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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

emaciated, Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ChumleyX, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

MrHirschybar, May 18, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

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
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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Pours a dark amber with a strong foamy head from the growler with heavy retention and a strong lacing.

S: Strong piney and resinous caramel mixing with a healthy dosing of citrus.

T: First resinous pine in the taste, then a powerful caramel and clean crisp roasted malts. Very clean tasting in the malt profile and strong powerful hopping. Very impressed with this for a red and I thing Big Hoppy Monster was the last Imperial red that I had that was close to this well rounded and tasty. A bit of booze after warming and a strong herbal fresh hop finish. A very good Imperial Red that will knock your nostrils out if you take the time to inhale with this in your mouth.

M: Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation but this is from a growler so I would think it be just a little more at the time it would be poured at the brewery or if it had not traveled in a box- really though the carbonation is just right even after travel from many states away.

O: A very good, well rounded / good backboned Imperial Red that will knock your nostrils out if you take the time to inhale with this in your mouth.

Growlin at the moon BIF , thanks NewGeneric!

alpinebryant, Apr 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

CEDAMA, Mar 27, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

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
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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.