Sierra Nevada ‘beer camp’ 2013 Imperial red ale


image“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”.

This brilliant American brewery just keeps them coming. Served in a shaker glass, the ruby red pour whips up this one and a half finger beige head that swells but but recoils and eventually settles to thin blotchy layer over the top. Laced reasonably well. the aroma is simply brilliant, firmly malt driven with a big resinous hop presence. Pine resins, nuts, treacle, grapefruit and red berries form a gorgeous base of fragrances. In the mouth it feels smooth and well rounded with mild-medium carbonation. Medium-full bodied. The flavour offers up some slightly roasted features initially. A viscous hint of treacle comes forward with an aggressive hop bitterness to balance it out. Malt, caramel and nuts in the mid are slowly enveloped by a big bitter finish with notes of grapefruit and pine resins that draw out well on to the back end, displaying really good length. A dry hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate nicely. At 8.5% ABV the slight alcohol burn adds to the body and is quite well hidden. Just a class brew this one. Up there with the Bridgeport ‘Kingpin’.