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 kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.10% according to my 2012 bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a Beer Camp variety 12 pack at Cap N Cork in Los Feliz. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I think little of this brewery but I quite like the style.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Poured clean without any issues or surging.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head if nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Right on the money for the style. Nothing stands out as unique or special, though.

Sm: Hops are the first thing I detect - grapefruit citrus, floral, bittering, even a little tropical. No pine or oily hops, however. It's also got a nice toasted malt backbone, very evocative of a good amber. Autumn malts. Some caramelization. A good aroma for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. Average strength. No alcohol or yeast is detectable. When I look for peach and melon (per the label), I sort of find them - but not really in a significant sense.

T: Floral hops join nicely with caramelized and toasted malts to form a slightly imbalanced but pleasant beer. Hop bitterness isn't all that well hidden, and the malty sweetness gets to be a bit much, but it's nice all around. Caramel is too overt. Simple but enjoyable. Not complex or subtlety. It's got some nice flavours, but I'm not much of a a fan of it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of good general thickness - but not ideal. Decent presence. Moderately heavy on the palate. Unnecessarily so methinks.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A fairly generic beer in the style. I wouldn't have this again. Hides its ABV well. It's otherwise pretty meh. You're better off going with Tongue Buckler or the like if you fancy yourself an imperial red.


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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to cpolking for this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops and pine. Taste is piney hops up front, some alcohol is present, malts kicking in near the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. 2012 series, just arrived this week.

Body has a red mahogany color. Clear, with minute bubbles in suspension. Head is two fingers, beige in color, which dissipates to a thin layer with good lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, mild, with caramel and hops.

Taste is not what I expected from the aroma. A burst of bitter hops, roasted malt, and caramel. Followed by fruit, possibly plums. Unique.

Mouthfeel coats the tongue with sweetness and a slight burn. Nice.

This ale is different than any red that I had before. Enjoyable. With a price of $4 and limited availability, I won't buy another. Store only received one case, and it was going fast. But I am certainly enjoying the one I have.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby red. Mostly clear. Head is one finger off white, good retention, minimal lacing.
S- Floral, a touch sweet, grapefruit, a bit of caramel, and a bit of prune.
T- Sweet up front, like a sugary, candied grapefruit. The depth of malt picks up a wee bit in the middle with a bit of toast/toffee. Fairly bitter end with an odd mineral like character.
M- Nice big body. Alcohol is a bit too noticable for my tastes. Low, but smooth and ample carbonation.
O- It's a good beer. I like Imperial reds as they bring the big flavors of an IIPA, but have a bit more depth. This is a decent example of the style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Stamped 2178212:36

A: Two fingers of off-white, creamy head. The beer is a gorgeous, crystalline, ruby beer with good effervescence. Great lacing.

S: Very beery, almost lagery-metallic. Touch of caramel malt, but little hops.

T: I actually don't like it very much. It's...okay, but over-strong and under-flavored. Gentle fruit (the best part), strong malt, lightly dry finish.

M: Biscuity at times and thick on the tongue.

O: It's an alright beer, but nothing I'll revisit. True to its amber ale roots. You should try it; your opinion may differ.

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Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their beer camp sampler...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of lite-orange khaki colored head, already lacing as the head begins to recede a bit, color of the body is almost red but really more of a burnt orange color, incredible zebra-striped lacing coats the entire glass after the session.

Smell - Sweet, ripe red ruby grapefruit, fresh baked bread, fruitcake, full bready malt, figs, ripe plums, slight floral hops - really smells good.

Taste - Wow, HUGE floral hops at the front, ripe ruby red grapefruit juice, bready malt and breadcrusts. All this rides along a backbone of slightly burnt toffee, and faint figs and ripe plums. Longer into the finish is grapefruit pith and a second huge burst of floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth at the beginning, nearly medium, then a just below medium carb does a light scrub on the palate, with some surprisingly sharp edges at the sides of the tongue, the finish is on the bitter dry side, but there are still some dark fruits and hops in the mouth corners, flavors linger way long...extraordinarily drinkable, although I find myself contemplative after each sip...

Overall - Really complex and well balanced brew, and a very pleasant surprise, really has the best of a dipa, an apa, and a red ale all rolled into one. Big bold flavors, not overly sweet - a really nice beer to enjoy with the onset of the cooler weather - enjoying this one during Monday Night Football - get the sampler pack, I think you'll like this one.

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Photo of Maxwell
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark candied red, bordering on brown with a nice clear body and a good flow of carbonation bubbles. The head is big, rocky, and mountainous, with sticky fat globs of lacing moving up the sides of the glass in web-like patterns. The beer smells very bready with a great smattering of piney hops with hints of citrus. Caramel malts are also obviously present and enticing, just as any red ale should be. The beer tastes fantastically balanced. It opens with sweet caramel and malts before opening into big pine and grapefruit bitter notes which transitions into the aftertaste which mingles the hops bitter citrus-pine with the bready malts to make a mellow bitter linger and sweet touch. Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied, with light effervescence from the carbonation, which helps to cleanse the palate. The mouth is left slightly dry on the tongue and roof, with just a trickle of saliva to leave the mouth calling out for more liquid nourishment. Overall this beer is a lovely sipper. I must admit that I love hoppy imperial reds, and this is very nice hoppy red. Granted, the hops are a little mellower than other reds I have sampled, this ale still holds great grapefruit and other citrus notes, and definitely kisses the mouth with sweet caramel and bread malts in a perfect balancing act with the hoppy bitters. Try this beer! It is most likely my favorite of Beer Camp this year.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clean ruby, with a big and foamy head of off-white foam. Very fine and ultra-micro-detailed lace. Beautiful!

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy, alongside a big and malty (almost rye-like) presence. Heavy is the vibe I'm feeling.

Taste is sharp, with a bitter grapefruit hops character dominating. The big malt presence comes through later in the finish, smoothing things over a bit. Overall, a solid, tasty, and very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Body is chestnut-amber, with mahogany hues on the edges, and a small khaki-colored head. Looks hazy, but when backlit it's clear. Decent sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Toffee and caramel malt and a touch of toasty grains. Some grassy or piney hops, but not too strong on the nose.

T: Sweet malt flavors up front: toffee, caramel malt, toast and rye bread. Mid-sip the hops take over, big time: grapefruit, orange peels, mint and pine. I like the interplay between the sweeter, malty tastes and the big, juicy hops. Finishes with a lingering juicy hop bitterness. 8% ABV is well hidden behind what appears to be a lot of malt and a ton of hops. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard somewhat.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is fine-prickly.

O: Good stuff. Closer to a Strong Ale, I think, than an American Amber/Red, but SN calls this an Imperial Red, so I knew what I was getting myself into.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third from the 2012 Beer Camp Series. An "imperial" red, huh? Wonder where that might fall. Rather daunting at 8%.

A -- Clear, bright -- almost cherry wood red color. Sudsy, light tan head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.

S -- Mellow, but assertive citrus and piny hops. Light caramel malts.

T -- Biscuity caramel malts up front that blend into an earthy and citrus hop character that finishes with a touch of citrus fruit and spicy bitterness. Some lingering pepperiness from alcohol in the aftertaste. Some mild earthiness lingers in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is chewy to crisp with a drying finish and medium body.

O -- Probably my favorite selection of the 12 pack. This beer is full of different characters, yet they all work together for a great glass full of beer.

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

A- pours a garnet color with a khaki head nice fresh cap just a touch of lacing
S- caramel and toffee with pine hops
T- bitter pine hops up front with some caramel malts toffee ans sweet baked bread
M- bitter and crisp with medium carbonation hops and malts slightly sweet
O- sweet red with ABV well hidden a tad bitter

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Photo of phishsihq
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer Camp Imperial Red from Sierra Nevada pours a deep copper color with touches of red around the edges. A beige
colored head caps this brew, and it sticks to the glass throughout. Sweet malt aromas of caramel and toffee blended wonderfully with citrus hop notes and a bit of dark fruit hints - really enjoyable! The pallet is welcomed to the same sensations as the nose, with a touch more dark fruit noticeable, mostly fig and plum. Moderate levels of carbonation and a medium body make this a well-rounded and tasty beer. We would love to go to Beer Camp someday!


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Photo of Arnesaab
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good balance of hops and malt. Can't taste the 8.1 percent alcohol but you can feel it. This is a big beer that is my favorite beer camp beer so far. Cloudy red color with a good quantity of malt. Some citrus notes in the hoppy finish. A very well made ale that I wish I could buy more of.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very big thanks to scott for tossing this beer my way the other day. been meaning to try these for a while. enjoyed from a sierra nevada snifter.

a - brew poured a deep ruby mahogany red with a thin bubbly off white head that was gone in moments. no lacing.

s - brown sugar and malts. lots of grain and earthiness.

t - taste mimics the nose. HUGE earthiness...malts. very grainy.

m - a bit boozy. super earthiness.

o - overall, a bit too earthy for me. although ambers aren't my favorite, i do enjoy a good take on the style and this one is a bit boozy and way too heavy on the grains.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark slightly hazy amber. Clingy lace - nose is floral, zesty, spicy hops clinging to a sturdy malt base of dark toasted grains and toffee - low carbonation - smooth on the palate - flavor is moderately bitter on the approach, but the malt is pretty much center stage on the front end - very toasty and medium sweet - spicy herbal hops come on stronger through the middle and hit their most potent in the finish. The beer dries out as the bitterness intensifies, leaving a nice finish - reminds me of a malty up Celebration ale, which is not a bad thing - simple, but tasty.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz out of beer camp 12 pack

A - dark brownish red with orange highlights. One finger fluffy head, moves to a thick lacing.

S - some malts, grains

T - some mild chocolate, touch of alcohol, brown sugar/fig, bitter

M - solid, slightly slick and sticky

O - wont kick it out of a glass. Quite enjoyable, but is missing something to put it over the top.

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

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 178 of 2012 (June 26). 2012 Imperial Red Ale Beer Camp #65.

Appearance: Pours a bright red body with a decent white head.

Smell: Caramel malts and alcohol.

Taste: Very malt forward. Caramel and nuts. Hops are muted in the background. Sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy.

Overall: Reminds me of six month old Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is mildly hazy and appears copper to amber in color with a creamy, off-white head that leaves ample sticky lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings malt, slightly sweet, pine, hops. Intensely bitter, with prominent piney hop flavors. A tad sweet, with some fruity maly offerings. A bit of alcoholic warmth persists after each sip. Typical SN hop and flavor profile. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a caramel amber color with a couple fingers of dense light tan head that slowly faded into a rocky film that left great patches of lace down the glass.
S: Spicy hops, bread crust, caramel and hints of pine.
T: More bread crust, toast, sweet malts, caramel, dry grain, spice, rye, earthy hops with pine and bitter a resiny bitterness in the finish. Hints of citrus and orange peel.
M: Medium body, slick, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, decent bitterness, even carbonation.
O: Solid amber, definitely on the hoppy bitter side. Refreshing and smooth, but firm and chewy.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy red with a faint particulate matter floating in it. Copious narrow rings of lacing down the side.

S - Faint red licorice, brown sugar, faint butterscotch and spruce.

T - There is some pine resin, floral flavors, faint red licorice and brown sugar.

M - Smooth, thin and refreshing.

D - Pretty good. I like it overall. It isn't fantastic among the imperial red ale style - which I love. Beer camp variety is reasonably priced, so I will likely have it again.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a reddish brown color with a large beautiful tan head which has good retention and a nice consistency. The smells are of caramel, some grassy hops. The feel is medium to light thickness. The taste is excellent, a load of sweet caramel followed by a load of bitterness. A great beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep red color with two fingers of foam that fill to the top of the glass. Aroma is pretty hoppy, grassy, and a touch of caramelized sweetness.

First sip is a big rush of grassy/earthy hop flavors, followed by a bit of alcohol bite. Moderate sweetness and body round out the beer and hold the palate still while a firm bitterness finishes things off.

This is quite a hop-forward brew.. borderline IPA in my opinion. I think it is a little hot or maybe thin bodied for the alcohol level, but there is a great hop flavor here. The bitter finish is a touch on the harsh side as well.

Certainly an interesting beer, but I think it needs a little polish around the edges to be great.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This is a beautiful beer. The thick, foamy, off-white head sticks around for a near-eternity as bubbles race up the sides of the glass beneath it. The color is a deep mahogany. It looks like a Barleywine.

SMELL: There is a big malt aroma here, with some chocolate and caramel notes. A backbone of rye and mild hop bitterness evens out the sweet smell, but despite the complexity, it is not very intense.

TASTE: After the malty nose, the taste is a surprise. There are a boat load of bitter and dry hops that smack the palate right off the bat. Lemongrass dominates with only a touch of caramel malt flavor to balance it out towards the end. This is intense.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full bodied, the Imperial Red is intensely dry with a mild puckering effect. The carbonation is strong.

OVERALL: This beer seems full of surprises. Each step of the reviewing process seems to throw a twist into the plot. Decent effort here, speaking from a hophead's perspective, but don't give this one to a light lager drinker.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark red crimsom color. Some white foam resides with a ring around. Nose is red-caramel and toffee blend. There is a bitter hop that bursts through with the sweet malt and takes hold. Really robust red ale. Good.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep amber/brown with 1 finger of head. Moderate carbonation and excellent clarity.

Toffee, pine and grapefruit. A touch of chocolate.

Toffee like malts with candy sugar. Piney hops with some grapefruit zest. Touches of chocolate in the background. Pretty resinous in the finish with florals.

Medium-full bodied, oily and sticky.

Pretty standard for an Imperial Red/Amber. Balanced and easy drinking for 8.1%. Solid but nothing groundbreaking.

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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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