Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-20-2012 21:42:49 | More by mschind
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
I honesty don't know how Casey at Max's obtains some of the beers he has on offer here. On tap during the annual hopfest.
The beer pours a reddish dark copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I get red candy apple, dry citrus and a hint of lavendar. Talk about an intriguing nose. On the palate, this beer is very, very impressive. While there is some noticeable sweet malt initially, the hoppy bitterness quickly kicks into overdrive in this excellent beer. Otherwise, I'm picking up skunky weed, dry citrus, baked apple, light vanilla and some wood. There's a hint of alcohol in the finish, but overall, drinkability is pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the finish is long and bitter, with some light heat.
Right up there with Deranger for one of the best imperial reds I've ever had. Very, very impressive.
Edit from 8/20/12. Just learned this beer will be part of the beer camp sample pack from SN, which is good news. Hopefully that means we will continue to see this beer on tap from time to time as well.
08-20-2012 12:45:12 | More by John_M
4.23/5 rDev +11.3%
A - Pours an almost clear ruby red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and, tropical, citrus, and lightly piney hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced hoppy Imperial Red Ale. Good hop profile and bitterness throughout.
08-20-2012 04:47:01 | More by ngeunit1
2.8/5 rDev -26.3%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful auburn, really nice fluffy off-white head, very sticky lacing and retention. Looks great, just like most Sierra Nevada beers. The aromas are full of chocolate and caramel malts. There's a touch of grass blended with some lemon zest. The flavors match the nose, which isn't extremely impressive. Everything is just so subtle. More cocoa and butterscotch. I notice a hint of pine and spruce. The hops are there, but seem to be dominated by the malts. I really wished the hops shined more. Mouthfeel is nice, it's light and thin, smooth enough making this is easy drinker. The alcohol goes unnoticed. There's no denying this is a smooth beer, but the nose and flavors are such a let down.
I expected much more, especially considering this is Sierra Nevada we're talking about. It should satisfy, but it's too boring.
08-19-2012 21:30:34 | More by BB1313
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured a clear, dark amber almost brown color with a 3 finger rocky head and a nice amount of lacing on the glass.
Aroma was not too strong, a little citrus from the hops mixed with roasted malts.
The taste is very smooth, I really enjoyed the flavor. Hop bitterness quickly followed by roasted malts and finishing with a strong, sweet dose of malt. Big flavors that came together very well.
Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was spot on. It was smooth and slick.
Overall I really like this beer. The hops mixed well with the roasted malts, reminiscent of DFH's Indian Brown Ale but with a little more sweetness.
08-19-2012 16:38:49 | More by busterwhite
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Pours rusty with a quilt of peanut foam. Nice tea, pine and bitter citrus notes over a scotch like nose. There is a certain herbal quality to this beer. The flavor is assertively bitter up front, again with tea like hops and some english malts. Then followed up with some pleasant creamy sweetness (which is fleeting) and then some lasting ESB character. I like. Medium on full bodied with prickly, moderately hi carb and an off-dry finish. Nice beer. Once annually would be nice.
08-19-2012 07:57:49 | More by harrymel
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, fruit, and caramel.
T: Tasted of hops - not a huge shot, but a good amount - along with some malt, and caramel. The bottle advertises a wide variety of fruit, and there is a hint, but it's a very small amount. A decent, but unremarkable flavor.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but kind of on the forgettable side.
08-18-2012 12:06:24 | More by avalon07
4/5 rDev +5.3%
12oz bottle from the recent mixed Beer Camp 12 pack. Red, clear, sticky head, Smells super malty. I always expect imperial reds to be super hoppy but this relied more on malts to produce a solid beer. Smells sort of like coffee, yum. Taste has the slightest hint of coffee followed by malts and a touch of hops. This might be the best beer in this mix pack. Solid.
08-18-2012 05:02:35 | More by ArrogantB
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
A- Very dark amber body that looks red when held up to a light. Transparent body with a thick tan head.
S- Caramel malt with a juicy hop presence. Some tropical fruit notes along with grapefruit.
T- Very heavy on the caramel malt, with the hops coming through modestly at the very beginning and again towards the end. The dark caramel malts have more of a roasty taste than most ambers I have had.
M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable.
O- A good imperial red, but nowhere near the class of Lagunitas Imperial Red or Nugget Nector.
08-18-2012 00:25:56 | More by stephenjmoore
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
A-Oh yes, this is an Amber Ale. Pours a vaudeville crimson color. Clarity is very high. Head is magnificent. Fluffy and pillowy. Lacing is akin to a tan gown. Just a stellar beer in the look.
S-The 'Two B's'. Big and balanced. Hops strike first. Like the label says, I can sense peach as well as melon. The hops stress stone fruit far more than highly acidic citrus. An interesting hop bouquet. Malt balance is great. Sweetness is bright but still has enough muscularity to push its weight. A very interesting nose. Stone fruit hops are very unique.
T-The malt does become more clingy. I lose the uniqueness of the hops in the taste unfortunately. The maltiness may outshine the hop here. Again, this beer boasts balance, but I would prefer more intimacy with the hops. Booze sneaks up too. A bit of a letdown from the individuality of the aroma.
M-Creamy with a resinous quality. Carbonation is tentative but pleasurable. Sip to sip, the alcohol sting is variable.
O/D-Looks amazing, smells amazing, but it tastes good. I am very pleased with this beer's overall outcome, but I wish the flavor lived up to the look and scent.
08-17-2012 23:20:01 | More by VelvetExtract
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottling date 2178 stamped/lasered on the bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Very clear light brown amber with 1-2 finger off-white tight-bubbled head with decent retention and random craggy lace.
S: Mildly dank cascade type of aromas followed by a variety of caramel maltiness
T: The flavor is balanced malt and hops but not very distinctive in either one. The earthy, herbal, lightly dank hoppiness mixes with the maltiness which is caramel and date and raisin in nature. Te flavor is not very strong in either category.
M: This beer has a pleasantly creamy feel with low carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer but it suffers for lack of character.
08-17-2012 03:52:59 | More by argock
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
A- Clear dark amber with slight ruby highlights, topped with a fluffy off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.
S- Caramel malts and grass/floral hop notes dominate the nose. There seems to be an underlying sweetness to the aroma.
T- Malty, caramel and roast malt very forward on this one, hops come in in the middle with a floral note, but the malt eventually overpowers this. Finish is a slight hop bitterness being washed away by sweet sugar and toasted caramel malts and them a final bitter hop bite to close things out. It is an odd finish, not unpleasant but odd.
M- Medium in body and carbonation, a little sugary and sweet in the back of the throat. That goes with the style but it is not my favorite feeling on the palate.
O- It's OK, probably my least favorite of what I've had out of this seasons beer camp so far. The 8.0% ABV starts to show up as it warms up too. This is not my favorite style of beer, but I've had much better versions of the style.
08-16-2012 01:50:53 | More by ToddT
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a dark amber color with a thin tea-like head. Herbal, grassy and floral hop aromas with a bit of caramel malt. The caramel and roasted malt flavor is stronger than the aroma would let on. The grassy and floral hop mixes with a slightly bitter alcohol taste to ride on top of the sweet roasted malt flavors. Medium-heavy body, a bit of syrupy and oil, low carbonation, and a bitter finish. Another good beer out of this bunch. Maybe a bit on the sweet side for my tastes, but well crafted.
08-14-2012 22:37:56 | More by Kromes
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Went to the Sunday market at Bown and picked this up at Bier Thirty... $2...
Poured into my slim tulip.. loooong lasting tannish head.. great retention and lacing the brew is clear deep amber/red..
Big hop nose is tempered by a malt profile that never really gets in the way of the hops but somehow allows them to bloom.. slight floral notes and a much bigger grapefruit zestiness...
Flavor is odd.... there is a toasty maltiness that seems out of place.. hops are big and bright... tropical/grapefruit/tangerine.. seems a touch thick.. the maltiness weighs heavy on the backend of the palate and sorta mutes the hops.. Unfortunately the flavors battle each other and die quickly.
Body is about right.. carbonation is key... still seems a bit thick for something with American hops.
08-14-2012 07:29:19 | More by JohnGalt1
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
12oz bottle. Pours a murky dark rust color with a half iinch of head. Lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Some malts as well. The flavor is hoppy grapefruit. Not as tropical as the aroma but more of a citrus hop flavor. Grapefruit bitterness at the end. Slightly boozey. Decent malt backbone. Creamy mouthfeel. Great hoppy Red Ale. Overall, great beer.
08-13-2012 03:14:10 | More by PicoPapa
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with a bit of a reddish hue to it. Nice finger of thick beige head.
Caramel malt comes to mind on the aroma. Very malt heavy with just a hint of floral and citrus hops in the background. Mostly bitter on the pallet with just a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Seems backwards as to what the aroma indicated it would be.
The body is a bit heavy with good carbonation. Overall this one is mediocre. It's fair enough, but my least favorite so far of the beer camps.
08-12-2012 03:21:09 | More by Bendurgin
Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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