Red-oric - Beer Camp #65 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark red, almost brown from afar. There is a nice full half inch light tan head.

The aroma is full of caramel from the crystal malt. There is a nice note of floral hops in the nose as well.

The taste blends grapefruit hop flavor with coffee like malt notes. This has a strong bitter finish; none of this really comes off as very sweet. A bit more malt here, and this could be a barleywine.

This is medium to full bodied. There is a nice full mouthfeel to go with the lively carbonation. This is pretty good. Nothing super special, but it strikes a unique balance between malt and hops.

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

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear brownish red color with over 3/4 of an inch of medium khaki colored head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, surprisingly well balanced considering SN's love of the hop, with the sweet malts being nicely offset by some floral hops. The flavors started out with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hops came in to dominate, as expected from SN brews. Those hops were tart and citrusy with a tangy finish.

The body was nice full and the beer was a bit sharp across the tongue, mostly from the hops. In a bit of a dichotomy, the had a sweet, but still dry, finish. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple if I saw it on tap. Overall, a good brew, a nice change of pace from Sierra Nevada's usual hop assault. Might make a nice yearly seasonal release. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Con-a-sewer
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red rich mahogany, finger worth of head some lace

Weird I think my nose broke bc it had no smell!

Taste straight fruit and floral with hints if honey and hops

Well carbonated and easy drinking

Overall nice change of pace very good drinker quite the change of pace from a red

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey. Served in a 4 oz snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass and leaves some lace.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with some sweet malt and dark fruit notes.

Taste: More bitter than the smell lead me to believe. The bitterness isn't very refined. Some malt sweetness in the background. The finish is extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a very well balanced beer. The harshness of the bitter flavors was too much. I don't think I'd want another.

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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