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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 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 BB1313
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
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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Photo of busterwhite
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark amber almost brown color with a 3 finger rocky head and a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was not too strong, a little citrus from the hops mixed with roasted malts.

The taste is very smooth, I really enjoyed the flavor. Hop bitterness quickly followed by roasted malts and finishing with a strong, sweet dose of malt. Big flavors that came together very well.

Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was spot on. It was smooth and slick.

Overall I really like this beer. The hops mixed well with the roasted malts, reminiscent of DFH's Indian Brown Ale but with a little more sweetness.

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Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours rusty with a quilt of peanut foam. Nice tea, pine and bitter citrus notes over a scotch like nose. There is a certain herbal quality to this beer. The flavor is assertively bitter up front, again with tea like hops and some english malts. Then followed up with some pleasant creamy sweetness (which is fleeting) and then some lasting ESB character. I like. Medium on full bodied with prickly, moderately hi carb and an off-dry finish. Nice beer. Once annually would be nice.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, fruit, and caramel.

T: Tasted of hops - not a huge shot, but a good amount - along with some malt, and caramel. The bottle advertises a wide variety of fruit, and there is a hint, but it's a very small amount. A decent, but unremarkable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but kind of on the forgettable side.

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

12oz bottle from the recent mixed Beer Camp 12 pack. Red, clear, sticky head, Smells super malty. I always expect imperial reds to be super hoppy but this relied more on malts to produce a solid beer. Smells sort of like coffee, yum. Taste has the slightest hint of coffee followed by malts and a touch of hops. This might be the best beer in this mix pack. Solid.

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

A- Very dark amber body that looks red when held up to a light. Transparent body with a thick tan head.

S- Caramel malt with a juicy hop presence. Some tropical fruit notes along with grapefruit.

T- Very heavy on the caramel malt, with the hops coming through modestly at the very beginning and again towards the end. The dark caramel malts have more of a roasty taste than most ambers I have had.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable.

O- A good imperial red, but nowhere near the class of Lagunitas Imperial Red or Nugget Nector.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Oh yes, this is an Amber Ale. Pours a vaudeville crimson color. Clarity is very high. Head is magnificent. Fluffy and pillowy. Lacing is akin to a tan gown. Just a stellar beer in the look.

S-The 'Two B's'. Big and balanced. Hops strike first. Like the label says, I can sense peach as well as melon. The hops stress stone fruit far more than highly acidic citrus. An interesting hop bouquet. Malt balance is great. Sweetness is bright but still has enough muscularity to push its weight. A very interesting nose. Stone fruit hops are very unique.

T-The malt does become more clingy. I lose the uniqueness of the hops in the taste unfortunately. The maltiness may outshine the hop here. Again, this beer boasts balance, but I would prefer more intimacy with the hops. Booze sneaks up too. A bit of a letdown from the individuality of the aroma.

M-Creamy with a resinous quality. Carbonation is tentative but pleasurable. Sip to sip, the alcohol sting is variable.

O/D-Looks amazing, smells amazing, but it tastes good. I am very pleased with this beer's overall outcome, but I wish the flavor lived up to the look and scent.

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Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottling date 2178 stamped/lasered on the bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very clear light brown amber with 1-2 finger off-white tight-bubbled head with decent retention and random craggy lace.

S: Mildly dank cascade type of aromas followed by a variety of caramel maltiness

T: The flavor is balanced malt and hops but not very distinctive in either one. The earthy, herbal, lightly dank hoppiness mixes with the maltiness which is caramel and date and raisin in nature. Te flavor is not very strong in either category.

M: This beer has a pleasantly creamy feel with low carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer but it suffers for lack of character.

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Photo of ToddT
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of Kromes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thin tea-like head. Herbal, grassy and floral hop aromas with a bit of caramel malt. The caramel and roasted malt flavor is stronger than the aroma would let on. The grassy and floral hop mixes with a slightly bitter alcohol taste to ride on top of the sweet roasted malt flavors. Medium-heavy body, a bit of syrupy and oil, low carbonation, and a bitter finish. Another good beer out of this bunch. Maybe a bit on the sweet side for my tastes, but well crafted.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the Sunday market at Bown and picked this up at Bier Thirty... $2...

Poured into my slim tulip.. loooong lasting tannish head.. great retention and lacing the brew is clear deep amber/red..

Big hop nose is tempered by a malt profile that never really gets in the way of the hops but somehow allows them to bloom.. slight floral notes and a much bigger grapefruit zestiness...

Flavor is odd.... there is a toasty maltiness that seems out of place.. hops are big and bright... tropical/grapefruit/tangerine.. seems a touch thick.. the maltiness weighs heavy on the backend of the palate and sorta mutes the hops.. Unfortunately the flavors battle each other and die quickly.

Body is about right.. carbonation is key... still seems a bit thick for something with American hops.


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Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky dark rust color with a half iinch of head. Lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Some malts as well. The flavor is hoppy grapefruit. Not as tropical as the aroma but more of a citrus hop flavor. Grapefruit bitterness at the end. Slightly boozey. Decent malt backbone. Creamy mouthfeel. Great hoppy Red Ale. Overall, great beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear ruby-brown with a 1-finger offwhite head and very good lacing.

S - Floral hops, bready malt, caramel. Not real strong.

T - Some hops up front then a big malt blast that is rich in spice and caramel. A good amount of bitterness comes in followed by citrus and chocolate. Balanced aftertaste of orange slices dipped in chocolate trailing off with some teal-like hop flavor and nice bitterness. Rich tasting.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Initially thick and creamy like an oatmeal stout but thins and dries a bit.

O - An interesting brew. Reminds me of a Founders Breakfast Stout in some ways except the emphasis is on citrus, caramel and chocolate. Definitely worth trying.

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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 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 cvm4
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, dark red. Nice, tight white head.

S - Caramel & malt with a good amount of floral.

T - A bit bitter with some sweet malts. Floral finish.

M - medium body & carbonation.

O - Reds usually aren't my thing, but I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from the new Beer Camp mixed pack.

Pours a dark amber color with a fine white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are tea like, bready, malty, with some earthy hops.

Taste has a really dry earthiness up front. Beer then settles into some maltiness, mostly doughy, a bit spicy, with some tea leaf flavors. Finish is earth, slightly bitter, with some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, crisp, with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid brew. Tasty and drinkable, I wish this had a little more hoppiness to balance this one out better though.

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

Pours blood/mahogany red, with a tan finger or two of head that laces quite a lot. The aroma was malty, nutty, caramel, almost a chocolaty note, with some zesty, herbal hop notes. Again, rather malty up front, caramel, nutty sweetness, and a moderately high bitterness and zesty hop taste. Nice creamy, somewhat coating feel with medium carbonation.

Nothing fantastic, but its a good solid Impy Red.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark red, almost brown from afar. There is a nice full half inch light tan head.

The aroma is full of caramel from the crystal malt. There is a nice note of floral hops in the nose as well.

The taste blends grapefruit hop flavor with coffee like malt notes. This has a strong bitter finish; none of this really comes off as very sweet. A bit more malt here, and this could be a barleywine.

This is medium to full bodied. There is a nice full mouthfeel to go with the lively carbonation. This is pretty good. Nothing super special, but it strikes a unique balance between malt and hops.

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

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear brownish red color with over 3/4 of an inch of medium khaki colored head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, surprisingly well balanced considering SN's love of the hop, with the sweet malts being nicely offset by some floral hops. The flavors started out with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hops came in to dominate, as expected from SN brews. Those hops were tart and citrusy with a tangy finish.

The body was nice full and the beer was a bit sharp across the tongue, mostly from the hops. In a bit of a dichotomy, the had a sweet, but still dry, finish. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple if I saw it on tap. Overall, a good brew, a nice change of pace from Sierra Nevada's usual hop assault. Might make a nice yearly seasonal release. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Con-a-sewer
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red rich mahogany, finger worth of head some lace

Weird I think my nose broke bc it had no smell!

Taste straight fruit and floral with hints if honey and hops

Well carbonated and easy drinking

Overall nice change of pace very good drinker quite the change of pace from a red

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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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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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