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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.

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Photo of Thads324
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby tones. Hefty light tan head with tiny bubbles. Dissipates slowly.
Aroma of citrus hops, grass, juicy plums and some zest of lime. Not much malt aroma at all. Maybe some toast and caramel there.
Flavor starts with mild guava and peach fuzz. Bitterness sets in and is coupled with pleasant juiciness and a hint of mint. Grass and finally some toffee and dark caramel flavor. Musty hop finish
Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Hides the alcohol behind bitter hops.

A pretty good beer but it shouldn't have that musty hop flavor already. As it warms the booze comes out. Solid and tasty.

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Photo of bmwats
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a large, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly and unevenly leaving some dry, sticky residue behind as it does. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted oats, rye bread, and wood chips.

T: Roasty malted grains, a little coffee, wood chips are prominent...hickory I'd say....and a little peat and black licorice.

M: Full and hearty body. Peaty and pungent.

D: Not much resistance, but flavorful enough for a savoring experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Frothy head, and substantial lacing. Roasted grains, rye, and wood. Wood is prominent in the flavor, roasted malt and coffee make up the body. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of gpogo
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Clear red amber body with thick heavy tan head. The head is ridiculously sticky and leaves an almost opaque lacing.

A- Caramel bready malt, citrus and resinous hops.

T- Delicious. Sweet bready caramel malt. Smooth bitterness throughout. Lemony citrus hops. Light alcohol warmth.

M- So damn smooth. Creamy smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D- This beer is damn good. My favorite of the Beer Camp series.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

"This Imperial Red Ale takes the intense hop profile found in a traditional double IPA and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon- balanced by a smooth and surprisingly robust malt body." Brewed in the style of an American Amber / Red Ale, liberally hopped. Available as part of the 2012 Sierra Nevada best of Beer Camp. No bottle date, released in August 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada snifter. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a beige-white head of a semi-thick, creamy consistency. Lacing is thin and curtained, body color is a deep amber red with a medium haze and thin sediment in tow. Carbonation is subtle and relaxed. It's a rather pleasing appearance with no major shortcomings. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma is citrusy, fruity, resiny, floral hops forward, with touches of tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Malt body is just as dominant, with a pinch of bready malt character, a moderate sweetness and a wafting edge of graininess that complicates an otherwise clean, lively beer. Smells just balanced in the nose, there's a pinch of grain alcohol but otherwise this beer is very accessible. The potency is medium+. The aroma is overall very inviting. 4

(Taste) Despite being a hopped-up version of a Red Ale, this beer matches the hop donation with a charitable dose of malt depth and aggressiveness. The hop character is definitely more assertive and forward in the flavor, with slightly less emphasis on citrus and fruit in lieu of a piney and earthy hop blend. Malt body is notably rugged with a moderate grainy persona, seconded by a mellow roasted caramel, slick molasses and licorice sweetness. The beer finishes with a rustic grain, alcohol and lasting piney resinous hop finish. Very flavorful and bold. Although much of the bright citrusy and fruity hop characters are misinterpreted through the aroma, what remains is still very influential on the build of this flavorful beer. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation makes for a fuzzy, spritely texture. The graininess and hop presence gather a strictly dry finish. Body is medium/high for the style and medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is medium/high as well. It's a pretty filling and heavy beer, no doubt. I found the carbonation turned up a bit too high for this one- I don't find that it accurately reflects the malt bill nor the hop choices. 3.25

(Overall) A welcome addition to an often overlooked style, the beefed-up hop additions and specialty grain bill make for a far-more-than-mundane drinking experience in this beer. Age hasn't negatively impacted this one in the least, and the hop character is still potent as ever. So far, it's my choice beer of the pack. A well-assembled recipe, kudos to the original brewer for pushing the boundaries of what a Red Ale is capable of. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp #65: Imperial Red Ale

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Photo of isualum12
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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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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 lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours pretty much the perfect colour: deep ruby hued, with a frothy off-white head consisting of large bubbled honeycombed together. Lacing leaves fine tracings as the head settles down. Body is quite weighty, with some heft to provide a thick canvas for the fine bubbling that expresses itself when tilted. Overall, it's a really good looking beer.

Nose is clear and clean, but not as big and exciting as I'd hoped. Mild, smooth faintly fruity hop aromas mingle with a muted caramel malt character to give a red ale aroma that feels like it's just going through the motions. Some brighter, leafier characters come through when the beer is swirled, along with the faintest hint of slight roast. It's not bad, but it really should be significantly better given its pedigree.

Taste is similar: mildly fragrant hops, blended with a rather empty but noticeable malt presence. Some booze on the back kills everything quickly though, leaving a rather astringent emptiness that allows the hop bitterness to slice through on the back—this is despite the fact that the hop flavour is actually rather minimal. Faint acetone character on the finish, mingled with some crushed grass.

Feel is fine, although the lack of sweetness suggests a lack of body as well, even though it probably feels ok.

Overall, I'm woundedly disappointed by this. I love red ales (imperial all the better), and I really hoped that Sierra Nevada would give me a better example than this. While it's still decent enough, "decent enough" is far below the benchmark set for Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish brown color, muddy. The tan head is thick and fluffy, slowly disipates and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet. Loads of toffee and caramel to go along with a tropical fruit and apricot hop presence. Grassy and peppery as well.

The malt is bready and sweet. Honey notes to go along with a light nuttiness. A hint of toffee. The hops are grassy, peppery and have a resin finish. Some tropical fruit notes but not much. Old school hoppy amber ale.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, lays slightly limp on the palate. Sweet and bitter on the palate. They offset each other but cannot say its balanced. Definitely has a bitter finish. Drinks well.

Slightly above average amber. Except for the head, not very attractive looking. Straight up bitter amber ale.

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Photo of Briken
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colour with a foamy, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Lightly sweet malt with plenty of resinous hop character. Light touches of caramel.

Bitter with a big cohumulone hit up front. Backs off to a somewhat stonefruity, resinous hop character. Malt is present but subdued with a milk chocolate and toffee note being most apparent.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Actually quite ticket for what it is.

Not a bad beer but it is definitely lacks a bit of panache.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date June 27 2012.

Look- A vigorous pour leaves me with a glass of foam that settles over the course of several minutes, leaving three fingers of frothy foam. Beer is a nice amber-brown with ruby highlights. Excellent lacing.

Smell- Graham cracker, grapefruit, earthy, spruce, a bit of savory spice. Appealing. As it warms, it becomes significantly breadier and boozier.

Taste- Moderate bitterness washes the palate, followed by grapefruit and pine, nutty malt comes out towards the middle. Somewhat nougaty, followed by dank pine. Finishes with a touch of caramel and navel orange pith. Not quite what I was expecting from an American Red, but not bad.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Slick, juicy feel. Moderately boozy, you know it's 8%. Fairly drinkable, although a full pint would be enough for me.

Overall- Pretty nice, another solid offering from SN and a nice addition to the beer Camp series. Worth trying, but there are quite a few other reds/imperial reds on the market that I would choose over this one if they were on the same shelf.

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Photo of Mojo
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

This beer pours up a murky deep red with a lucious two finger foamy caramel colored head, awesome retention, and world class lacing. The smell is pine, floral, citrus, grasses, and biscuit. Taste is very citrus, probably more orange than grapefruit, some caramel, sweet malt, and a nice hops finish. Mouthfeel is good with a bit of an aftertaste, but not too bad of one. I liked this one a lot!!!

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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 ChrisPratz
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours to a nice ruby mahogany color with an inch and a half ahead of head that sticks around and smooths into a nice pillowy head.

S: Light pine hops on the nose up front blended well with some smooth malt and dark fruit aromas.

T: Piney hop bitterness right up front, mingles with some light citrus rind bitters. Some roasted malt towards the black with a very light sweetness. After taste is residual pine bitterness and some light spice notes.

M: Light carbonation works with the hop bitterness. High ABV leads to a dryness in the aftertaste that also works well with the bitterness.

O: Not a bad Imperial Red, but a bit too hoppy for my tastes. As far as the style, i'd say its on par with most Imperial Reds though, nothing really stands out for me. It is nice to see SN putting out a nice broad array of beer camp brews though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Hazy redish copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't a lot of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with a fair amount of hops. There is also some grapefruit/resin mixed with a sugary sweetness. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

Overall – I think I expected more from Sierra Nevada but this is still a very tasty beer. I'd like a little more citrus punch but maybe that would make it more of a IPA/DIPA. Glad to have tried.

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

Rusty red color and slow bubbling. Good head and solid film o' foam after a few sips. Leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Toasty, biscuity toasted malt aroma with toasted orange rinds on the back end. Smells malty and bitter.

Starts with toasted orange rinds with maybe a little grapefruit. Pretty biscuity malt in the middle. The finish is more toasted citrus blended with super toasted malt flavors. Pretty simple taste. Not bad.

Palate is a little sticky and resiny, but fits the flavor profile pretty well. I don't think I'd want to have another one after this though.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color with some red hints here and there. Off-white, beige like head, thick and foamy leaving some nice lacing even as it's just settling. The aroma is a delightful blend of pines and biscuit-like malt. Toasted bread, yeasty, hoppy, piney and resinous, with just a slight fruity hint; orange zest, grapefruit, sweetness.

Taste starts off nice and slow with the hops beginning slightly citrusy and leafy in character; then they begin to crescendo into a more piney and woody flavor with some peppery-spice flavor that looms in the background. The malts start off subtle but hit hard, right as the hop flavor hits its peak. Just as in the nose, the background they play into is very biscuity and toasty, but the caramel and toffee malts jump to the foreground quickly and apex just before the end of the sip. The peppery and pine-heavy bitterness from the hops is present through the entire thing and leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste in the mouth, along with a slight yeast character. As the beer gets warmer, the caramel aftertaste gets stronger until eventually, it actually becoems more prominent than the hops! Quite a nice surprise.... Medium-thick body, pretty sticky and dense in the mouth, carbonated well. Alcohol is noticeable at times but never makes an unwanted appearance.

Overall a very tasty red ale. More on the bitter-hop side than the citrus-sweet side, which is just fine. Caramel malts play a big role in the balance and work nicely with the pines through and through. Another solid release from the guys in Cali.

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

From Jims

Pours a copper mahogany body. Two finger head good lace.

Aromas are of malts in the first place, add grapefruit and peach.

Taste is very rich and malty. Some syrup some caramel a hint of grapefruit. Stops short of being too sweet.

Mouthfeel medium plus, a little booze in there, not too prominent.

Very nice effort from SN. Not a hop bomb but very well balanced. Goes down well for ABV

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Mikkeller tulip.

Red amber in appearance with a nice off-white rocky head of foam that measured a finger and retained well leaving a good bit of lacing hanging around.

Sweet smelling. Caramel, mixed with a bit of spice and some bread and only a faint bit of pine. Seems to gel pretty well.

A good bit of caramel, some earthy spice and sweet malt come through. A little bit of booze, but nothing too over the top, though it does hinder a touch.

Well balanced, solid body to it. Yet the spice makes it pretty drinkable and prevents it becoming too sweet and cloying. Drinks pretty well and quite sessionable for the ABV.

Done well. Clean, consistent and easy and fun to drink. A very enjoyable beer.

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

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Imperial Red pours out a muddy brown-tinged red color with a finger of persistent head. The aroma is big and malty, a decent amount of the hop presence from fresh has faded, revealing a roast presence I don't really remember. There's still a solid amount of the citrus hop flavor on the tongue, but the malt really runs the show here, with a toffee/caramel/roast kinda thing going on. A hint of booze in the middle, and a dry, malty finish. The mouthfeel is big and brash, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, it's a good beer, but never quite hit great.

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Photo of wspscott
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date

A: Crystal clear and bright red when held up to a light. A thick off-white head tops it off and leaves lots of lace.
S: Smells like hops (maybe a little citrus/grapefruit), nothing more specific than that
T: Hoppy bitterness without a lot of character, some citrus/grapefruit as it warms, seems to be a touch of roasted malts (for color?) or maybe some victory malt since there seems to be a dark toast flavor to the malts. No sign of alcohol.
M: The hops are very tongue coating, definitely lingers on the tongue. Low level of carbonation combined with a bigger body makes for a slightly chewy beer. I get hints of metal by the end of the bottle.
O: A nice beer, but doesn't rock my socks, I Sierra Nevada makes a lot of beers I like/love, but this is not one of them. I'll happily drink the last one of these, but I would not look for more.

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

12oz bottle
Served in an imperial pint glass

A - When held to different light sources in ranges from copper to dark amber in color. The head remains beige and sticky.

S - There is a strong malt presence with some floral hops.

T - There is a definite floral hop presence. I get a little bitterness on the back end. The malt leads in the taste, but I think the floral hops are the focal point.

M - Moderate

O - This is an imperial red ale that isn't hopped up on hops. It's just a higher ABV version that is a mild balance to floral hops and malt. I really expected a red IPA.

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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 CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a small off-white head.
Nose shows rich sweet malt with nutty and toasty notes.
Pretty similar flavours; toasty malt and golden syrup along with some hot booze.
Nice moderately thick body.
A bit too boozy, not too bad otherwise.

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Photo of Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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