What to Drink This Weekend: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Mixed 12-Pack

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Imperial Red Ale

This is the one I was most looking forward to. Hoppy red ales (Maine’s Zoe, Troegs’ Nugget Nectar) are among my favorite styles, and it didn’t disappoint, though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, either. There’s a huge amount of dark, toasted malt that’s heavy on caramel notes and even offers a hint of coffee. The piney, citrusy hop flavors cut through nicely, and leave a surprisingly huge, lasting bitterness. It comes in at 8% ABV, and it somehow seems even bigger than that.

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