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 runfoodrun
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BigCheese
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought The beer camp, price

A: Pours Dark ruby red, thin head, dies quick, could be dirty glass.

S: Very hoppy and aromatic, piney, floral and grapefruit, in that order. Some molasses, light biscuits in background.

T: Taste is less hoppy than smell. Floral slightly spicey pine, lime, hop bitterness initially. Then a smooth toffee, caramel, molasses, roasted malt character comes through big time. Definitely that dry red maltiness. Finishes with a spicey floral hop note. Some lemon in finish too. Classic SN Northwest Hop Profile. As it warms it becomes more balanced.

M: medium to high carbonation, considering the ABV and color it actually feels a bit light on my palate, has a very slight alcohol burn, you wouldnt mistake this for a 5%er. Not really a session beer.

O: Id call it a Red IPA. A bit all over the place, but pretty tasty none the less. Although the hops are higher than normal for style (which is welcomed) its the malt profile that I enjoy the most. Its good, and worth trying, but

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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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Photo of patriot76
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Dark, reddish brown in color with a huge thick tan head. A full inch with great lacing.

S- Deep, robust hops and malt aroma. I wouldn't call it citrusy but rather a combination of the hops and malt with perhaps subtle rye.

T- The taste matches the nose seemlessly. Deep robust hops and malt. This tastes like it was boiled for quite a while. It is however nicely balanced, with the hops winning out.

M- The flavor hits the top of the palate and is rather smooth for this being an imperial ale of this ABV. Lingering bitterness is on the verge of being too much.

O- Overall an enjoyable, nice beer that I would have again. It didn't blow me away, but solid nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brownish red with a thick tan head

S-stale grassy hops with a touch of roasted caramel. Strong scent.

T-comes in with a bitter taste of roasted caramel. It has a good mix  of spicy and grassy hops too. The after-taste is good and matching, maybe a bit peppery. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish. 

O-I like this a lot as an imperial re ale. I'm impressed because most big red ale are just essentially IPAs but this maintains all the good characteristics of a red ale. It's a but hoppy, yes, but it's just a slight addition. 

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a mahogany/amber color with a two inch, rocky, cream-colored head embedded with craters and a network of honeycombs visible along the sides. Head gradually dissipates into a consistent, eigth inch skim, leaving textured, delicates sheets of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose expresses citrus, rind and earthy spice with a suggestion of caramel malt in the background. Taste reveals an herbal/resinous character on a malty backbone; however, the hops quality definitely asserts itself more than the malt. There's a slight, rind-like bitterness at the finish that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a brisk carbonation and a slight oiliness. More and more I find myself buying from this brewery. The quality, variety and price point are exceptional. That said, a very solid example of the style - not my favorite per se, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep opaque red with a small white head. The smell is hoppy, of the west coast variety. It's a very bitter beer, but the hops have a nice flowery aftertaste. I think I smell and taste oak somewhere in the beer. The mouthfeel is good. There's a good amount of carbonation and the medium body feels nice. I feel like there isn't much complexity to this beer, but it's at least a solid offering, which can't be said for some of the other beers in the beer camp package.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash glass on 8/25/12

Tobacco brown and copper with amber highlights at the stem. One and a half finger head. Thin retention, but there are several rings of drippy lace.

The aroma has a good bit of pine and some zesty grapefruit pith. The hops are balanced by toasty bread, some caramel and overtones of cocoa powder. Floral notions, too.

Dang, this tastes good; lots of hop work going on - grapefruit, pine, tangerine. Resinous, somewhat oily and boasting a good ration of flavor/bitterness. Hefty malt backdrop of bread and grain. Hints of caramel and, I swear, some cocoa.

Medium-full body for the style; it's sticky with hop resin. Moderate, soft carbonation put the focus on the flavors. Long, residual-heavy finish.

Aw yeah, this is a really good imperial red. Recommended.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of match1112
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: deep dark amber body, almost brown in the center. nice thick creamy tan head that displays great staying power along with some spotty lacing.

s: bready malts, caramel, hops.

t: caramel up front with a doughy bready center and a lot of pine on the finish.

m: medium to full body, carbonation is near perfect. sticky oily residue coats the mouth and finishes with a long dry bitterness.

o: one of these is all i can drink in a sitting. just too overly bitter with out a lot of flavor to back it up. leaves my taste buds thinking that i just ate some burnt toast.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz fresh bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass.

A- Beer Camp is a dirty ruby red color with some sediment seen floating. A kind of muddled appearence making it hard to see through. A nicely built tan head reached 1 1/2 inches above the liquid & stuck around a bit before leaving a nice skim, nice amounts of lace.

S- Malts are up front with the hops trailing which I thought would be vice versa. Caramel and fresh bread from the malts, citrus and some earthy scents from the hops. Some grain hiding in the background, no alcohol.

T- And the malts win here again with a big caramel sweetness and some hops adding to the overall taste. The hops give off slight citrus and pine but not bitter. The malts give off big bread and bisquit flavors, yeasty. Really not much else going on as this is a simple style but it's a great representation of a red ale.

M&D- The mouth on this is nice with a medium feel and a bit of carb which I think works perfectly. The ABV is 8.1% which is a bit higher than most reds but the alcohol is completely hidden. I would knock back 1/2 a sixer easily. This is alright.

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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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