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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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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 30
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 21
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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Kevin for the unexpected share!

Clearish pour, darker ruby-amber hue, with a small cap of white head that receded to a small ringlet. Crisp, fresh hops in the nose, citrus zest and pine, with toasty, bready malts easily detectable in the background. A nice fresh citrus profile in the taste, orange and grapefruit, bready malts and caramel underneath. Smooth and creamy, and extremely drinkable; for the amount of hops I got in this, it actually wasn't very bitter at all. Medium body and very sessionable for an 8%ABV brew.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ChanChan
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Copper color clear, beautiful beer!!

Aroma: This beer is 5 months old, it is surely showing signs of decline but still has a decent nose with plenty of hops!! The Lagunitas Sucks I am having alongside this beer makes the Hippie seem not so great.

Taste: This beer is super solid when it comes down to taste!! The aroma may be lacking but the taste is still 100% awesome!!

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation but that is not a bad thing, the carbonation reminds me of Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, this one is a lot better though!!

Overall: I haven't reviewed a beer since Laguntas sucks, This beer made me come back and speak my mind. It's truly amazing!! I love the bubblegum finish!! I've never experienced that before. Did I mention I have been aging this beer for 5 months? I freaking love this beer!!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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