1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

492 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 492
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 492 | Reviews: 192 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of twelveinches


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-25-2012 16:40:53 | More by twelveinches
Photo of mactrail


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive reddish amber in the Coronado snifter. Nice head, and the usual well-made SN brew. Starts with a nice malty flavor. Better than average nose of caramel and resiny hops.

Well, it's a big hoppy red, which is not necessarily a good thing. This makes the best of a bad situation. Mellow and rich, rather sharp as usual for the style. Alcohol is not much in evidence. Dark, resiny hops to go with the bright mellow malt. Quite bitter and the aftertaste drags on after wearing out its welcome.

From the 12 oz bottle from the 12-pack I have only seen at Liticker's in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:45:57 | More by mactrail
Photo of ncfranklin


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

12oz bottle out of the Beer Camp 12 pack.

A: Bold, dark rusty red. Quite murky, but with some visible carbonation bubbles rising up to form a nice finger tall frothy tan head.

S: Lots of floral hoppy notes, and some small underlying malty caramel. Yup. Definitly an American Red.

T: Very hop forward. Big bite of floral and piney hops all over the place, small layer of caramel malt underneath. It's a Red IPA really. Finishes with some light crispness. Never gets sweet.

M: Medium mouthfeel, disguising of the alcohol. Small bit of lingering hop tingly in the mouth.

O: It's a pretty good standard american red. Hop forward of course, this is Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:00:07 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of GaryMarkle84


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

08-25-2012 00:39:15 | More by GaryMarkle84
Photo of loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-24-2012 01:59:04 | More by loupap
Photo of lpotter


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-23-2012 23:53:40 | More by lpotter
Photo of oldvines


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-23-2012 23:36:55 | More by oldvines
Photo of mscott1975


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

08-23-2012 18:54:28 | More by mscott1975
Photo of BEERchitect


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

When the caramel-rich amber ales start to fatigue the palate quicker than desired, a reach for this dry-toffee flavored and hop equipped ale will surly refresh and satisfy the taste for red.

Pouring with a chestnut brown and garnet appearance, the beer boasts bright clarity and carbonated bubbles the spring from the bottom of the glass- all to construct a foam stance of creamy off-white textures, firm retention, and ample rings of lace. It's one handsome ale.

Nuts, bread crust, and piney hops flood the olfactories with an off-balanced scent that favors the hops. Toffee and toasted grains accompany the pine, pithy citrus, and grass notes for roundness while providing a bridge between sweeter scents and pungent hops.

Sweeter malt components register with the taste buds first with the hearty semi-dry taste of toffee, scorched caramel, earthy rye, and the crust of beer bread. Roasted pecans and the other malt components culminate in such a way to remind me of Cracker Jacks candy. But then the mid palate of hops grow to take command with the flavor of grapefruit pith, orange skin, fresh grass, mint, and pine. While not overly complex, the big"ness" of both the hops and malt garner a lot of attention from the taste buds.

Early malt sweetness, with its embedded creamy carbonation, dissolves quickly to favor an extended finish of sharp bitterness and toasty dryness. The eight percent of alcohol shies away from attention and leaves the finish up to the dry warmth of hop resins, fleeting malts, and softer mintier alcohol.

Beer Camp #65 is a beautifully constructed ale that forgets about the mundane notions of balance and gains inspiration from our love affair with IPAs to inform and inspire the finish product from its recipe formation, through brewing technique, and fresh delivery.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 04:47:04 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of MikeConklin

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

08-23-2012 02:22:19 | More by MikeConklin
Photo of alpinebryant


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Healthy two finger overflowing head with heavy lacing. Dark amber to red color

S: Nice bitter aroma with caramel and cascade like hops leading the way. just a bit of peach and grapefruit

T: Taste is a Strongly bittered red ale. Nothing too over the top, but definitely a healthy dosing of bittering hops with a very dry finish. Slightly tannic but due from the imbalance of hop on malt here.

M: High carbonation with a medium body.

O: Its not a bad beer and worth a try, but not my favorite red ale or favorite imperial red. Slightly imbalanced and too dry for me but drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 22:19:48 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Dat


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-22-2012 22:03:02 | More by Dat
Photo of Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-22-2012 20:18:28 | More by Chugs13
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish/brown with a nice 2 inch head, and really nice sticky, foamy lacing.

Smell - Hops at first, with some amber/lager malts and yeast coming in. Spices, some caramel and toffee. Maybe even a little rye like aroma near the finish.

Taste - Hops straight up first. Piney, grapefruity and sweet. Malts balance out somewhat with caramal/toffee flavors. Spices add some good pepper notes. Alcohol is present, adding a little sting at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, and strong enough for tounge to numb it a little with hops, malts and alcohol. Palate gets more hops and malts along with a spicey peppery note. Finish is bitter, warm and malty.

Overall - Pretty good but the alcohol took over a little and that hurt the flavors this beer features. I guess it is called a imperial so thats expected. Not sure id want to drink this again, i wouldnt buy a six pack. Worth a drink, atleast since its in the beer camp packs.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:23:44 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass

A- Pours clear orange with a two finger of an off tan head

S- Nose is very hoppy. There is a lot of citrus, some melon as well as a floral aroma. There is also more malt then I expected. A lot of toffee as wells as some roasted caramel.

T- This beer has bitterness up front as well as a tiny bit of alcohol. It washes over with a fruity hop profile. A lot of citrus in the hops as well as some astringency. Very malty however. THe taste justifies the name.

M- Big beer but drinks easier then it should. Nice feel. Dry aftertaste.

O- Nice beer, it tastes as it sounds. Drinks easy for the ABV. Definitely pick up the multipack if you can.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:15:20 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice and clear muted amber color that is nicely warming to look at, pours with a ton of light tan creamy head which lingers for an incredibly long amount of time before dissipating and leaving a ton of sticky lacing on the glass
S: kind of smells like a musty basement, kind of dusty but also with a nice dark sweetness too, im reminded of birch syrup, i do also notice just the slightest peach note as mentioned on the label
T: nice hop notes, more earthy and deep than anticipated, also has a great roasted malt flavor which lingers on the palate beautifully long afterwards, nice bitterness hits in the early middle
M: minimal carbonation tingle, smooth with just the slightest astringency and cloying character, finishes with just a bit of dryness and bitterness
O: so far my favorite out of the beer camp mix pack, the most flavorful and well rounded, quite well done

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:03:19 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep auburn color with good clarity. Fluffy and sticky off white head.

Extremely hoppy west coast nose. Grapefruit, strong pine, some citrus, and a bit of soapiness. A little thinner in body than expected. Sweet dark fruit and caramel up front roll over the tongue into the balancing hop act. Balance is actually impeccable. Strange and unique layers of flavors that somehow meld together into on interesting sip. You also can't detect a whiff of that 8%. Pretty damn good. But i'm a sucker for imperial reds.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 22:41:23 | More by jtierney89
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Deep red colour, finger of off white head with some lace left behind. Smell is a mix of citrus and malts, big juicy grapefruit and orange, sweet malts and some biscuity caramel. Taste is also a mix of malt and hops, moderately sweet, citrus fruit mid palate, grapefruit and earthy hop, quite bitter throughout with a long malty finish. Light-med carbonation, oily and fairly full bodied. The 8% alcohol goes largely undetected, nice hoppy red ale that may be a touch too sweet, still a smooth drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 17:46:22 | More by peensteen
Photo of BucannonXC5


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

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a reddish mahogany with 2-3 fingers of chocolate, tan head. Good retention all around on the way down.

Smelled bitter, rye hops. Also some light citrus notes, maybe grapefruit. Caramel and toffee malts, and even some light chocolate.

Tasted bitter, rye hops. Iced tea. Caramel and toffee malts. Grapefruit, citrus hops. Earthy, grainy.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A decent beer, but just a tad off in all areas. Close, but not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 07:36:21 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of mscudder


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle poured into a pint.

A - Fairly transparent amber/copper hue with a large slightly ivory head. Fair lacing.

S - Some fruits and malts are all I am getting here. They smell nice but nothing spectacular.

T - Caramel malts and some hops that are more obvious on the back end. Pretty basic and smooth but lacks complexity. Simple, yet too much so for my taste.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Almost creamy, but not quite. Finishes on the bitter end.

O - I could drink a few of these but it is just below the standard I set for this brewery. I would not refuse one given the chance, although I certainly would not lose any sleep if I never saw this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 04:59:47 | More by mscudder
Photo of 57md


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish burnt copper with more than a finger of head. The head lingered a bit and left a good amount of lacing behind. The nose has some mild citrus notes, but there is also a malt presence. The flavor is a well balanced mixture of caramel malt and hops. The hops are not overdone, but they are certainly featured on the finish. Considering this offering clocks in at slightly above 8%, the alcohol is well hidden among the solid flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:38:10 | More by 57md
Photo of DCon


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Maroon Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2178206:38 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Tons of mixed fruits in the aroma. Citrus and much more. Malt pops up big as well.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark amber/copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Malty, bit of caramel, and a mix up of fruits are all present in this complexed brew. Light-Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and finishes with tons of hop. Finally the hops come into play! Very spicy and strong.

Overall Impression- My 3rd from the "Beer Camp" Series and was above average. Not sure why the hops couldn't have came up sooner in the taste! Very enjoyable though and will be popping another one of these. Glad there are 3 of each to the pack!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:09:23 | More by DCon
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-21-2012 00:50:13 | More by jenray
Photo of mschind


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working through the combo pack of the latest beer camp offerings.

A- A bit dark for an amber but nice and clear with decent head retention.

S- Malt and grain are the dominant aroma. There is an earthy richness that is very appealing.

T- The malt is up front but there is a grassy hop bitterness that comes through big time in the finish. The malt is the star here.

M- Smooth and medium full body. The alcohol is well hidden.

O- I think they got this right. Light on the hops, heavy on the malt. Rich enough with just enough ABV to warrant the imperial label.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 21:42:49 | More by mschind
Photo of jriggins6


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

08-20-2012 14:26:59 | More by jriggins6
Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.