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Sequoia Red - Kern River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 9.5%
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

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(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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Obsidian, Aug 31, 2014
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mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lots of those rich malts come through in the flavor, toasty caramel malts bring a nice sweetness, then the midpalate and finish usher in a tannic fruitiness and lightly earthy hop presence that completely balances this out. This is exceptionally well balanced, very impressive. While I personally prefer my reds hoppy, this is a near-perfect example of a balanced malty red ale. Medium body with a very creamy carbonation. A near perfect interpretation of a classic style.

vacax, Sep 28, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a deep, dark, brown color with plenty of red notes. The head is minimal and some spots of lacing are left.

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

T: The taste follows the nose. Big sugar, toffee, and caramel, flavors. The roasted malt is not as noticeable here. The flavors are quite reminiscent of a barleywine.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth.

D: I generally like a hoppier red/amber ale, but this was actually quite good. I think the flavors were bold enough to make this beer something more than a sugary mess.

womencantsail, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honeylike but red in hue with a ring of off white head.

S: Cherry, nectary fruits, and some orange in the nose.

T: Malty, not a ton of hop presence, some citrus peel and orange zest but subdued.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Not the hoppiest amber ale, but a pretty solid offering from Kern River. I'd recommend it.

BierJager89, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

DarthKostrizer, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ChumleyX, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer presents with a deep copper/amber color, with a thin, foamy head. Tastes of dark roasted malts and caramel. There is a bit of a harsh aftertaste from the roast, but the beer still maintains a smooth and balanced taste and in-mouth feel. There is a good overall flavor to this brew. Pretty decent for a Red.

GarthDanielson, Dec 20, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deeep amber, nice frothy head. Smell was a approachable malty nose. Taste was a light amber malt, nothing standing out but a pleasant light amber lager. Overall a very palatable beer, but nothing that really stands out. This is quite drinkable but nothing that is going to make me search it out and find this to pound a few with my friends.

chickencoop, Dec 08, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark amber/red with a 1.5 finger white head with good lace.

S: Nice sweet caramel malt, 1-dimensional, but enjoyable and fragrant.

T: Heavy like the nose on the sweet caramel malt, real light-hopping. A lot like a British mild.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: Another well made beer out of Kern River. I've had 4 of their beers in the last month, and I am really quite impressed.

Halcyondays, Jul 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Sammy, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

mrcraft, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SocalKicks, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

CrazyDan, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ssgunbond, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

sloelco, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

sdpaul, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy red body with a profusely fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts, toasted grains, and a mild citrus hop presence.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a nice measure of sweetness. Notes of toasted grains and lemon. A spicy, earth bitterness emerges on the finishes, but remains rather light. Simple and straightforward, but this is an amber ale we're talking about.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I'd prefer a more milder level of carbonation, I still thought this one was pretty good.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 21, 2007
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Sequoia Red from Kern River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.