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

6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)
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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,133
4.25 | pDev: 9.18%
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, served in a teku glass. Pours a darker amber reddish body, two finger offwhite head, lots of retention and lots of lacing. Smell is dank grassy and citrusy hop aromatics with a fair bit of caramel malt backbone, a bit of toffee and sweet candied sugar. Perhaps some pine resin. The smell is fairly dank, perhaps halfway to a dirty hippie? Flavour is a smooth caramel malt with a big, crisp pine and citrus hop presence, a fair bit of grassy bitternessĀ on the backend. Fairly sweet as expected. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp with a fair bit of resinous bitterness on the backend. Solid hoppy imperial red ale.

Oct 30, 2017
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau Glass. You know... The uber Phallic glass with a small shaft & a giant head. ANY-WHO!!

This one is a home run. Argueably the best Red IPA I've had. Dank. Basement mustiness but under control. Pine forward, reminiscent of marijuana and a Tahoe pine forest. Oranges and red berries as the citrus goes. This one improves as it warms. Hops are the star of the show. A pot head's dream of a west coast red IPA.

Sep 28, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a pretty beer. Juicy, copper rust comes to mind. Smells piney and pungent. Tastes piney and pungent. Feels piney and pungent! But somehow, I just love it. Cheers!

EDIT: After having this in the bottle and being a bit underwhelmed, had it it again at the brewery and WOW! What a difference! Everything seemed heightened, and honestly may be my favorite from KRBC. Obviously not the 6th ann. edition. Cheers!

May 10, 2016
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IpaBeerDrinkers from California

1.97/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

This beer is all over the place. Elite mouthfeel and body....and a train wreck after that. It is indeed sticky. But that is all I get out of it. Hop profile is boring. Smell leaves much to be desired, but name suggests that. Another vastly overrated beer from Krb

Aug 17, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

This is a reddish orange beer with a small head on top, leaving just a few spots of lacing around the glass. I smell oak, citrus, and hemp...hemp eh? Maybe that's why it is called the dirty hippe. Anyways, this is another pleasing ale out of Kern River. Although I taste hemp, there's a light wood accent that adds to the pleasant fruitiness of the beer. The alcohol is hidden well, the beer medium bodied, so I'd say order me another one in the future.

Jul 10, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle of Kern Dirty hippie.

Aroma: does NOT smell like a dirty hippie but does have some resemblance to a bock bier.

Flavor: Very hoppy version of the style, with citrus and floral hops. The hops are at about APA level; mild bitterness.

Somewhat light body.

O: very good.

Dec 11, 2014
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RogueOz from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at KRBC, tap and bottles to go available (limited).

L: like a red, small light head, light carbonation, minimal lacing. cloudy.

S: You can smell the resinous hops off the bat. This is gonna be good.

T ; This is like a Citra in disguise. This is an aggressive red ale, not for the feint hearted, but definitely down my alley. Definitely lives up to its Imperial status. If you don't like hop character then I doubt you will like this.

F : Smooth and leaning towards hop bitterness. No overly lingering resin or hops though.

This is a great red ale, certainly not passive in character. I have not tasted the other anniversary renditions, but this is very Citra in character, and I love Citra. Between this, the new Barleywine, and the Knee Deep collab, KRBC has really impressed of late. BTW - I bought my bottle limit (6) and already spoken for with future trades.

Oct 18, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a brilliant red ale, thanks to drlovemd87 for getting me this beer "because it reminded him of me". not sure if that's a compliment or not, but this beer is damn good, so im not offended. brick red on the pour with plenty of body and a sexy two full inches of white fluff on top. the nose is really hopped up, honey sweet from the red malt, dusty and earthy too, but the hops take center stage. I am not super familiar with summit hops, but they have a really high alpha acid presence here, as well as a robust orangey citrus profile that tastes incredible with the richer red malt. the hops are just great in this, not bitter until the very end. the mouthfeel is full bodied but not heavy, it stays creamy throughout, and is very satisfying as a fall beer. overall an incredible first impression from kern river, and although this isn't the beer that makes them famous, its got me dying to try their ipas. yummy red beer right here with an assertive and unique hop profile. dangerously easy drinking.

Nov 16, 2013
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another good one from Kern River. Bottled 2 weeks ago. Poured into a large flute.

Dark Amber/Copper color. Small head. Lots of lacing. Looks good.

Smell the hops right away. Pine being abundant.

Balanced taste. The hops give a little bite, much more than a typical red. Very nicely done.

Lightly carbonated, medium body.

Overall a red that I'd drink again. Nicely done Kern.

Oct 14, 2013
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aquazr1 from California

4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a dark copper color with a small to medium head. Leaves a nice amount of lace around the glass as the head dissipates.

S - The initial aroma is pine with some citrus notes mixed in.

T - Very balanced and highly drinkable with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, very smooth with light carbonation.

O - This beer is so drinkable for an 8% ABV beer, it's almost addictive. It changed my mind about red ales. Just the right amount of hops to balance against the malt flavors. Ranks right up there with the best I've ever had.

Aug 01, 2013
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bright copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes fairly quick along with lacing that lasted well throughout. Aroma of floral hops, citrus and malt which was surprising for a red ale. Flavors of caramel, herbal hops, grapefruit, and bready malt. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. The finish was moderately bitter with a lingering resinous hops aftertaste. Overall, a pretty decent anniversary beer from Kern River, just not as good as the 5th anniversary beer.

Jul 22, 2013
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Philousa from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Feb 12, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Nov 15, 2012
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Nov 07, 2012
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ChanChan from California

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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!!

Oct 22, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 21, 2012
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FosterJM from California

4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Oct 07, 2012
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peacebone116 from California

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Sep 29, 2012
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brokensail from California

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Aug 04, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Jul 29, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5



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.

Jun 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jun 12, 2012
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rand from California

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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. A relatively light body and complexion supports the layers of flavor and allows for easy detection. 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.

Apr 08, 2012
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Apr 06, 2012
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DarthKostrizer from California

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Mar 27, 2012
6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 140 ratings