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

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
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

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Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-08-2012

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
Beer Camp 2012 release.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this.

A- Clear amber/ dark copper pour. Two finger foamy, short lived off white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin, marmalade, fresh baked bread and sweet malts.

T- Sweet toasted malts, up front that a kick in the tongue of citrus and floral hops, than a dark roasted sweetness of cookies, coffee and toast. Very flavourful and complex.

M- Light body, quite chewy, slightly sticky on the lips.

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep copper amber color with an unyielding light head of foam that lingers on top. The brew is slightly intimidating with a look that says big beer.

S- wicked fruit and caramel flavors that coincide with a sweet caramel scent that makes your mouth water. So hoppy with citrus and mango flushing through

T- Delicious fruit and sugar bready flavor embodied in the malt. A wave of citrus hops pushes through and meshes with the flavor. This is a great example of a hoppy red ale that exhibits flavor while pushing and avoiding the alcohol

M- carbonation and coating flavor

O- best brew in beer camp! What an imperial red that's full of flavor!

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Camp beer review 2 of 4 for me on the night. 12 oz. bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass. Bottled June 27.

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of off-white head. Shows great retention and paints the glass with splotchy lacing.

S - Lots of caramel and bready malts. Earthy and herbal tobacco aromas as well. There are some subtle pine hops, but doesn't smell like a borderline DIPA like many in this style.

T - Toasted caramel malts make for a sweet and slightly smokey flavor. Pine hops hit on the back end, but remain in check due to the big malts.

M - Smooth carbonation with a medium body.

O - Pretty good, but it didn't blow me away. My only knock would be that it is perhaps a bit too sweet. Still , highly drinkable without any offensive flavors. Leaves me a reasonably happy camper.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood stain red with thick off-white head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate. Somewhat sweet aroma.

Taste: Taste is not as sweet, although there is a slightly sweet core. Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate are prominent in the taste as well. Some notes of peach and melon, although I must admit that the bottle description clued me in on that. Spicy and pine-like on the bitter finish, as well as lingering grapefruit.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Medium-full body that is quite creamy and smooth. Finish is dry as desired.

Overall: Great Imperial Red Ale. While not reaching the apex of the style (see Great Lakes Nosferatu), it is still damn good and much better than the average on the site suggests.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 12-pack Beer Camp series. Bottle dated 6/27/2012. Free SN bottom etched glass with purchase (hope it's not the best part of this deal).

Ruby-red, clear elixir poured into imperial pint glass. Tan, thick head, settles to 3mm rim. Minimal lacing.

Large malt presence, hops, caramel, brown sugar.

The hops from the base dipa are blended nicely with the malt. Smooth bitterness then a malty aftertaste.

Medium to light body, not much carbonation, thin.

This is a nice amber with a combination of hops and malt and the alcohol well hidden. Well done SN.

Photo of acevenom
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: June 26, 2012 at 1:27 in the afternoon.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear reddish copper with a tall, off-white head. There's a moderate amount of visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head dissipates very slowly, hanging around for a long time. Plentiful lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is filled with bready and sweet malts as well as floral hops. The beer smells like crusty bread.

The flavors are very well-balanced with nothing being overpowering. The malt brings those subdued caramel and crusty bread qualities and there are some floral and piney hops to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden here. There is a mild aftertase from the malt and hops. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

Photo of MikeConklin
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Dat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of jtierney89
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.