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 wvsabbath
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish/brown with a nice 2 inch head, and really nice sticky, foamy lacing.

Smell - Hops at first, with some amber/lager malts and yeast coming in. Spices, some caramel and toffee. Maybe even a little rye like aroma near the finish.

Taste - Hops straight up first. Piney, grapefruity and sweet. Malts balance out somewhat with caramal/toffee flavors. Spices add some good pepper notes. Alcohol is present, adding a little sting at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, and strong enough for tounge to numb it a little with hops, malts and alcohol. Palate gets more hops and malts along with a spicey peppery note. Finish is bitter, warm and malty.

Overall - Pretty good but the alcohol took over a little and that hurt the flavors this beer features. I guess it is called a imperial so thats expected. Not sure id want to drink this again, i wouldnt buy a six pack. Worth a drink, atleast since its in the beer camp packs.

Serving type: bottle

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

12 oz bottle in a pint glass

A- Pours clear orange with a two finger of an off tan head

S- Nose is very hoppy. There is a lot of citrus, some melon as well as a floral aroma. There is also more malt then I expected. A lot of toffee as wells as some roasted caramel.

T- This beer has bitterness up front as well as a tiny bit of alcohol. It washes over with a fruity hop profile. A lot of citrus in the hops as well as some astringency. Very malty however. THe taste justifies the name.

M- Big beer but drinks easier then it should. Nice feel. Dry aftertaste.

O- Nice beer, it tastes as it sounds. Drinks easy for the ABV. Definitely pick up the multipack if you can.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice and clear muted amber color that is nicely warming to look at, pours with a ton of light tan creamy head which lingers for an incredibly long amount of time before dissipating and leaving a ton of sticky lacing on the glass
S: kind of smells like a musty basement, kind of dusty but also with a nice dark sweetness too, im reminded of birch syrup, i do also notice just the slightest peach note as mentioned on the label
T: nice hop notes, more earthy and deep than anticipated, also has a great roasted malt flavor which lingers on the palate beautifully long afterwards, nice bitterness hits in the early middle
M: minimal carbonation tingle, smooth with just the slightest astringency and cloying character, finishes with just a bit of dryness and bitterness
O: so far my favorite out of the beer camp mix pack, the most flavorful and well rounded, quite well done

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep auburn color with good clarity. Fluffy and sticky off white head.

Extremely hoppy west coast nose. Grapefruit, strong pine, some citrus, and a bit of soapiness. A little thinner in body than expected. Sweet dark fruit and caramel up front roll over the tongue into the balancing hop act. Balance is actually impeccable. Strange and unique layers of flavors that somehow meld together into on interesting sip. You also can't detect a whiff of that 8%. Pretty damn good. But i'm a sucker for imperial reds.

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Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red colour, finger of off white head with some lace left behind. Smell is a mix of citrus and malts, big juicy grapefruit and orange, sweet malts and some biscuity caramel. Taste is also a mix of malt and hops, moderately sweet, citrus fruit mid palate, grapefruit and earthy hop, quite bitter throughout with a long malty finish. Light-med carbonation, oily and fairly full bodied. The 8% alcohol goes largely undetected, nice hoppy red ale that may be a touch too sweet, still a smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a reddish mahogany with 2-3 fingers of chocolate, tan head. Good retention all around on the way down.

Smelled bitter, rye hops. Also some light citrus notes, maybe grapefruit. Caramel and toffee malts, and even some light chocolate.

Tasted bitter, rye hops. Iced tea. Caramel and toffee malts. Grapefruit, citrus hops. Earthy, grainy.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A decent beer, but just a tad off in all areas. Close, but not quite there.

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Photo of mscudder
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle poured into a pint.

A - Fairly transparent amber/copper hue with a large slightly ivory head. Fair lacing.

S - Some fruits and malts are all I am getting here. They smell nice but nothing spectacular.

T - Caramel malts and some hops that are more obvious on the back end. Pretty basic and smooth but lacks complexity. Simple, yet too much so for my taste.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Almost creamy, but not quite. Finishes on the bitter end.

O - I could drink a few of these but it is just below the standard I set for this brewery. I would not refuse one given the chance, although I certainly would not lose any sleep if I never saw this beer again.

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Photo of 57md
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish burnt copper with more than a finger of head. The head lingered a bit and left a good amount of lacing behind. The nose has some mild citrus notes, but there is also a malt presence. The flavor is a well balanced mixture of caramel malt and hops. The hops are not overdone, but they are certainly featured on the finish. Considering this offering clocks in at slightly above 8%, the alcohol is well hidden among the solid flavors.

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Photo of DCon
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Maroon Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2178206:38 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Tons of mixed fruits in the aroma. Citrus and much more. Malt pops up big as well.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark amber/copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Malty, bit of caramel, and a mix up of fruits are all present in this complexed brew. Light-Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and finishes with tons of hop. Finally the hops come into play! Very spicy and strong.

Overall Impression- My 3rd from the "Beer Camp" Series and was above average. Not sure why the hops couldn't have came up sooner in the taste! Very enjoyable though and will be popping another one of these. Glad there are 3 of each to the pack!

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Working through the combo pack of the latest beer camp offerings.

A- A bit dark for an amber but nice and clear with decent head retention.

S- Malt and grain are the dominant aroma. There is an earthy richness that is very appealing.

T- The malt is up front but there is a grassy hop bitterness that comes through big time in the finish. The malt is the star here.

M- Smooth and medium full body. The alcohol is well hidden.

O- I think they got this right. Light on the hops, heavy on the malt. Rich enough with just enough ABV to warrant the imperial label.

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Photo of jriggins6
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honesty don't know how Casey at Max's obtains some of the beers he has on offer here. On tap during the annual hopfest.

The beer pours a reddish dark copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I get red candy apple, dry citrus and a hint of lavendar. Talk about an intriguing nose. On the palate, this beer is very, very impressive. While there is some noticeable sweet malt initially, the hoppy bitterness quickly kicks into overdrive in this excellent beer. Otherwise, I'm picking up skunky weed, dry citrus, baked apple, light vanilla and some wood. There's a hint of alcohol in the finish, but overall, drinkability is pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the finish is long and bitter, with some light heat.

Right up there with Deranger for one of the best imperial reds I've ever had. Very, very impressive.

Edit from 8/20/12. Just learned this beer will be part of the beer camp sample pack from SN, which is good news. Hopefully that means we will continue to see this beer on tap from time to time as well.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear ruby red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and, tropical, citrus, and lightly piney hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some lightly bready malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced hoppy Imperial Red Ale. Good hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of nkp765
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BB1313
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful auburn, really nice fluffy off-white head, very sticky lacing and retention. Looks great, just like most Sierra Nevada beers. The aromas are full of chocolate and caramel malts. There's a touch of grass blended with some lemon zest. The flavors match the nose, which isn't extremely impressive. Everything is just so subtle. More cocoa and butterscotch. I notice a hint of pine and spruce. The hops are there, but seem to be dominated by the malts. I really wished the hops shined more. Mouthfeel is nice, it's light and thin, smooth enough making this is easy drinker. The alcohol goes unnoticed. There's no denying this is a smooth beer, but the nose and flavors are such a let down.

I expected much more, especially considering this is Sierra Nevada we're talking about. It should satisfy, but it's too boring.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of busterwhite
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark amber almost brown color with a 3 finger rocky head and a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was not too strong, a little citrus from the hops mixed with roasted malts.

The taste is very smooth, I really enjoyed the flavor. Hop bitterness quickly followed by roasted malts and finishing with a strong, sweet dose of malt. Big flavors that came together very well.

Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was spot on. It was smooth and slick.

Overall I really like this beer. The hops mixed well with the roasted malts, reminiscent of DFH's Indian Brown Ale but with a little more sweetness.

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

Pours rusty with a quilt of peanut foam. Nice tea, pine and bitter citrus notes over a scotch like nose. There is a certain herbal quality to this beer. The flavor is assertively bitter up front, again with tea like hops and some english malts. Then followed up with some pleasant creamy sweetness (which is fleeting) and then some lasting ESB character. I like. Medium on full bodied with prickly, moderately hi carb and an off-dry finish. Nice beer. Once annually would be nice.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, fruit, and caramel.

T: Tasted of hops - not a huge shot, but a good amount - along with some malt, and caramel. The bottle advertises a wide variety of fruit, and there is a hint, but it's a very small amount. A decent, but unremarkable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but kind of on the forgettable side.

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

12oz bottle from the recent mixed Beer Camp 12 pack. Red, clear, sticky head, Smells super malty. I always expect imperial reds to be super hoppy but this relied more on malts to produce a solid beer. Smells sort of like coffee, yum. Taste has the slightest hint of coffee followed by malts and a touch of hops. This might be the best beer in this mix pack. Solid.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark amber body that looks red when held up to a light. Transparent body with a thick tan head.

S- Caramel malt with a juicy hop presence. Some tropical fruit notes along with grapefruit.

T- Very heavy on the caramel malt, with the hops coming through modestly at the very beginning and again towards the end. The dark caramel malts have more of a roasty taste than most ambers I have had.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable.

O- A good imperial red, but nowhere near the class of Lagunitas Imperial Red or Nugget Nector.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Oh yes, this is an Amber Ale. Pours a vaudeville crimson color. Clarity is very high. Head is magnificent. Fluffy and pillowy. Lacing is akin to a tan gown. Just a stellar beer in the look.

S-The 'Two B's'. Big and balanced. Hops strike first. Like the label says, I can sense peach as well as melon. The hops stress stone fruit far more than highly acidic citrus. An interesting hop bouquet. Malt balance is great. Sweetness is bright but still has enough muscularity to push its weight. A very interesting nose. Stone fruit hops are very unique.

T-The malt does become more clingy. I lose the uniqueness of the hops in the taste unfortunately. The maltiness may outshine the hop here. Again, this beer boasts balance, but I would prefer more intimacy with the hops. Booze sneaks up too. A bit of a letdown from the individuality of the aroma.

M-Creamy with a resinous quality. Carbonation is tentative but pleasurable. Sip to sip, the alcohol sting is variable.

O/D-Looks amazing, smells amazing, but it tastes good. I am very pleased with this beer's overall outcome, but I wish the flavor lived up to the look and scent.

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Photo of FISHMAN63
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottling date 2178 stamped/lasered on the bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very clear light brown amber with 1-2 finger off-white tight-bubbled head with decent retention and random craggy lace.

S: Mildly dank cascade type of aromas followed by a variety of caramel maltiness

T: The flavor is balanced malt and hops but not very distinctive in either one. The earthy, herbal, lightly dank hoppiness mixes with the maltiness which is caramel and date and raisin in nature. Te flavor is not very strong in either category.

M: This beer has a pleasantly creamy feel with low carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer but it suffers for lack of character.

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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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