Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by blackcompg:
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from their 12oz bottle from their beer camp sampler...
Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of lite-orange khaki colored head, already lacing as the head begins to recede a bit, color of the body is almost red but really more of a burnt orange color, incredible zebra-striped lacing coats the entire glass after the session.
Smell - Sweet, ripe red ruby grapefruit, fresh baked bread, fruitcake, full bready malt, figs, ripe plums, slight floral hops - really smells good.
Taste - Wow, HUGE floral hops at the front, ripe ruby red grapefruit juice, bready malt and breadcrusts. All this rides along a backbone of slightly burnt toffee, and faint figs and ripe plums. Longer into the finish is grapefruit pith and a second huge burst of floral hops.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth at the beginning, nearly medium, then a just below medium carb does a light scrub on the palate, with some surprisingly sharp edges at the sides of the tongue, the finish is on the bitter dry side, but there are still some dark fruits and hops in the mouth corners, flavors linger way long...extraordinarily drinkable, although I find myself contemplative after each sip...
Overall - Really complex and well balanced brew, and a very pleasant surprise, really has the best of a dipa, an apa, and a red ale all rolled into one. Big bold flavors, not overly sweet - a really nice beer to enjoy with the onset of the cooler weather - enjoying this one during Monday Night Football - get the sampler pack, I think you'll like this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2012 03:55:49 | More by blackcompg
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3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale pours from the bottle to a dark garnet hue with a nose that invokes scents of citrus and bready malts. The body of this beer is clear and there are generous amounts of lace left in the glass as you consume.
This beer tastes about the way you would expect based on the nose. There is a tasty, bready malt backbone with flavors of biscuits and some roasted notes. Then, the taste switches to that of citrus hops with resiny bitterness. The taste of alcohol is evident as well, and it comes through in the finish. It isn’t harsh, however, and is appropriate for the style.
This Imperial Red Ale is a very tasty one and yet another winning beer from Sierra Nevada, one of a handful of breweries that cannot seem to make a below average product. This beer is a little on the strong side and certainly one to take seriously, but the alcohol presence in the flavor is not so pronounced as to dissuade from taking another sip. In fact, as stated before, it seems just about right for an imperial red ale.
Try this one while it lasts. Mine is labeled as #35 for 2013, which I notice is a little different from some of the other release numbers I see in these reviews. But the style is still the same, as far as I know. It may not be around for long so give it a try if you can.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 03:16:16 | More by BryanCarey
Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.