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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 StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love the beer camp series, and this is one big red brew here. the pours is dark amber, clear, with a patchy tan head with good retention. it looks and smells like a regular amber, with notes of sweeter caramel malt, earthy minerals, and this one even has a touch of oatmeal vibe to it, although I don't think that's included in the ingredients, its got that fullness and smoothness. the taste boasts quite a lot of alcohol, not toxically so, but definitely a one pint only type of beer. its not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe, and is nicely hopped on the back end. long finish of white toast and copper, with a subtle fruity hop flash. full bodied but not overly heavy, a good fall weather beer, but definitely one to slow sip, the buzz comes on hot and fast here!

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, eventually leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has initial tastes of grapefruit citrus and is followed by notes of earthy yeast and hints of caramel malts. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: In reviewing my notes, this beer didn't seem as bitter compared to Beer Camp #65, possibly because it had more malts to create the slightly higher alcohol content (8.5% vs. 8.1%).

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't see "Blood Shot" anywhere on the label, but this is definitely a 2013 vintage Beer Camp #95 beer and is called "Imperial Red Ale." I'm assuming this is a discrepancy due to the initial limited beer camp test releases versus the wide release of the beer camp pack; maybe this was called Blood Shot in the test release and then they renamed it "Imperial Red Ale" for marketability? Anyway...

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun lively label art and a standard branded silver pry-off cap acquired yesterday as part of the beer camp variety 12-pack box at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I thought Beer Camp #65 (Red-o-ric) was above average and it was also an imperial red. 8.50% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness. Decent frothiness. Complexion is somewhat soft. Inconsistent messy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the 8.50% ABV - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a dark seductive amber. It's not so much vibrant as it is understated and glowing - which suits the style. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for an imperial red - and is darker than most beers I've seen in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws. I'd say it's well above average; the head retention is a highlight.

Sm: Has a lovely albeit generic floral hop presence as well as some fruity and citrusy hints. Loads of caramalt overwhelm even the amber malts. There's also pale malts and clean barley. Has a light toasty character more befitting a winter warmer than an imperial red. There's also a light candi sweetness. Overall, it's a bit closer to the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum than I would have anticipated given the style. It's hard to tell, but there might be some chocolate malt in there too, as well as a couple other darker malts. Judging by the aroma, it seems too much caramalt was used.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's a clean aroma, and I suspect a medium-attenuation American amber yeast was employed.

An inoffensive aroma of moderate strength.

T: Loads and loads of caramalt lend it an unbecoming caramel sweetness and overwhelm the other malts (pale, a bit of chocolate, and amber). Way too sweet, even coming off candied. Loads of residual sugars here; a higher attenuated yeast might bring a bit more balance to it. It does have a tea-like bitterness, and the hop presence - while not up to the task of balancing the caramalt - does lend it a bit of hop bitterness about the climax, primarily in the form of subdued pine. Where the first two acts are too sweet, this piney bitterness goes untamed, leaving the drinker with too much bitterness on the finish. Middling floral hop presence.

No explicit yeast character or boozy alcohol presence comes through, though it does have a light alcohol-induced warmth which I'd argue is pleasant.

As abovementioned, it's quite imbalanced. Has too sweet a build for the style. There's little complexity here, and certainly no subtlety or nuance. Below average depth of flavour for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

There are no egregious off-notes here.

Mf: Smooth and wet for the most part, with a moderate body. It does have a subdued dragging coarseness throughout the second act, seemingly to drag a bit more flavour delivery out. A biteen too thick. Feels full enough. Decent presence on the palate. Coating. Overcarbonated, but not to the point of sharpness or bite. Suits the flavour profile adequately, but feels far from custom-tailored specifically to it. Unrefreshing.

Not buttery, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable but forgettable Imperial Red from Sierra Nevada. It hides its ABV well enough. There's just nothing remarkable about it. By no means a unique or special beer. Just a generic pedestrian Imperial Red that I see no need to buy again. I'll happily polish off the other bottles from the variety box, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or anything. This is now my "average" benchmark for the emerging imperial red style.

If you're into comparisons, Troegs Nugget Nectar is a far better example of the style, and dareisay a paragon.


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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, peach, pineapple, caramel, bread, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aroma with good complexity and big hop presence with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, peach, pineapple, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial red ale. All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep rich bronze with a creamy-like one finger off white head atop that left almost two full rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass,great rich color and a great head.Aromas of brown sugar and earthy,piney hops,the hops are there but i would have liked a little more assertivness.The hops are more pronounced on the palate with a real earthy element to them along with pine and herbal notes,good hop complexity to go with brown sugar and molasses-like sweetness.A pretty solid hopped up red,it's close to being great,as is it's solid.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The Imperial Red from what is sold in southern California in 24-bottle cases. Red coppery color in the St. Bernardus goblet. The usual excellent foam and lively carbonation from Sierra Nevada's master chemists. some

The malty sweetness is rich without being in the least sugary. It's my favorite feature of this brew, being all too short lived. Unfortunately, or fortunately if you're a drooling hop fiend, the total bitter takeover is the other 90 percent of the taste. There is a glimmer of pineapple just before the grapefruit pith closes the place down.

Did some fool say Sierra Nevada wasn't man enough? This is my least favorite SN brew ever, and I always look forward to the Beer Camp oddities. This one just seems to be part of the hop escalation wars. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up in the sampler beer camp case, enjoyed in a tulip

A deep crimson shade w/light haze and thick head of tan w very fine bead. the smell has a good deal ofpiney and light grapefruit esters w/ gentle yeast w/fruity aroma and light malt with mild caramel accent. the feel has a moderately high bitterness and moderate sweetness level with medium carbonation and mild alcohol and semi dry finish w/ gentle astringency.

the Taste has a ruby red grapefruit flavor with mild woody hop flavor and subtle sweetness from the malt with a slightly sharp piney taste with subtle toasted malt flavor and mild fruitiness in the yeast adding to the citrus rind aspect from the hops. There is a light alcohl taste as it warms but all in all it is avery drinkable Imperial red at 8.5%, I was pleased with all three choices in the mix which is more hop centric than previous mixes.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep blood orange hued with a light tan head, forms fine speckled lacing around the sides of my chalice. Aroma citric notes all day very big hoppy experience from the first sniff onward. Big malt hints of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramelized sugars bringing in the flavor of bitter rustic, dank hops. A very big hoppy beer, imperial red ale is more accurate than the Blood Shot name originally dubbed at the Beer Camp. Residual sugars really come out in the finish, instead of the typical dryness I get from most imperial or hoppy beers, I'm getting residual sugar sweetness that lies on the sides of the backend of my tongue and really encompasses the back of the throat with each swallow. Carbonation is natural body is heavy but not weighing me down from enjoying each sip. Overall a nice imperial red ale, that may want to study Lagunitas techniques, they seem to be one of the innovators of this style...more dubbed names Mondo Red, Imperial Red, Investigation Shutdown Ale and the likes have all done this style really well and have laid down a standard for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Slatetank for gifting me with a couple of these new beer camp brews. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a matching Sierra Nevada snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained off-white cap that holds with rising bubbles. Patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with rinds, zest, herbs and fruity to floral hop aspects before getting grassy with a solvent alcohol inclusion. The blend of hops and alcohol is aggressive to say the least.

The taste is bitter and rindy with pith and zest components. Grapefruit juice and orange skin/zest blends into a bit of solvent alcohol which is harsh and numbs the tongue with a lingering tingle.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not bad but nothing out of the norm either other than the abnormal focus on neutral sort of alcohol burn which was mildly distracting.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, blood red coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, off-white head that coats the surface. Nose of rich, roasty caramel, with back-end hops notes providing some bitterness to clean everything up. Flavors are resiny bitter forward, with a blast of pine resin hops, subtle pepper, and a backbone of rich, roasted caramel. Well balanced, with a hint of smoke mixed in to help add layers. The body is smooth and robust, with a slickness to it. The aftertaste is bitter and resiny, with a solid, darkly sweet backbone. The finish is crisp, with a slightly drying feel. Solid, very hop-centric, drinkable red. Hop characteristics build as you go, so hopheads rejoice!

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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 Stinkypuss
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 150-13-C2-0459-N. This is listed as retired but the photo matches the 2013 batch bottle with the 8.5% ABV listing that I am drinking from on November 15, 2013.

The look is chestnut amber and orange with a lingering silky beige head. Busy carbonation.

Pungent aroma of malts, earthy hops, and a ripe fruit character.

The body is about medium but it does have an affable smooth texture to it.

The taste is also upfront malty with a vibrant earthy and forest green hoppiness lingering dryly at the finale. The 8.5% ABV is hidden just enough but it does still bite back. There is sort of a buttery note in the flavor as well once you get through the pungent hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red colored ale with a small tan head.

Smells hoppy and bitter. Northwest style hops and burnt sugar. Pine and other wood scents, smells something like a pine forest.

Starts out sweet and tannic. Malty and bitter there is a strong tea flavor. Strong pine flavor and burned sugars. That is pretty much it bittersweet ale.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall it is OK, but I don't really like this one that much.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for $3

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots, cherries, and a bit of grapefruit.

Overall - Another beer from this mixed pack that I'm sure was better fresh. Still a good beer and a good dose of hops and sweetness.

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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 corby112
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper/ruby red color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

There's a strong sweet malt presence in the nose but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward. I guess I shouldn't be to surprised given that it's Sierra Nevada but there's a nice dank, earthy hop character with resinous oils, grassy pine and citrus fruit followed by caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut, biscuit and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle roast in there as well. Nothing too crazy but a nice combination of hop and malt character.

Medium bodied with strong, slightly roasted malt flavors countered by dry, earthy hop bitterness. The hop profile isn't as prominent or complex as the nose suggests. Kind of one dimensional with sticky, piney bitterness, lacking the citrus/tropical fruit sweetness found in the aroma. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, biscuit, caraway seed, hazelnut, dark fruit and subtle roast. Well balanced and the high ABV is excellently masked making this beer very easy to drink. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer with a decent amount of hop bitterness balancing out the prominent malt notes. I just wish that the hop profile was a little less one-note.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark red. Crimson and nearly brown. Minimal head. Surprised by how dark this one is.

S-Piney with hempy notes. Big, fat caramel and dough maltiness. Almost smells like root beer. Interesting to say the least. Herbal hoppiness.

T-The flavor delivers an aggressive bitterness but the bitterness isn't reall paired with much hoppy flavor. It's bitter for the sake of being bitter. A bit of coffee and even a bit of nuts. The malt is just as hefty as the bitterness. I would like more flavor from the hops rather than just soulless bitterness.

M-Fuller bodied. Cutting bitterness. Warms the cheeks.

O/D-A massive Red Ale. I think I would have enjoyed this more earlier on in my beer experience. Lacks subtlety. For a big, bitter sipper this does fit the bill however.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber with garnet highlights and a lingering, frothy cream head.

Pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a slightly sweet, malty background mingling with deep resiny notes.

Sweet specialty malts form the backbone, with bitter, resiny hops dominating mid palate and carrying into the finish. Underpinnings of grapefruit zest, orange, and grass provide contrast, but bitter hops win out. Malt character is present throughout, but it mingled with the hops well, becoming more supportive than anything.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Aside from the bitter, resiny malt dominance, a very drinkable beer. Can't believe this is 8.5 percent. Lacks the sweetness often associated with abvs this high. Great malt presence, without interfering with the hop character. A little bitter for my liking though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger head into my glass. Some lacing is left on the edges as well. Very nice.

Decent hop bite upfront that leans more along the lines of pine with some buttery malt undertones.

It's definitely stronger than a regular red ale. More hops and less malt. I can't find much else worth noting.

It's stronger than usual so you should sip it. Mouthfeel is all pine hops and malt. Alcohol is surprisingly toned down,

Not bad but I've had better.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a brownish amber color with a full and lacy tan head. The aroma is earthy (wet leaves, soil, musty hops and rich hop spiciness). The taste is where the beer comes together...lots of alcohol warming...moderate sweetness. The hops are centric...bitter and thick. Malt sweetness builds with each sip. It is a full bodied beer, with quite a lot of complexity. The alcohol can sneak up on you, so enjoy with a little respect. I really liked this brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful brick red color with a big billowy cream colored head that consists of tons of rather big carbonation bubbles entrapped within. As the head very slowly fades, over about a 5 min time period, it leaves a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass as well as a persistent thin foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is of big of a pine smell mixed with some malty aromas of a bready nature. Along with these smells is some caramel sweetness as well a bit of lemon citrus.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with a decently strong caramel taste. There is some pine hop upfront as well as a little bit of citrus. As the flavor advances more hop comes to the tongue. The pine hop is what largely gets more intense, but is accompanied by some other increases in citrus hop flavor as well as the appearance of an earthy hop. In the end with an increase in all the hop one is left with a rather resinous and bitter taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body/lower carbonation combo really accentuate the bitter resinous flavors of the brew giving the hop more punching power.

Overall – A rather bitter and resinous but still quite drinkable IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of the new 12 pack, approximate cost of $1.49. Red color, good head, huge lacing. Aroma is hops and a slight hint of caramel. Flavor is mostly bitterness from the hops, not much fruit or pine, hints of malt and alcohol. Overall this is not nearly as good as the imperial red from last year's Beer Camp mixer which is too bad.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy burgundy color. There's a nice head capping it off; it's about two fingers high, off white in shade, and rather frothy in its texture. As the head recedes (retention is good), the lacing left behind is quite prevalent.

S: This one seems to focus on the herbal and piny hops, with noticeable caramel and toffee to balance. Very little in terms of citrusy hop notes. The overall combination - piny hops, tons of caramel - don't really appeal to me, but this one works rather well. As it warms up, a little more maltiness shines through.

T: I've noticed a few comparing this to cannabis. And by gawd, they're on to something. It opens relatively sweetly, with the usual caramel-and-toffee suspects at the forefront. It takes a bit of time to build, but soon after, a great deal of resiny hops explode on the palate. It's not just generically bitter - the weed, herb, and pine notes are decently defined. As bitter as it is, it doesn't bother me in the least. A twinge of sweet caramel reappears in the distant aftertaste; maybe that's why.

M: It's gotten to the point where an amber ale has to finish crisply in order for me to actually like it. And this does. It's a little sweet on the aftertaste, but that's no big deal. This one gives me a bit of a cottonmouth feel post-swallow...OMG JUST LIKE WEED. THIS IS WEED BEER, BRO.

O: I usually do not like any amber ale that isn't made by Troegs. This is a welcome exception to that rule. Wow, imagine that, an amber ale that brings the hops and treats the malt like an unwanted mother-in-law (there, but kept in that dingy room away from the good times), what a novel concept. This and Nugget Nectar are probably the only two ambers I could willingly drink multiple servings of.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Imperial Red Ale, #95 in the Beer Camp series last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a nice Red Ale and I'm interested to see how my second beer of this years Beer Camp series turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's pretty fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is typical for the Beer Camp series, it's not bad. It poured a red/dark amber color that took on a crimson like hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left tons of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color of the head was a little dark for the style, but the color of the beer, head retention and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that have a piney and herbal like aroma, but it's the citrus and juicy hops that seems to come through the most imparting a nice citrus rind like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a caramel malts, toasted malt, brown bread and some toffee like aromas. I thought the aroma was pretty good the hop profile was nice and there was good balance between the malts and the hops.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that had that same herbal, piney, and citrus hop profile with the citrus hops sticking out a little more then the others imparting some nice citrus rind like flavors. Up next comes a good amount of hops that impart some caramel, toasted malt, toffee and brown bread like flavors with a slight amount of doughy yeast on the background. On the finish there's pretty high amount of medium bitterness that had a medicinal like taste to it, and it had a caramel malt and herbal hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the bitterness could be a little less medicinal.

M- A little smooth, somewhat crisp, a little dry, slightly creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I thought it could be a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and an above average example of the style, I liked most of the aspects of this beer and I thought for an Imperial Red Ale it was pretty true to style. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, I thought the alcohol was hidden really well and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but it was a little filling and the medicinal like bitterness would prevent me for drinking a few of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, I thought the hops and malts were balanced pretty well and that worked good with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the medicinal like bitterness, if it was a little cleaner and didn't linger as long I think it would help this beer out. I don't know if I would buy this beer on it's own, but I wouldn't rule out getting a bottle or two if they did and I would recommend it to people who like hoppy Red Ales. All in all I thought this was a solid Imperial Red Ale, the only real flaw was the medicinal like bitterness and that kind of hurt this beer a little and I feel like it relied on the balance of hops and malts to carry this beer. It's not my favorite Imperial Red Ale, but it's not a bad beer by any means, it's just slightly rough around the edges. I couldn't believe this was 8.5%, the alcohol didn't show up at all. Nice work guys, this is a solid Imperial Red Ale.

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