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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 28
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of peacebone116
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22-oz bomber into a generic tulip glass.
Picked this up while working in....Bakersfield.

A: Pours a glorious, cloudy copper color with an off-white, almost khaki head that is quite well retained.

N: Tangerine citrus, a touch of dank skunk backed by a malty sweetness.

T/M: The taste really follows the nose. The tangerine bombs up front giving way to bitter vegetation that dances toffee & sweet cereal. The bitter astringency of the oily hops coats the tongue and lingers in the back of the mouth with a medium-light mouth feel.

This is a very well balanced set of flavors. When done right, the Imperial Red style is so interesting and complex. This is certainly done right. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the alcohol by volume; the hops play well off the malt sweetness. The hops are great--definitely showcased in this one. I am really happy to be able to drink this one.

peacebone116, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of glitchedmind
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

glitchedmind, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.2%

drewone, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of slvrmon82
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

slvrmon82, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the Summer Beerfest at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, earthy/dank/herbal hops, and a malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make it very easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of nightwing002
4/5  rDev -7.2%

nightwing002, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -7.2%

bsuedekum, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of trentet
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

trentet, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/16/2012

Thanks!

A: Dark orange with a subtle reddish tinge. The head is two fingers of off-white froth.

S: Awesome aroma. Pungent pine with excellent citrus character. Tons of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange. Super bright and expressive. Caramel and bread reside beneath, but the hops are the main attraction.

T: Candied caramel with juicy citrus and strong resin notes. Lots of pine with grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Killer hoppy flavor. Dry finish. Well hidden alcohol throughout.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Another high quality hoppy beer from Kern River. I really hope kegs hit San Diego.

HopHead84, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Nightrain87, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of emaciated
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

emaciated, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ChumleyX
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ChumleyX, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -7.2%

MrHirschybar, May 18, 2012
Photo of rand
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 alpinebryant
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +16%

CEDAMA, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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
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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.