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

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chico, CA—July 18, 2013—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is highlighting the best of its 2012 Beer Camp sessions with a new variety 12-pack featuring three hop-forward brews.

#95 Imperial Red Ale—Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 503
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler, bottled June 26, 2012

Pours an extremely rich and dark red with a small but sticky off-white/orange head. Lots of glorious lacing. Smell is nearly equally malt earthiness and citrus hops, most interesting. Taste is rich and malty before the hops kick in with tons of grapefruit bitterness and dominate the majority of the taste. Finishes with a sticky bitterness. Quite heavy in body due to all the malt, med carb.

Super malty IPA/DIPA with a gorgeous color, though there is some clash in the nose I am not crazy about. Heavy body makes this a one per siting sort of beer for me. So one dimensionally malty that for a second I catch a tinge of almost smoky porter malt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a reddish amber color with a 1/2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: loads of caramel and some earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: big malt presene here. Caramel, some pine, a nice earthiness, and some alcohol are most notable. Decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. The finish is also a bit dry.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that is hearty. Nice flavors but not overpowering.

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Photo of aorloski
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the 2012 Beer Camp in early August at Total Wine for $18.99. Bottled on day 178 (June 26).

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is pretty well balanced between bready malts and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and satisfying.

Overall this brew is pretty solid. It has a nice chewy caramel malt backbone and an agressive hopping that makes the impy red style one of my favorites. Recommended.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice and clear muted amber color that is nicely warming to look at, pours with a ton of light tan creamy head which lingers for an incredibly long amount of time before dissipating and leaving a ton of sticky lacing on the glass
S: kind of smells like a musty basement, kind of dusty but also with a nice dark sweetness too, im reminded of birch syrup, i do also notice just the slightest peach note as mentioned on the label
T: nice hop notes, more earthy and deep than anticipated, also has a great roasted malt flavor which lingers on the palate beautifully long afterwards, nice bitterness hits in the early middle
M: minimal carbonation tingle, smooth with just the slightest astringency and cloying character, finishes with just a bit of dryness and bitterness
O: so far my favorite out of the beer camp mix pack, the most flavorful and well rounded, quite well done

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Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark amber to garnet with maple syrup edges. Two fingers of thick, puffy, dense, light khaki head. Great lacing. Fruity, floral hop nose, with notes of mandarin orange, crushed Smarties, and sweet caramel.

Fruity malt sweetness up front, with growing herbal, almost vegetal hop bitterness. Malt sweetness dominates the palate, with notes of pear and grapes. Big caramel flavors take over as we head to the finish, providing an interesting mix of flavors. Meanwhile, the hop bitterness steadily increases, with notes of pepper, pine, and a little citrus. Lingering caramel and fruit in the finish. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. Maltier than expected, but good.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 12-pack Beer Camp series. Bottle dated 6/27/2012. Free SN bottom etched glass with purchase (hope it's not the best part of this deal).

Ruby-red, clear elixir poured into imperial pint glass. Tan, thick head, settles to 3mm rim. Minimal lacing.

Large malt presence, hops, caramel, brown sugar.

The hops from the base dipa are blended nicely with the malt. Smooth bitterness then a malty aftertaste.

Medium to light body, not much carbonation, thin.

This is a nice amber with a combination of hops and malt and the alcohol well hidden. Well done SN.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops with some caramelized malt notes. Taste is dominated by some citrus and earthy hops with some good notes of caramelized malt notes with medium sweet notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but a bit short on complexity and hops punch could be more pronounced.

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Photo of DVMin98
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third from the 2012 Beer Camp Series. An "imperial" red, huh? Wonder where that might fall. Rather daunting at 8%.

A -- Clear, bright -- almost cherry wood red color. Sudsy, light tan head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.

S -- Mellow, but assertive citrus and piny hops. Light caramel malts.

T -- Biscuity caramel malts up front that blend into an earthy and citrus hop character that finishes with a touch of citrus fruit and spicy bitterness. Some lingering pepperiness from alcohol in the aftertaste. Some mild earthiness lingers in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is chewy to crisp with a drying finish and medium body.

O -- Probably my favorite selection of the 12 pack. This beer is full of different characters, yet they all work together for a great glass full of beer.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honesty don't know how Casey at Max's obtains some of the beers he has on offer here. On tap during the annual hopfest.

The beer pours a reddish dark copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I get red candy apple, dry citrus and a hint of lavendar. Talk about an intriguing nose. On the palate, this beer is very, very impressive. While there is some noticeable sweet malt initially, the hoppy bitterness quickly kicks into overdrive in this excellent beer. Otherwise, I'm picking up skunky weed, dry citrus, baked apple, light vanilla and some wood. There's a hint of alcohol in the finish, but overall, drinkability is pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the finish is long and bitter, with some light heat.

Right up there with Deranger for one of the best imperial reds I've ever had. Very, very impressive.

Edit from 8/20/12. Just learned this beer will be part of the beer camp sample pack from SN, which is good news. Hopefully that means we will continue to see this beer on tap from time to time as well.

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Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spruce, piny aroma. Soapy head and lace dots on cloudy amber. Initially complex hoppy melange with a dry malty finish. Worth sipping to enjoy. A good balance between hop bitterness and sweetness. A tad of chestnut, fruitiness, star anise. A must try.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby-red coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, off-white head that coats the surface and any of the glass it touches. Aromas of roasted caramel, nutty highlights, and a touch of hops to keep everything clean and tight. Flavors are rich and malty on the forward tongue, with a strong hop presence on the tail end of the palate. Hops are slightly resiny and citrusy, with enough bitterness to counterbalance the rich, sweet caramel and nutty sweet malt profile. Extremely well balanced. The aftertaste is roasted sweetness, with a clean, smooth finish that leaves only a trace linger behind. Well done campers!

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Photo of Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus, quite mild.

Taste: Piney, grapefruit rind throughout. Some toffee sweetness, mild earthiness.

Overall: Reminds me of a less aggressive/less hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Pretty good malt base to go with plenty of pine and citrus bitterness. Gave a few hints of a much lighter Bigfoot, not nearly as much caramel/toffee as Bigfoot (or hops either) but almost like a second runnings brew.

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Photo of DCon
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Maroon Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2178206:38 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Tons of mixed fruits in the aroma. Citrus and much more. Malt pops up big as well.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark amber/copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Malty, bit of caramel, and a mix up of fruits are all present in this complexed brew. Light-Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and finishes with tons of hop. Finally the hops come into play! Very spicy and strong.

Overall Impression- My 3rd from the "Beer Camp" Series and was above average. Not sure why the hops couldn't have came up sooner in the taste! Very enjoyable though and will be popping another one of these. Glad there are 3 of each to the pack!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sierra Nevada shaker pint. Beer is red and clear, dark, ruby, tan head, moderate to low carbonation.

aroma is mildly hoppy and sweet with a little hints of roast.

Beer is nice, thick in body and sweet through, a strong flavored beer with a good finish. For a big big red ale, it is quite drinkable, could have been a little hoppier even and I would still enjoy it. I'd have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 503 ratings