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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Ratings: 504 |  Reviews: 194
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear blood red color with a foamy 2 finger beige head that faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grapefruit, grains, sweet malt, herbs and light spices, caramel and biscuit; nice hoppy nose with malty balance that allows for an overall aroma like fresh hops.

Tastes of floral hops, flowers, lemon zest, citrus hops, roasted grains, faint orange peel, grass, grapefruit, coriander, sweet malt, caramel, herbs, brown sugar, cinnamon raisin toast, biscuit, pine cone/piney hops and pepper; after each sip there are hints are dark fruit and more malty flavors which tamed the hops and added a sweet edge as well as a nice smooth flavor. It’s hoppy and malty at the same time, with what seems almost like roasted nuts in the finish.

Mouthfeel is average and on the lighter side, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a smooth slick feel that’s almost buttery as it goes down.

A very good red ale that is another fine product of the Beer Camp. This beer hides the ABV well, but after a second I felt the full power of the 8.1%. A definite recommendation on this limited release as I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
Beer Camp 2012 release.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this.

A- Clear amber/ dark copper pour. Two finger foamy, short lived off white head. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

S- Grapefruit, mandarin, marmalade, fresh baked bread and sweet malts.

T- Sweet toasted malts, up front that a kick in the tongue of citrus and floral hops, than a dark roasted sweetness of cookies, coffee and toast. Very flavourful and complex.

M- Light body, quite chewy, slightly sticky on the lips.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep copper amber color with an unyielding light head of foam that lingers on top. The brew is slightly intimidating with a look that says big beer.

S- wicked fruit and caramel flavors that coincide with a sweet caramel scent that makes your mouth water. So hoppy with citrus and mango flushing through

T- Delicious fruit and sugar bready flavor embodied in the malt. A wave of citrus hops pushes through and meshes with the flavor. This is a great example of a hoppy red ale that exhibits flavor while pushing and avoiding the alcohol

M- carbonation and coating flavor

O- best brew in beer camp! What an imperial red that's full of flavor!

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Camp beer review 2 of 4 for me on the night. 12 oz. bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass. Bottled June 27.

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of off-white head. Shows great retention and paints the glass with splotchy lacing.

S - Lots of caramel and bready malts. Earthy and herbal tobacco aromas as well. There are some subtle pine hops, but doesn't smell like a borderline DIPA like many in this style.

T - Toasted caramel malts make for a sweet and slightly smokey flavor. Pine hops hit on the back end, but remain in check due to the big malts.

M - Smooth carbonation with a medium body.

O - Pretty good, but it didn't blow me away. My only knock would be that it is perhaps a bit too sweet. Still , highly drinkable without any offensive flavors. Leaves me a reasonably happy camper.

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wood stain red with thick off-white head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate. Somewhat sweet aroma.

Taste: Taste is not as sweet, although there is a slightly sweet core. Grapefruit, caramel and chocolate are prominent in the taste as well. Some notes of peach and melon, although I must admit that the bottle description clued me in on that. Spicy and pine-like on the bitter finish, as well as lingering grapefruit.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Medium-full body that is quite creamy and smooth. Finish is dry as desired.

Overall: Great Imperial Red Ale. While not reaching the apex of the style (see Great Lakes Nosferatu), it is still damn good and much better than the average on the site suggests.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 12-pack Beer Camp series. Bottle dated 6/27/2012. Free SN bottom etched glass with purchase (hope it's not the best part of this deal).

Ruby-red, clear elixir poured into imperial pint glass. Tan, thick head, settles to 3mm rim. Minimal lacing.

Large malt presence, hops, caramel, brown sugar.

The hops from the base dipa are blended nicely with the malt. Smooth bitterness then a malty aftertaste.

Medium to light body, not much carbonation, thin.

This is a nice amber with a combination of hops and malt and the alcohol well hidden. Well done SN.

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4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: June 26, 2012 at 1:27 in the afternoon.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear reddish copper with a tall, off-white head. There's a moderate amount of visible tiny bubbles in the beer. The head dissipates very slowly, hanging around for a long time. Plentiful lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is filled with bready and sweet malts as well as floral hops. The beer smells like crusty bread.

The flavors are very well-balanced with nothing being overpowering. The malt brings those subdued caramel and crusty bread qualities and there are some floral and piney hops to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden here. There is a mild aftertase from the malt and hops. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive reddish amber in the Coronado snifter. Nice head, and the usual well-made SN brew. Starts with a nice malty flavor. Better than average nose of caramel and resiny hops.

Well, it's a big hoppy red, which is not necessarily a good thing. This makes the best of a bad situation. Mellow and rich, rather sharp as usual for the style. Alcohol is not much in evidence. Dark, resiny hops to go with the bright mellow malt. Quite bitter and the aftertaste drags on after wearing out its welcome.

From the 12 oz bottle from the 12-pack I have only seen at Liticker's in San Diego.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out of the Beer Camp 12 pack.

A: Bold, dark rusty red. Quite murky, but with some visible carbonation bubbles rising up to form a nice finger tall frothy tan head.

S: Lots of floral hoppy notes, and some small underlying malty caramel. Yup. Definitly an American Red.

T: Very hop forward. Big bite of floral and piney hops all over the place, small layer of caramel malt underneath. It's a Red IPA really. Finishes with some light crispness. Never gets sweet.

M: Medium mouthfeel, disguising of the alcohol. Small bit of lingering hop tingly in the mouth.

O: It's a pretty good standard american red. Hop forward of course, this is Sierra Nevada.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When the caramel-rich amber ales start to fatigue the palate quicker than desired, a reach for this dry-toffee flavored and hop equipped ale will surly refresh and satisfy the taste for red.

Pouring with a chestnut brown and garnet appearance, the beer boasts bright clarity and carbonated bubbles the spring from the bottom of the glass- all to construct a foam stance of creamy off-white textures, firm retention, and ample rings of lace. It's one handsome ale.

Nuts, bread crust, and piney hops flood the olfactories with an off-balanced scent that favors the hops. Toffee and toasted grains accompany the pine, pithy citrus, and grass notes for roundness while providing a bridge between sweeter scents and pungent hops.

Sweeter malt components register with the taste buds first with the hearty semi-dry taste of toffee, scorched caramel, earthy rye, and the crust of beer bread. Roasted pecans and the other malt components culminate in such a way to remind me of Cracker Jacks candy. But then the mid palate of hops grow to take command with the flavor of grapefruit pith, orange skin, fresh grass, mint, and pine. While not overly complex, the big"ness" of both the hops and malt garner a lot of attention from the taste buds.

Early malt sweetness, with its embedded creamy carbonation, dissolves quickly to favor an extended finish of sharp bitterness and toasty dryness. The eight percent of alcohol shies away from attention and leaves the finish up to the dry warmth of hop resins, fleeting malts, and softer mintier alcohol.

Beer Camp #65 is a beautifully constructed ale that forgets about the mundane notions of balance and gains inspiration from our love affair with IPAs to inform and inspire the finish product from its recipe formation, through brewing technique, and fresh delivery.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Healthy two finger overflowing head with heavy lacing. Dark amber to red color

S: Nice bitter aroma with caramel and cascade like hops leading the way. just a bit of peach and grapefruit

T: Taste is a Strongly bittered red ale. Nothing too over the top, but definitely a healthy dosing of bittering hops with a very dry finish. Slightly tannic but due from the imbalance of hop on malt here.

M: High carbonation with a medium body.

O: Its not a bad beer and worth a try, but not my favorite red ale or favorite imperial red. Slightly imbalanced and too dry for me but drinkable nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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