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Sequoia Red - Kern River Brewing Company

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Sequoia Red
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82
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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Pours brilliantly clear and rich sequoia red color, proving it is aptly named. If you don't know the mighty sequoia, its bark is a majestic dark red/brown. This gives me about one inch of a thick lightly tan head that has a few big bubles to break it up. Some good retention and beautiful lacing to boot. Looks like a great red ale. Smells like a classic amber with sweet caramel malts, cookie, walnut, toasty biscuit notes, and a hint of fruity hops in the background. A malt-forward brew.

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S: The smell is very rich and malty. A lot of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a mild roasted quality.

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Sequoia Red from Kern River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.