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

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very good

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish mahogany color with a puffy off-white head.

S - It's pretty bland, a bit earthy, some burnt sugar, and a tinge of grass.

T - Caramel malt with a tinge of sweetness before finishes just a little this side of hoppy.

M - Sticky, full bodied, well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty solid brew. It's not outstanding as an 'imperial red', but it does the trick. A little underflavored, but the flavors there are good

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 8.00 %

LOOK: Pours a reddish brown, with an off white, creamy foam. Leaving plenty of lace on the glass, this looks like a solid red ale.

SMELL: Hoppy, fruity, with some nutty malt notes as well. Smells quite malty and satisfying.

TASTE: A well balanced, firm malt body with notes of cocoa, tree nuts and burnt caramel. Hops chime in with a orangey/nectarine like fruityness and some pine and earthy bitterness as well. Big, sweet, bitter, biting, and surely a moderately complex ale.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and relatively easy drinking for an ale of such strength.

OVERALL: Definitely a fine brew from Sierra Nevada, with big time malt flavor and solid hop notes. Any fans of well balanced ales would enjoy this one. A winner.

Photo of brentblack1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Imperial Red Ale pours a nice crimson tinted copper color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting showcases its crimson color. A really nice tan head sits on top. It stands nearly two fingers tall and is extremely slow to recede. Hangs around forever. Lacing was very thick and sticky as it trails down the glass. Good looking stuff.

The nose is pretty good, but is limited by its lack of strength. Needs more in the aromatics department. It does have a nice caramel malt base. Smells sweet. Despite the wealth of malt, hops are definitely noted. They have a primarily citric scent. Grapefruit and pineapple seem to be the strongest. Pine is also present. It smells pretty well balanced for the most part. Alcohol is definitely noted and comes through just a bit too strong. Not bad.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. A caramel malt base anchors things down nicely and adds quite a dose of sweetness. There’s a rather strong toasted malt flavor, as well. Hops add a nice mix of citric and pine flavors. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple are all noted. Despite the nice hop flavor, it’s not very bitter. The malt base is too heavy. Nevertheless, it does have a nice balanced flavor. Alcohol is a bit strong in flavor. I’d prefer a little less. It’s not quite warm or hot though. Finishes toasty with a nice hop flavor.

The body is medium and feels pretty smooth. The bubbles seem very active, but feel quite soft. The 12 ounce bottle is the perfect size. It goes down alright, but the alcohol flavor is a bit limiting.

Imperial Red Ale is pretty good. It really doesn’t make any huge missteps, but the alcohol is a bit much. A little less would go a long way. Otherwise, it performs pretty well all around. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice tan four finger head, with good clumpy retention. Kind of a cloudy looking and solid body, with a real nice brown dark copper red color. Beer settles nicely.

Nose has some spicy like hops, and lively light brown sugar malts. Somewhat tea like, with a sense something sweet is coming.

Mellow malt body with a lingering sweet malt hits the palate. Kind of a neutral palate. Flavors meld nicely with some dense hop and malt character, that finish and linger slowly. Some thick caramel seems to come out after quite some time.

Overall it's a very well constructed beer, I just don't feel that drawn to it, but could easily have it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dark amber to garnet with maple syrup edges. Two fingers of thick, puffy, dense, light khaki head. Great lacing. Fruity, floral hop nose, with notes of mandarin orange, crushed Smarties, and sweet caramel.

Fruity malt sweetness up front, with growing herbal, almost vegetal hop bitterness. Malt sweetness dominates the palate, with notes of pear and grapes. Big caramel flavors take over as we head to the finish, providing an interesting mix of flavors. Meanwhile, the hop bitterness steadily increases, with notes of pepper, pine, and a little citrus. Lingering caramel and fruit in the finish. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. Maltier than expected, but good.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Nice red/brown pour, finger of cream head that retaines white well.

Aroma, nice blend of citrus, tea, caramel, tea, pine.

Taste, matches aroma well. Malt, some caramel and toasted notes. Some pine and anise in the finish.

Maybe mid bodied, alcohol is hidden. Clean and pretty dry. A good American red ale. Well done, not too extream per usual for SN.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

The body sits a clear mahogany with a firm two finger cap. Head recedes slowly, with sticky sheets of lace.

The nose is of sticky toffee, pine resin, grass, and some white grapefruit. Straightforward hoppy red with a sturdy malt bill.

On the palate, sticky pine resin and chewy toffee/caramel give this guy some big league heft. Some soft grapefruit and grass round out a tasty profile.

Chewy, thick, full body. Carbonation is on point. Moderate piney bitterness.

This is a damn solid red ale. Sturdy, chewy malt with a big piney hop profile. Bitterness gets more serious with each sip, which, in my book, is a great sign of a hoppy ale.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.