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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Duplicate of

Added by flexabull on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Camp is the bomb.

Poured into a pint glass. Thick 2 finger, rocky, off white head. Gorgeous deep ruby color when held up to light. Very dark-looking.

Smells like hops. Yes. Hops.

Flavor is bitter! I must really love hoppy American Reds...this is a spectacular mix of flavors that is balanced, but in favor of the hops. Great smoked malt flavor puts up a fight at first but aftertaste is pure dry hops.

I really want to go to beer camp now.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this style and was very excited to find Sierra had an Imperial Red in their new Beer Camp box. This one did not disappoint. Nice deep red color with sustained off-white head in the glass. The aroma was off the charts! Strong citrus, pine hops with that full earthy malt balance. Very flavorful brew, malty upfront with a dry highly hopped finish. Very drinkable for an 8+% brew. Extremely tasty. Overall just a great beer and excellent representation of the style. Sierra does it again!

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3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada's fascination with hops has now lead them to the land of "red". Though the ale's appearance is of deep red Amber Ale, its taste leads with the distinct character of Pacific Northwest hops.

Deep brownish red in color, its overall appearance is of rust and equipped with a haze that signals dry-hopping. A very creamy, ivory head rises to cap the beer with confidence and longevity. Lacing with broken rings, the ale exudes a sense of quality even without taking a sip.

Equal parts of pine and grapefruit meet the nose first. Those sharp and pungent scents are both citrusy and earthy and nearly topple its scent. But then a backdrop of malt peaks through with dry toast, burnt caramel, bread crust, pecan and sorghum.

Those dry sweetnesses greet the early palate but only briefly before giving way to toast and bread crust. Its that gently cynged grain husk taste that brings about a nutty taste. But all that is quickly cast to the wayside because of the onslaught of hops that rise in the middle. That's when the sharper taste of white grapefruit pith and peels give its taste a bright and vivid taste. As the ale continues a quick turn to finish, its citrus tone turns resinous, piney and gripping with hop bitterness in the back of the throat.

Its medium body is lead by a creamy-dry start. Somewhat arid and toasty, its middle is incredibly light even if the toast floats just above the tongue. And then that dry malt character paves the way for for an ultra clean, ultra crisp, and ultra refreshing finish of mild warmth.

Like Sierra Nevada does, this ale completely satisfies every requirement that its style describes. But it's the straight forward taste and lack of complexity that hinders the beer even if everso slightly.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Red Ale - Beer Camp #65 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 142 ratings