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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
THE BROS
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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ejimhof, Dec 12, 2013
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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%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Rayek, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

thinwhiteduke, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

RoryOMoore, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

rstenson, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MarioM, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear, ruby amber color in the New Belgium snifter. Big foamy head with a pleasant mouth-filling sudsiness. Big aroma of that fruity mango hop.

A sweet maltiness greets the lips, followed by a boar-load of hops. Qite bitter initially and long into the aftertaste. Quite acidic along with the fruit. A little dank but mostly pineapple, pear skins, and mango. Big dark roasted malt flavors dominate the rest of the story. An interesting variation on the Imperial Red that should please the hop lover. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Beach Front Liquor in San Clemente.

mactrail, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at TJ Finley's in Bayshore, NY. Tasting notes from July 2011.

A – Creamy, fine bubbled, off-white head with nice retention and ok lace. Medium grade maple syrup body.

S – Bright orange and grassy hops on top of caramel and nutty breads.

T – Tart, dry, tannin-like fruit pits and an earthy, hay-like hop open the profile. The malty center stays dry and carries into a dark fruit, flint, and char-roast finish.

M – Medium body is smooth and dry.

O – A bit sharp, but not bad.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My tasting is coming from a 22 oz bottle I recently got at BevMo. It has a nice caramel color with a slight head. The smell is very malt heavy --- I can’t pick up anything else. It is a nice tasting beer that is very malty, creamy and smooth with very little aftertaste. I’m picking up a little bitterness and hints of vanilla. It’s a very solid beer, but it doesn’t seem to capture the essence of red ale for me --- as if focusing on the “imperial” (8.2% ABV) was more important than retaining the red ale experience.

mikechance, Jul 15, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, caramel, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice malt and candied citrus zest combination going on all around.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

more of an imperial red ipa here than what we usually associate with imperial reds, this is hop driven, and well driven at that. darker copper amber color with some clarity and a massive khaki head with no retreat. nose is pretty understated from a grain standpoint, i get a whole lot of resinous west coast style hops in this, some balance, but hops hold the trump card. the taste is a slow jog up the spectrum from malty to hoppy. semisweet amber malt flavors blend into the danker hops with ease, and the finish showcases both rather effectively. bitterness after the swallow comes out of nowhere, no hop flavor left over just that bitter, its drying for such a full bodied and frothy brew. speakeasy has filled a mid price point quality niche perfectly, these beers are right on for what they cost, and different enough to stand out. betrayal matches the rest of the lineup and gives us a generously hopped malty red that is big enough for cold weather.

StonedTrippin, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ste5venla, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

whatname, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

lzepplin01, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

LoFiDave, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BodyPolitic, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Ginger Man in Manhattan's mid town. I was told that it was an imperial but, in any case, I liked it a lot. The color was a deep amber or red with a light colored head and interesting aroma. Speakeasy makes great ipas but I haven't been crazy about their other brands. This one, however, was quite good.

david18, Jul 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ChalupaBatman, Jun 12, 2013
Betrayal Imperial Red from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.