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 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 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 MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep amber with 2 fingers of dense tan head, fantastic retention and lacing.

S - lots of light caramel malts, and some piney hops. Bottles probably close to two months old, I'm sure the hops were more prominent.

T - Sweet caramel malt and piney resinous hops lingering throughout. Finish is dry and malty sweet, aftertaste is about the same.

M - very drinkable, well carbonated, lighter bodied.

O - Tasty malty sweet brew with earthy piney hops. Giving it the benefit of the doubt due to age

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with two fingers of thick tan head. Head sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Sweet sugary malts, brown sugar and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet malts come forward, then a hit of booze, followed by a nice hop finish. Biscuit, brown sugar, grapefruit tartness, hint of booze, and hop bitterness. As it warms the alcohol comes out a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick, smooth, slightly creamy.

Overall, this is a great brew. I like how there is a kind of grapefruit tartness present in this beer along with a fantastic mouthfeel. In my opinion it still doesn't come close to G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues. If you enjoyed this one and like the style but have not yet tried G'Knight, then that is a must try.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark ruby red and brown with a nice 1/2 inch foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Caramel malts, some hops, dark fruits, added sugars, a little wine aroma with the plum and cherry.

Taste - Citric hops mixed with bold caramel, roasted malts. Hops are piney and mixed with orange and lemon. Lots of sweet sugars, roasted barley and spices. Even a cocoa/chocolate flavor mixed in. There Is a strong alcohol presence in each sip.

Mouthfeel - The tongue gets a load of hops and some booze. The tongue gets more malts and barley along with sugars and spices. Alcohol shows up at first and last sip. Aftertaste is piney, malty and alcohol influenced.

Overall - Pretty good, strong, flavorful and different then a typical red ale. The hops are really strong, as is the alcohol making this a truly big beer. Plenty of sweetness, bitterness and caramel malts.

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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 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 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 TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a rusty auburn with a 2 finger sandstone colored head. Great retention, resulting in a strong layer of suds across the top. Lacing is prevalent, with great stick. Noticeable amounts of yeasty sediment can be spotted sinking toward the bottom.

Smell - Grapefruit hits the nose foremost, along with hints of stonefruit, while toffee and caramel linger in the back. Also a lesser note of alcohol in there.

Taste - Starts with hints of caramel and a big helping of grapefruit pith. Touches on ghostly notes of chocolate and coffee. Finishes with an assertive and astringent alcohol bite. At 8.5%, it's probably stronger than it should be.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fluffy carbonation. The naked alcohol bite leaves it feeling a little rough around the edges.

Overall - Strong, but fairly unremarkable. Much like last year's Imperial red, though this one has slightly more alcohol bite to it. If the SN Beer Camp packs are gonna continue to be $20, I'm likely done buying them unless something REALLY intriguing is in a future pack (like a BA Impy Stout, for example).

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Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark amber color, two finger of khaki head, no lacing.
S - Caramel malt up front, some dried cherries, green apple, a little herbal, and a tad bit of alcohol in the end.
T - Tons of really sweet caramel malt, definitely boozey which is a big time disappointment, at the end you get a little bit of herbal hop traits and dried fruit.
M - Alcohol burn, soapy bitterness, chewy.
O - Not impressed with the whole beer camp lineup as a whole, and I'd say this is the biggest letdown. I have yet to try flipside, but I hope its nowhere near this realm.

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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 GilGarp
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Beer Camp #95 is a dark hazy red color with thin white head. It settles quickly and leaves just a little lace.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It actually has good balance with the malts which provide some caramel apple character.

Flavor is much more bitter than the aroma would suggest. It has slight sweetness at first but then turns quite bitter as if there was too much hop addition early in the boil. I don't get much hop flavor or aroma but lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Completely out of balance.

Overall a miss for me. I like hops but I also appreciate a bit of balance even in imperial styles. This is all bitterness and no balance.

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Photo of vic21234
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled on date.

A- Pours a hazy dark red with a nice finger of off white head which leaves some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- An overall citrusy sweetness and caramel malt aromas.

T- Caramely sweet malts give way to some citrus hops at the back end. Nice aftertaste with good hop bite.

M- Medium bodied, highly carbonated, bitter, easy drinker.

A nice hop heavy red ale. This one is my favorite of the 2013 Beer Camp Pack.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark burgundy color, classic Sierra Nevada foam that’s thick and clingy. Big American hop notes--tasty but also a bit too familiar. Some sweet malt there too. Flavor is again big on hops, but there’s also a considerable malt heft to make this one not just another IPA. The finish is a bit sweet, which is true to style, but it’s a bit much for me. Overall, I wasn’t a fan of the strength of the brew or the toasty/sweet malt finish and somewhat predictable hop bill. It was by no means a bad beer, just not that exciting. I seem to have enjoyed the previous year’s imperial red more.

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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 far333
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel and reddish amber colored with a half inch high head of beige tightly-bubbled foam that lingers long. Aroma of grapefruit and orange rind pith, notes of brown sugar and honey.

Rich flavor of ruby grapefruit hops, orange rind, and some pine. Good balance of doughey malt with the hops, but the citrusy goodness really shines here. Some ripe pear and honey, plus faint notes of alcohol sweetness.

Even mouthfeel, full but a bit slick. Slight alcohol warmth, but it does not detract. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH IPA glass.

A - Dark russet reddish/brown, with 3 fingers of thick head that slowly melts on the edges creating a center mountain of meringue. Superb retention and lacing.

S - Toasted barley, sweet orange citrus, lemon, stern alcohol aroma, strong brewed tea, potpourri comes to mind

T - Aggressive hops upfront, not bitter but in terms of flavor. Orange cream and grapefruit pith. Loads of roasted barley is sweet, grainy and creamy in the center with orange tea notes. Hop resin shows up with a spicy herbal character. Heavy green pine pairs with a raw grainy malt and brings along a resinous bitterness.

M - Heavy side of medium bodied with creamy carbonation, alcohol.

A big red with plenty of hops to match the malt. Alcohol comes through quit a bit but doesn't distract. Solid pine bitterness on the finish. A very well constructed beer.

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a couple fingers of greasy light tan head that stuck around forever. The head faded into a thick greasy film that left sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Pine hops dominate with notes of citrus and bready malt.
T: Citrusy with a roasted, almost smokey, finish. I get flavors of caramel malts, bitter pine resin, grapefruit pith, and rye in the aftertaste. Very bitter.
M: Bitter, medium-full body, creamy soft fluffy mouthfeel and carbonation. Smooth yet bitter.
O: Super hoppy amber, bitter pine and citrus rind with a accent of spice. Not bad but potent.

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Photo of vkv822
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, dark cherry-mahogany with a foamy, off white head that dissipates to leave a thin film and decent lacing.

Resiny, slightly grapefruit citric hops, with a solid, caramel malt backbone.

Medium+ body, mild carbonation, slight resinous, bitter finish.

Nothing too interesting, an enjoyable strong, amber ale.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can't suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale." Brewed in the style of an Imperial Red IPA. This is a curious entry as it shares a name with a beer released in the 2012 Beer Camp variety pack but falls under a different entry number. While it may be the same beer as in 2012, there may be some slight variations for 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a big caramel-white head of a medium-thick creamy consistency over a moderately opaque burgundy amber body with plenty of sediment in tow. Retention is slightly above average, lacing is thin and spotty. Carbonation is moderate. Appearance is very respectable for the style overall. 4.25

(Smell) Aromas of bready toasted malts, some biscuity, bready german malts, a lesser peppery hint of rye with a mellow graininess. A moderate tropical fruit and citrus profile lies in the midst of it all, mostly from hop selections, but some quite possibly from mellow fruity esters from the yeast choice. A touch of lemongrass and pepper compliment the lighthearted nature of the aroma. Expect a faint butteriness and some mellow hard water qualities, otherwise it is a clean-smelling brew. This beer comes off surprisingly fruity and citrusy despite its featuring a focused malt base. 4

(Taste) Up front a very straight-forward hop profile of herbal, piney hop brings a sharp bitterness to counteract a moderate bready medium toasted caramel malt. Slightly less fruit presence in the flavor, but a far more pronounced piney, earthy bitterness and a slightly more assertive specialty malt bill. The beer finishes with a pinch of semi-sweet chocolate aside from the toasted caramel. While I found the beer very drinkable, I thought that the specialty malt doesn't balance out the hop bitterness enough. This beer could have managed a more gruff or robust malt profile, but the sweetness does manage to do the hop profile justice. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and thin with a medium bitterness. Carbonation adds a touch of perkiness and fluff to the beer. Body is medium+ for Imperial IPAs, medium/heavy overall. Balance is bitter over sweet, short in malt body but good on sweetness. Alcohol presence is moderate. No perceptible off flavors are detectable. The balance of this beer may be a touch lacking, with hops taking the lead on flavor, both bitterness and flavor shining through. 3.5

(Overall) I don't recall if this is the same beer from 2012 or something different, but it's enjoyable either way. I found the malt profile decent in sweetness, but lacking in body, it could have used a pinch more depth or added viscosity to truly stand out. Drinkability is quite high even with a starkly aggressive hop profile and bitterness- there's no question that this beer comes off as an IPA within a few sips, so I can understand why it was packed into the "catch-all" category. It's a good example of how tweaking the malt bill can add some breadth to the flavor and character of a beer, and still keep very drinkable. I wouldn't pass this up, but hope that I can try a further perfected Red IPA someday, even if it again comes from Sierra Nevada. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp 2013 #95: Imperial Red Ale

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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 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 secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but clear red-amber, with substantial head. Beautiful and ornate lace, with loops and frills galore!

Nose is crisp, with fruits and malts up front, and a touch of citrus underneath.

Taste is sharp and certainly heavy from the onset, with a thick body. There are plenty of malts here to keep this one firmly in "red ale" territory, but there are also ample hops to take this one to new levels. A superb "red ale" for hop-heads, for sure.

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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 artoolemomo
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has pretty damn good retention- it seems to be stuck at two fingers at the moment. The head is an off-white with hints of beige while the body is dark amber to maroon that glows a dark honey and amber when held up to the light. Respectable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Another inconspicuous and subtle aroma- What is going on, Beer Camp? I got a mix of coffee, roasted malts, and nuttiness from the bottle but practically nothing from the glass. Hints of caramel and some bread? Some coffee and a bit of raisin sweetness. Very under the radar.

Taste- Lots of assertive coffee. Begins with some raisin and citrus from the hops (lemon, then orange). Ends with pine and resin that has a pretty considerable bitter wood linger. A touch of spice on the linger as well. Very sweet at beginning, some caramel underneath but this is not dominant on the malt bill. The coffee starts to dissipate and is taken over by the assertive hops mentioned on the label. Although these finish with more pine, resin, grapefruit, and matchstick than of brighter citrus fruits. Some earwax on the end as well. The linger may be a little too much for me and the beer itself, while good, is not that interesting to me. Above average is about all I can say.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some juiciness. An appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly drinkable, but the flavor profile is a rather dull one for me.

Overall- This one probably gets last place for me in the current Beer Camp Olympics. Worth a try but worth buying the whole case? Perhaps not. Above average.

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Blood Shot - Beer Camp #95 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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