Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
95 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

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Photo of MCG
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I see a few reviews without a description, so I'll jump in with the first.

A: The beer pours with a wonderful head of very tight bubbles. At first glance it looks as though it came off a nitro system, however it was a basic CO2 setup. The color appears as a brownish red, however when held to the light the redness glows through. The head on this one doesn't quit, and leaves a terrific lace all the way down.

S: The smell is sweet with only a touch of alcohol, which is quite curious for a beer of this magnitude. The aromas are of fresh tropical fruit and bit pine, which nicely lead into the taste and mouthfeel.

T: Wow, this beer really delivers. The beer was served quite cold, but not even the coldest temperatures could mask this beer's enormous flavors. At first the malty sweetness delights the palate with sweet fruit, but like clockwork it gives way to an enormous hop finish that will leave any hophead looking for more. When it starts warming to an ideal drinking temperature the above statement still holds true, however deeper levels of complexity are revealed: A hint of chocolate, perhaps a bit of cigar smoke, and a rich warming sweetness resonate between sips.

M: Very creamy, and a perfect amount of carbonation. Just fantastic. The lingering hop bitterness demands action in the form of additional drinking.

I've really enjoyed the trend of hybrid beers such as the well hopped imperial amber Nugget Nectar (might as well call it an AIPA) from Tröegs and Hoponius Union (IPL) from Jack's Abby. Blood Shot from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp 95 has all the characteristics to call it a west-coast imperial red ale; An imperial red ale for the hop lovers of the world. Cheers!

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Photo of sentomaster
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap thanks to my buddy Mcg who was one of the winners of the SN beer camp contest.

A- Massive head of very fine bubbles erupts from the garnet body. The bubbles are so fine, thick and creamy that it seems like it must be coming off nitro. Poured into a DFH snifter and almost half the glass is full of foam erupting from the body. Held up to the light the beer is fairly opaque and turns from dark red to a very light red and a stream of carbonation can be seen. Absolutely gorgeous beer.

S- Hops and malt fight it out- hops win. Strong aromas of resinous grapefruit and tropical fruit mix with a touch of tobacco. The malt imparts a nice counterpart in a sweet sugar cookie smell.

T/M- Follows the nose closely. The malts lose a little more clearly in taste than they did in the nose, but still provide the necessary balance to the monolithic wall of hops. The tobacco/smoke is more pronounced than in the nose also. A slight grainy/huskiness rides along with the sweetness. The alcohol is almost completely hidden minus a slight warming sensation after it goes down. The body is on the heavier side of medium and the beer is carried along amply by the hefty carbonation. As the fresh hop flavors of raw passionfruit mingle with a fading caramel sweetness, the beer finishes quite clean and bright; leaving you ready for another sip.

O- This is a monster of a beer and completely unique. Dangerously drinkable and so unlike anything else. I can't wait for this to be released in national distribution.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker pint

A dark scarlet with a grey two finger fast reducing head, moderate carbonation!

Thick mouthfeel with no carbonation

Smells: malt, hop

Taste: Leafy veggies, grass, malt, and floral hops for an awesome bite at the end.

Overall, this is a beer that I hope becomes a standard for them!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong pour of straw colored foamy head on top of deep dark blood red brew. Nice clarity and lacing... Good head retention too.

Aroma is roasty, peaty, pine, earthy... A bit light compare to the flavors. Iced tea.

Dry with nice smooth bitterness. Sweetness is tamed with Pine over riding. Carbonation is prickly and well done. Flavors are well blended and fit nicely with cohesive decisiveness Imperial Red style.

A bit allover the board. A stronger front would have made this a killer brew, it still was great, but it could have been amazing... Best of the 2013 Beer Camp

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark coppery red amber with a fine one finger off hwite head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of spicy piney, citrus hops, pineapple, citrus and caramel malt, tempting. Flavor follows, but an excellent balance of sweet malt, piney, mildly citrus hops, and nice complementary fruit juice. Finishes with resiny, herbal piney hops and a hint of rye sourness. Nice medium creamy body. This is one excellent red ale, and perhaps my favorite so far. Really well balanced and well integrated flavors, with a great fresh herbal finish. Well done, I'm in heaven. I really hope they brew this again.

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Photo of acevenom
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear dark amber with a finger length off-white head. There are plenty of visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The beer smells like bready malt and toffee. There are also earthy and floral hop notes. The taste follows the nose. It's very malty with the breadiness and some light toffee sweetness that is balanced by the earthy hop bitterness. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz to a snifter, August 1st bottle date on the box

Pours a very dark and vibrant red, almost burgundy, with a finger and a half of brown tinged foam. A lot of carbonation, gives the head a good retention rate and lacing. About 50% transparency

Smells of strong pine and citrus hops back up by very strong caramel malts and spices. It's really hoppy, but balanced more towards the malts, which with the alcohol gives a pretty strong kick

Taste is with the nose, upfront hoppy pine with a hint of citrus which becomes subversive to strong caramel malts. Spices are accentuated by the rigid malts to help give it a bigger kick, finishing with a touch of booze

Feel is spicy and prickly on the tongue. Medium body with high bitterness, alcohol well concealed. Pretty heavy on the palate, a lot of fun to drink

Overall a very solid imperial red, hoppy and spicy, delivers exactly what it should. I wouldn't mind seeing this one brought back

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is errantly marked as a duplicate, but it isn't. #95 seems to be unique from previous batches if memory serves me correctly. Although a previous Beer Camp Red Ale may have been very good, this one is superb.

The appearance is nearly sublime. It has a hint of red, beautiful head and lace. The aroma matches the appearance - beautiful - malty and hoppy, dark and delicious. The taste is an American double over the top malty, hoppy blend. Wonderful stuff. The aftertaste is pretty boozy and bitter.

I've been watching all these old English TV shows (All Creatures Great and Small) and there isn't an episode where they are not drinking ales at least three or four times - in the pub, at the dinner table. Loads of Scotch whiskey too. I get a bit jealous, but I'll bet the best of what they are having isn't any better than #95.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on the "Beer Camp" box is 07/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy copper amber orange with some ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head which slowly recede to a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: An aggressive and balanced aroma of big hop esters and toasty bready malt. Hoppy upfront with big earthy, floral, and herbal hop hints. Hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus fruit hints of orange rind, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest. Toasty bready malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, yeast, and some slight roasty chocolate. Slight rye like spice hints as well. A solid well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a sharp and toasty balance of earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. Big hop presence upfront with earthy notes of grass as well as floral notes. Herbal notes of spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and zesty lemon. Solid sweet bready malt balance with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, toast, and a little roast presence as well as some spice. Nice combination of bitterness and sweetness. Very good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily and bitter. Finishes dry. Alcohol presence is tame.

Overall: A very solid Red ale. Ripe and bitter hops with a solid balance of toasty and sweet malts. Bold and balanced.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle without a freshness date. Consumed on: 09/25/13.

A- Very dark, hazy amber or even mahogany pour. Thick, creamy, light tan head. Carbonation and floating sediment are just barely visible through the dark, red haze.

S- Some malty sweetness and citrusy/piney hops. The most outstanding aroma is a unique hop sweetness with an almost berry-like quality.

T- The flavor is very hop forward, and heavy hitting in the booze and bitterness categories, while still maintaining enough drinkability to keep me wanting another sip. The malt backbone is present, but hardly balancing. The rich flavor of spicy hops and stinging alcohol is delightfully complex and warming, and leaves a dry, citric bitterness that easily lingers until my next sip. As it warmed slightly, I noticed something almost earthy and woody about the taste. Reminiscent of a walk through an evergreen forest on a chilly autumn evening.

M- Full and even resinous body. A little slick on the palate with adequate carbonation and crispness in the finishes.

O- A solid beer. I normally like a rich malty ale with a big hop presence, and this beer is no exception. However, the malt could shine through a little more. While the bitterness in this beer is impressive, and pretty close to a hop head's thirsty dream, it isn't what I've been craving of late. Still a worthy beer, but I wouldn't be in a rush to pick it up again if I could.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark red - almost purple - with a finger of silky off-white head. Head dissipates to a sudsy film with nice lacing. Great looking beer.

Smells of dank hops, juicy fruit and pine. Very nice throughout.

Taste mimics the nose, with plenty of bitterness and fruit, and some nice pine to round things out. Little bit of everything here -- grapefruit, plum, toffee, lemon, raisins and rye, with some of that signature SN herbal hoppiness. Remains a really bright, bitter IPA while still incorporating some of those dark fruit/sweet malt notes.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, silky smooth, and coats the palate for a nice, long finish.

Overall, really impressed by this beer and would be thrilled to see it join Sierra Nevada's regular lineup.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2013, bought March 2014 in Sweden and stored in my beercellar for almost two years.
ABV: 8.5% - Best before September 2014.

This is a dark, red, hazy beer with a two finger high, fluffy, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing. A lot of sediment floating around.

Nose: Caramel malt, dried fruit, ripe apples, floral notes, vanilla, resin, apricot, red berries and yes! Still a lot of hops in the nose after more than two years!
As the beer warms up it explodes of hops - Really nice!
Taste: Almost creamy taste. A slight bitterness at the end. Dried fruit, plum, grapefruit, orange, pine, resin, caramel malt, pink grapefruit and grass. A lot of hops in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Thick texture. Medium carbonation. Soft and creamy. Dry and bitter ending. A "chewy" feeling, like taking a big bite of a great, tasty, fruit!

As you can see I really like this brew! It has matured very good and I just hope I'll still have a few bottles of this #95 - 2013 deep down in my cellar...

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken the day the 2013 Beer Camp variety pack arrived here.

12 oz brown Sierra Nevada stubby bottle with superb Beer Camp label as always! I poured this into a tulip pint glass/stout glass. The name, 'Blood Shot' isn't mentioned, but the #95 gives it away.

A - dark colored red that almost looks brown. When held to the light is where this gets its name. It's blood red and nearly glows. A glowing blood red body with orangish brown highlights painting the corners. Head pours decent, but quickly vanishes to a ring of lace leaving pretty good soapy stickiness.

S - some massive hop aromas up front of tropical fruit and green grass. Big hop notes are balanced nicely by a sturdy malt backbone. Chocolate, caramel and sweet but roasted grain all do their job. The aroma very nice.

T - flavor starts with tropical fruit and lots of hops. Orange, lemon, tropical, and grass are all near gushing with fruitiness yet deliver a big punch of bitterness up front. The caramel and roasted malt set the background doing all they can to balance the grapefruit and pine bitterness in the finish.

M - full bodied and an excellent thickness. Definitely SN style body thickness. It's not an easy brew to drink as it is quite aggressive and hopped up, but its feel allows for a nice experience. Smooth and thick with a ton of flavor.

O - my 3rd favorite of the 2013 Beer Camp variety pack. It's probably the best of the 3 in terms of class though. It's really well done and well thought out. But a bit too similar. But it has a couple of awesome notes to it. I'd drink it again, and its probably the better overall beer of the 3.

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Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint

Appearance: Dark, stained red with good sized tan head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, some light pine and spice.

Taste: Very malty and somewhat sweet backbone of caramel, toffee and fruit. Some grapefruit, with a very bitter, spicy and piney finish.

Feel: Somewhat full body with moderately low carbonation and a sharply dry finish. Slightly boozy.

Overall: This is a big Red Ale that skirts dangerously close to both DIPA and Barleywine territory. This is right up Sierra's Nevada's alley. In other words, damn good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2013 Beer Camp 12 pack.

A- pours a deep dark red, 2 finger head of foam, good lacing.

S- big notes of citrus with a solid malty backbone. Grapefruit and Caramel.

T- Caramel malt first, overwhelmed by grapefruit hoppiness, back to the malt and back to the...
pretty much a 1 2 punch that's enjoyable to drink. That's what counts.

M- just fine and dandy. Medium carb supports the medium body nicely.

O- a very nice offering in the Beer Camp box for 2013. Thumbs up.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 7/23/13 (tried in both a tulip and a snifter; preferred in the snifter).
Appearance - a deep red, bordering on mahogany. Thin, beige head that sticks around. Lacing is splotchy.
Smell - earthy, pine hops. Maybe some subtle caramel malt.
Taste - very good, a nice pair of malts and hops, but the alcohol is present. Would be a great late Fall warmer.
Feel - I love the bitterness in this deep, red ale! The ABV, however, is noticeable as it warms.
Overall - solid beer, though it doesn't hide the alcohol well. I'll have this again late Fall or Winter, if I can!

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a SN pint glass. Body is amber but more ruby-hued when backlit. Small off-white head on top leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Pleasant nose, with a nice blend of toffee and caramel malt sweetness and juicy hops. Not terribly strong, but it is nice.

T: Juicy citrusy hops (grapefruit is clearly noted) and a bit of leafy and earthy flavor. Some brown sugar to go along with the caramel malt provides a nice foundation for the hops, which dominate throughout, ending in a piney bitterness. Lingering dry bitterness in the aftertaste, and after awhile I'm noting a bit of ethanol as a drying finish, and some heat from the ABV in the belly.

M: Comes across as somewhat surprisingly light given the high ABV (8.5%) and the style, but I'd say it's medium in heft, maybe a little heavier. Carbonation is unobtrusive - fine and prickly but not harsh.

O: A solid Imperial Red Ale.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy red, topped by a level four fingers of off-white micro-bubbles.

Earthy aroma upfront, with a burst of citrus hiding behind waiting for an opening.

Big caramel beginning lays down an impressive foundation. Some citrus follows. Big bitter bite.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

A well done imperial red, a little more malt leaning than what I was expecting from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of flexabull
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour, dark crimson, bright, clear with a sizable white head.

Aromas are nice, caramel, hard candies, sweet citrus, and resin.

Taste is very malt forward. Caramel, light sweetness, hard candies, and cereal grains. Finish is resiny, bitter, and slightly dry. Beer is nicely balanced between malt flavors up front, and hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer, and my favorite of the beer camp pack this year. Very flavorful and well balanced.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date

look is a clear amber red, dark, with a nice foamy head. smell is hoppy: floral and pine. taste is oak, sweet and savory malts, and crushingly bitter pine and grapefruit. feel is only slightly slick.

they really brought the amber out in this, tad heavy on the roast. tastes like a 90 schilling mixed with a torpedo.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two and half fingers of head on a deep red colored body.
The aroma is nice with dry grain and lemon zest.
The taste is bold. Lots of malt balanced with a heavy dose of pine bitterness.
The texture is crisp but thicker with moderate carbonation.
A big imperial red ale, no doubt.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7.26.2013

A: Deep red almost brown hue with 1 finger of tan fizzy head. Dots of lacing left all on the glass as it goes down and the head lasts as well.

S: Nice piney hop aroma with hints honeydew melon and honey.

T: Nice smooth honey melon sweetness, that transitions into a good piney bitter finish. Hints of burnt caramel as it warms. I like the juxtaposition of the punchy hops and the mellow red malt base.

M: Medium bodied beer. Good carbonation that blends the flavors well.

O: Very good red ipa. I am not too fond of red ales, but this one is quite nice. Good hoppy punch balanced with mellow red malt base makes this is a very balanced and delicious ale. Well done.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Beer Camp. Bottled July 8th 2013.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with a slightly yellowed dense head. Has clarity to it but is almost too dark to see through. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma explodes with hops. Big malt backbone adds sweetness and roastiness to the beer but doesnt overpower the hop. Fermented fruits

T: Bold beer that is assertive in its flavor. Strong malts clash with powerful hops. The hops come through as a citrusy and earthy blend. Aftertaste lingers with the bitterness of hops. Malts have a nice roasty flavor and a bit of carmel sweetness.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Bit of a resinous mouthfeel to it.

Overall might be the best one out of this new Beer Camp. Certainly a powerful beer with loads of flavor. Not for the faint of heart or those who dont like hoppy and bitter beers.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with a huge off white head. Great amount of lacing.
Smell is woody dank malty some floral hop aroma.
Taste is sweet malty with a big hit of pink grapefruit hops. The bitterness just rolls along trying to match the sweet malts. Imagine a pink grapefruit half with a tablespoon or more of brown sugar dumped on top. Is it healthy or a dessert? You decide.
Mouthfeel is full with just enough carbonation and a bittersweet finish. Slightly dry.
Overall an ace of an Imperial Amber. Don't know if this would be a regular but I would think no more than two in one sitting. The alcohol is well masked in the taste but the effects are quite evident. Yummy.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Beer Camp #95 : Imperial Red Ale

LOOK: Pours a reddish amber with fine clarity. An immense, rocky topping leaves clumps of lace on the glass. Excellent retention, this is a fine looking beer.

SMELL: Spicy herb, tropical fruits like mango and oranges. Some sweet caramel like malt is also present.

TASTE: In the taste, grapefruit pith, orange, grapefruit, pineapple and quite juicy. A bit of herbal, earthy flavor in addition to the fruitiness. This has good hops flavor and a layer of brown sugar, product of a firm maltyness. As it warms, more caramel, cocoa and nutty flavors develop but stays hoppy throughout.

FEEL: Surprisingly light for the strength and style, this is also somewhat juicy with a soft medium carbonation. Little to no heat but does warm in time. Really clean and bright flavors that last just long enough to appreciate a few moments after the sip.

OVERALL: A delicious American Imperial Red Ale. The surprise of the sampler case, this is notably hoppy, with a sturdy malt foundation. Very drinkable and with good character. Hopefully this beer, also referred to as Bloodshot, will become a regular release

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Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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