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)
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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.

Added by drabmuh on 06-08-2012

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, near ruby amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thick and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Notes of caramel and dark fruits. Brown sugar. Not really getting any of the grapefruit, peach or melon as described on the back of the bottle.

Taste - Mostly dark fruit. Raisin. Hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Light citrus hoppiness. Finishes metallic and with too much alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Feels a bit flat in the mouth.

Overall - At 8%, I was surprised by the amount of alcohol that presents itself on the palate. I thought it may have been closer to 10 or 11% until I read the bottle. Not very impressed.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep amber into a pint glass with a half inch of light tan head with decent retention
S: smells like some sweet and caramelly malt intertwined with some citrus and floral hop aroma
T: nice malt flavor with a bit of toastiness and caramel sweetness. floral hop flavor fights to make itself known along with intermittent dashes of citrus on the palate. a bit of fruity alcohol on the swallow with a bit more bittersweet citrus hop and malt flavor
M: fairly viscous with soft carbonation, a touch sticky from all the residual sugars
O: pretty tasty, nice maltyness and a good dose of hops to keep the sweetness in check. as usual Sierra Nevada makes another very solid offering.

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

Pretty dark for a red ale, this one’s more of a mahogany red. The head on this is picture-perfect with its dense, craggy surface standing a good inch high.

Aroma is somehow unmistakably Sierra Nevada, though I’m not exactly sure what makes it so. Must be the assertive and familiar hop bill (maybe their “experimental variety” of hops used in other beers), as well as the typical malts they employ. Needless to say, it’s strong and inviting. Toffee, chocolate, and biscuit malt and gobs of resiny pine and citrus hops.

Like the pils, this one doesn’t strike me as imperial in strength. Though from what I read online, Red-Oric does boast an 8.5% ABV (and 65 IBUs), so it certainly is on the plus side for style. Lots and lots of hop bitterness, as well as a pretty good portion of sweet and toasted malts fill out the flavor from start to finish. In fact, it’s a pretty even flavor throughout, though I’d say the hops are the more dominant force. Body is beguiling in that it seems to be pretty standard weight, really hiding that higher ABV nicely. Good spicy hop snap in the finish helps fight off the malt sweetness. There’s a slight tang in the aftertaste that I’m not a fan of, and I think it’s probably just either too much malt sweetness or particular malt used. Not really sure. Ok, halfway through the glass and I am starting to feel the weight of this. There really is a lot of flavor—especially hops.

I guess this one needed to warm a little to really unfold and feel the weight of it. By the end of the glass, Red-Oric has become quite a big beer, and certainly a good one to end the night with. I like most aspects about this beer, but there is just something that rubs me the wrong way in its finish. Probably just personal preference. Otherwise, another solid beer from Sierra Nevada and fun to try their take on an imperial red.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to see the Beer Camp mixer at the local supermarket. There hasn't been new SN around here for a year or more. This one tips the scales at an impressive 8 percent abv. Handsome dark copper body with pristine clarity and mediocre beige head. Nose is faint at first but improves as it warms. Roasted malt sugar and citrus hops coexist in peace.

Roasted and dark chocolate leads the way for the malt side. Even balance is achieved as the finish is dominated by citrus and floral hops. The alcohol is present in the taste and texture but not overwhelming for either. Strong basic flavors melded nicely. Maybe not as refined as some, but very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Pahn
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Part of the 2012 Beer Camp 12pack.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch offwhite head that dissipates slowly and (like the beer itself) leaves a ton of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent brownish dark red.

Smell: From the bottle: pungent hops. In the glass: Burnt sugar, mild hop pungency/dankness. Some tangy malt underneath.

Pretty low key, but good.

Taste: Dank hops and pastry malt flavors up front, then a surprising citrus hop burst at the end along with a toasted bread finish. High bitterness.

Definitely has the Citra melon and dank/herbal weed element, but without the orange / deep citrus flavor (or aroma). Lowish overall sweetness combined with the pastry flavors is weird in a way for which I can't find an analogy. Gets sweeter with warmth though.

Mild booziness. Combined with the malt, this lends an almost licorice like spice to the beer that I quite like. Hops remain mild dank up front and mild grapefruit in back, with well developed malt flavors throughout. Even though I'm not in love with it, the overall balance is very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Pretty creamy. Low side of moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Compliments the malt well, but I feel like it should maybe be juicier or more carbonated with these flavors.

Overall: This is a high quality beer, but it takes a lot (or at least a just-right combination) to really wow me with an imperial red. Maybe if the hops were *way more* in your face (they're good, but rather subtle), or the malt flavors worked differently with the rest. I like the bitterness, and I don't detect any outright off flavors whatsoever. It's a good value, just not something I'd be inclined to buy very often.

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Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Backlash209
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish mahogany color with a puffy off-white head.

S - It's pretty bland, a bit earthy, some burnt sugar, and a tinge of grass.

T - Caramel malt with a tinge of sweetness before finishes just a little this side of hoppy.

M - Sticky, full bodied, well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty solid brew. It's not outstanding as an 'imperial red', but it does the trick. A little underflavored, but the flavors there are good

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 8.00 %

LOOK: Pours a reddish brown, with an off white, creamy foam. Leaving plenty of lace on the glass, this looks like a solid red ale.

SMELL: Hoppy, fruity, with some nutty malt notes as well. Smells quite malty and satisfying.

TASTE: A well balanced, firm malt body with notes of cocoa, tree nuts and burnt caramel. Hops chime in with a orangey/nectarine like fruityness and some pine and earthy bitterness as well. Big, sweet, bitter, biting, and surely a moderately complex ale.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and relatively easy drinking for an ale of such strength.

OVERALL: Definitely a fine brew from Sierra Nevada, with big time malt flavor and solid hop notes. Any fans of well balanced ales would enjoy this one. A winner.

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Photo of brentblack1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Imperial Red Ale pours a nice crimson tinted copper color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting showcases its crimson color. A really nice tan head sits on top. It stands nearly two fingers tall and is extremely slow to recede. Hangs around forever. Lacing was very thick and sticky as it trails down the glass. Good looking stuff.

The nose is pretty good, but is limited by its lack of strength. Needs more in the aromatics department. It does have a nice caramel malt base. Smells sweet. Despite the wealth of malt, hops are definitely noted. They have a primarily citric scent. Grapefruit and pineapple seem to be the strongest. Pine is also present. It smells pretty well balanced for the most part. Alcohol is definitely noted and comes through just a bit too strong. Not bad.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. A caramel malt base anchors things down nicely and adds quite a dose of sweetness. There’s a rather strong toasted malt flavor, as well. Hops add a nice mix of citric and pine flavors. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple are all noted. Despite the nice hop flavor, it’s not very bitter. The malt base is too heavy. Nevertheless, it does have a nice balanced flavor. Alcohol is a bit strong in flavor. I’d prefer a little less. It’s not quite warm or hot though. Finishes toasty with a nice hop flavor.

The body is medium and feels pretty smooth. The bubbles seem very active, but feel quite soft. The 12 ounce bottle is the perfect size. It goes down alright, but the alcohol flavor is a bit limiting.

Imperial Red Ale is pretty good. It really doesn’t make any huge missteps, but the alcohol is a bit much. A little less would go a long way. Otherwise, it performs pretty well all around. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mtlasley
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark amber to garnet with maple syrup edges. Two fingers of thick, puffy, dense, light khaki head. Great lacing. Fruity, floral hop nose, with notes of mandarin orange, crushed Smarties, and sweet caramel.

Fruity malt sweetness up front, with growing herbal, almost vegetal hop bitterness. Malt sweetness dominates the palate, with notes of pear and grapes. Big caramel flavors take over as we head to the finish, providing an interesting mix of flavors. Meanwhile, the hop bitterness steadily increases, with notes of pepper, pine, and a little citrus. Lingering caramel and fruit in the finish. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. Maltier than expected, but good.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Jun 26, 2012.

A: Pours a ruby brown with a 1.5 finger yellowish white head. Clear body with visible carbonation in the body. Head sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing as it dwindles.

S: Hoppy upfront with a floral characteristic. Certainly loads of malt in the background. Sweet and carmely with dark fruit hints. Malts become more dominant as the beer warms.

T: Roasted malts and toffee start off this brew. Some bittering hops hide in the background. Definitely malt forward. A carmely sweetness too. Good balance.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly slick feel. Average carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a beer I would certainly drink again. A solid entry in this beer camp that any amber ale fan should try. Plenty of hop but still malty enough to be a red.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brotherloco
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 67.5% out of 100 with 504 ratings
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