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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 384
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

jeffjeff1, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

georgiaboy8686, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -22.3%

smartassboiler, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

richkrull, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rfgetz, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

sneaks2210, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rab53, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -22.3%

kbuzz, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Gregg_Kawakami, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of MIrvine
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MIrvine, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a SN pint glass. Body is amber but more ruby-hued when backlit. Small off-white head on top leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Pleasant nose, with a nice blend of toffee and caramel malt sweetness and juicy hops. Not terribly strong, but it is nice.

T: Juicy citrusy hops (grapefruit is clearly noted) and a bit of leafy and earthy flavor. Some brown sugar to go along with the caramel malt provides a nice foundation for the hops, which dominate throughout, ending in a piney bitterness. Lingering dry bitterness in the aftertaste, and after awhile I'm noting a bit of ethanol as a drying finish, and some heat from the ABV in the belly.

M: Comes across as somewhat surprisingly light given the high ABV (8.5%) and the style, but I'd say it's medium in heft, maybe a little heavier. Carbonation is unobtrusive - fine and prickly but not harsh.

O: A solid Imperial Red Ale.

Kendo, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of XavierMuskies
4/5  rDev +3.6%

XavierMuskies, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mjw1200, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tdmccarthy, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bsetz, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of cam12
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

cam12, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy burgundy color. There's a nice head capping it off; it's about two fingers high, off white in shade, and rather frothy in its texture. As the head recedes (retention is good), the lacing left behind is quite prevalent.

S: This one seems to focus on the herbal and piny hops, with noticeable caramel and toffee to balance. Very little in terms of citrusy hop notes. The overall combination - piny hops, tons of caramel - don't really appeal to me, but this one works rather well. As it warms up, a little more maltiness shines through.

T: I've noticed a few comparing this to cannabis. And by gawd, they're on to something. It opens relatively sweetly, with the usual caramel-and-toffee suspects at the forefront. It takes a bit of time to build, but soon after, a great deal of resiny hops explode on the palate. It's not just generically bitter - the weed, herb, and pine notes are decently defined. As bitter as it is, it doesn't bother me in the least. A twinge of sweet caramel reappears in the distant aftertaste; maybe that's why.

M: It's gotten to the point where an amber ale has to finish crisply in order for me to actually like it. And this does. It's a little sweet on the aftertaste, but that's no big deal. This one gives me a bit of a cottonmouth feel post-swallow...OMG JUST LIKE WEED. THIS IS WEED BEER, BRO.

O: I usually do not like any amber ale that isn't made by Troegs. This is a welcome exception to that rule. Wow, imagine that, an amber ale that brings the hops and treats the malt like an unwanted mother-in-law (there, but kept in that dingy room away from the good times), what a novel concept. This and Nugget Nectar are probably the only two ambers I could willingly drink multiple servings of.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dcolatriano, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DMacQ, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date

look is a clear amber red, dark, with a nice foamy head. smell is hoppy: floral and pine. taste is oak, sweet and savory malts, and crushingly bitter pine and grapefruit. feel is only slightly slick.

they really brought the amber out in this, tad heavy on the roast. tastes like a 90 schilling mixed with a torpedo.

jimmah120, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a hazy, dark reddish-copper. A one-finger head of creamy off-white foam. Patchy lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of minty, medicinal hops. Sadly, I'm just not getting much else with the hops blasting my nostrils. (Ok, the malts come out but only as it warms. Booze, too. Sort of brandy-esque.)

T - The taste brings more balance as the rich malts carry bring a sweet, bready backbone, but make no mistake, this is a very hop forward beer. Hops bring pine, catnip, mint, eucalyptus, wet dirt, and almost a cannabis like quality. Malt underbody has hints of oats, pound cake, and even a little waffle. Some booziness comes through in the finish. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, and VERY carbonated. (A swish test nearly had fizz streaming out of my mouth; champagne-like) I feel this beer could benefit from a bit more body and a lot less carbonation. A little grainy and slightly acidic in the finish.

O - A worthy effort, and much better than the Imperial Red from last years beer camp. Not up there with the best of the style, but I'd probably repeat buy if this was ever available outside of the craft pack.

TempeBeerMan, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jds8411
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jds8411, Aug 28, 2013
Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.