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

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6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)6th Anniversary Ale (Dirty Hippie Imperial Red Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
kernriverbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DarthKostrizer on 03-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/16/2012

Thanks!

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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