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

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 502
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-08-2012

Chico, CA—July 18, 2013—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is highlighting the best of its 2012 Beer Camp sessions with a new variety 12-pack featuring three hop-forward brews.

#95 Imperial Red Ale—Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.
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Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  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

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of shand
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of wspscott
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

It's a hazy redish amber with thick head and good retention and lacing.

Aroma is hoppy in an English or PNW kind of way. More pine and spice than citrus.

Flavor is malty and full flavored. Rich in caramel malt and a hint of toasted grain as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Good body and balance.

Overall a very good and very big red ale. I wouldn't mind seeing this in six packs soon.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - Strong pine notes with bread crust and toffee.

T - Very piney and had a hint of spruce. Good roasted malt backbone with toffee and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice imperial red ale. Second best of the mix pack behind the Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige head with clear lacing. Dark coppery red in color. Aroma is malty, caramel sweet with some traces of alcohol. Taste is spicy, some piney hop bitterness, mild malty sweetness. Really can't find anything wrong with this beer, just doesn't stand out. But quite good and a very solid offering.

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Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the 2012 Beer Camp in early August at Total Wine for $18.99. Bottled on day 178 (June 26).

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is pretty well balanced between bready malts and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and satisfying.

Overall this brew is pretty solid. It has a nice chewy caramel malt backbone and an agressive hopping that makes the impy red style one of my favorites. Recommended.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat hazy reddish-brown with a medium-sized, tan colored head. The head has a dense, frothy texture and solid retention. A big ring of lacing sticks to the glass, with lesser wisps trailing below.

S: Malty nose. Big caramel notes, with some sweeter toffee character in the background. There's also some toasty and nutty aroma available. Hop aromas seem balanced between citrus, pine, and herbal notes.

T: Hefty maltiness up front. A fair amount of caramel sweetness is coupled with toasty and earthy flavor. Hops build into a firm bitterness. Herbal, citrus, and pine hop flavors are noticeable. The bitterness fades into a fruity, faintly tart finish.

M: Some chewiness up front. Carbonation is on the light side of medium. Hops contribute some dryness, until the finish ends somewhat thinly considering the maltiness. A bit of alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't detract from the beer's enjoyability.

D: This is pretty tasty. My only gripe is that it's a little rough around the edges. This has a complex malt bill (sweet, malty, and toasty) along with a complex hop profile, which creates an interesting tug-of-war on the palate. Still, this has something for everyone without seeming too big to be drinkable.

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Photo of hdofu
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, had it as part of this years bear camp. Probably my second favorite in the set. The smell reminded me of hopps and citrus fruits. It had a moderately hoppy taste sort of bittersweetness. The color was reddish . It was crisp. I found it to be very refreshing.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was part of the latest Sierra Nevada Beer Camp variety pack.

Poured and sampled from a DFH Signature Glass

A - The beer pours a deep amber, reddish color. A one finger, beige colored head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim. Decent lacing left after sampling.

S - A mixture of malts, pine and grapefruit. Very inviting.

T - A really nice mixture of roasted yet sweet malts combined with slightly bitter hops and a resiny pineiness. There is a caramel-like sweetness to the beer along with what seems to be dark fruits (figs?) The ABV isn't noticeable at first but does peak through after the beer sits for a bit.

M - Medium consistency with good carbonation.

O - Of all the beers in the Beer Camp case, this is probably my favorite. A nice, easy drinking beer that does a lot of things right in the taste department. I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend giving it a try if you can.


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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is nicely sweet with plenty of caramel and toffee malts. Strong hop profile of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. A bit of peach fruitiness, maybe some earth and floral notes as well. The flavor is slightly bitter with lots of pine and citrus peel hop notes. Tangerine and grapefruit give a nice citrus character. Solid maltiness with a good caramel sweetness as a dominant flavor of the beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.10% according to my 2012 bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a Beer Camp variety 12 pack at Cap N Cork in Los Feliz. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I think little of this brewery but I quite like the style.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Poured clean without any issues or surging.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head if nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Right on the money for the style. Nothing stands out as unique or special, though.

Sm: Hops are the first thing I detect - grapefruit citrus, floral, bittering, even a little tropical. No pine or oily hops, however. It's also got a nice toasted malt backbone, very evocative of a good amber. Autumn malts. Some caramelization. A good aroma for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. Average strength. No alcohol or yeast is detectable. When I look for peach and melon (per the label), I sort of find them - but not really in a significant sense.

T: Floral hops join nicely with caramelized and toasted malts to form a slightly imbalanced but pleasant beer. Hop bitterness isn't all that well hidden, and the malty sweetness gets to be a bit much, but it's nice all around. Caramel is too overt. Simple but enjoyable. Not complex or subtlety. It's got some nice flavours, but I'm not much of a a fan of it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of good general thickness - but not ideal. Decent presence. Moderately heavy on the palate. Unnecessarily so methinks.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A fairly generic beer in the style. I wouldn't have this again. Hides its ABV well. It's otherwise pretty meh. You're better off going with Tongue Buckler or the like if you fancy yourself an imperial red.


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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.