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

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)
504 Ratings
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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Ratings: 504 |  Reviews: 194
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Sturmthis
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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 ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of the toasted malts with some some piny hops.

Tastes of the toasted malts upfront with some hops on the back end. Malts lead off with notes of nuts, caramel, and toasted bread. Hops come through with pine and floral notes. Fairly balanced with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid amber, but not particularly great.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby red, some carbonation, two finger off white head.

S-Lots of citrus hops along with a strong malt bill (some caramel)

T-Starts malty, similar to a Red Ale, citrus hops notes, balanced out with some spicyness with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, slightly watery though.

O-A good Red Ale, malt was strong but could have had more subtle flavors.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
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 BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: chestnut red body, khaki 1 finger head, nice lacing

S: clean pine, grassy, hint of grapefruit, mild malt/nutty/caramel

T: grapefruit, nutty/caramel malt, long bitter pine finish

M: med body, smooth with plenty of tongue prick
from good carbonation

O: Well done, SN! Nice balanced and yummy brew.
Little sweet with plenty of hops.


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Photo of lydia
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jifigz
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep, dark red color and has a beautiful and very bubbly white head in my pint glass. The head vanished rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing on the glass as it receded. The aroma is generic grainy sweetness with healthy dose of alcohol shining through with a touch of hops in the aroma that balances things quite a bit. The flavor is a malty sweetness that tastes kind of thin part way through presence it has in your mouth. The flavor has a decent amount of bitterness in it and a touch of hops, but not as much maltiness as I was expecting. Most Red Ales, in my opinion, are never that malty, but I was expected more malt out of this guy. The flavor is actually very mild compared to what I was expecting. A mild malt profile with a decent bitterness and some booze. The MF is rather thin but very enjoyable. It is low on carbonation and very easy to drink.

This isn't one of the best Sierra Nevada products I have ever had, but it certainly isn't bad. For the relatively high ABV it is really easy to drink and quite light on the flavor. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out if it were a full time Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of akokinakes
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JRed
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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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ThePawtucketPatriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 RoamingGnome
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Burnt looking red with a nice rocky two fingers of head, just peaking above the top of the glass. Good retention and ample lacing.

S) Quite a bit of roast going on here. There is a mild caramel sweetness, and a little grass/pine.

T) Follows the nose, but the roasted malt is just overdone in my opinion. There is an earthy roasty aftertaste, which is kind of meh....

M) Decent... Medium, fairly smooth, enough carbonation to keep it pretty crisp. Again, there is this roasted, slightly piney lingering feeling that doesn't sit well with me.

O) I had high hopes for this one, but was a bit let down. I was thinking this would perhaps be like Lucky 13, Brian Boru, or Tocobaga. Unfortunately, it was not. This was my least favorite of the Beer Camp pack this year, but even so, I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of tommyd313
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of vkv822
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, deep amber red with with a thick, frothy off white head that leaves a lot of nice lacing.

Resiny, pine, light citric hops are well balanced with caramel, toffee and toasty malts.

Full body, with medium, prickly carbonation.

Hop-forward Red Ale, but still well balanced with the malts. Quite tasty.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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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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
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