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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) - Kern River Brewing Company

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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 125
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 27
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DarthKostrizer on 03-27-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 125
Reviews by Philousa:
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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Gourmet Haus for Kern River tap takeover, 2/11/13.

Pour a ruddy copper, clear, with a finger of white head that laces like a hoppy amber should. The aroma is almost all hops: mostly grapefruit and other citrus with some pine. There is also some crystal malt in there coming across as slightly metallic. Biscuit comes through with a swirl. Taste is very similar to the aroma with it leaning on that metallic copper flavor more heavily. This taste and the pine bitterness mix together well. What this beer lacks in complexity it makes up for in this marriage of flavors working together so well and drinkability. Feel is balanced, finish is slightly dry. This one is flavorful and dangerously drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of aquazr1
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a dark copper color with a small to medium head. Leaves a nice amount of lace around the glass as the head dissipates.

S - The initial aroma is pine with some citrus notes mixed in.

T - Very balanced and highly drinkable with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, very smooth with light carbonation.

O - This beer is so drinkable for an 8% ABV beer, it's almost addictive. It changed my mind about red ales. Just the right amount of hops to balance against the malt flavors. Ranks right up there with the best I've ever had.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

2012 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles, CA

Clear, gorgeous amber with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves regular lines of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous beer and perfect for the style.

The hallmark and best aspect of this beer is it's aroma. The amount of citrus and pine hop aromas is remarkable, for an IPA, DIPA, amber or otherwise, this thing smells fantastic. There's just a bit of crystal malt and sweet malt presence, but the pine and pungent citrus notes are simply fantastic.

The flavor isn't quite as nice as the aroma, but there's plenty of pungent citrus and sticky pine flavors, along with balanced crystal malt, and a moderate to high level of bitterness, especially for the style. Quite nice.

Medium bodied with crisp/high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Excellent imperial red.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle of Kern Dirty hippie.

Aroma: does NOT smell like a dirty hippie but does have some resemblance to a bock bier.

Flavor: Very hoppy version of the style, with citrus and floral hops. The hops are at about APA level; mild bitterness.

Somewhat light body.

O: very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a tall dense white head from an aggressive pour.

It has quite a hoppy nose on it with generous doses of pine and orange zest. It has a sugary sweetness to it, too.

It has a clean hoppy bite to it with a strong crystal malt backbone. Pine and orange peel flavors with a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

This is an outstanding amber that can hang with the best of them.

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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.