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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

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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

browniewithnuts, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Cresant
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.

Cresant, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

DMc8ride, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev +6.1%

soze47, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Segelstrom, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mungus, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of wspscott
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Dark red color with a off-white head that never quite disappears. Very pretty when held up to a light.
S: Tropical fruits and a hint of chocolate(?) in the background
T: Pine, citrus, a little bit of tropical fruit, a definite suggestion of chocolate (a little too much chocolate malt for color?) No sign of alcohol.
M: Lots of carbonation makes for a easy drinking beer, round and tongue coating otherwise. The bitterness seems to linger on the tongue.
O: I don't usually reach for American amber/red ales and this confirms why. I would prefer more hop aroma/flavor and a little less emphasis on the malts, of course that is the whole point of this style. Within the boundaries of the style, this is a very good beer, but I would be surprised to see this in the regular lineup.

wspscott, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured prickly piney hops and a balmy earthy caramel malt.

The taste consisted of burnt sugar, earthy caramel, a touch of cocoa and a smooth nuttiness. Waves of herbal and piney hops cleaned up the experience and lingered well after the finish.

The mouthfeel was full for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty brawny red ale.

plaid75, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red, very nice pour, medium head retention. I am actually very surprised with the taste and mouth-feel of this beer. It is considerably light in smell, and flavour considering the ABV (8.1%). I do so love the labels on these beer camp bottles though. Light hops on the first taste, full flavour on the malt, hops gone upon finish. This beer is very smooth and deceiving, session-able big time, until it hits you! Caramel, munich, pale malts, in proportion complement the hops, and ABV level...

Electros, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

cbyrd4088, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jsbrew, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

stabbingcontest, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean deep amber/red pour with 2 fingers of foamy/fluffy creme colored head, leading to excellent lacing.
smells of grassy/pint hops, caramel, raisin-like sweet malt profile.
earthy bitterness up front followed immediately by a sugary plum-like sweetness.. finishes again in a very earthy almost burnt tire bitterness. very tasty!
medium body, medium amount of carbonation, creamy on the lips.

a really good amber ale. hoppy, bitter, yet sweet and malty. heavy on the alcohol, but you can't taste it for a typically bland style of ale, this really stands out.

facundoCNB, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of dorkinajeep
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dorkinajeep, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: A moderate amount of bitterness stands out throughout the taste, but this is most evident in the finish. There are flavors of spicy hops along with notes of caramel malts and citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hop bitterness really cleanses your palate.
O: This beer presents an interesting mix of hops and is rather bitter for the style. This delivers a nice amount of lingering bitterness.

metter98, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Porter, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Kubrickx, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Willibrew during the Sierra Nevada Tap Attack. Pours a murky rusty brown color with almost no head. Almost no lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops with some pine notes. Sweet. The taste is alot like the aroma. Sweet citrus up front with some caramel and pine. Bitter citrus at the end. Slightly bready. Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, a solid hoppy red ale that I'm glad i got to try; especially since its retired (apparently).

PicoPapa, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of dooglas
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

dooglas, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

A beautiful deep mahogany so rich you can barely see through it, but the head is even better: Foamy, sea-suds of cream head with rings of thick soapy lacing. (After drinking 1/3 of the beer, the lacing is still soapy and stuck to the glass).

Aroma is both piny, and a bit woody up front. I get some bitter citrus hops in there eventually. And by God, there is a nice sweet melon note as advertised. Really nice nose.

This imperial red is so well-balanced right off the bat. The hops are not overpowering, they are just perfect with muted citrus rinds mixing in with a woody, earthy malt body. Really, really good. A faint pine note lingers in there adding a fresh, crisp feel.

A little dry, but otherwise perfectly clean mouthfeel.

Geez this is good. The 8.1% ABV is nearly undetectable. I love the woody pine body and the amazing balance of malts and hops. To this day I have never had a bad beer from Sierra Nevada. Bad? Hell, I’ve really never had a beer less than exceptional from this brewery.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 15, 2012
Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.