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 Imperial 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Photo of BryanCarey
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer Camp Imperial Red Ale pours from the bottle to a dark garnet hue with a nose that invokes scents of citrus and bready malts. The body of this beer is clear and there are generous amounts of lace left in the glass as you consume.

This beer tastes about the way you would expect based on the nose. There is a tasty, bready malt backbone with flavors of biscuits and some roasted notes. Then, the taste switches to that of citrus hops with resiny bitterness. The taste of alcohol is evident as well, and it comes through in the finish. It isn’t harsh, however, and is appropriate for the style.

This Imperial Red Ale is a very tasty one and yet another winning beer from Sierra Nevada, one of a handful of breweries that cannot seem to make a below average product. This beer is a little on the strong side and certainly one to take seriously, but the alcohol presence in the flavor is not so pronounced as to dissuade from taking another sip. In fact, as stated before, it seems just about right for an imperial red ale.

Try this one while it lasts. Mine is labeled as #35 for 2013, which I notice is a little different from some of the other release numbers I see in these reviews. But the style is still the same, as far as I know. It may not be around for long so give it a try if you can.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is #95 no clues on what is cancelled for review or whatever. Popping the top the bottle smell is black licorice with alot of malts and strong sweetness. Pouring into the SAPP yields a deep bronze with a permanent multi size bubble tan head that is as I said, permanent. Taste is smoothness beyond all comprehension will an up front bittersweet maltiness that then kicks into a a sweet but mildly balanced bitterness that then fades to a slight bitterness that never exceeds the butterscotch bite. A fine brew.

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Photo of purppy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dsimenson
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute. Yields a 1/2" head which stocks around for a couple sips, and then leaves lovely lacing in rings on the inside of the glass. Unfiltered slightly ruby-tinted honey color. Aroma is rich, complex, fruity and hops. Flavor is rich, complex, caramel, hops, fruit, alcohol, and more hops. Mouthfeel is medium thick and potent. Overall I really like this. It is quite a bit better than the seasonal Flipside Red IPA, which is a little bit different style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber colored with a good inch of khaki colored head. Lively carbonation. Cereal grains and amber malt combine with pine like aromatic hops in the nose. The mouthfeel is sticky and warm. The cereal grains and amber malts are on the front of the palate and are quickly drenched with intense pine hop flavors that burn a bit and then fade. Intensely hopped.

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Photo of Beeranator
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

A: Dark red verging on purple. Creme colored, fluffy head. Decent lacing. Sterling presentation.

N: Pineapple and mango. Leafy hops. Sweet bread dough. Touches of pine.

T: Well balanced. Rough hops propped by good malt sweetness. Hints of citrus, and lots of pine/earth.

M: Surprisingly thick and creamy. Resinous. Yet very easy to drink. Very impressed here.

O: I tend to hate Imperial reds because they’re so abrasive. Pretty happy with this.

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Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Deep ruby/garnet with a medium height, slightly off-white head.

S- Medium malty sweetness, bready, medium-high bitter aroma

T- Medium roast, faint sweetness, and big bitter hops, slight alcohol coming through, lingering hop resiny bitterness

M- Medium-heavy body, good carbonation

O- A pretty good offering from SN, it's got the big hop bitterness I expect from them but not a overpowering as in some of their other beers, but most of those are IPAs. Not as good as Bear Republic's Red Rocket but I don't think that is an Imperial.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a muddy brown with highlights of red. Toffee colored head quickly dissipates to a thin collar. It's hazy and really not a pretty beer.

Beer smells of caramel, grapefruit, brown sugar, and pine. A really nice balance and each characteristic coming together wonderfully. Taste is similar beginning with a brown sugar and bittersweet toffee that turns to the very forward hop flavor of with a slightly acidic pine and citrus. Finishes with a sharp bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with a nice round fullness.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but comes off as unfinished compared to what I would normally expect from Sierra Nevada.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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