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

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 25
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DarthKostrizer on 03-27-2012)
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3/5  rDev -30.6%

sharpski, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

leodarko, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another good one from Kern River. Bottled 2 weeks ago. Poured into a large flute.

Dark Amber/Copper color. Small head. Lots of lacing. Looks good.

Smell the hops right away. Pine being abundant.

Balanced taste. The hops give a little bite, much more than a typical red. Very nicely done.

Lightly carbonated, medium body.

Overall a red that I'd drink again. Nicely done Kern.

Dave_Treat, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

n2185, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

BGsWo22, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

wiltznucs, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

lonewolfcry, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

nightwing002, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

MrHirschybar, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

gonzowestwood, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

drewone, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bright copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes fairly quick along with lacing that lasted well throughout. Aroma of floral hops, citrus and malt which was surprising for a red ale. Flavors of caramel, herbal hops, grapefruit, and bready malt. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. The finish was moderately bitter with a lingering resinous hops aftertaste. Overall, a pretty decent anniversary beer from Kern River, just not as good as the 5th anniversary beer.

CuriousMonk, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

bsuedekum, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Twal, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Rau71, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

LegalBrew87, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1557th Review on BA
Bottle to 20oz Nonic

Thanks to BA ChanChan for this one

App- Its a typical looking red amber with some browns and yellows intermixed in. What you don't expect is how creamy the pour is with its 3 finger off white and long lasting head. A huge wall of cling down the side where you drink from.

Smell- I get 0 amber ale behind this. All I get is a great smelling American IPA with a bunch of light piney resin and some crisp citrus and a bit of caramel on the nose.

Taste- WTF? Damn you kern!! Of course the one Amber Ive ever been blow away by is now a limited release and for that Touche! This thing is super citrus with some good pine and caramel like the nose. A touch of malts dance around but the balance between the two is amazing.

Mouth- A big ol' medium body with a full medium carbonation. A big bunch of citrusy pine and caramel malts remain with a touch of candy apple consistency.

Drink- This is probably the best red ale, Ive had. Hands down. Would drink a shit ton of this in a 12 oz bottle.

FosterJM, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a brilliant red ale, thanks to drlovemd87 for getting me this beer "because it reminded him of me". not sure if that's a compliment or not, but this beer is damn good, so im not offended. brick red on the pour with plenty of body and a sexy two full inches of white fluff on top. the nose is really hopped up, honey sweet from the red malt, dusty and earthy too, but the hops take center stage. I am not super familiar with summit hops, but they have a really high alpha acid presence here, as well as a robust orangey citrus profile that tastes incredible with the richer red malt. the hops are just great in this, not bitter until the very end. the mouthfeel is full bodied but not heavy, it stays creamy throughout, and is very satisfying as a fall beer. overall an incredible first impression from kern river, and although this isn't the beer that makes them famous, its got me dying to try their ipas. yummy red beer right here with an assertive and unique hop profile. dangerously easy drinking.

StonedTrippin, Nov 16, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Shane.

Amber in color with a finger of off-white head. Just an awesome hop aroma to this beer. Intense grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruit notes along with a light pine. Good bready malt aroma as well. The flavor also has plenty of excellent hop character. Awesome grapefruit and fruit notes with a moderate pine flavor and bitterness. Moderate malt flavor gives a touch of sweetness.

womencantsail, Aug 04, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Kern for the Citra release

Look: Nice copper color and semi translucent body with a 1/8 inch off white head and no retention

Smell: Dispite the name of this beer and the hops used this does not at all smell like a dirty hippie. However there is some very nice piney hop notes

Taste: Wonderful hoppy note upfront with some caramel and a malty backbone

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: This is a great imperial red and shot itself to the top of the list for the best imperial red's I have ever had. Worth seeking out. Damn fine beer

DarthKostrizer, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of rand
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at their last Citra release (which was pretty much the best beer I've ever had, but I already reviewed it). Poured into a nonic pint glass.

The brew pours a perfect amber, dark and effervescent yet clear, forming a sudsy one-inch head that's slow to recede. Patchy lacing is all over the place.

The bouquet is subtle, surprisingly so given the relatively high ABV, with earthy grains and distant notes of freshly baked pastries. But the flavors pop, with a citrus-y hop bite quickly matched by sweet grainy malts. There are plenty of lemon and honey derivatives, as the palate is subtly warmed by the alcohol. The relatively light body and complexion supports the layers of flavor and allows for easy detection. The hops become floral towards the finish, and the balance of flavors leaves little aftertaste.

Every time I visit the Kern, usually for one of their big releases, I leave with pleasant surprise. The last time was their Winter Ale - this tastes like a 'lighter' version, all of the flavor but not quite as intense. Dangerously drinkable, this.

rand, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FosterJM for the trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy amber colour with a good, thick two finger light khaki head that fades to leave TONS of thick, sticky side lacing and a nice dense blanket.

S - Well, so far this is one of the best smelling ambers I have ever had. TONS of strong pine and citrus (grapefruit). This is a super hoppy amber, just as hoppy as Maine's Zoe. Very inviting.

T - Not nearly as hoppy as the nose. Much more balanced with good sweeter malts that are balanced nicely with the bitter pine resin and citrus hops. Very tasty with not much alcohol taste either.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and bright with a good light carbonation. Super drinkable with the alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer with alot going for it. This is a very delicious Imperial Amber ale with alot going for it. A brew people on the west coast are lucky to have.

rudzud, Oct 21, 2012
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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
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