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

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-28-2013 22:15:39 | More by DMc8ride
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-16-2013 14:48:26 | More by soze47
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-16-2013 00:15:05 | More by Segelstrom
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-27-2013 05:44:58 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-29-2013 03:22:27 | More by mungus
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-28-2013 06:48:06 | More by popery
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:07:27 | More by wspscott
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:55:13 | More by plaid75
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Ontario (Canada)

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 04:09:21 | More by cattersley
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-20-2012 02:07:55 | More by cbyrd4088
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-19-2012 16:54:54 | More by King_KongDCO93
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-11-2012 06:35:56 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-11-2012 02:29:53 | More by jsbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-04-2012 01:34:33 | More by stabbingcontest
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:54:01 | More by facundoCNB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-18-2012 23:07:32 | More by dorkinajeep
Photo of metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 16:23:50 | More by metter98
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-29-2012 01:47:48 | More by Porter
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-25-2012 16:44:53 | More by Kubrickx
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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).

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 21:15:07 | More by PicoPapa
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-17-2012 12:39:47 | More by dooglas
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-16-2012 06:43:55 | More by bzach
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:07:55 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of chefhatt


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just have to say that i love these beer camp beers every year, i look forward to them. This one poured a nice brown/amber color body with a nice thick foamy head that holds it own. The aroma is of nice and toasted malt with some a little bit of hops coming through. The taste starts off a little bitter of hop then balances out on the back of the tongue with the malt. It leaves a after taste of of bitter hops on the tongue also. The mouth feel is really nice and overall this is a pretty darn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 20:14:44 | More by chefhatt
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2012 03:13:15 | More by jeanphony
Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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