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Old 09-19-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default Sierra Nevada Imperial Red Ale

I hate when this happens.

I got a few 12s of the Beer Camp series this year. I loved the Imperial Red Ale. Unfortunately I can't get any more. I liked it because it was a little hoppier than other Red Ales and had a slightly different finish.

Is there a similar beer out there? Does someone have a good clone recipe for it?



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Old 09-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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Lagunitas Red was kind of similar, if not a bit hoppier. Unfortunately that is also a seasonal, but I'd still keep your eyes out for it if I were you.



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Thanks I've got a few places around here I can look for that.

I hate seasonal beers! Just when I get hooked, they're gone.

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If you find a good recipe for it you should post it. That stuffs great.

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Ok, this is going to sound pretty stupid because I have never tried EITHER of these beers, but you might try Green Flash "Hop Head Red" if you can find it. I HAVE had a couple of Green Flash's beers before and they are really good, so I imagine this Red is nice as well. I think I'll go grab one this weekend for fun

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Great Lakes Brewing,Nosferatau I think it is. I thought it was very good. Sorry I think they may have limited distribution,I know I cant get it without driving a few hours into Illinois,near Chicago. Probabably same situation for you since its in Ohio.
I think you should try a founders red rye ale also.One of my favorates.

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Ok, this is going to sound pretty stupid because I have never tried EITHER of these beers, but you might try Green Flash "Hop Head Red" if you can find it. I HAVE had a couple of Green Flash's beers before and they are really good, so I imagine this Red is nice as well. I think I'll go grab one this weekend for fun
Damn how did I not think of HHR! What an amazing beer. I love Green Flash, so I am planning on going on a tour of their brewery for my birthday.
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Ok, this is going to sound pretty stupid because I have never tried EITHER of these beers, but you might try Green Flash "Hop Head Red" if you can find it. I HAVE had a couple of Green Flash's beers before and they are really good, so I imagine this Red is nice as well. I think I'll go grab one this weekend for fun
As a follow-up the Hop Head Red was very good, but had a much different taste than the SN Beer Camp Imperial Red.

The Hop Head was definitley an IPA. A very good one!

The SN Beer Camp Red was more malt-centric. It was definitely closer to an Amber than an IPA. Kind of a combination of both. The hops were there, but the malt was a little more pronounced in the SN Red.

My search continues. This will give me an excuse to buy more Red Ales. I'll just say I'm doing research.
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Great Lakes Brewing,Nosferatau I think it is. I thought it was very good. Sorry I think they may have limited distribution,I know I cant get it without driving a few hours into Illinois,near Chicago. Probabably same situation for you since its in Ohio.
I can get this. I live about 4 hours from Cleveland. I like their beers a lot. I'll give it a try. Thanks.
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I'm going to take a shot at this beer. Here's some information I found online regarding the origin and a basic description from SN's website. I'll try to put together a basic recipe in a day or so. Any help would be appreciated since I'm fairly new to creating something from scratch.

I'll probably try to brew it this weekend. I'm going to use PacMan as my yeast. The experimental hops has me a little confused. Not sure about where to go with that.


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From Sierra Nevada’s website:

Red-Oric:
ABV: 8.5%
OG: 18.0 Plato
FG: 2.8 Plato
Bitterness: 65 IBU
Color : Red
Bittering Hops: Magnum, Experimental
Dry Hops: Magnum, Chinook, Experimental
Malt: Pale 2-row, Patagonia, Caramel (45L), Chocolate
Yeast : Ale
Description: This imperial Red Ale takes the bold hop profile found in a traditional IPA and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon balanced by very smooth and surprisingly robust malt body. Hops take the lead on this beer, but the malt tames the bitterness and adds unique drinkability.



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