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)

Brewed by:
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.

Added by drabmuh on 06-08-2012

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Photo of maximum12
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Enjoyed my first beer camp last night, so pulled out a second tonight. 12 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is a clear ruby red. Smell is on the unique side, dominated by a burning barn full of grains. Not much else.

Red-Oric: Beer Camp shouldn't step in the ring with the Imperial Pils I enjoyed last night. More of that burnt grain, with a dose of fire-rimmed earth & caramel. Aimless, low-level bitterness rounds out what passes for this experience. Frankly, I'm happy I opened this with my wife, because six ounces is going to be plenty.

What happened? The Imperial Pils was clean & lovely, this beer feels like it was left on simmer for a couple hours too long. Not very good.

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2.44/5  rDev -35.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, deep red in color with white frothy head that stays. Aroma of apple skins, booze, malty, grass, hazelnut. Apple skins, citrus, cough syrup, booze, cola, hop resin, bitterness towards the finish. Thick in body with light carbonation. Big, boozy, fruity, unbalanced, and amateur.

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2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful auburn, really nice fluffy off-white head, very sticky lacing and retention. Looks great, just like most Sierra Nevada beers. The aromas are full of chocolate and caramel malts. There's a touch of grass blended with some lemon zest. The flavors match the nose, which isn't extremely impressive. Everything is just so subtle. More cocoa and butterscotch. I notice a hint of pine and spruce. The hops are there, but seem to be dominated by the malts. I really wished the hops shined more. Mouthfeel is nice, it's light and thin, smooth enough making this is easy drinker. The alcohol goes unnoticed. There's no denying this is a smooth beer, but the nose and flavors are such a let down.

I expected much more, especially considering this is Sierra Nevada we're talking about. It should satisfy, but it's too boring.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very typical amber with orange hues and about 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma is heavy bready malts with caramel and some hints of floral and citrus hops.

The taste is pretty much the same. There is a lot of bready malt and caramel notes. There are some hops, but they aren't that forward. They do lend some nice citrus and grassy notes though.

The finish is pretty dry and the bitterness is nice. It's not a bad beer, but is is pretty average for a big Red Ale.

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3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Clear reddish amber and moderate off-white foamy head with good retention. Malt forward and caramel sweetness rounded by a sharp spicy rye and high hop bittering and linger. Light roasted notes and the sweetness is subdued. Tacky, dry and thin.

This is really not my idea of a good red or imperial red. I like the spicy element of the beer but it just follows the American over hopped variety of the style.

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3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a FFF shaped-glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, amber-orange color, with a ridiculously frothy 2 finger head that stayed put for a long time.

S: Yeasty, hoppy, red velvet cake batter, with a good bit of yummy graininess thrown into the mix.

T: Not as delectable as I was hoping. Fairly bitter, but in a coffee ground sort of way. The marketing speak on the bottle says: grapefruit, peach, and melon. To be honest, I didn't get any of that.

M: Malty and infinitely bitter, in a "Fat Tire" sort of way. The lacing was substantial and the bitter linger was something I won't forget.

O: This was my least favorite in the "Beer Camp 2012" box available in my area. Perhaps I was searching for something the brewers didn't intend?

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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.10% according to my 2012 bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a Beer Camp variety 12 pack at Cap N Cork in Los Feliz. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I think little of this brewery but I quite like the style.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Poured clean without any issues or surging.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head if nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Right on the money for the style. Nothing stands out as unique or special, though.

Sm: Hops are the first thing I detect - grapefruit citrus, floral, bittering, even a little tropical. No pine or oily hops, however. It's also got a nice toasted malt backbone, very evocative of a good amber. Autumn malts. Some caramelization. A good aroma for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. Average strength. No alcohol or yeast is detectable. When I look for peach and melon (per the label), I sort of find them - but not really in a significant sense.

T: Floral hops join nicely with caramelized and toasted malts to form a slightly imbalanced but pleasant beer. Hop bitterness isn't all that well hidden, and the malty sweetness gets to be a bit much, but it's nice all around. Caramel is too overt. Simple but enjoyable. Not complex or subtlety. It's got some nice flavours, but I'm not much of a a fan of it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of good general thickness - but not ideal. Decent presence. Moderately heavy on the palate. Unnecessarily so methinks.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A fairly generic beer in the style. I wouldn't have this again. Hides its ABV well. It's otherwise pretty meh. You're better off going with Tongue Buckler or the like if you fancy yourself an imperial red.


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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with a bit of a reddish hue to it. Nice finger of thick beige head.

Caramel malt comes to mind on the aroma. Very malt heavy with just a hint of floral and citrus hops in the background. Mostly bitter on the pallet with just a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Seems backwards as to what the aroma indicated it would be.

The body is a bit heavy with good carbonation. Overall this one is mediocre. It's fair enough, but my least favorite so far of the beer camps.

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3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look light red. Nice head.
Smell is alright.
Taste is less then I expected. It is not the best red I have had this season. Bitter with sour flavor. I was abletorelax though with this beer.

Very carbonated.

Overall not my favorite. Severalotherbeer camp beers are better this season.

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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark amber with slight ruby highlights, topped with a fluffy off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Caramel malts and grass/floral hop notes dominate the nose. There seems to be an underlying sweetness to the aroma.

T- Malty, caramel and roast malt very forward on this one, hops come in in the middle with a floral note, but the malt eventually overpowers this. Finish is a slight hop bitterness being washed away by sweet sugar and toasted caramel malts and them a final bitter hop bite to close things out. It is an odd finish, not unpleasant but odd.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, a little sugary and sweet in the back of the throat. That goes with the style but it is not my favorite feeling on the palate.

O- It's OK, probably my least favorite of what I've had out of this seasons beer camp so far. The 8.0% ABV starts to show up as it warms up too. This is not my favorite style of beer, but I've had much better versions of the style.

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3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.12.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a half inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Hoppy oranges and sweet malts with some nuts.

T - Bitter, nutty malts. Not much hop-flavors.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. A distinct bitter finish.

O - Bitter and malty. Blah.

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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 504 ratings