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

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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

494 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 494
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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lydia

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-11-2012 00:38:51 | More by lydia
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-10-2012 15:45:29 | More by JeffTheJuice
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-10-2012 04:37:46 | More by PatGreer
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

This beer pours a deep, dark red color and has a beautiful and very bubbly white head in my pint glass. The head vanished rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing on the glass as it receded. The aroma is generic grainy sweetness with healthy dose of alcohol shining through with a touch of hops in the aroma that balances things quite a bit. The flavor is a malty sweetness that tastes kind of thin part way through presence it has in your mouth. The flavor has a decent amount of bitterness in it and a touch of hops, but not as much maltiness as I was expecting. Most Red Ales, in my opinion, are never that malty, but I was expected more malt out of this guy. The flavor is actually very mild compared to what I was expecting. A mild malt profile with a decent bitterness and some booze. The MF is rather thin but very enjoyable. It is low on carbonation and very easy to drink.

This isn't one of the best Sierra Nevada products I have ever had, but it certainly isn't bad. For the relatively high ABV it is really easy to drink and quite light on the flavor. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out if it were a full time Sierra Nevada offering.

09-10-2012 02:11:24 | More by jifigz
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akokinakes

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-09-2012 22:01:15 | More by akokinakes
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-09-2012 06:45:59 | More by Cramerican
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JRed

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%

Dark, deep red in color with white frothy head that stays. Aroma of apple skins, booze, malty, grass, hazelnut. Apple skins, citrus, cough syrup, booze, cola, hop resin, bitterness towards the finish. Thick in body with light carbonation. Big, boozy, fruity, unbalanced, and amateur.

09-09-2012 02:11:48 | More by JRed
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-09-2012 02:03:43 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Freshlikeugh

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-09-2012 01:36:43 | More by Freshlikeugh
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A: 2.5 finger head with very nice retention on a hazy deep amber body.

S: floral and earthy hops notes. Maybe a hint of citrus but its mild. caramel and toffee intermixed.

T: very nicely balances the hop character and base red ale. the hops are earthy with light grapefruit citrus intermixed. Caramel and chocolate malt base. Light grassy bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Gnight is still the best in this category from what I have tried and the hop character though balanced isnt very complex. Still worth trying in a nice beer camp year.

09-09-2012 01:10:56 | More by kylehay2004
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Burnt looking red with a nice rocky two fingers of head, just peaking above the top of the glass. Good retention and ample lacing.

S) Quite a bit of roast going on here. There is a mild caramel sweetness, and a little grass/pine.

T) Follows the nose, but the roasted malt is just overdone in my opinion. There is an earthy roasty aftertaste, which is kind of meh....

M) Decent... Medium, fairly smooth, enough carbonation to keep it pretty crisp. Again, there is this roasted, slightly piney lingering feeling that doesn't sit well with me.

O) I had high hopes for this one, but was a bit let down. I was thinking this would perhaps be like Lucky 13, Brian Boru, or Tocobaga. Unfortunately, it was not. This was my least favorite of the Beer Camp pack this year, but even so, I'm glad to have tried it.

09-09-2012 01:01:23 | More by RoamingGnome
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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-08-2012 20:49:37 | More by tommyd313
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

09-08-2012 15:36:54 | More by Rekrule
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vkv822

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, deep amber red with with a thick, frothy off white head that leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Resiny, pine, light citric hops are well balanced with caramel, toffee and toasty malts.

Full body, with medium, prickly carbonation.

Hop-forward Red Ale, but still well balanced with the malts. Quite tasty.

09-08-2012 08:30:31 | More by vkv822
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

09-08-2012 06:47:57 | More by MattyG85
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-08-2012 05:22:59 | More by runfoodrun
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mcphish22

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-08-2012 02:39:51 | More by mcphish22
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Bought The beer camp, price

A: Pours Dark ruby red, thin head, dies quick, could be dirty glass.

S: Very hoppy and aromatic, piney, floral and grapefruit, in that order. Some molasses, light biscuits in background.

T: Taste is less hoppy than smell. Floral slightly spicey pine, lime, hop bitterness initially. Then a smooth toffee, caramel, molasses, roasted malt character comes through big time. Definitely that dry red maltiness. Finishes with a spicey floral hop note. Some lemon in finish too. Classic SN Northwest Hop Profile. As it warms it becomes more balanced.

M: medium to high carbonation, considering the ABV and color it actually feels a bit light on my palate, has a very slight alcohol burn, you wouldnt mistake this for a 5%er. Not really a session beer.

O: Id call it a Red IPA. A bit all over the place, but pretty tasty none the less. Although the hops are higher than normal for style (which is welcomed) its the malt profile that I enjoy the most. Its good, and worth trying, but

09-08-2012 02:07:15 | More by BigCheese
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billab914

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

12oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Deep mahogany in color with a sticky tan head covering the top and clinging to the glass. Nice head retention and good lacing as I drank it. Great looking beer, I love the color.

The aroma shows more of a resiny hoppiness to it with some notes of grapefruit and pine. What surprises me is the amount of caramel and roasted malts I'm getting out of it. It's definitely get a little bit of a coffee and chocolate thing going on in the background that is reminding me of a black IPA.

The taste starts off with more of the roasted and chocolate malt flavors. Again, it's immediately reminding me of a black IPA. The hops come out more in the finish with a resiny bitterness and a touch of juicy citrus. It's got a bit of caramel sweetness in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel feels a little on the heavy side for the style with carbonation being slightly below average. Overall, it was a decent beer but not a stand out one. The darker, roasted malts seemed a little overdone and overshadowed the hoppiness for me unfortunately.

09-08-2012 00:54:20 | More by billab914
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LXIXME

New Mexico

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.

09-07-2012 20:07:12 | More by LXIXME
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Whimpers

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-07-2012 16:53:48 | More by Whimpers
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mrpibb1206

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

09-07-2012 09:25:03 | More by mrpibb1206
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-07-2012 05:55:32 | More by Chrixsus
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-07-2012 04:23:57 | More by kevgod
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium red copper color with a nice two finger fine light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, piney and herbal hops, citrus. Interesting caramel malt and complex hop flavor, with different hop flavors slowly revealing themselves into an herbal hop and light malt finish. A hint of rye sourness. I was expecting a more intense hop flavor from the aroma, but instead the malts and hops are very nicely integrated. I greatly enjoyed the slow revealing of of the hop flavors. A nice creamy medium body. This is a very nice classic red ale with good balance in the components. I love Sierra Nevada.

09-07-2012 03:40:02 | More by LiquidAmber
Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.