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)

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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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Nice red/brown pour, finger of cream head that retaines white well.

Aroma, nice blend of citrus, tea, caramel, tea, pine.

Taste, matches aroma well. Malt, some caramel and toasted notes. Some pine and anise in the finish.

Maybe mid bodied, alcohol is hidden. Clean and pretty dry. A good American red ale. Well done, not too extream per usual for SN.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

The body sits a clear mahogany with a firm two finger cap. Head recedes slowly, with sticky sheets of lace.

The nose is of sticky toffee, pine resin, grass, and some white grapefruit. Straightforward hoppy red with a sturdy malt bill.

On the palate, sticky pine resin and chewy toffee/caramel give this guy some big league heft. Some soft grapefruit and grass round out a tasty profile.

Chewy, thick, full body. Carbonation is on point. Moderate piney bitterness.

This is a damn solid red ale. Sturdy, chewy malt with a big piney hop profile. Bitterness gets more serious with each sip, which, in my book, is a great sign of a hoppy ale.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moving on to the bigger beers in this year’s Beer Camp mix: the Imperial Red. Cheers!

A: Pours a dark, reddish brown covered by a touch of haze. Head is short, yet solid and creamy; smooth retention, with a film of lacing that lies all around the inside of the glass, too.

S: Roasted barley, rye, caramel, and toffee, with a big emphasis on nuts and chalky cocoa; like other beers in the series, its malt profile reminds me of a black ale or an Irish dry stout. Mild notes of raisin and toffee round it out before a nice hop profile of grapefruit, pine, and sweet pineapple takes over –moderate in intensity. Dark, sweet ale scents.

T: A beer with a powerful palate – peat, warm alcohol, dense toffee, and chewy grain husk wash over the tongue with smooth boldness. Sappy honey and pine constitute the hop character with a vengeance, thickly astringent and syrupy. More mild notes of chocolate, walnut, cinnamon, and wheat bread do even more to balance the bitters, moving to a finish of dank pine and earthy grains.

M: A handful of brisk bubbles enhance every sip to nearly sessionable drinkability. Medium-to-full body, with near-creamy feel.

O: My favorite Beer Camp brew so far; every sip was interesting and relatively satisfying. Not a life-changing beer experience, but it was definitely a memorable drink.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red - almost brown with garnet hue - with a creamy thin tan head tops it off. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of a caramel "red" aroma with citric and herbal spiciness.

The taste is of sweet caramel that interplays with citric and herbal bitterness. Alcohol noticeable at the start, but not overwhelming and soon fades out. Finishes on the bitter side but leaves some residual sweetness on the lips. Strong malt and hop presence.

Medium carbonation with a full, but not thick, body.

A generously hopped Red...could be considered an imperial red i.p.a. A well-made brew...Malty but with a considerable hop presence.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #215
Served On: 08/30/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.1%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD. From the 2012 Best of Beer Camp mixed 12 pack.

Look: My pour formed a thin ¼ - finger layer of patchy foam. Color was a semi-clear deep ruby red. Carbonation bubbles looked like a reverse snowstorm. Lacing on the glass was already kicking in.

Smell: Toasted malts with a sour hop aroma. Not too much else going on in the nose.

Taste: First up were the roasted malts. A nice hop bitterness set in towards the middle - Then more roastiness hit. The finish was some bitterness with a slight sweetness towards the end.

This was a decent Imperial Red. A little more balanced than expected, but still a very high quality brew with some complexity present. The 8.1% ABV was completely undetectable: the true sign of a well crafted offering.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spruce, piny aroma. Soapy head and lace dots on cloudy amber. Initially complex hoppy melange with a dry malty finish. Worth sipping to enjoy. A good balance between hop bitterness and sweetness. A tad of chestnut, fruitiness, star anise. A must try.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a creamy dense head of khaki foam that leaves lace all over the glass.

Leafy hops, red velvet cake, hint of cherry and chocolate.

Fruity hops with a lighter bitterness. The malt adds some deep complexity. Light chocolate cake presence, hint of cherry juice, roasty malt, leafy, some toasted nuts. Light alcohol presence also.

Close to a full feel, very smooth with velvety carbonation.

A really nice brew. Hoppy and malty at the same time. Like this one quite a bit.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Bottle poured into a globe glass, the name of the beer here seems a bit odd. But indeed this is a #65. The bottle pours a clear bright and light crimson with a sticky half inch of off white foam. Offers good retention for the style.

Aroma of notable hops both citric and piney in nature with the resin enhanced by a sublte caramel backbone. Touch of floral attribute with the hop spice as well. Bit of dark cherry is revealed as the cap settles but this is still a hop forward brew, even at 8%.

Flavor follows with a light caramel fruitiness and a spicy hop finish. Light apparent sweetness is offered yet only showing a hint of alcohol presence. Feel continues the trend, being light and effervescent.

Overall not very complex on the malt side given the style, yet showing a solid hop character and hiding a notable ABV well. Drinks easily as a result and ranking very low on the 'cloying' meter.

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Photo of liamt07
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Red body, filtered with an offwhite head. Mild retention and lace. Nose is fantastic, loads of dank pot, pineapple and melon character. Tons more pot on the palate, pine, melon, apricots, mango. Lightly herbal and some sweeter malt character. Medium feel, bitter with just a light sweetness. Excellent red ale, with a ton of different qualities coming through on every sniff/sip. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Danno48
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a brownish brick red with a ridiculous cream colored, sea foam texture head... 3 fingers and it lasts forever.

Smells sweet and malty but I also picked up like a weird crayon scent. Hops up front and smells a little sweet.

The first thing I noticed is that the alcohol is very subtle for being 8%. Awesome balance and I notice both a slight toffee and coffee flavor at the end.

Carbonation scale of 2 out of 5. Not very heavy again considering the abv.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very typical amber with orange hues and about 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma is heavy bready malts with caramel and some hints of floral and citrus hops.

The taste is pretty much the same. There is a lot of bready malt and caramel notes. There are some hops, but they aren't that forward. They do lend some nice citrus and grassy notes though.

The finish is pretty dry and the bitterness is nice. It's not a bad beer, but is is pretty average for a big Red Ale.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on the 217th of 12. Pours a deep red, with a half inch of off white that leaves globs of lace. Smell is carmel, pine, toffee, and grapefruit. Taste is more aggressive and that is not a bad thing, sweet grapefruit lingers in the finish. Body is medium large, with a perfect amount of carbonation, more lush than dry, and excellent drinkability. Another winner in this awesome mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Imperial Red Ale a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I am a fan of the style so I'm excited to see what this Beer Camp offering is like, so lets see how it goes. 2012 vintage, fairly fresh. Poured from a brown shorter 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is the same as the other Beer Camp beers, but it's nicely done, and I like the information about the beer on the back. It poured a slight amber color that was mostly a nice shade of darker ruby red when held to the light with four fingers worth of very fluffy off white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This was a very good looking beer, the color was nice and the head was very impressive.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of caramel, bready and biscuity malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to it and imparts a slight honey aroma. After that comes a large amount of hops that are mainly citrus, but there also a slight amount of floral hops in the mix too, they impart lots of nice citrus and fruity aromas with grapefruit and citrus zest sticking out the most. This beer had a good aroma that had a nice balance between caramel malts and citrus hops, I enjoyed it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and starts off with a good amount of caramel malts that aren't as sweet as the aroma led me to believe and they imparts some caramel, bread, and biscuit like flavors with a medium amount of sweetness. After that comes the citrus hops which pack a little more of a punch then they did in the aroma and impart some nice grapefruit, mango, and citrus zest flavors, there was also a little floral and piney hops flavor towards the end with a medium amount of bitterness and a grainy and biscuity aftertaste with a slight citrus flavor. This beer had a nice flavor, I liked the balance between malts and hops neither of them were overpowering.

M- Pretty smooth, a little sticky, a little chewy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad but I thought it felt a little thin, it wouldn't hurt to make it just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good and proper example of an Imperial Red Ale, it had a nice and bold malt backbone that helped balance out the loads of citrus hops that imparted lots of nice fruity flavors that worked with with the biscuity caramel malt flavors. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, I could see having another one, but I think that would be limit. What I liked most about this beer was how good it looked and it's great balance, those were the highlights of this beer and the balance really worked well with this beer. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was a little thin for the style and it would fit this beer better if it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Imperial Red Ale, and I would for sure recommend giving this beer a try. All in all I was quite pleased with this beer and it delivered just about everything that I would want from the style, it's a really solid beer and so far my second beer from the Beer Camp series, so far I am liking this series and I can't wait to see how the other two are. Keep up the good work Sierra Nevada, series like this are what puts you a step ahead of most other brewers.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich, mahogany stain ruby into my DFH glass. A fluffy three finger head floats thick and proud upon this cherry hued brew before letting go and leaving a nice amount of lacing dripping all over the glass.

S- Smells like a cross between Hoptimum and Nugget Nectar. Really pungent citrus and pine, with a really nice thick and syrupy malt backbone! Grapefruit dipped in brown sugar and pine needles. Really nice depth. Neither really over takes the other. Very well balanced.

T- WOW!!! Just an absolute punch of grapefruit pith, mango, orange rind, pine sap, with a subtle, sweet malty backround. It's not quite sugary sweet, but it really lightens the load of the citrus blast.

M- Punched with citrus, then cuddled with a candy sweetness that doesnt overwhelm or distract from this delicious brew. Huge mouthstripping IBU's... but a wonderful sweetness that balances everything out.

O- I really hope they make this a year round or seasonal brew. I really dug this. Glad I have few more to drink from this 12-pack. Gotta love beer camp.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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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