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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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,731
4.23 | pDev: 8.98%
Jul 27, 2022
Mar 27, 2012
6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Packaged on 7/7/22 - consumed on 7/26/22 - poured from a tall-boy can into my Bruery tulip.

Dark, seemingly clear redwood body supports two fingers of beige stiff peaks. Rocky lacing; superior retention.

Candied citrus and tropical fruit in the nose along with powerful malt and hints of caramel.

Sweet, deeply malty palate entry followed by a wave of orange, grapefruit, peach, and mango. Complex malt notes throughout. Moderate clean earthy bitterness. Long medium-dry finish with faint hints of nuts and toast.

Medium-full bodied, chewy, slightly oily, well carbonated, faintly warming yet quenching.

A delightful malt-forward, well hopped, cleanly crafted (despite the name) example of the style - more than the sum of its parts.
Jul 27, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by michiganmatt from California

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by Raptor66 from Oregon

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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
Rated: 4.27 by BeerMeCJS from California

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Bnoise11 from California

Oct 06, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by gelasin from California

Sep 30, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2016
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Reviewed by RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Rated: 4.24 by dertyd from California

Sep 27, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by brentusaurus from California

Sep 08, 2016
Rated: 4 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

May 28, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

May 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Rated: 3.75 by riotontheroad from California

Mar 22, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by dabear85 from Illinois

Sep 02, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 3.61 by rawfish from California

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by IpaBeerDrinkers from California

1.97/5  rDev -53.4%
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
Rated: 4.04 by mig100 from Texas

Aug 08, 2015
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by PG2G from California

Jun 13, 2015
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Rated by apareed from California

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Aroma reminiscent of a DIPA. Like'
Jun 09, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by BDeibs from Colorado

May 25, 2015
Rated: 4.42 by OUJayhawk1799 from Oklahoma

May 22, 2015
Rated: 4.72 by Jordanpaterson08 from California

Apr 12, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by fosters9 from New York

Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by mdlb44 from California

Jan 14, 2015
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Rated by metsfan1 from California

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Hands down, the best red IPAD I have ever had. Really dank flavor. I wish all dirty hippies smelled like this tasted.
Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Dec 25, 2014
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
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
Rated: 4 by Devman171 from Maryland

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 4.46 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by halo3one from Georgia

Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 4.7 by SplitsAtoms from Georgia

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by sirsteve42 from New York

Nov 30, 2014
6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 141 ratings