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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-09-2013 21:55:20 | More by Donger69
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Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-03-2013 22:07:46 | More by Sonofalime
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-31-2013 04:42:31 | More by rab53
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verge

California

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Camp is the bomb.

Poured into a pint glass. Thick 2 finger, rocky, off white head. Gorgeous deep ruby color when held up to light. Very dark-looking.

Smells like hops. Yes. Hops.

Flavor is bitter! I must really love hoppy American Reds...this is a spectacular mix of flavors that is balanced, but in favor of the hops. Great smoked malt flavor puts up a fight at first but aftertaste is pure dry hops.

I really want to go to beer camp now.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:19:17 | More by verge
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rkf1976

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-19-2013 02:48:57 | More by rkf1976
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle shows this as Beer Camp#35 at 8.5% abv, but who am I to get all anal about this...

Pours an effervescent ruby red with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Loads of pine & some leafy hops, some pear

T: Follows the nose, a touch of booze & breadyness up front. A touch of dryness & cakeyness cuts through the pine. Finishes dry, piney with a bit of orange peel & just a bit of cakeyness & some astringency (aspirin & grapefruit rind)

MF: Chewy, but fairly firm carbonation, balance isn't quite there; some boozey warmth

Drinks alright, not quite dialed in, but could happily drink this any day

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:35:11 | More by russpowell
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mnphish

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-16-2013 23:47:14 | More by mnphish
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jaffers

New Hampshire

4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this style and was very excited to find Sierra had an Imperial Red in their new Beer Camp box. This one did not disappoint. Nice deep red color with sustained off-white head in the glass. The aroma was off the charts! Strong citrus, pine hops with that full earthy malt balance. Very flavorful brew, malty upfront with a dry highly hopped finish. Very drinkable for an 8+% brew. Extremely tasty. Overall just a great beer and excellent representation of the style. Sierra does it again!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 15:05:24 | More by jaffers
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08-16-2013 06:54:17 | More by APB
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-15-2013 01:52:56 | More by ShemRahBoo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada's fascination with hops has now lead them to the land of "red". Though the ale's appearance is of deep red Amber Ale, its taste leads with the distinct character of Pacific Northwest hops.

Deep brownish red in color, its overall appearance is of rust and equipped with a haze that signals dry-hopping. A very creamy, ivory head rises to cap the beer with confidence and longevity. Lacing with broken rings, the ale exudes a sense of quality even without taking a sip.

Equal parts of pine and grapefruit meet the nose first. Those sharp and pungent scents are both citrusy and earthy and nearly topple its scent. But then a backdrop of malt peaks through with dry toast, burnt caramel, bread crust, pecan and sorghum.

Those dry sweetnesses greet the early palate but only briefly before giving way to toast and bread crust. Its that gently cynged grain husk taste that brings about a nutty taste. But all that is quickly cast to the wayside because of the onslaught of hops that rise in the middle. That's when the sharper taste of white grapefruit pith and peels give its taste a bright and vivid taste. As the ale continues a quick turn to finish, its citrus tone turns resinous, piney and gripping with hop bitterness in the back of the throat.

Its medium body is lead by a creamy-dry start. Somewhat arid and toasty, its middle is incredibly light even if the toast floats just above the tongue. And then that dry malt character paves the way for for an ultra clean, ultra crisp, and ultra refreshing finish of mild warmth.

Like Sierra Nevada does, this ale completely satisfies every requirement that its style describes. But it's the straight forward taste and lack of complexity that hinders the beer even if everso slightly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 06:32:27 | More by BEERchitect
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Stumpy29er

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-11-2013 06:01:50 | More by Stumpy29er
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-21-2013 13:55:11 | More by dgherm
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Maine

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-28-2013 01:16:43 | More by jmilo64
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-27-2013 14:57:57 | More by Zaphog
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-24-2013 02:54:19 | More by camartin27
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-12-2013 17:15:41 | More by mikeburd1128
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy reddish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film along with a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts along with some citrus/grapefruit rind hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel and toasted malts that have just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by some moderate flavors of spicy hops and citrus/grapefruit rind hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that really linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I like how bitter this beer is for the style, the hops are almost palate cleansing. I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable but it does have a high ABV which means you should be sipping this a little more slowly.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 00:15:08 | More by dbrauneis
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-18-2013 20:09:19 | More by browniewithnuts
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 15:50:25 | More by Cresant
Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.