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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

493 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 493
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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:42:15 | More by tectactoe
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heygeebee

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Jims

Pours a copper mahogany body. Two finger head good lace.

Aromas are of malts in the first place, add grapefruit and peach.

Taste is very rich and malty. Some syrup some caramel a hint of grapefruit. Stops short of being too sweet.

Mouthfeel medium plus, a little booze in there, not too prominent.

Very nice effort from SN. Not a hop bomb but very well balanced. Goes down well for ABV

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 09:44:37 | More by heygeebee
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Thirstygoat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-03-2012 01:19:33 | More by Thirstygoat
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Mikkeller tulip.

Red amber in appearance with a nice off-white rocky head of foam that measured a finger and retained well leaving a good bit of lacing hanging around.

Sweet smelling. Caramel, mixed with a bit of spice and some bread and only a faint bit of pine. Seems to gel pretty well.

A good bit of caramel, some earthy spice and sweet malt come through. A little bit of booze, but nothing too over the top, though it does hinder a touch.

Well balanced, solid body to it. Yet the spice makes it pretty drinkable and prevents it becoming too sweet and cloying. Drinks pretty well and quite sessionable for the ABV.

Done well. Clean, consistent and easy and fun to drink. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 06:59:47 | More by MrKennedy
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shand

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red pours out a muddy brown-tinged red color with a finger of persistent head. The aroma is big and malty, a decent amount of the hop presence from fresh has faded, revealing a roast presence I don't really remember. There's still a solid amount of the citrus hop flavor on the tongue, but the malt really runs the show here, with a toffee/caramel/roast kinda thing going on. A hint of booze in the middle, and a dry, malty finish. The mouthfeel is big and brash, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, it's a good beer, but never quite hit great.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:29:00 | More by shand
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bscalt

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-30-2012 05:02:48 | More by bscalt
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date

A: Crystal clear and bright red when held up to a light. A thick off-white head tops it off and leaves lots of lace.
S: Smells like hops (maybe a little citrus/grapefruit), nothing more specific than that
T: Hoppy bitterness without a lot of character, some citrus/grapefruit as it warms, seems to be a touch of roasted malts (for color?) or maybe some victory malt since there seems to be a dark toast flavor to the malts. No sign of alcohol.
M: The hops are very tongue coating, definitely lingers on the tongue. Low level of carbonation combined with a bigger body makes for a slightly chewy beer. I get hints of metal by the end of the bottle.
O: A nice beer, but doesn't rock my socks, I Sierra Nevada makes a lot of beers I like/love, but this is not one of them. I'll happily drink the last one of these, but I would not look for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:07:17 | More by wspscott
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in an imperial pint glass

A - When held to different light sources in ranges from copper to dark amber in color. The head remains beige and sticky.

S - There is a strong malt presence with some floral hops.

T - There is a definite floral hop presence. I get a little bitterness on the back end. The malt leads in the taste, but I think the floral hops are the focal point.

M - Moderate

O - This is an imperial red ale that isn't hopped up on hops. It's just a higher ABV version that is a mild balance to floral hops and malt. I really expected a red IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:09:58 | More by buschbeer
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wmc0005

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-26-2012 02:33:58 | More by wmc0005
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good not great. much more than a red ale, this is more lke an imperial red ipa in my opinion. pour is brick red, clear, and had an inch of white head on it. the nose is big american red malts, nothing dry and irish about this baby. lots of bold hops too, big aroma on this beer. flavor is hops first malt second. its bitter at first, especially for a red, but the malts quickly come in to sweeten up the bitter and add a huge layer of earthy depth. its good, but the two flavors seem at odds with eachother somehow. the feel is quite airy really, but filling and heavy at the same time. its a contradiction that i do not understand, and its one i dont really like either. i can sip this down easy, but as soon as i swallow it, its heavy in my gut, also very strong for a beer you can hardly taste the booze in, even when its warm. its a cool beer, there is a lot going on, but i like the others in this beer camp box better.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:56:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Chris_Cali_2o9


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-20-2012 03:28:21 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a small off-white head.
Nose shows rich sweet malt with nutty and toasty notes.
Pretty similar flavours; toasty malt and golden syrup along with some hot booze.
Nice moderately thick body.
A bit too boozy, not too bad otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:28:20 | More by CrazyDavros
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus, quite mild.

Taste: Piney, grapefruit rind throughout. Some toffee sweetness, mild earthiness.

Overall: Reminds me of a less aggressive/less hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Pretty good malt base to go with plenty of pine and citrus bitterness. Gave a few hints of a much lighter Bigfoot, not nearly as much caramel/toffee as Bigfoot (or hops either) but almost like a second runnings brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:36:03 | More by Mdog
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-17-2012 19:57:22 | More by ilikebeer03
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The second offering from this year's variety pack. It pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, dark greens, pine resin, and celery. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is less toasted, the pine is stronger, and some grapefruit peel has been added. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice impy red, one that's not ashamed to be pleasantly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:42:39 | More by TMoney2591
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-16-2012 01:09:47 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Tumble

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-15-2012 22:28:32 | More by Tumble
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Clear reddish-brown with an off-white, two-finger, sea foam like head. Prevalent lacing.

S - Lots of caramel malts, and west coast hops from which I am getting both earthy and piney notes.

T - Begins with caramel malt sweetness, but almost immediately wiped away by an aggressive hop profile starting in the mid-palate. Malts are bready, with notes of toffee. Hops are earthy and herbal, but also floral and piney as well. Hints of tobacco and mint in the finish, along with some perceptible alcohol warmth. Pretty well balanced overall, but again the hops take center stage.

M - Big and chewy, with prickly carbonation. Works pretty well with the flavor profile.

O - Pretty decent for the style, although I have seen it done better (Ballast Point Tongue Buckler comes to mind) but a good addition to the Beer Camp craft pack nonetheless. Would gladly drink again if someone handed me one, but probably wouldn't seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:18:33 | More by TempeBeerMan
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-11-2012 00:33:03 | More by weaselchew
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler, bottled June 26, 2012

Pours an extremely rich and dark red with a small but sticky off-white/orange head. Lots of glorious lacing. Smell is nearly equally malt earthiness and citrus hops, most interesting. Taste is rich and malty before the hops kick in with tons of grapefruit bitterness and dominate the majority of the taste. Finishes with a sticky bitterness. Quite heavy in body due to all the malt, med carb.

Super malty IPA/DIPA with a gorgeous color, though there is some clash in the nose I am not crazy about. Heavy body makes this a one per siting sort of beer for me. So one dimensionally malty that for a second I catch a tinge of almost smoky porter malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 21:37:17 | More by VaterRoss
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shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-07-2012 23:01:27 | More by shigg85
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark brown with ruby hues with a light tan head that lingers into a thin layer, great lace.

S- bold citrus and pine hops with notes of grapefruit and peach. Sweet caramel malt with bready and nutty notes and a bit of toffee.

T- deep caramel malty body with a sharp citrus hop profile. The hops provide a bit of dryness in the finish but the malts provide a slightly sweet caramel and nutty finish.

M- medium body, with moderately low carbonation, warming but not overpowering alcohol with a creamy finish.

O- I was impressed with this one, my favorite of the Beer Camp sampler. Great balance of bold hops and malt with a warming finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:13:37 | More by Treyliff
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-06-2012 23:45:58 | More by Kopfschuss
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jsanford

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a fluffy off-white head that remains a pillowy, 2-inch head. Aromas of amber malt, caramel and toffee, grassy hops, tangerine peel, and a touch of resin. Taste consists of more amber malt, candy, grain, and moderately bitter pine resin and grapefruit hops. Mouthfeel is a touch sticky, with a medium body and good carbonation. Solid Amber Ale, but nothing new or revolutionary.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 23:37:53 | More by jsanford
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sierra Nevada shaker pint. Beer is red and clear, dark, ruby, tan head, moderate to low carbonation.

aroma is mildly hoppy and sweet with a little hints of roast.

Beer is nice, thick in body and sweet through, a strong flavored beer with a good finish. For a big big red ale, it is quite drinkable, could have been a little hoppier even and I would still enjoy it. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 18:53:32 | More by drabmuh
Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.