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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 5
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:
95 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

djrn2, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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%).

metter98, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kylehay2004, Mar 30, 2014
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.

oberon, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Kegatron, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up in the sampler beer camp case, enjoyed in a tulip

A deep crimson shade w/light haze and thick head of tan w very fine bead. the smell has a good deal ofpiney and light grapefruit esters w/ gentle yeast w/fruity aroma and light malt with mild caramel accent. the feel has a moderately high bitterness and moderate sweetness level with medium carbonation and mild alcohol and semi dry finish w/ gentle astringency.

the Taste has a ruby red grapefruit flavor with mild woody hop flavor and subtle sweetness from the malt with a slightly sharp piney taste with subtle toasted malt flavor and mild fruitiness in the yeast adding to the citrus rind aspect from the hops. There is a light alcohl taste as it warms but all in all it is avery drinkable Imperial red at 8.5%, I was pleased with all three choices in the mix which is more hop centric than previous mixes.

Slatetank, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oline73, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

mactrail, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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

kojevergas, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

oriolesfan4, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

imperialking, Nov 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

drewone, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper/ruby red color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

There's a strong sweet malt presence in the nose but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward. I guess I shouldn't be to surprised given that it's Sierra Nevada but there's a nice dank, earthy hop character with resinous oils, grassy pine and citrus fruit followed by caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut, biscuit and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle roast in there as well. Nothing too crazy but a nice combination of hop and malt character.

Medium bodied with strong, slightly roasted malt flavors countered by dry, earthy hop bitterness. The hop profile isn't as prominent or complex as the nose suggests. Kind of one dimensional with sticky, piney bitterness, lacking the citrus/tropical fruit sweetness found in the aroma. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, biscuit, caraway seed, hazelnut, dark fruit and subtle roast. Well balanced and the high ABV is excellently masked making this beer very easy to drink. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer with a decent amount of hop bitterness balancing out the prominent malt notes. I just wish that the hop profile was a little less one-note.

corby112, Oct 02, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

stakem, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, peach, pineapple, caramel, bread, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aroma with good complexity and big hop presence with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial red ale. All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Zorro, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

LXIXME, Dec 19, 2013
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Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.