the light the redness glows through. The head on this one doesn't quit, and leaves a terrific lace all the way down.

S: The smell is sweet with only a touch of alcohol, which is quite curious for a beer of this magnitude. The aromas are of fresh tropical fruit and bit pine, which nicely lead into the taste and mouthfeel.

T: Wow, this beer really delivers. The beer was served quite cold, but not even the coldest temperatures could mask this beer's enormous flavors. At first the malty sweetness delights the palate with sweet fruit, but like clockwork it gives way to an enormous hop finish that will leave any hophead looking for more. When it starts warming to an ideal drinking temperature the above statement still holds true, however deeper levels of complexity are revealed: A hint of chocolate, perhaps a bit of cigar smoke, and a rich warming sweetness resonate between sips.

M: Very creamy, and a perfect amount of carbonation. Just fantastic. The lingering hop bitterness demands action in the form of additional drinking.

I've really enjoyed the trend of hybrid beers such as the well hopped imperial amber Nugget Nectar (might as well call it an AIPA) from Tröegs and Hoponius Union (IPL) from Jack's Abby. Blood Shot from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp 95 has all the characteristics to call it a west-coast imperial red ale; An imperial red ale for the hop lovers of the world. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 01:04:26 | More by MCG
Photo of snaotheus


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:19:09 | More by snaotheus
Photo of hosehead83


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, amber/brown in color, with a big cloud deck of light tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, citrus hops
Taste-Caramel malt, citrus hops, nicely balanced big, bold flavor. Very drinkable for the strength.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:42:53 | More by hosehead83
Photo of alphagnome


3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 01:44:36 | More by alphagnome
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle without a freshness date. Consumed on: 09/25/13.

A- Very dark, hazy amber or even mahogany pour. Thick, creamy, light tan head. Carbonation and floating sediment are just barely visible through the dark, red haze.

S- Some malty sweetness and citrusy/piney hops. The most outstanding aroma is a unique hop sweetness with an almost berry-like quality.

T- The flavor is very hop forward, and heavy hitting in the booze and bitterness categories, while still maintaining enough drinkability to keep me wanting another sip. The malt backbone is present, but hardly balancing. The rich flavor of spicy hops and stinging alcohol is delightfully complex and warming, and leaves a dry, citric bitterness that easily lingers until my next sip. As it warmed slightly, I noticed something almost earthy and woody about the taste. Reminiscent of a walk through an evergreen forest on a chilly autumn evening.

M- Full and even resinous body. A little slick on the palate with adequate carbonation and crispness in the finishes.

O- A solid beer. I normally like a rich malty ale with a big hop presence, and this beer is no exception. However, the malt could shine through a little more. While the bitterness in this beer is impressive, and pretty close to a hop head's thirsty dream, it isn't what I've been craving of late. Still a worthy beer, but I wouldn't be in a rush to pick it up again if I could.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:06:29 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for $3

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots, cherries, and a bit of grapefruit.

Overall - Another beer from this mixed pack that I'm sure was better fresh. Still a good beer and a good dose of hops and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:29:36 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Spikester


4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 05:06:48 | More by Spikester
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:44:16 | More by puboflyons
Photo of soccerman7


3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Leviathan glass - Thanks Ian

A - A deep mahogany/garnet color. A slightly brown sticky head. Quite dark.

S - Sweetness first off. The hops come through and have both earthy and citrus nose. Interesting nose. Almost fights between a DIPA and a Imp Brown.

T - Loads of caramel and bread dancing with the hops. Impressively balanced. The hops are enough to know the presences but the caramel and bread notes are there in equal force. Candied fruit almost reminds me of chocolate orange peel.

M - For an 8.5% it is very drinkable and pleasant. Great mouth feel without drying out my mouth. Lets the beer linger.

O - This is one of my favorite beer camps. A great example of not over doing the beer with hops to make it imperial. Would love a 6-pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 20:46:02 | More by soccerman7
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Camp #95 is a deep mohagony, pours a large tan head with okay retention and heavy lacing. Smells of roasted nutty and caramel malts, along with orange and piney hops.

Taste starts with caramel malt and dark fruit, then grapefruit and orange, with a piney nutty finish. Mouthfeel is average and a little chewy with just above average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:03:57 | More by JG-90
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:39:56 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Murrhey


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream colored head with long retention. Dark mahogany color with high clarity. Not cloudy but dark. Nice thick lacing.

S- Buttery, nutty, rich red malts. Developed hops. Well balanced aroma, if not a little too subtle.

T- Nutty and a booze impact here. Robust and filling taste.

M- Creamy and thick with dry finish.

O- Excellent beer. I am very happy with this. Maybe it could stand to be more aromatic.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:44:37 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Alextricity


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
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


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
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken the day the 2013 Beer Camp variety pack arrived here.

12 oz brown Sierra Nevada stubby bottle with superb Beer Camp label as always! I poured this into a tulip pint glass/stout glass. The name, 'Blood Shot' isn't mentioned, but the #95 gives it away.

A - dark colored red that almost looks brown. When held to the light is where this gets its name. It's blood red and nearly glows. A glowing blood red body with orangish brown highlights painting the corners. Head pours decent, but quickly vanishes to a ring of lace leaving pretty good soapy stickiness.

S - some massive hop aromas up front of tropical fruit and green grass. Big hop notes are balanced nicely by a sturdy malt backbone. Chocolate, caramel and sweet but roasted grain all do their job. The aroma very nice.

T - flavor starts with tropical fruit and lots of hops. Orange, lemon, tropical, and grass are all near gushing with fruitiness yet deliver a big punch of bitterness up front. The caramel and roasted malt set the background doing all they can to balance the grapefruit and pine bitterness in the finish.

M - full bodied and an excellent thickness. Definitely SN style body thickness. It's not an easy brew to drink as it is quite aggressive and hopped up, but its feel allows for a nice experience. Smooth and thick with a ton of flavor.

O - my 3rd favorite of the 2013 Beer Camp variety pack. It's probably the best of the 3 in terms of class though. It's really well done and well thought out. But a bit too similar. But it has a couple of awesome notes to it. I'd drink it again, and its probably the better overall beer of the 3.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 17:07:05 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of goochpunch


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
Photo of arizcards


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up in mid-August as part of the 2013 Beer Camp edition. Bottled on 7-8-13. Been a wee bit confused on my label (Imperial red ale camp #35) but finally found the listing.

Beer poured deep red with a very nice white head.

Nose is citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is hop forward despite the big bready caramel malt backbone. A wee bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, definitely satisfying.

Overall a pretty solid beer. I love a nice hoppy yet balanced impy red but this one is on the extreme side on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:59:03 | More by arizcards
Photo of Suds


3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a brownish amber color with a full and lacy tan head. The aroma is earthy (wet leaves, soil, musty hops and rich hop spiciness). The taste is where the beer comes together...lots of alcohol warming...moderate sweetness. The hops are centric...bitter and thick. Malt sweetness builds with each sip. It is a full bodied beer, with quite a lot of complexity. The alcohol can sneak up on you, so enjoy with a little respect. I really liked this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:59:45 | More by Suds
Photo of schoolboy


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is errantly marked as a duplicate, but it isn't. #95 seems to be unique from previous batches if memory serves me correctly. Although a previous Beer Camp Red Ale may have been very good, this one is superb.

The appearance is nearly sublime. It has a hint of red, beautiful head and lace. The aroma matches the appearance - beautiful - malty and hoppy, dark and delicious. The taste is an American double over the top malty, hoppy blend. Wonderful stuff. The aftertaste is pretty boozy and bitter.

I've been watching all these old English TV shows (All Creatures Great and Small) and there isn't an episode where they are not drinking ales at least three or four times - in the pub, at the dinner table. Loads of Scotch whiskey too. I get a bit jealous, but I'll bet the best of what they are having isn't any better than #95.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 21:58:10 | More by schoolboy
Photo of kojevergas


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.


Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 20:54:55 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Mojo


3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish head snifter

A - pours up a deep amber red with a huge fluffy foamy caramel colored head, awesome retention, and awesome elaborate lacing

S - I don't get much off the nose, just a hint of booze and a mild floral note.

T - Pretty hop forward. The caramel malt notes are a little understated here with a big piney hop profile dominating. The finish is bitter and has a nice roasted flavor and there is a barely perceptible alcohol warming.

M - great carbonation, bit of an aftertaste

O - what can I say. Sierra Nevada almost never lays an egg.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:52:22 | More by Mojo
Photo of metter98

New York

3.7/5  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%).

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:43:40 | More by metter98
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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