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Betrayal Imperial Red - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Betrayal Imperial RedBetrayal Imperial Red

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very good

53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 20.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 06-27-2010

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Caramel, oak and some citrus hops.

T: Tons and tons of oak here along with caramel and a hint of dark chocolate. Overall, pretty messy tasting and way too oaky for me. I would not have this one again.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alucard4 for this one

Look: Dark mahogany color with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Piney and citrus hops upfront with some malt sweetness

Taste: Very piney resiny flavor backed up with a nice caramel back bone

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation

Overall: A decent example of the style. For me this was a bit of a one way street and pretty uninteresting to drink.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.88/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. This was an impulse purchase at Whole Foods Redwood City. $7.

A: Pours a maroon-amber body capped with a fluffy, beige head. Retention is decent, and the beer leaves curtains during a sip. No lace that sticks.

S: Caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and lots of grass and herbal notes. Chocolate is a nice touch; my preferred approach to this style is a little infusion of cocoa to offset a dominantly pine / citrus bouquet. This one opts for some different hop varieties, and it incorporates more roast; interesting, but not to my liking.

T: As in the nose, this is noticeably sweet, with a prominent malt backing that incorporates elements of caramel, roast, and chocolate. Hop varieties aren't so much flavorful as strikingly bitter, leading to an odd clash where the sweetness hits you up front and some grassy, root-like bitterness brings the taste to a close. It was bearable while the beer was cold, but as it warmed, it became less and less endearing.

M: It's medium-bodied. It finishes sweet, but there's enough bitterness that it gives the impression of dryness. The mouthfeel needs some tightening up.

O: I really need to stop impulse-buying beer. It doesn't work out most of the time. I drainpoured half.

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Betrayal Imperial Red from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.