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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 138
Photo of jfmorey
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 avaldivia
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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 elNopalero
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
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 Totalpackage411
4.85/5  rDev +26%
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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Betrayal Imperial Red from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.85 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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