Betrayal Imperial Red | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Betrayal Imperial RedBetrayal Imperial Red

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 06-27-2010

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Photo of Shogun730
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Totalpackage411
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally special ordered a few bottles of this to try. This was a very heavy red/amber with a dynamite taste. I love all of speakeasy beers but this is very different from the rest. If you can find this beer anywhere other than San Francisco Bay Area you should get it, had to order online from So Cal to even be able to get this one. Speakeasy is hands down the best brewery in California in my opinion.

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Photo of C-Dog
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of elNopalero
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a dark intensely amber-ruby hue. Great big and lovely dank aroma, with piney grapefruit notes. Flavor comes off as sharply hoppy with a thick piney taste, like grapefruit zest and a heavy dank gobsmack. Almost medicinal hints emerge as it opens up. Not too sweet, not at all dry, this hit the spot and scratched that itch. Loved it.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of themathguy
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of richard_stanton
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of TheReese
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of magnusdave
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Act25
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best beer from this brewer. Though it fails to hide its ABV all that well, this is now my favorite red ale, which is a favorite style. I like Imperial ones.

A: The pour is a murky, brown amber color but it boasts a billowy, dense, lasting tan head,. with massive, creamy lace.
S: As expected in red - a caramel malt backbone to the beer with bread store dominating piney hops. Malt wins, almost pretzel bread.
T: While the pretzel bread continues balance the tips over the sweet malt base to the smokey, piney, estery, and bitter hops the blends and twist like a pretzel or "a betrayal" delivering an "Affair" to remember and savor.
M: The body is bigger than medium, almost chewy, and the see-saw into the drying and meditative finish is clean.
D: My favorite red ale. A cut above. Would love to taste off a flight of red ales.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Excellent dark red color. Very bright and enticing. Nice head. Good lacing.

S: Whoa! Good amount of hops and caramel. A bit of alcohol on the nose.

T: Deep malt flavor that I really enjoy. Definitely hoppy for a red ale. A hint of an alcohol burn on the finsh. This is a very deep, complex, and wonderful taste.

M: Medium to thick body. Good carbonation.

O: excellent limited release that I hope will be released again and again. I will pick this up and order it, wherever I can find it.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a stemware glass.

Got a perfect head of creamy bubbles that dissipated to good lacing. Color is dark ruby-red.

Smell is not pronounced, average.

Taste is a near perfect balance of sweet, sour, and bitter. Some floral, but more wood notes.

Mouthfeel is the best; very creamy almost like a stout.

Overall, a fine example of an Imperial Red, which is one of my favorite styles.
(This mean the Amber Ale / Red Ale designation is incorrect.)

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.

A: Opaque rusty burgundy with thick, frothy, rocky beige 2-finger head with very good retention and a thick craggy line of lace with scattered spots.

S: Strong earthy aromas of pine resin and wood are greeted by slightly sweet maltiness with caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and toffee. Alcohol give a little nostril heat.

T: The flavor is a great mix of spicy, piney, and woody-herbal hops component with a strong somewhat sweet malt contribution with chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet raisiny caramel notes. The alcohol is masked very effectively. The aftertaste is herbal and earthy but with a definite pine-wood character.

M: A little sticky and a little too much carbonation but all in all the body is nice and its easy to drink.

O: I was really impressed by this beer - most imperial red ales are overly sweet alcohol bombs. This brew really solves that problem well and moves into the realm of supremely smooth beers with an exceptionally well-balanced mix of big hops and big malt. It is an imperialized Prohibition Ale with the same raisin and caramel notes that I really like in an amber ale. I wish this was priced a little more in the range of Arrogant Bastard at $4.50/bomber. It is one of Speakeasy's best beers and one that I will try again a couple time before it fades away for the year. This beer is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me.

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Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a brownish chestnut color with a nice tan head

S - smells of biscuit and toasted malt with a bit of grassy hops

T - this starts off with caramel malts and fades to a nice toasted and biscuit malt flavor. This beer is all malts and in a good way. Really flavorful and delicious.

M - super smooth and a nice body

D - one of the best amber ales I have had to date. Big thanks to KevSal for the hook up on this one. If I lived in San Fran I would drink this frequently. Recommended!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a deep clean amber in color with a finger of beige head that stayed for the whole glass. smells of caramel, honey, wheat, lots of grapefruit/pine/grass notes. a delicious tasting sweet bready malt profile with tons of flavorful and floral/citrus hop notes. getting a hint of grapefruit and coriander. medium in body, moderate in carbonation. creamy and sticky on the lips. i think this is my favorite beer from this brewery. they've all been awesome so far but this one stands out.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep ruby/scarlet/blood red. Very beautiful hue. It pours with about an inch of head, huge globs of lace are left behind.
Caramalts, strawberry, citrus and sweet country white bread make up the smell.
The taste is bready and fruity, with a good amount of hops to bitter it up at the finish. Citrus and herbal hop taste more specifically. I like the balance quite a bit. The brew is thick going down, bit not in a bad way. It's a bit highly carbonated, but not bad.
A little high in price for the style, but still pretty good. I'll probably grab at least one more before they disappear.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of hickmancase
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of gshackles
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of yoitsarch
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.99 bomber purchased in Warwick, NY.

Dark, almost murky maroon amber body. Two fingers of bone china colored whip cream foam. Drippy lace.

Big bread and biscuit aroma. Whiffs of alcohol and licorice. Deep soaking fruits bubbling up.

Big fat caramel maltiness bulldozes the tongue. Dump truck of earthy hops. Sense of alcohol but not a burn, more of a late tingle.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

An imperial red leaning more toward malt, but still a winner with this hophead. Well worth a try.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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