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

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very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Duplicate of  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /140/82083 

(Beer added by: flexabull on 08-04-2012)
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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

brez8791, Sep 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

marct, Aug 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

largadeer, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

geuze_gone_wild, Oct 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Hellmeh, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

mwarriner, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours copper with a large creamy head.
Nose shows raisins, bready malt, toasty notes, burnt figs and spicy hops.
Similar falvours, malty but with a big spicy hoppy hit. Some acrid, burnt figs and a syrupy note before a massive spicy hop bitternes rolls through. somewhat harsh really.
Thick body, could use more carbonation.
Somewhat limited, and not exactly pleasant. Wasn't a fan.

CrazyDavros, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jmilo64, Jun 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured this 12 oz. into a Samuel Adams glass. 2012 Beer Camp Release (from notes). The body was deep amber but clear. The tan head was creamy and left nice lacing in the glass.

The smell was spicy and definite bread crust and it warmed.

the taste was also spicy and bready. Fruity with well hidden alcohol. Malty sweetness overtakes the mild grassy bitterness. The lingering bitter aftertaste lasts a long time.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to full carbonation.

Cresant, Mar 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

APB, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ChanChan, Sep 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Sonofalime, Sep 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Jmick28, Sep 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Anvilfarm, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of motorhed
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours out with a very high level of carbonation, had to stop pouring it about 3/4 of the bottle. Very thick head, about half the pint glass. Dissipated within a couple of minutes and poured the rest into the glass. Very nice, thick foamy head that is light tan in color. The color of this brew is spot on, very dark red/copper in color. Light lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S - First thing comes to the nose is the hop aroma followed closely by floral and citrus with a nice malty base.

T - This is a title bout, hops versus the malt. Get some grapefruits and citrus as well as some pine, malt, and light spice.

M - Very nice balace on this. Oily smooth from the hops, perfect levels of carbonation, medium bodied, a semi-sweet to dry finish.

O - Have had better imperial reds but this one is very good. Would definitely have again.

motorhed, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Donger69, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

buzze40, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Zaphog, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

RyanWantAle816, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Dark reddish brown with a tan head; above average head retention; above average clarity, there is a slight haze. Aroma is mostly malt and darker caramel, very little hop aroma is present. Butterscotch, caramel, and some toasted charcter comprise the majority of the flavor profile, hops are present in a balancing bitterness that is almost unwelcome considering the sweetness that is initially expressed through the malt bill. Dry finish comes after a nice coating mouthfeel.

Solid beer that looks great and has great body. That said, I'd like to see some more hops hanging around in a style like this.

TheCrowsNest, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jaxon53, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Kopfschuss, Aug 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Hopstout, Sep 13, 2012
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Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.