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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

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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

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

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Imperial Red Ale, #95 in the Beer Camp series last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a nice Red Ale and I'm interested to see how my second beer of this years Beer Camp series turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's pretty fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is typical for the Beer Camp series, it's not bad. It poured a red/dark amber color that took on a crimson like hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left tons of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color of the head was a little dark for the style, but the color of the beer, head retention and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that have a piney and herbal like aroma, but it's the citrus and juicy hops that seems to come through the most imparting a nice citrus rind like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a caramel malts, toasted malt, brown bread and some toffee like aromas. I thought the aroma was pretty good the hop profile was nice and there was good balance between the malts and the hops.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that had that same herbal, piney, and citrus hop profile with the citrus hops sticking out a little more then the others imparting some nice citrus rind like flavors. Up next comes a good amount of hops that impart some caramel, toasted malt, toffee and brown bread like flavors with a slight amount of doughy yeast on the background. On the finish there's pretty high amount of medium bitterness that had a medicinal like taste to it, and it had a caramel malt and herbal hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the bitterness could be a little less medicinal.

M- A little smooth, somewhat crisp, a little dry, slightly creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I thought it could be a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and an above average example of the style, I liked most of the aspects of this beer and I thought for an Imperial Red Ale it was pretty true to style. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, I thought the alcohol was hidden really well and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but it was a little filling and the medicinal like bitterness would prevent me for drinking a few of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, I thought the hops and malts were balanced pretty well and that worked good with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the medicinal like bitterness, if it was a little cleaner and didn't linger as long I think it would help this beer out. I don't know if I would buy this beer on it's own, but I wouldn't rule out getting a bottle or two if they did and I would recommend it to people who like hoppy Red Ales. All in all I thought this was a solid Imperial Red Ale, the only real flaw was the medicinal like bitterness and that kind of hurt this beer a little and I feel like it relied on the balance of hops and malts to carry this beer. It's not my favorite Imperial Red Ale, but it's not a bad beer by any means, it's just slightly rough around the edges. I couldn't believe this was 8.5%, the alcohol didn't show up at all. Nice work guys, this is a solid Imperial Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:44:10 | More by StoutHunter
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2013 Beer Camp 12 pack.

A- pours a deep dark red, 2 finger head of foam, good lacing.

S- big notes of citrus with a solid malty backbone. Grapefruit and Caramel.

T- Caramel malt first, overwhelmed by grapefruit hoppiness, back to the malt and back to the...
pretty much a 1 2 punch that's enjoyable to drink. That's what counts.

M- just fine and dandy. Medium carb supports the medium body nicely.

O- a very nice offering in the Beer Camp box for 2013. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:18:56 | More by Bitterbill
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

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

Poured from 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ALC. 8.5% BY VOL. 2013 Imperial Red Ale Beer Camp #95.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby body with a limited off white head. Very thick looking. Decent lacing.

Smell: Muted hop aroma. Predominantly malty. Slightly herbal/medicinal.

Taste: Hot alcohol. Prunes, dark fruits. Bitter. I would be interested to know what hops went into this beer because it reminds me of Bigfoot Barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy.

Overall: Well crafted Imperial Red. Definitely borders on Sierra Nevada barleywine territory.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 20:14:03 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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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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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle (not sure why it says, it is retired, ok well anyways):

Into a snifter (had one in a pint glass [just a larger head in the snifter], and the other two out of the bottle):

A: dark red colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies within a minute, clingy lacing graces the sides of the glass

S: big caramel maltiness up front like an American Red Ale, but some persistent piney hops try to strike in on the nose, a slight biscuity element evades into the aroma as well

T: mainly sweet, the piney hops try to add a bitter element that stays subdued for the most part, caramel aftertaste, sticky finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is pretty smooth closer to an American Red Ale as the sharp bitter assault normally felt in a DIPA is no where to be found, I still like this beer for the most part

O: a rather sweet DIPA that I wasn't expecting it to be labeled as a DIPA here, personally I don't think its no where close to a real DIPA, as its just an "Imperial Red Ale" as the bottle suggests, I would still have this again

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 05:43:18 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Kendo

New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:53:43 | More by Kendo
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:34:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 06:00:19 | More by jimmah120
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 05:59:11 | More by TempeBeerMan
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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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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz to a snifter, August 1st bottle date on the box

Pours a very dark and vibrant red, almost burgundy, with a finger and a half of brown tinged foam. A lot of carbonation, gives the head a good retention rate and lacing. About 50% transparency

Smells of strong pine and citrus hops back up by very strong caramel malts and spices. It's really hoppy, but balanced more towards the malts, which with the alcohol gives a pretty strong kick

Taste is with the nose, upfront hoppy pine with a hint of citrus which becomes subversive to strong caramel malts. Spices are accentuated by the rigid malts to help give it a bigger kick, finishing with a touch of booze

Feel is spicy and prickly on the tongue. Medium body with high bitterness, alcohol well concealed. Pretty heavy on the palate, a lot of fun to drink

Overall a very solid imperial red, hoppy and spicy, delivers exactly what it should. I wouldn't mind seeing this one brought back

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:40:09 | More by lordofstarside
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber body with a bubbly, thin cream colored head that stays around and leaves a ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

S- Lots of juicy, citrus hops with hints of pine cutting through sweet caramel malts. The fruity hop aromas play nicely with the caramel malt aroma.

T- The fruity hops do not come through as much in the flavor as they do in the nose. The hop character is more of a spiced, herbal variety than fruity. Some citrus does come through, along with hints of pine amongst the caramel malt backbone.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky with a lingering aftertaste.

O- A nice imperial amber, easy drinking and tasty, not quite up there with nugget nectar and lagunitas imperial red, but I like this one much better than last year's beer camp offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 18:25:54 | More by stephenjmoore
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MadScientist

New York

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 23:42:14 | More by MadScientist
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful brick red color with a big billowy cream colored head that consists of tons of rather big carbonation bubbles entrapped within. As the head very slowly fades, over about a 5 min time period, it leaves a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass as well as a persistent thin foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is of big of a pine smell mixed with some malty aromas of a bready nature. Along with these smells is some caramel sweetness as well a bit of lemon citrus.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with a decently strong caramel taste. There is some pine hop upfront as well as a little bit of citrus. As the flavor advances more hop comes to the tongue. The pine hop is what largely gets more intense, but is accompanied by some other increases in citrus hop flavor as well as the appearance of an earthy hop. In the end with an increase in all the hop one is left with a rather resinous and bitter taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body/lower carbonation combo really accentuate the bitter resinous flavors of the brew giving the hop more punching power.

Overall – A rather bitter and resinous but still quite drinkable IPA. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:16:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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oberon

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 21:20:11 | More by oberon
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 07:21:42 | More by MattyG85
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a SN "Celebration Ale" pint.

A: Poured a mohogany color, with a dark chewy center and more red around the edges. Off-white, sticky head.

S: Yeast, white pepper, red velvet cake batter, and hops out the wazoo.

T: A bit of booze on the back end, but that was of the candy-coasted variety. Definitely stared as a malty brew, then the hoppy presence grew. Lots of caramel and grapefruit.

M: Smooth at the end, ridiculous lacing, assertive in its hop presence overall.

O: Pretty good, pretty friggin strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:30:45 | More by Chaney
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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:28:25 | More by LiquidAmber
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flayedandskinned

California

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 03:41:09 | More by flayedandskinned
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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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CloudStrife

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:12:33 | More by CloudStrife
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitly sports a red hue. Ruby auburn amber and with it's tall beige head it makes a striking contrast. The body has sediment suspended mingling with a fair amount of carbs.
The aroma is malt forward with only suggestive hints of hops. Even while sutle hops have a fresh and wet aroma.
A really bitter beer from front to back. Smooth tofffee sweetness dominates with only lingering hop flavor.
Drinks smooth with a lingering bitter that flows well into the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 12:18:35 | More by micromaniac129
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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

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