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.

Added by drabmuh on 06-08-2012

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Ratings: 504 |  Reviews: 194
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ToddT
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark amber with slight ruby highlights, topped with a fluffy off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Caramel malts and grass/floral hop notes dominate the nose. There seems to be an underlying sweetness to the aroma.

T- Malty, caramel and roast malt very forward on this one, hops come in in the middle with a floral note, but the malt eventually overpowers this. Finish is a slight hop bitterness being washed away by sweet sugar and toasted caramel malts and them a final bitter hop bite to close things out. It is an odd finish, not unpleasant but odd.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, a little sugary and sweet in the back of the throat. That goes with the style but it is not my favorite feeling on the palate.

O- It's OK, probably my least favorite of what I've had out of this seasons beer camp so far. The 8.0% ABV starts to show up as it warms up too. This is not my favorite style of beer, but I've had much better versions of the style.

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Photo of Nickfellow007
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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

Pours a dark amber color with a thin tea-like head. Herbal, grassy and floral hop aromas with a bit of caramel malt. The caramel and roasted malt flavor is stronger than the aroma would let on. The grassy and floral hop mixes with a slightly bitter alcohol taste to ride on top of the sweet roasted malt flavors. Medium-heavy body, a bit of syrupy and oil, low carbonation, and a bitter finish. Another good beer out of this bunch. Maybe a bit on the sweet side for my tastes, but well crafted.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the Sunday market at Bown and picked this up at Bier Thirty... $2...

Poured into my slim tulip.. loooong lasting tannish head.. great retention and lacing the brew is clear deep amber/red..

Big hop nose is tempered by a malt profile that never really gets in the way of the hops but somehow allows them to bloom.. slight floral notes and a much bigger grapefruit zestiness...

Flavor is odd.... there is a toasty maltiness that seems out of place.. hops are big and bright... tropical/grapefruit/tangerine.. seems a touch thick.. the maltiness weighs heavy on the backend of the palate and sorta mutes the hops.. Unfortunately the flavors battle each other and die quickly.

Body is about right.. carbonation is key... still seems a bit thick for something with American hops.


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Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky dark rust color with a half iinch of head. Lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Some malts as well. The flavor is hoppy grapefruit. Not as tropical as the aroma but more of a citrus hop flavor. Grapefruit bitterness at the end. Slightly boozey. Decent malt backbone. Creamy mouthfeel. Great hoppy Red Ale. Overall, great beer.

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Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark chestnut color with a bit of a reddish hue to it. Nice finger of thick beige head.

Caramel malt comes to mind on the aroma. Very malt heavy with just a hint of floral and citrus hops in the background. Mostly bitter on the pallet with just a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Seems backwards as to what the aroma indicated it would be.

The body is a bit heavy with good carbonation. Overall this one is mediocre. It's fair enough, but my least favorite so far of the beer camps.

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Photo of Schmuckles
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear ruby-brown with a 1-finger offwhite head and very good lacing.

S - Floral hops, bready malt, caramel. Not real strong.

T - Some hops up front then a big malt blast that is rich in spice and caramel. A good amount of bitterness comes in followed by citrus and chocolate. Balanced aftertaste of orange slices dipped in chocolate trailing off with some teal-like hop flavor and nice bitterness. Rich tasting.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Initially thick and creamy like an oatmeal stout but thins and dries a bit.

O - An interesting brew. Reminds me of a Founders Breakfast Stout in some ways except the emphasis is on citrus, caramel and chocolate. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Genuine
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.

This beer pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a khaki head that leaves pretty lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - Let this one warm up slightly - The nose on this beer is wonderful, starting with some roasted, faint coffee, dark chocolate and fig like notes.

Taste - This beer does not let down - Starts off sweet, as it rolls over the palate, the hops make their presence known and combat the sweetness. This brings us to the finish, which then appears a bit of alcohol, probably because of the 8.1% abv, however it doesn't last long till a coffee like aftertaste is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Very good medium bodied. Not light yet not heavy.

Overall - I think this is a solid brew. Lots of flavors for the enjoyer to figure out and keep you wondering. Not boring by any means. Sweet, bitter, roasty with enough alcohol warmth. What a great brew this is!

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Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, ruby red with a large, dense, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - huge floral nose with some faint caramel notes

T - bread, caramel, floral hops, faint sweetness, faint bitterness, after some time a hint of roasted, coffee notes come through

M - well carbonated, medium bodied

This is an easy to drink red ale. It's solid and balanced, but unfortunately it's not very flavorful. It's malty with some light hoppiness. It's good and worth trying, but unfortunately, I won't have this again.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, dark red. Nice, tight white head.

S - Caramel & malt with a good amount of floral.

T - A bit bitter with some sweet malts. Floral finish.

M - medium body & carbonation.

O - Reds usually aren't my thing, but I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from the new Beer Camp mixed pack.

Pours a dark amber color with a fine white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are tea like, bready, malty, with some earthy hops.

Taste has a really dry earthiness up front. Beer then settles into some maltiness, mostly doughy, a bit spicy, with some tea leaf flavors. Finish is earth, slightly bitter, with some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, crisp, with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid brew. Tasty and drinkable, I wish this had a little more hoppiness to balance this one out better though.

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Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Pours blood/mahogany red, with a tan finger or two of head that laces quite a lot. The aroma was malty, nutty, caramel, almost a chocolaty note, with some zesty, herbal hop notes. Again, rather malty up front, caramel, nutty sweetness, and a moderately high bitterness and zesty hop taste. Nice creamy, somewhat coating feel with medium carbonation.

Nothing fantastic, but its a good solid Impy Red.

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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