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Betrayal Imperial Red - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Betrayal Imperial RedBetrayal Imperial Red

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BA SCORE
85
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 06-27-2010)
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Photo of Arbitrator
1.88/5  rDev -50.4%
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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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle $6.99, I'm a sucker for Imperial Reds. Orange-amber color, soapy head and lace. Aroma is mostly malt with a twinge of hops in the back. Flavor wasslty but there was a note of citrus and pine just not enough. Overall a decent beer but I was hoping for something really hoppy like Lagunitas lucky 13.

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MexicanSkittel for the chance to try this. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark burnt copper to amber color. It initially looks quite hazed but when held to the light displays quite a bit of clarity and more of a reddish look. The finger's worth of creamy head is caught between a yellowish stain and dark tan. It provides patches of lacework on the glass and decent retention.

The smell of this brew is quite filled with toasty malt sweetness. It has almost a burnt aspect about it, somewhat like toffee and caramel and a bit of a mustiness about it. The alcohol is present with a bit of a solvent kick. The hops display themselves with a fruity and floral aspect that includes quite a bit of vegetable aspect as well.

The taste of this brew is modestly bitter with a toasted malt inclusion that is somewhat burnt in flavor. Hops present themselves with a veggie flavor just like the aroma indicated. There is a light fruited and floral somewhat reminiscent of raisins included with a warmth of alcohol that is fusel in character that really warms the back of the throat. The aftertaste is a combination of cooked veggies and a bit of burnt caramel sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a bold brew with an expected bitterness and maltiness to contend with the alcohol level. However, it seems a bit disjointed and doesn't meld together all that well. I am not a big fan of hoppy beers that have a solid vegetative feel in either the aroma or flavor and unfortunately this one displayed it in both. Worth a try if you have the chance but not something I would seek out or drink on a regular basis. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to give this one a try.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty rust body, trace tan head,
brilliant lacing

S: sweet malt, rock candy, big rye

T: same as nose, slow oily bitter finish
mild boozy in finish, hint of metallic taste

M: med body, solid oily mouth,
hint of bubbly on front of tongue

O: Don't know how old this is, but
the odd metallic aftertaste is holding me
back from truly enjoying this brew.

PRETTY GOOD; NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby amber with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee nutty malts with some leafy hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel, toffee and chocolate malts, some nuttiness and some grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin and watery.

Overall, a nicely balanced red.

Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not being a huge fan of Amber Ales, I do get a bit curious when they get Imperial on me, especially if they kick it up in the hop department so we'll see how this one fairs. I hope I won't get betrayed.

Poured form an etched bomber into a wine glass/globe. A touch soft spoken on the pop of the cap at 45 degrees, the beer nonetheless pours with a frothy inch of light tan foam. Largely clear and a crimson/ruby in the light, appearing a deep amber otherwise. Offers good retention and classy lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, touch of dark fruits and a moderate piney hop sense. Bit too malt forward for my tastes for the style within a style. This one weighing in at 8.2% not the 5.9% noted here.

Flavor matches the nose. Malty with caramel notes and a light cherry touch. More caramel and a bit of subdued milk chocolate on the finish.

A bit sweet and almost overbearing. Try this one with grilled meat or sloppy BBQ for a good balance. Rather lightly hopped and slightly askew overall for the ABV, otherwise intriguing and fairly well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Betrayal Imperial Red from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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