Betrayal Imperial Red | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Betrayal Imperial RedBetrayal Imperial Red
BA SCORE
64.3%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 140 ratings
Betrayal Imperial RedBetrayal Imperial Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 06-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,305
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
140
Liked:
90
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
12.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of alcohol and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and pine resin hops along with hints of alcohol. It has a moderate amount of bitterness that particularly lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: This is a rather bold imperial amber ale, but the smell and taste of alcohol is somewhat of a turnoff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to medium patch of thick film, some very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light amounts of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by some lighter pine hops and hints of alcohol. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This one is a little too boozy for me, the alcohol is just much too present int he is beer. The presence of the alcohol makes this one tough to drink and not as enjoyable as I might have hoped.

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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pi Bar, in San Francisco.

Speakeasy Betrayal pours a deep, deep crimson that only directly into the light reveals its shocking secret - that it's actually transparent! (but you need a bright afternoon sun, artificial indoor lighting isn't strong enough to penetrate the sooty red beer). It has a well proportioned head that leaves ornate lacing that looks rather dapper in the tulip glass.

The flavours in the aroma smell faint, but are still perceptibly characterful; you'd think they made the beer with the peels of the most bitter oranges they could find, squeezed in a drop of grapefruit juice and let the malts they'd use sit near the stove before hand (they have a lightly smoky, toasted quality to them). Hard to know if it will be more bitter or sweet.

And the great thing about this style is that it needn't chose one over the other, it can be (indeed, should be) both! Here they co-exist in virtual harmony, as if the brewer somehow made a bitter tasting caramel, or a grapefruit that is as sweet as they normally are sour. No alcohol shows, so far as I could tell. But it could be concealed in the soft rose petal flavour.

The mouthfeel turns out to have lots of ashy, lightly smoky malts; they taste toasted just to the point that any more so and we'd call them roasted. Still, there is a lot of caramel sweetness and, lest you forget, a great deal of hoppy bitterness on the finish. The impression I get is of it being very dry and "nutty", like toasted almonds or hazelnuts.

Betrayal doesn't have the thundering properties to suggest that it's been brewed with the hop head's iron palate in mind, and while that might cost it the highest marks on this site, it should afford it a lot more success with the general populace. And with the amount of character it has, my guess is it will guide that populace to better tastes and higher standards.

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a dark copper color with a thin light tan head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward some heavy pine and a bit of toasted malt. The flavor brings a heavy dose of pine and some slight citrus along with some amber malt sweetness. The two don't complement each other as well as I would have liked. Sweetness isn't nearly as prevalent in the feel, which is heavily bitter and slightly chewy. Solid beer.

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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber pour with a tan foam head. Active carbonation. Lacing is rings on the glass.

S - Scents of caramel and rich malt.

T - Rich malty beer that has some sweetness but is essentially a malt bomb.

M - Rich beer that finishes with a raspy feel. Perfect pair with BBQ. Strong flavors stay in the palate.

O - I'd have this again. Surprised how good this is was. A solid amber from a brewery that for some reason I haven't had enough from as of yet.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small off white head. The head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass with a ring on top. It's got a medium mouthfeel and goes down rather easy. It's a good imperial red, but doesn't cover the excess alcohol as much as I would have liked. A definite add to my list though.

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Betrayal Imperial Red from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 64.3% out of 100 with 140 ratings
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