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

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Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flexabull on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased as single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness or bottling info.

Pour is dark amber, dark tan head, leaves nice fine lacing.

Caramel maltyness on the nose. With some dull hops in the rear.

Big hops/big malts. I get some smoked notes, some tropical fruit and layers of caramel malt.

Big and balanced. Fine job here by the Beer campers.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp series dated 2012. Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass.

A: Nearly perfect appearance upon pour: Deep red-amber colored, this Imperial Red Ale is capped with a thick, nearly creamy, tan head that leaves an impressive coat of sticky lacing on the glass. The head dies down a bit rather quickly but retains a full tan coat for a long time.

S: More hops than malts in the nose, as expected. The aroma is rich, modestly spicy and bready, mildly floral, and has hints of citrus.

T: Less hop heavy than the aroma, with a nice contribution from sweet malts, leaving the brew only moderately bitter, even in the finish. Rich and complex flavor mix seems to be an exceptionally well-crafted mix of several varieties of malts and hops.

M - Smooth and soft feel with medium-full body. Well chosen medium carbonation.

O - A bold take on a red ale that successfully melds an IPA with a red ale in a finely balanced mix of styles. [4.25]

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle shows this as Beer Camp#35 at 8.5% abv, but who am I to get all anal about this...

Pours an effervescent ruby red with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Loads of pine & some leafy hops, some pear

T: Follows the nose, a touch of booze & breadyness up front. A touch of dryness & cakeyness cuts through the pine. Finishes dry, piney with a bit of orange peel & just a bit of cakeyness & some astringency (aspirin & grapefruit rind)

MF: Chewy, but fairly firm carbonation, balance isn't quite there; some boozey warmth

Drinks alright, not quite dialed in, but could happily drink this any day

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Dark red color with a off-white head that never quite disappears. Very pretty when held up to a light.
S: Tropical fruits and a hint of chocolate(?) in the background
T: Pine, citrus, a little bit of tropical fruit, a definite suggestion of chocolate (a little too much chocolate malt for color?) No sign of alcohol.
M: Lots of carbonation makes for a easy drinking beer, round and tongue coating otherwise. The bitterness seems to linger on the tongue.
O: I don't usually reach for American amber/red ales and this confirms why. I would prefer more hop aroma/flavor and a little less emphasis on the malts, of course that is the whole point of this style. Within the boundaries of the style, this is a very good beer, but I would be surprised to see this in the regular lineup.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a large creamy head.
Nose shows raisins, bready malt, toasty notes, burnt figs and spicy hops.
Similar falvours, malty but with a big spicy hoppy hit. Some acrid, burnt figs and a syrupy note before a massive spicy hop bitternes rolls through. somewhat harsh really.
Thick body, could use more carbonation.
Somewhat limited, and not exactly pleasant. Wasn't a fan.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
8.1% ABV, 2012, string of numbers printed on neck.

A - Perfection in the pint, this beer looks utterly outstanding! Clear deep burn amber colored, this Imperial Red Ale from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp holds it's khaki head for minutes upon minutes, slowly plateauing into a rocky pile of foam all while leaving chunky gobs of lace on the pint!

S - Could Sierra Nevada possibly put out an imperial red without it bursting at the seams with hops? I think not. Assertive pine and juicy citrus; crushed pineapple, lemon wedge, and sticky pine cone, make up this resinous aroma. Plenty of malt counteracts the hops with notes of chocolate and toffee surrounding wafts of warm Bavarian pretzel

T - Hop heavy in aroma but surprisingly balanced in flavor, the malts are up to the task of meeting the hops head-on. Toffee square and bittersweet chocolate give the toasted amber malts a unique twist while the hops spice up the background. Citrus fruit becomes more mild in flavor, giving way to the earthier aspects of the hops; mulchy leaf, grass, and pine with soft wood accents along the way. Quite the intense experience!

M - Smooth and soft opening, the flavor builds steadily and quickly for a total taste bud take over! Medium-full, this amber's body provides a beefy malt backbone with a lingering sharp hop bite that dries out the tongue while balancing the malty sweetness with a lasting bitterness.

O - Assertive and bold, this Imperial Red takes what's normally a run-of-the-mill-style beer and ramps it up, flooding the olfactory sense and taste buds with quite a bit to take in. From the expansive grain bill which keeps you guessing, to the powerful hop profile, this beer seems to teeter back and fourth, appealing to malt and hop lovers alike!

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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Beer Camp Bottle poured in to Bruery tulip. Bottle date code of 2178210. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured a very dark amber colour, almost opaque. One finger of cream coloured head formed and receded to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee aromas up front with some citrus hop aromas in the background. Not an overly robust nose but an inviting one.

T - A big bitterness at first that is immediately followed up a sweet caramel/toffee malt backbone. Some grapefruit and pine notes are present but are in the background. A dry and bitter finish.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: A moderate amount of bitterness stands out throughout the taste, but this is most evident in the finish. There are flavors of spicy hops along with notes of caramel malts and citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hop bitterness really cleanses your palate.
O: This beer presents an interesting mix of hops and is rather bitter for the style. This delivers a nice amount of lingering bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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