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 Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head with very nice retention on a hazy deep amber body.

S: floral and earthy hops notes. Maybe a hint of citrus but its mild. caramel and toffee intermixed.

T: very nicely balances the hop character and base red ale. the hops are earthy with light grapefruit citrus intermixed. Caramel and chocolate malt base. Light grassy bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Gnight is still the best in this category from what I have tried and the hop character though balanced isnt very complex. Still worth trying in a nice beer camp year.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good not great. much more than a red ale, this is more lke an imperial red ipa in my opinion. pour is brick red, clear, and had an inch of white head on it. the nose is big american red malts, nothing dry and irish about this baby. lots of bold hops too, big aroma on this beer. flavor is hops first malt second. its bitter at first, especially for a red, but the malts quickly come in to sweeten up the bitter and add a huge layer of earthy depth. its good, but the two flavors seem at odds with eachother somehow. the feel is quite airy really, but filling and heavy at the same time. its a contradiction that i do not understand, and its one i dont really like either. i can sip this down easy, but as soon as i swallow it, its heavy in my gut, also very strong for a beer you can hardly taste the booze in, even when its warm. its a cool beer, there is a lot going on, but i like the others in this beer camp box better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When the caramel-rich amber ales start to fatigue the palate quicker than desired, a reach for this dry-toffee flavored and hop equipped ale will surly refresh and satisfy the taste for red.

Pouring with a chestnut brown and garnet appearance, the beer boasts bright clarity and carbonated bubbles the spring from the bottom of the glass- all to construct a foam stance of creamy off-white textures, firm retention, and ample rings of lace. It's one handsome ale.

Nuts, bread crust, and piney hops flood the olfactories with an off-balanced scent that favors the hops. Toffee and toasted grains accompany the pine, pithy citrus, and grass notes for roundness while providing a bridge between sweeter scents and pungent hops.

Sweeter malt components register with the taste buds first with the hearty semi-dry taste of toffee, scorched caramel, earthy rye, and the crust of beer bread. Roasted pecans and the other malt components culminate in such a way to remind me of Cracker Jacks candy. But then the mid palate of hops grow to take command with the flavor of grapefruit pith, orange skin, fresh grass, mint, and pine. While not overly complex, the big"ness" of both the hops and malt garner a lot of attention from the taste buds.

Early malt sweetness, with its embedded creamy carbonation, dissolves quickly to favor an extended finish of sharp bitterness and toasty dryness. The eight percent of alcohol shies away from attention and leaves the finish up to the dry warmth of hop resins, fleeting malts, and softer mintier alcohol.

Beer Camp #65 is a beautifully constructed ale that forgets about the mundane notions of balance and gains inspiration from our love affair with IPAs to inform and inspire the finish product from its recipe formation, through brewing technique, and fresh delivery.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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 LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big light brown head settles into a nice long lasting lacing above a clear dark burnt red colored beer.

The aroma is blended well with a nice roasted caramel malt and floral to citrus hops sharing in a nice balance on this beer.

Light roasted caramel malts that mix well with floral to citrus hops to give a balanced malt/hops taste on his imperial red.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the caramel malt tastes on this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty decent red ale, I'd drink my share of these and maybe a bit more.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - Strong pine notes with bread crust and toffee.

T - Very piney and had a hint of spruce. Good roasted malt backbone with toffee and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice imperial red ale. Second best of the mix pack behind the Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey. Served in a 4 oz snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass and leaves some lace.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with some sweet malt and dark fruit notes.

Taste: More bitter than the smell lead me to believe. The bitterness isn't very refined. Some malt sweetness in the background. The finish is extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a very well balanced beer. The harshness of the bitter flavors was too much. I don't think I'd want another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate red-amber color with an off-white head and some lacing. The nose carries some citrus hops and a touch of pine atop some bready malt. Flavor has bready malt with a slight bit of toast and amber. Citrus hops and a bit of pine and earth. Medium body with good carbonation. Somewhat bitter. Pretty good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on a deep, amber body with excellent clarity. The head settles at a modate pace and leaves good lace.

S - Hoppy notes of one and tropical fruit. Some caramel and toasted malt notes in the background.

T - Sweet malt and toffee up front with a touch of orange hop character. Some pine and more sugary malt in the middle. Finishes with notes of pine, peach, and sweet toffee.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Kind of lacking in hop character for an imperial red. The malt is excessively sweet and lacking in depth, which means that it further obscures the hops. Another dissapointment from this years beer camp pack.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 6/26/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, toast, pine, herbal, bread, mango, and earthy spiciness. Pretty good aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, pine, caramel, bread, mango, toast, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, mango, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, herbal, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; with decent complexity overall. Moderately astringent bitterness lingers after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good imperial red ale. Decent complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth to drink for the gravity. The flavor profile balance and complexity wasn’t on par to what I was hoping to get.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive reddish amber in the Coronado snifter. Nice head, and the usual well-made SN brew. Starts with a nice malty flavor. Better than average nose of caramel and resiny hops.

Well, it's a big hoppy red, which is not necessarily a good thing. This makes the best of a bad situation. Mellow and rich, rather sharp as usual for the style. Alcohol is not much in evidence. Dark, resiny hops to go with the bright mellow malt. Quite bitter and the aftertaste drags on after wearing out its welcome.

From the 12 oz bottle from the 12-pack I have only seen at Liticker's in San Diego.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish/brown with an off-white foamy head, about one finger in height with good retention. Foamy lacing forms all around the glass. Very nice looking.

S: An interesting combination of slightly floral/citrus upfront which is immediately overtaken by caramel, bready malt, and some nuts.

T: Was expecting this to be a bit hoppier, being an imperial red and all, but it was quite malty. Mostly some toasted, bready malt and plenty of caramel.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thick.

O: A malty imperial red, and a pretty good one at that, though I prefer my red ales on the hoppy side.

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Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Deep mahogany in color with a sticky tan head covering the top and clinging to the glass. Nice head retention and good lacing as I drank it. Great looking beer, I love the color.

The aroma shows more of a resiny hoppiness to it with some notes of grapefruit and pine. What surprises me is the amount of caramel and roasted malts I'm getting out of it. It's definitely get a little bit of a coffee and chocolate thing going on in the background that is reminding me of a black IPA.

The taste starts off with more of the roasted and chocolate malt flavors. Again, it's immediately reminding me of a black IPA. The hops come out more in the finish with a resiny bitterness and a touch of juicy citrus. It's got a bit of caramel sweetness in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel feels a little on the heavy side for the style with carbonation being slightly below average. Overall, it was a decent beer but not a stand out one. The darker, roasted malts seemed a little overdone and overshadowed the hoppiness for me unfortunately.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. Nose is nicely sweet with plenty of caramel and toffee malts. Strong hop profile of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. A bit of peach fruitiness, maybe some earth and floral notes as well. The flavor is slightly bitter with lots of pine and citrus peel hop notes. Tangerine and grapefruit give a nice citrus character. Solid maltiness with a good caramel sweetness as a dominant flavor of the beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The second offering from this year's variety pack. It pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, dark greens, pine resin, and celery. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is less toasted, the pine is stronger, and some grapefruit peel has been added. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice impy red, one that's not ashamed to be pleasantly balanced.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is mildly hazy and appears copper to amber in color with a creamy, off-white head that leaves ample sticky lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings malt, slightly sweet, pine, hops. Intensely bitter, with prominent piney hop flavors. A tad sweet, with some fruity maly offerings. A bit of alcoholic warmth persists after each sip. Typical SN hop and flavor profile. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, ruby red with a large, dense, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - huge floral nose with some faint caramel notes

T - bread, caramel, floral hops, faint sweetness, faint bitterness, after some time a hint of roasted, coffee notes come through

M - well carbonated, medium bodied

This is an easy to drink red ale. It's solid and balanced, but unfortunately it's not very flavorful. It's malty with some light hoppiness. It's good and worth trying, but unfortunately, I won't have this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice tan four finger head, with good clumpy retention. Kind of a cloudy looking and solid body, with a real nice brown dark copper red color. Beer settles nicely.

Nose has some spicy like hops, and lively light brown sugar malts. Somewhat tea like, with a sense something sweet is coming.

Mellow malt body with a lingering sweet malt hits the palate. Kind of a neutral palate. Flavors meld nicely with some dense hop and malt character, that finish and linger slowly. Some thick caramel seems to come out after quite some time.

Overall it's a very well constructed beer, I just don't feel that drawn to it, but could easily have it again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red - almost brown with garnet hue - with a creamy thin tan head tops it off. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of a caramel "red" aroma with citric and herbal spiciness.

The taste is of sweet caramel that interplays with citric and herbal bitterness. Alcohol noticeable at the start, but not overwhelming and soon fades out. Finishes on the bitter side but leaves some residual sweetness on the lips. Strong malt and hop presence.

Medium carbonation with a full, but not thick, body.

A generously hopped Red...could be considered an imperial red i.p.a. A well-made brew...Malty but with a considerable hop presence.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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 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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