Tag Archives: Amber/Red Ale

833. Trillium Brewing Deciduous

Trillium Brewing DeciduousI am not a big fan of red ales but after how much I enjoyed Ma from Tree House I decided to open this bottle from Trillium. This beer may be my least favorite beer to date from Trillium but that’s not saying much as they have all been exceptional.

Deciduous pours a deep amber with a reasonably thick off white head. Aroma is pine, toffee and pretty sweet. Taste was too sweet for my tastes with some piney hops and a reasonably bitter finish.

Overall a well made beer that just didn’t do it for me. If you enjoy red ales than you will likely enjoy this one.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: We brew Deciduous to welcome the return of Autumn and celebrate New England’s changing foliage. This imperial red ale is russet-amber and fills the nose with pleasant aromas of fresh baked bread, pine sap, and floral citrus. Deciduous embodies the seasonal transition from summer to winter with an earth, lemon and spicy pine aroma balanced on the palate with a hearty malt character and clean, refreshing bitterness. Deciduous is medium in body and dry on the finish.

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830. Tree House Brewing Ma

Tree House MaMy brother in law often attends events with me and gets a lot of great beer from my frequent trips to breweries. Occasionally he repays me with beer including this one from Tree House. Ma is a hoppy red ale and like many beers from Tree House now comes in 16 ounce cans with a label stuck to it. Love that they are canning their beer now and still need to find a reason to make more regular trips to Monson.

Ma pours a deep red almost brown with a thick off white head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is an interesting mix of piney hops, slightly fruity and sweet almost bubble gum. Taste starts with the sweet malts you would expect from a red but the hops really shine in the end with plenty pine and citrus. Slightly bitter finish with nice amount of carbonation.

Really well done beer and as much as I don’t like the black IPA I am really enjoying these hoppy red ales. Ma is right there with Nugget Nectar and Stoneface’s Red Rye IPA as a few of my favorite hoppy red ales. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
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704. Bissell Brothers Brewing Bucolia

Bissell Brothers BucoliaThe third offering from Bissell Brothers to make it into cans is their fall seasonal Bucolia. I believe this is classified as a red/amber ale however in true Bissell Brothers fashion it is heavily hopped for your enjoyment. You may notice the can is the same as Baby Genius but they affix a  clear label to the side to identify the beer within. The label is very well done and you might not even notice it is a label unless you were specifically looking for it.

Bucolia pours a deep copper color, not quite red but close. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine, very enjoyable. Taste follows with those same citrus/pine notes but enough of a malt profile to keep things in line. Slightly bitter finish and a relatively low 5.6% ABV make this an easy drinking fall beer.

Really impressed with the Bissell Brothers first three offerings and I am sure to consume many more Bucolias before it is replaced by their winter seasonal. 
Pros:
Flavorful and hoppy
Cons: Not your typical amber ale (but I am OK with that)
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Links: Bissell Brothers Site, Facebook, Twitter
Brewers Description: Bucolia was our answer to the question of how to provide a robust beer with a deep, interesting malt character, while staying true to our passion of producing fresh, soaring hop flavors in our offerings.

We are thrilled with the result, and will continue brewing Bucolia through late Autumn / Early Winter.

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596. Brasserie Artisanale Du Luberon B.A.L. Ambree

BAL AmbreeGot this one as a “sample” to try and see if it was worth bringing in. The short answer was no and anyone I know that tried a beer from this brewery was in agreement.

Beer pours a clear deep amber color with almost no head. Aroma was not pleasant with hints of oak and dark fruits. Taste was weak with a slightly sweet base but not much else happening . I let the beer warm hoping that would help but it did not. I finished about half the beer and the rest went down the drain.  
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Cons: Week watered down
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Brasserie Artisanale Du Luberon
Brewers Description: Beer brewed by hand by decoction and infusion of high fermentation, unfiltered and unpasteurized with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. BAL is an amber beer tasting rich and spicy with a nice structure, which balanced malt flavors and alcohol.

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579. Sixpoint Global Warmer

Sixpoint Global WarmerWhen I first read about Global Warmer  I figured it would be a Winter Warmer style beer. I had this on draft at Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth a few weeks back and was pleasantly surprised to get a hoppy amber ale. After trying it at Thirsty Moose I picked up a can at Bier Cellar so I could take a proper photo do this review.

This is a nice looking amber ale with a deep red color and single finger off white head. Aroma is fairly subtle but mostly pine and spicy hops. Overall an enticing beer, especially for an amber. Taste follows with a big hit of hops at first but that quickly gives way to some nice sweet malts. This gives the beer a very nice balance.

I like that some breweries are making hoppy holiday or winter seasonal offerings instead of everyone doing the big bad stouts or spiced beers. Between this and Celebration from Sierra Nevada you have a couple of good winter seasonals for the hop lovers out there. 
Pros:
Hoppy
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
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Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. A Winter Warmer to warm your Globe, or a Global Warmer to warm your Winter? There’s no denying the Beer Climate is changing.

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567. Lost Nation Rustic Ale

Lost Nation RusticI had to make a follow up visit to Lost Nation as I really enjoyed their Gose (see review here). This time I did a flight of all their beers and while the Gose was still my favorite I decided to bring home a growler of their red ale.

Appearance is a nice amber with a thick tan head. Aroma is full of grassy hops and a bit of sweet malts. Rustic Ale is very easy to drink and is more complex than most red ales. It starts with the grassy hops but they give way to the sweet malts, finish has a little bite to it.

Overall I was pleased with this offering from Lost Nation, if you visit the brewery try a flight and grab a growler to go.
Pros: Complex for a red
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Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 40
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Brewers Website: Lost Nation
Brewers Description: A ruby colored ale that has a pronounced hop character. This smooth beer features a soft malt body that is complemented by American hops and dry hopped with whole flower hops just prior to kegging for a fresh hop finish.

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550. Maine Beer Company Red Wheelbarrow

Maine Beer Red WheelbarrowAmber/red ales and brown ales are two of my least favorite styles as they tend to be fairly boring and very similar from brewery to brewery. Occasionally a brewery decides to break the mold a bit and do something a little different and Maine Beer Company certainly tried to do that with Red Wheelbarrow.

This beer is red in color with a thick off white head. Aroma has some hops but still has plenty of dark fruit and malt character. The taste starts with a nice dose of hops followed by the sweet malts and only slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a decent beer but nothing to get too excited about and not up to par with Mo, Lunch and the others from Maine Beer Company. 
Pros:
Hoppy for a red
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Like many of our beers, Red Wheelbarrow (which started out as a pilot batch brewed by Brewer Dan Roberts) doesn’t fit neatly into a style category — think of it as a stronger, more hop-forward interpretation of a traditional red ale.  Red Wheelbarrow is not, however, a “red IPA” – there is robust malt character (think raisin and fig) on both the nose and palate that temper the abundant hop presence (think citrus fruit).

Malt – Weyermann Munich 1, Briess 2-Row, Victory, Chateau Special B, Chateau Abbey, Briess C-80

Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight

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523. Heretic Brewing Evil Twin

Heretic Brewing Evil Twin This is another beer that has been kicking around the house for some time. Not even sure where I got it at this point but after my bad experience with the Infidel red ale I decided to open another. Fortunately this one was one of the better red ales that I have reviewed.

Pours a very deep and clean red with a small tan head. Aroma is almost all sweet malts but this may be due to the age of the bottle, if it had hop aroma it almost completely disappeared by the time I opened this bottle. The taste was a well balanced mix of piney hops and sweet malts. The hops were lacking in the aroma but quite apparent in the taste.

Overall this was a very nice from a brewery that I know very little about. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
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Brewers Website: Heretic Brewing Company
Brewers Description: This blood-red ale may not be what you might expect from a malty and hoppy craft beer. Evil Twin has a rich malt character, without being overly sweet. It has a huge hop character, without being overly bitter. It is a great example of a bold, rich, balanced craft beer, without being heavy and hard to drink in quantity. Our Evil Twin is only bad because it is too good to resist.

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522. Infidel Brewing 5’9″ Redhead

Infidel 59My second and probably last beer from Infidel Brewing. I bought both this beer and Bottom O the Cauldron at the same time and I cannot picture myself buying anything from them ever again.

This is a red ale and it looks the part with a nice amber color and single finger off white head. The aroma was all malt and not bad but nothing too exciting either. Maybe I thought this was going to be bad going in because of my last review but the taste was really bad. Not the burnt plastic of the last review but just not good. Way over carbonated as well and just not a beer that I would ever try again.

I hate to write off a Maine brewery but I don’t think you will see more reviews of Infidel beer on this page. 
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Infidel Brewing (Facebook Page)
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517. Lagunitas Lucky 13

Lagunitas Lucky 13I picked up this beer at Whole Foods in Portland after The Festival. The bomber was fairly inexpensive $6 or $7 and well worth the money.

This is a hoppy red/amber ale which is a nice change from the typical amber ale. Color is red with a very nice white head. Aroma has plenty of malt but also some piney/floral hops. This beer is very appealing in both look and smell. The beer is very well balanced with plenty of sweet malts and enough pine hops to make it enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden and 22 ounces is just enough for a nice evening.

Easily one of my favorite red/amber ales. 
Pros:
Hoppy for a red
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Alcohol Content: 8.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 77
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Brewers Website: 
Brewers Description: We made the Lucky 13 in 2006 for our 13th Anniversary Celebrations, but we liked that Mondo Large Red Ale so much we kept bringing it back year after year. In 2010 we switched up the recipe by swapping the more heavily roasted malts with lighter ones — lightening it up and making it more fitting for the summer months…we also changed her hair color. Who do you like better….Betty or Veronica?

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