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

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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / 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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: June 26, 2012 at 1:27 in the afternoon.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear reddish copper with a tall, off-white head. There's a moderate amount of visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head dissipates very slowly, hanging around for a long time. Plentiful lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is filled with bready and sweet malts as well as floral hops. The beer smells like crusty bread.

The flavors are very well-balanced with nothing being overpowering. The malt brings those subdued caramel and crusty bread qualities and there are some floral and piney hops to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden here. There is a mild aftertase from the malt and hops. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Genuine
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.

This beer pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a khaki head that leaves pretty lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - Let this one warm up slightly - The nose on this beer is wonderful, starting with some roasted, faint coffee, dark chocolate and fig like notes.

Taste - This beer does not let down - Starts off sweet, as it rolls over the palate, the hops make their presence known and combat the sweetness. This brings us to the finish, which then appears a bit of alcohol, probably because of the 8.1% abv, however it doesn't last long till a coffee like aftertaste is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Very good medium bodied. Not light yet not heavy.

Overall - I think this is a solid brew. Lots of flavors for the enjoyer to figure out and keep you wondering. Not boring by any means. Sweet, bitter, roasty with enough alcohol warmth. What a great brew this is!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on the 217th of 12. Pours a deep red, with a half inch of off white that leaves globs of lace. Smell is carmel, pine, toffee, and grapefruit. Taste is more aggressive and that is not a bad thing, sweet grapefruit lingers in the finish. Body is medium large, with a perfect amount of carbonation, more lush than dry, and excellent drinkability. Another winner in this awesome mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It starts with a wonderful toasted biscuit and bread aroma topped with fresh citrusy hops with a touch of maple syrup.

Its a very dark blood red color that is mostly clear but looks hazy because it's so dark. Visible carbonation bubbling to the surface supporting the light tan fluffy whipped head that just sheets lacing down the glass.

Beautiful caramel and toffee flavors on top of brown sugar, molasses, and a firm, but not overbearing bitterness that brings it home to a nice smooth finish. Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation make this super easy to drink. Surprisingly thoroughly enjoyable and extremely well-made.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red body with golden highlights. Huge light beige rocky head. Terrific lace.

Aroma has caramel, bread, citrus, licorice.

Big thick caramel foundation coats the tongue. Juicy fruits. Big bitter bite, lingering into the afterglow.

Chewy medium plus mouthfeel.

Love a good imperial red, and this is a good one.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Thickfreakness
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich, mahogany stain ruby into my DFH glass. A fluffy three finger head floats thick and proud upon this cherry hued brew before letting go and leaving a nice amount of lacing dripping all over the glass.

S- Smells like a cross between Hoptimum and Nugget Nectar. Really pungent citrus and pine, with a really nice thick and syrupy malt backbone! Grapefruit dipped in brown sugar and pine needles. Really nice depth. Neither really over takes the other. Very well balanced.

T- WOW!!! Just an absolute punch of grapefruit pith, mango, orange rind, pine sap, with a subtle, sweet malty backround. It's not quite sugary sweet, but it really lightens the load of the citrus blast.

M- Punched with citrus, then cuddled with a candy sweetness that doesnt overwhelm or distract from this delicious brew. Huge mouthstripping IBU's... but a wonderful sweetness that balances everything out.

O- I really hope they make this a year round or seasonal brew. I really dug this. Glad I have few more to drink from this 12-pack. Gotta love beer camp.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is #95 no clues on what is cancelled for review or whatever. Popping the top the bottle smell is black licorice with alot of malts and strong sweetness. Pouring into the SAPP yields a deep bronze with a permanent multi size bubble tan head that is as I said, permanent. Taste is smoothness beyond all comprehension will an up front bittersweet maltiness that then kicks into a a sweet but mildly balanced bitterness that then fades to a slight bitterness that never exceeds the butterscotch bite. A fine brew.

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Photo of liamt07
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Red body, filtered with an offwhite head. Mild retention and lace. Nose is fantastic, loads of dank pot, pineapple and melon character. Tons more pot on the palate, pine, melon, apricots, mango. Lightly herbal and some sweeter malt character. Medium feel, bitter with just a light sweetness. Excellent red ale, with a ton of different qualities coming through on every sniff/sip. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish mahogany with lots of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly vibrant mix of hops with a strong malt presence. Citrus hops with hints of grapefuit, orange peel, and lemon. Pine resin and a lot of grassy hints. The hops are also herbal and floral. Big malt scents with hints of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers.. Even a light hints of roast and chocolate. A fairly complex aroma that is very balanced between the hops and malts.

Taste: Like it smells, a complex mix of hops balanced by a strong bready malt presence. Starts with some sharp bitterness from the hops. Good notes of citrus including orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Spicy and oily pine resin. Big taste of floral and grassy hops. Behind the hops is a big taste of malts. Toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, burnt bread, biscuit, crackers, and a very noticeable taste of roast and chocolate towards the finish. This starts like a big IPA and finishes like a Porter. Quite a nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very chewy and somewhat oily. Finishes with a nice roasty bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very well done IPA/Red Ale. Good mix of hops and a good malt balance. Nice undertones of roast.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark slightly hazy amber. Clingy lace - nose is floral, zesty, spicy hops clinging to a sturdy malt base of dark toasted grains and toffee - low carbonation - smooth on the palate - flavor is moderately bitter on the approach, but the malt is pretty much center stage on the front end - very toasty and medium sweet - spicy herbal hops come on stronger through the middle and hit their most potent in the finish. The beer dries out as the bitterness intensifies, leaving a nice finish - reminds me of a malty up Celebration ale, which is not a bad thing - simple, but tasty.

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Photo of Arnesaab
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good balance of hops and malt. Can't taste the 8.1 percent alcohol but you can feel it. This is a big beer that is my favorite beer camp beer so far. Cloudy red color with a good quantity of malt. Some citrus notes in the hoppy finish. A very well made ale that I wish I could buy more of.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium red copper color with a nice two finger fine light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, piney and herbal hops, citrus. Interesting caramel malt and complex hop flavor, with different hop flavors slowly revealing themselves into an herbal hop and light malt finish. A hint of rye sourness. I was expecting a more intense hop flavor from the aroma, but instead the malts and hops are very nicely integrated. I greatly enjoyed the slow revealing of of the hop flavors. A nice creamy medium body. This is a very nice classic red ale with good balance in the components. I love Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
Beer Camp 2012 release.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this.

A- Clear amber/ dark copper pour. Two finger foamy, short lived off white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin, marmalade, fresh baked bread and sweet malts.

T- Sweet toasted malts, up front that a kick in the tongue of citrus and floral hops, than a dark roasted sweetness of cookies, coffee and toast. Very flavourful and complex.

M- Light body, quite chewy, slightly sticky on the lips.

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Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Body is chestnut-amber, with mahogany hues on the edges, and a small khaki-colored head. Looks hazy, but when backlit it's clear. Decent sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Toffee and caramel malt and a touch of toasty grains. Some grassy or piney hops, but not too strong on the nose.

T: Sweet malt flavors up front: toffee, caramel malt, toast and rye bread. Mid-sip the hops take over, big time: grapefruit, orange peels, mint and pine. I like the interplay between the sweeter, malty tastes and the big, juicy hops. Finishes with a lingering juicy hop bitterness. 8% ABV is well hidden behind what appears to be a lot of malt and a ton of hops. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard somewhat.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is fine-prickly.

O: Good stuff. Closer to a Strong Ale, I think, than an American Amber/Red, but SN calls this an Imperial Red, so I knew what I was getting myself into.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear ruby red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and, tropical, citrus, and lightly piney hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced hoppy Imperial Red Ale. Good hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood stain red with thick off-white head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate. Somewhat sweet aroma.

Taste: Taste is not as sweet, although there is a slightly sweet core. Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate are prominent in the taste as well. Some notes of peach and melon, although I must admit that the bottle description clued me in on that. Spicy and pine-like on the bitter finish, as well as lingering grapefruit.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Medium-full body that is quite creamy and smooth. Finish is dry as desired.

Overall: Great Imperial Red Ale. While not reaching the apex of the style (see Great Lakes Nosferatu), it is still damn good and much better than the average on the site suggests.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark brown with ruby hues with a light tan head that lingers into a thin layer, great lace.

S- bold citrus and pine hops with notes of grapefruit and peach. Sweet caramel malt with bready and nutty notes and a bit of toffee.

T- deep caramel malty body with a sharp citrus hop profile. The hops provide a bit of dryness in the finish but the malts provide a slightly sweet caramel and nutty finish.

M- medium body, with moderately low carbonation, warming but not overpowering alcohol with a creamy finish.

O- I was impressed with this one, my favorite of the Beer Camp sampler. Great balance of bold hops and malt with a warming finish.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brownish red with a thick tan head

S-stale grassy hops with a touch of roasted caramel. Strong scent.

T-comes in with a bitter taste of roasted caramel. It has a good mix  of spicy and grassy hops too. The after-taste is good and matching, maybe a bit peppery. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish. 

O-I like this a lot as an imperial re ale. I'm impressed because most big red ale are just essentially IPAs but this maintains all the good characteristics of a red ale. It's a but hoppy, yes, but it's just a slight addition. 

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute. Yields a 1/2" head which stocks around for a couple sips, and then leaves lovely lacing in rings on the inside of the glass. Unfiltered slightly ruby-tinted honey color. Aroma is rich, complex, fruity and hops. Flavor is rich, complex, caramel, hops, fruit, alcohol, and more hops. Mouthfeel is medium thick and potent. Overall I really like this. It is quite a bit better than the seasonal Flipside Red IPA, which is a little bit different style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 8.00 %

LOOK: Pours a reddish brown, with an off white, creamy foam. Leaving plenty of lace on the glass, this looks like a solid red ale.

SMELL: Hoppy, fruity, with some nutty malt notes as well. Smells quite malty and satisfying.

TASTE: A well balanced, firm malt body with notes of cocoa, tree nuts and burnt caramel. Hops chime in with a orangey/nectarine like fruityness and some pine and earthy bitterness as well. Big, sweet, bitter, biting, and surely a moderately complex ale.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and relatively easy drinking for an ale of such strength.

OVERALL: Definitely a fine brew from Sierra Nevada, with big time malt flavor and solid hop notes. Any fans of well balanced ales would enjoy this one. A winner.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of jjanega08
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating. Bottle is stamped 2178216 : 42

A= Pours a nice deep red color almost a brown with a thick finger of tan head on it that holds great retention and lacing.

S= The smell has a punch of hops with something that I think seems like a little roasted malt. A nice sweetness in the smell as well.

T= The taste is unique. It's not quite an overpowering hoppy red like some of them are but it's not quite an irish red with a sweetness to it. There is a mix of both in it with maybe a little roasted malt or coffee in it. The finish has a bitterness that isn't a hop bitterness but more along that coming from dark chocolate or coffee. The flavors all meld quite nicely and smooth over into one flavor.

M= Actually this has quite the smooth mouth to it.

O= Not the best hoppy red and not the best sweet red but this is a sort of blend of the two. I actually like it quite a bit. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding the difference in a hoppy red and an IPA. This beer lets the difference be known. A quality beer and worth checking out.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep copper amber color with an unyielding light head of foam that lingers on top. The brew is slightly intimidating with a look that says big beer.

S- wicked fruit and caramel flavors that coincide with a sweet caramel scent that makes your mouth water. So hoppy with citrus and mango flushing through

T- Delicious fruit and sugar bready flavor embodied in the malt. A wave of citrus hops pushes through and meshes with the flavor. This is a great example of a hoppy red ale that exhibits flavor while pushing and avoiding the alcohol

M- carbonation and coating flavor

O- best brew in beer camp! What an imperial red that's full of flavor!

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark amber with a fluffy 1.5 finger white head. very slow to dissipate, very nice lacing.

s: lots of fruit and pine hops - grapefruit especially, and some deep pine resin. very intense bouquet. some malt in the background, but not much

a: fruity hops and spice. malt is much more apparent here, some toffee and roasted malt flavors. neither overpowers, and the finish isn't overly hoppy. it's a nice balance. alcohol well hidden.

o: I think this is a very nicely balanced beer. maybe my favorite out of the beer camp pack.

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