Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale (#65)

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The last style in this back of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp brews that I’ve been reviewing off and on for the previous few weeks is an imperial red ale.  My first impression is that it’s more imperial than red.  Held up to the light, there is a deep and dark red hue to to the body.  The head is big and thick and meringue-like, and immediately gives away the huge hoppy profile.  The head tastes like pine and grapefruit.  The scent is of citrus and toasted malt.  The middle is bitter, with lots of pine and some caramel.   The finish is on the fruity side, with grapefruit and plums, along with some pine resin to keep it bitter right at the end.  It’s a medium body beer, and crisp, and reminds me a lot of a west coast IPA with a twist from the extra malt.   It’s really quite nice, and just behind the Oatmeal Stout for my favorite of the bunch.

I give it a 4.3 out of 5.

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