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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

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
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 humulusphile
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of tschiess
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

tschiess, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Nice Red Ale. Not an overly sweet, mild boring one. Pours a hazy red color with a lot of light coming through. Small white head with worse than aerage retention. Some lacing. Spell ispiney hops and caramel malts. Fairly strong. Tastes good. Strong piney hops presence balanced by a strong caramel malt presence. Kind of like a barleywine lite. Very impressive for a red ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp. I assumed it was 5.9% but if this is an 8% beer, it is very smooth with no hint of the alcohol level.

A good Red Ale, I would drink this again.

JayQue, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JLapadura, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jealmanzar, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pinche_Oso, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Jazz_brew, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bigash, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

djrn2, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gspeer711, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of alcohol and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and pine resin hops along with hints of alcohol. It has a moderate amount of bitterness that particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: This is a rather bold imperial amber ale, but the smell and taste of alcohol is somewhat of a turnoff.

metter98, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev 0%

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to medium patch of thick film, some very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light amounts of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by some lighter pine hops and hints of alcohol. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This one is a little too boozy for me, the alcohol is just much too present int he is beer. The presence of the alcohol makes this one tough to drink and not as enjoyable as I might have hoped.

dbrauneis, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of AwYeh
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bomber poured into pint glass; bottle says its 8.2% ABV.

A: Deep, clear, reddish brown color. Lots of bubbles– looks a bit like cola. Half inch of tan head, subsides quickly but leaves thick lacing.

S: Sweet smell– lots of caramel and toffee, joined by some pine resin hop aromas. Hint of alcohol.

T: Nice balance of sweet and bitter here– initially the caramel and toffee are strongest but there's a very noticeable hop presence in the middle, and the finish is lingering and bitter.

M: Smooth and with medium-high carbonation– goes down easily and finishes dryly.

O: Just a bit less than the sum of its parts, found myself enjoying this one less as the glass wore down. Still a good beer, and definitely worth a try if you're a big fan of (imperial?) ambers.

AwYeh, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a dark copper color with a thin light tan head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward some heavy pine and a bit of toasted malt. The flavor brings a heavy dose of pine and some slight citrus along with some amber malt sweetness. The two don't complement each other as well as I would have liked. Sweetness isn't nearly as prevalent in the feel, which is heavily bitter and slightly chewy. Solid beer.

Thorpe429, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

On-tap at Pi Bar, in San Francisco.

Speakeasy Betrayal pours a deep, deep crimson that only directly into the light reveals its shocking secret - that it's actually transparent! (but you need a bright afternoon sun, artificial indoor lighting isn't strong enough to penetrate the sooty red beer). It has a well proportioned head that leaves ornate lacing that looks rather dapper in the tulip glass.

The flavours in the aroma smell faint, but are still perceptibly characterful; you'd think they made the beer with the peels of the most bitter oranges they could find, squeezed in a drop of grapefruit juice and let the malts they'd use sit near the stove before hand (they have a lightly smoky, toasted quality to them). Hard to know if it will be more bitter or sweet.

And the great thing about this style is that it needn't chose one over the other, it can be (indeed, should be) both! Here they co-exist in virtual harmony, as if the brewer somehow made a bitter tasting caramel, or a grapefruit that is as sweet as they normally are sour. No alcohol shows, so far as I could tell. But it could be concealed in the soft rose petal flavour.

The mouthfeel turns out to have lots of ashy, lightly smoky malts; they taste toasted just to the point that any more so and we'd call them roasted. Still, there is a lot of caramel sweetness and, lest you forget, a great deal of hoppy bitterness on the finish. The impression I get is of it being very dry and "nutty", like toasted almonds or hazelnuts.

Betrayal doesn't have the thundering properties to suggest that it's been brewed with the hop head's iron palate in mind, and while that might cost it the highest marks on this site, it should afford it a lot more success with the general populace. And with the amount of character it has, my guess is it will guide that populace to better tastes and higher standards.

biegaman, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Dark amber pour with a tan foam head. Active carbonation. Lacing is rings on the glass.

S - Scents of caramel and rich malt.

T - Rich malty beer that has some sweetness but is essentially a malt bomb.

M - Rich beer that finishes with a raspy feel. Perfect pair with BBQ. Strong flavors stay in the palate.

O - I'd have this again. Surprised how good this is was. A solid amber from a brewery that for some reason I haven't had enough from as of yet.

socon67, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small off white head. The head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass with a ring on top. It's got a medium mouthfeel and goes down rather easy. It's a good imperial red, but doesn't cover the excess alcohol as much as I would have liked. A definite add to my list though.

aquazr1, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

16 ounce pour from the growler station at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

A- Dark and near glowing orangy amber. Clear under a dark khaki dense and lasting 1/3 inch head. Leaves fine lace up top, frothy light sheeting and better then average fine patterns of lacing.

S- nose seems somehow muted, could be a stuffy nose...I just get some light malts.

T- Flavorful and quite worthy/sturdy brew, nice layers of malt, caramel, some light rye, spicy alcohol infused dark honey. Malted up and moderately complex brew.

D- Yes, I'd want to drink this over and over again...so good "drinkability"

Billolick, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of brotherloco
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

22oz Bomber. ABV is actually 8.2%.

Pours a half-opaque deep brown with a big dark-beige pillowy head. Hangs around for a nice long while. A good bit of fine lacing.

Aroma of caramel and bready malt and some metallic tangerine hops. A bit of alcohol.

Initial taste is fairly sharp, but backed up with a nice dose of caramel malt sweetness. Tastes better than the nose. Middle dries up to a very dry, slightly metallic bitter finish. Alcohol emerges in the middle and sticks around through the finish, but isn't overwhelming.

Medium light body with medium-sharp carbonation. Quite drinkable.

brotherloco, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Light brown and light red appearance, good head, another quality looker from Speakeasy. Mild aroma of toastiness and hops, a little nuttiness to it.

Great taste, smooth, still kept a hop mouthfeel, but stayed away from just making a super bitter nugget hopped red or something along those lines. Rich, toffee, even vanilla. A little bit of citrus as well.

Very good mouthfeel, alcohol not noticeable at all. All those nuances. Great balance, hoppy, yet not bitter, smooth, not high alcohol, a little bit of everything.

Where did BA get 5.9% for this? Says 8.2% on the bottle. Maybe because it tastes like 5.9%?

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Have the bottled version. The bottle says 8.2% Alc/Vol.

Reddish brown colored ale with some chill haze evident. Small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and full of roasted malt. Fairly strong German chocolate cake aroma. Chocolate coconut and caramel are quite strong. Strong hop scent mostly it is mint and menthol.

Starts out sweet and bitter with some chocolate and coffee flavor. Bittersweet is the one word that describes the taste. Slight savory flavor here but not to the point of soy sauce. Besides the chocolate and coffee there isn't much other flavor here.

Mouthfeel is good and fairly thick.

Overall this is pretty tasty but not super-outstanding.

Zorro, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early November for $5.99. Bottled in 2013.

Beer poured reddish brown with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is toasted malts and citrus hops.

Taste is toasted caramel malts, citrus, pine. Pretty well balanced but the pine resin lingers in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is nicely made double red. Its got the big malt base going and the big hop bite that one would expect from this style. I have not had a brew from Speakeasy in a long time. They left Arizona for awhile but came back this past fall. Nice to see them back and i look forward to the next one!

arizcards, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Bryanjpg
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Look
Betrayal presents a misty deep red orange.

Smell
The sweet smell of toasted malts joins the bitter smell of hops and gets tossed around with dark chocolate covered orange aroma's

Taste
the hoppy bitterness maintains the whole time as oranges and caramel toasted malt flavors alternate. Medium finish with lasting bitter taste

Feel
Medium thick body, could be a little thicker.

Overall
Great beer, solid flavors. This beer is great for fall. It reminds me what winter has in store for us. Without immediately jumping to a thick stout. It has a nice balance of flavors, and a lasting bitterness.

Bryanjpg, Oct 21, 2011
Betrayal Imperial Red from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.