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

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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.

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(Beer added by: flexabull on 08-04-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ChanChan, Sep 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Hopstout, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Third tasting in my adventures at Beer Camp! 12 oz bottle into my tasting snifter.

Pours a clear garnet with a two finger cream colored head. Solid retention and nice lacing.

I was expecting this to be hop forward, but it is quite malty. A lot of roasted notes and some caramel. Earthy hops take a back seat, and a whiff of booze.

Follows the nose and is malt dominant. Way more roasted flavors, and even a bit of chocolate, than I expect from a typical Red Ale, but it is well balanced by some earthy and herbal hops and alcohol. This one tastes like 8%.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, but tastes heavier than it feels. Good abundant carbonation and a bitter/dry finish lends drinkability to this brew. Finishes clean.

Overall this is a tasty brew, but not what I expected. I was thinking this was going to be more of a hopped up Red, but as it turns out it is very malty and throws in tons of roasted flavors. While good, I still prefer my Red Ales on the hoppy side. Solid beer and a nice twist on the style. Cheers!

Humulus85, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mwarriner
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

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

acurtis, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased as single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness or bottling info.

Pour is dark amber, dark tan head, leaves nice fine lacing.

Caramel maltyness on the nose. With some dull hops in the rear.

Big hops/big malts. I get some smoked notes, some tropical fruit and layers of caramel malt.

Big and balanced. Fine job here by the Beer campers.

Billolick, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jculler82, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of microbrewlover
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark red/brown color with a one finger mocha head which lasts for a few minuets. Lacing stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is roasted malts, grapefruit, pine, melon.

The taste starts with citrus hops, grapefruit, melon, moves to heavy roasted malts with a bready taste, then finishes with piney resins which linger on the tongue. There is also a carmel or toffee taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth but a kind of watery.

Overall this brew is well balanced. The mixture of hops and malts is one that you do not see everday. There is also strong alchohol presence which has the usual "warming" effect.
This is more hop forward than most Red Ales; it is worth trying if you would like to taste a hop forward Red Ale.

microbrewlover, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

beermanbrian, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

illini4x4, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ScubaSteve00, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

blmar311, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a shaped pint glass. Julian date puts it at a June 27 bottled on date.

A - Dark red clear body. One of the densest foams formed after pouring, so dense that as I tried to pour the last few ounces it just trickled over the head and down the glass. After it settles down its a thick cap of off white foam with large bubbles. Loads of lacing and retention.

S - Cocoa powder initially. Crystal malts, piney hops, light citrus and dusty cocoa powder. Seems weird, but its prevalent and has been mentioned in other reviews.

T - Piney hops with just a touch of bright citrus. Very malt forward with some bread and spice, almost rye like. Well balanced with a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with nice creamy carbonation. High abv is very well hidden.

O - Not an amazing red ale, but still very delicious.

davey101, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

AndrewMichael, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kaelingirl, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Star80
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I believe this was bottled 6/19, at least that's what the date on the 12 pack said. For something planned for August release that seems a bit older than I'd like but whatever. Anyway, Pours out a deep copper red with a sticky tan head. Looks enticing.

S - Smell is resinous hops, some grapefruit and pine. A faint tropical hop scent is detected and some caramel malts.

T - Taste is complex and interesting. Big resinous hops coincide with caramel malts, with layers of toffee and citric hops. Has some alcohol warming too. Some sweet fruityness such as apricot coming forth on second sips.

M- Mouthfeel is smooth and fine.

O - Overall another impressive brew from masters Sierra Nevada. Whomever put this together did a great job. WOuld probably be my pick of the pack and would even buy regularly if officially released.

Star80, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

huskermike12, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

tdmccarthy, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Best of Beer Camp 12-pack, consumed 8.27.12, poured into UCLA shaker pint glass.

Two fingers off-white tan head, medium dissipation with above average lacing over clear garnet red body several trails of medium size bubbles rising from bottom of glass. Significant malt presence in the nose, crystal fruitiness, balanced by spicy and citrusy hops. Taste mirrors nose, fairly malty and hoppy. Mouthfeel medium, decent effervescence. A pretty good imperial red, taste a lot like Laurelwood Deranger used to taste. Worth a try.

jdense, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BeerHunter76, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

RDW, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Aug 25, 2012
Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.