Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
4.6/5 rDev +22%
I don't think I have had a better red ale.
This one really defies classification. It's definitely American - over the top bitter, hoppy and malty, yet well balanced.
It has a stronger than usual aroma. Somewhat hoppy and sweet smelling - very nice. It's pretty in the glass as would be expected. The taste is very bitter - perfectly over the top.The aftertaste lingers nicely too with nothing nasty. This is an excellent ale.
08-17-2012 02:03:30 | More by schoolboy
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
2012 Beer Camp Bottle poured in to Bruery tulip. Bottle date code of 2178210. Poured in to tulip glass.
A - Poured a very dark amber colour, almost opaque. One finger of cream coloured head formed and receded to a thin layer. Good lacing.
S - Caramel and toffee aromas up front with some citrus hop aromas in the background. Not an overly robust nose but an inviting one.
T - A big bitterness at first that is immediately followed up a sweet caramel/toffee malt backbone. Some grapefruit and pine notes are present but are in the background. A dry and bitter finish.
M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.
08-12-2012 01:39:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.
This beer pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a khaki head that leaves pretty lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell - Let this one warm up slightly - The nose on this beer is wonderful, starting with some roasted, faint coffee, dark chocolate and fig like notes.
Taste - This beer does not let down - Starts off sweet, as it rolls over the palate, the hops make their presence known and combat the sweetness. This brings us to the finish, which then appears a bit of alcohol, probably because of the 8.1% abv, however it doesn't last long till a coffee like aftertaste is left on the palate.
Mouthfeel - Very good medium bodied. Not light yet not heavy.
Overall - I think this is a solid brew. Lots of flavors for the enjoyer to figure out and keep you wondering. Not boring by any means. Sweet, bitter, roasty with enough alcohol warmth. What a great brew this is!
08-11-2012 00:32:32 | More by Genuine
Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.