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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-08-2012)
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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a touch of haze to the body. The head is a finger of frothy dark-ivory foam which dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a nice lace on the glass. Pretty attractive.

Smell: toasty and biscuity malt base with a nice helping of earthy hops. A bit more biscuity than I like, but not too bad.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's got a classic red ale vibe, though leaning more on the biscuity side than I prefer. Hops have a more citrusy bent to them in the flavor, and the bitterness is somewhat strong, though relatively balanced with the high ABV and sweetness of the malt. Not bad, but not my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty significant carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty drinkable beer for an imperial-strength red ale. I feel like if the brewers had emphasized the toastiness and caramel character more than the biscuit, I would really love it.

flagmantho, Sep 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

braugon, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a deep copper color with some red hints here and there. Off-white, beige like head, thick and foamy leaving some nice lacing even as it's just settling. The aroma is a delightful blend of pines and biscuit-like malt. Toasted bread, yeasty, hoppy, piney and resinous, with just a slight fruity hint; orange zest, grapefruit, sweetness.

Taste starts off nice and slow with the hops beginning slightly citrusy and leafy in character; then they begin to crescendo into a more piney and woody flavor with some peppery-spice flavor that looms in the background. The malts start off subtle but hit hard, right as the hop flavor hits its peak. Just as in the nose, the background they play into is very biscuity and toasty, but the caramel and toffee malts jump to the foreground quickly and apex just before the end of the sip. The peppery and pine-heavy bitterness from the hops is present through the entire thing and leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste in the mouth, along with a slight yeast character. As the beer gets warmer, the caramel aftertaste gets stronger until eventually, it actually becoems more prominent than the hops! Quite a nice surprise.... Medium-thick body, pretty sticky and dense in the mouth, carbonated well. Alcohol is noticeable at times but never makes an unwanted appearance.

Overall a very tasty red ale. More on the bitter-hop side than the citrus-sweet side, which is just fine. Caramel malts play a big role in the balance and work nicely with the pines through and through. Another solid release from the guys in Cali.

tectactoe, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

A: A medium copper with deep red hue and good clarity. The rocky off-white head is fairly thin.

S: Moderate cItrusy and resinous hops aroma with a toffee-like malt aroma and some flowery alcohol aromas. There is a moderately-light grassy note like it was dry hopped.

T: Smooth hops flavor and caramel malt flavors with a restrained malt sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. The hops flavor is of citrus. The balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness is about even with the finish being medium dry. The aftertaste is of citrus hops and a kind of toasty malt flavor.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is a slight creaminess to the body and a very light astringency from the hops bitterness. The is a light warmth from the alcohol.

O: I'd happy take this hop bomb over many of the IPA on the market.

MadScientist, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +5.3%

bishopdc0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TimoP, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Guinnsslvr, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +10%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood stain red with thick off-white head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate. Somewhat sweet aroma.

Taste: Taste is not as sweet, although there is a slightly sweet core. Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate are prominent in the taste as well. Some notes of peach and melon, although I must admit that the bottle description clued me in on that. Spicy and pine-like on the bitter finish, as well as lingering grapefruit.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Medium-full body that is quite creamy and smooth. Finish is dry as desired.

Overall: Great Imperial Red Ale. While not reaching the apex of the style (see Great Lakes Nosferatu), it is still damn good and much better than the average on the site suggests.

bsp77, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Reddish amber colored with a good inch of khaki colored head. Lively carbonation. Cereal grains and amber malt combine with pine like aromatic hops in the nose. The mouthfeel is sticky and warm. The cereal grains and amber malts are on the front of the palate and are quickly drenched with intense pine hop flavors that burn a bit and then fade. Intensely hopped.

Franziskaner, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish mahogany with lots of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly vibrant mix of hops with a strong malt presence. Citrus hops with hints of grapefuit, orange peel, and lemon. Pine resin and a lot of grassy hints. The hops are also herbal and floral. Big malt scents with hints of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers.. Even a light hints of roast and chocolate. A fairly complex aroma that is very balanced between the hops and malts.

Taste: Like it smells, a complex mix of hops balanced by a strong bready malt presence. Starts with some sharp bitterness from the hops. Good notes of citrus including orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Spicy and oily pine resin. Big taste of floral and grassy hops. Behind the hops is a big taste of malts. Toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, burnt bread, biscuit, crackers, and a very noticeable taste of roast and chocolate towards the finish. This starts like a big IPA and finishes like a Porter. Quite a nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very chewy and somewhat oily. Finishes with a nice roasty bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very well done IPA/Red Ale. Good mix of hops and a good malt balance. Nice undertones of roast.

MattyG85, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

briandaube, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

wo87810, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

WVbeergeek, Mar 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Zonian1, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

A big light brown head settles into a nice long lasting lacing above a clear dark burnt red colored beer.

The aroma is blended well with a nice roasted caramel malt and floral to citrus hops sharing in a nice balance on this beer.

Light roasted caramel malts that mix well with floral to citrus hops to give a balanced malt/hops taste on his imperial red.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the caramel malt tastes on this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty decent red ale, I'd drink my share of these and maybe a bit more.

LXIXME, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Arnesaab
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%

Very good balance of hops and malt. Can't taste the 8.1 percent alcohol but you can feel it. This is a big beer that is my favorite beer camp beer so far. Cloudy red color with a good quantity of malt. Some citrus notes in the hoppy finish. A very well made ale that I wish I could buy more of.

Arnesaab, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jun 26, 2012.

A: Pours a ruby brown with a 1.5 finger yellowish white head. Clear body with visible carbonation in the body. Head sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing as it dwindles.

S: Hoppy upfront with a floral characteristic. Certainly loads of malt in the background. Sweet and carmely with dark fruit hints. Malts become more dominant as the beer warms.

T: Roasted malts and toffee start off this brew. Some bittering hops hide in the background. Definitely malt forward. A carmely sweetness too. Good balance.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly slick feel. Average carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a beer I would certainly drink again. A solid entry in this beer camp that any amber ale fan should try. Plenty of hop but still malty enough to be a red.

CloudStrife, Sep 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

nhirsch04, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JasonSiedman, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

optimator705, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

InfernoBoss, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

imbuckeye, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Pours a deep reddish/brown with an off-white foamy head, about one finger in height with good retention. Foamy lacing forms all around the glass. Very nice looking.

S: An interesting combination of slightly floral/citrus upfront which is immediately overtaken by caramel, bready malt, and some nuts.

T: Was expecting this to be a bit hoppier, being an imperial red and all, but it was quite malty. Mostly some toasted, bready malt and plenty of caramel.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thick.

O: A malty imperial red, and a pretty good one at that, though I prefer my red ales on the hoppy side.

mdaschaf, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of DrewBest
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrewBest, Nov 04, 2013
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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.