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T-6 Red Ale - Warbird Brewing Company

T-6 Red AleT-6 Red Ale

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%

Brewed by:
Warbird Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GreenWBush on 01-02-2005)
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Photo of karengarys


2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours dark amber, minimal head, no sticking to the glass at all. After a while the foam dissipates to nithingness, leaving a hazy dark amber liquid and nothing else.

Smells lemony and hoppy, it's okay.

Taste is... MGD. Bud. It tastes like a macro brew, and I have little to add to that.

Mouthfeel is also... MGD. Bud. It has nothing special over that.

Finish is... MGD. Bud. nothing special.

Sure, i can have another easily, but I really don't want to waste the calories/carbs for another. It is too boring to seek out.

Serving type: can

06-16-2007 00:10:15 | More by karengarys


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2" off-white head that falls quickly to a cap. Golden amber color beer. Light lacing.

S - Clean caramel malt aroma. Light zesty, floral hop.

T - Light caramel. Fruit. Touch of sweetness that is countered by just enough of a hop presence to dry out the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Easy to drink ~ pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: can

12-06-2006 02:16:59 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of goochpunch


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep amber with a sturdy off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film of head that leaves patchy lacing. Smells very malty with a slight toasted quality. Not really much hops to speak of in the nose. Flavor is all malt: bready, nutty, slighlty raisin-y. Slight toastedness in the grains. Faint floral hops in the background. MALT. Mouthfeel is really soft, but with sufficient bubbles. Medium body. Great drinker.

Serving type: can

11-27-2006 06:57:40 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Pegasus


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliant toned copper color, with excellent clarity, a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and fine scattered lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced malty aroma, like whole-grain bread, with some yeast notes as well.

Taste: Opens with pronounced toasted malts, soon followed by caramel notes, and a slight earthiness. Towards the end of the taste, there is a mild wave of malt sweetness, and the toasted notes reassert themselves fairly strongly. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with somewhat sharp carbonation, almost soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a ground-breaking beer, but very pleasant and well-made, would potentially appeal to the macro beer drinker. Certainly not the sort of beer that Dogfish Head or Three Floyd's would offer, but there is nothing wrong with that, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: can

11-19-2006 03:59:45 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most red ales, T-6 is actually orange. Bright orange in this case, with a modest number of fine particulates being buffeted by lively, uprushing carbonation. Atop the beer is a creamy golden ecru dome that leaves an attractive amount of lace in arcing streamers.

The nose is pleasant enough, even though it doesn't smell like anything in particular. It's lightly malty, I guess, with very little in the way of hops. I'd never have known that Hallertau and Saaz are in use. I hope the flavor has more going for it because, so far at least, this T-6 isn't soaring through the wide blue yonder.

This is an average red ale at best. It's primarily malty with an earthy, toasted, mildly caramel-like vibe. Given the lack of sweetness and the mouthfeel, there can't be much pale and Crystal malt present. Actually, the more I drink, the more I feel that this is below average beer due to a harsh graininess that is beginning to appear with only a few degress of warming.

There's more bitterness present than actual hop flavor, especially on the finish; never a sign of a well-brewed beer. I would still have had no clue that noble hops are in the house, going by flavor alone. It didn't take long for the cracks to appear in the fuselage. Unfortunately, by the middle of the can, they're on their way to becoming fissures.

I don't mind the body/mouthfeel. It's on the light side of the red ale spectrum, but is smooth enough to get by. There is a bit of harshness to the carbonation, however, which keeps me from being too impressed.

According to the Warbird website, T-6 Red Ale was 'designed to be a flavorful, easy drinking, low-impact beer'. Even though the brewer didn't miss that goal completely, this is still a less than wonderful ale. T-6 doesn't go down in flames, but it is a bit of a bumpy ride.

Serving type: can

11-09-2006 13:54:16 | More by BuckeyeNation


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber- to copper red body hosts a light tan head. Nose is nice with hints of wheat, mineral earthy tones and soft nutty feel. Very smooth on first sip with silky nuttiness and mineral notes. Nice crisp feel that leaves the mouthfeel just theck enough to let you know your drinking a quality brew. Enjoyable to drink and easy to throw back a few. Grab a 6-pack of this canned craft beer and share with friends, they will thank you.

Serving type: can

11-01-2006 18:37:05 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of BlackAngus


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the awesome can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a pale red, crystal clear, with a foamy head that rings the glass.

Smell is nicely balance malty and hoppy. Hops are subtle.

Taste is malty, nice subtle hops, nothing crazy. Just a nice solid maltiness.

Mouthfeel is light, nicely carbed, smooth.

I will drink a lot of this. It is in a can, but once you get over that prejudice, it's a quality brew. It is what it is...an all-malt American amber.

Serving type: can

09-07-2006 01:50:12 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of Generik420


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It just feels weird to buy a 6-pack of cans for $7.99. Ok.. now that that's out there, let me just say, this is really good beer. The first caveat is you should definitely pour it into a glass and not drink it straight from the can. I made that mistake a year ago and didn't think much of this beer because it had the "can taste". Poured into a glass and I think it stands up very well to some high end microbrews.

I poured it into a traditional pint glass and noticed immediately the gorgeous red color and a clarity that really should be seen to be fully appreciated. Very nice coppery red, and a surprisingly large head that disappated at a reasonable pace. Some lacing left along the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell is somewhat sweet and malty. Light hop aroma. Maybe a hint of caramel hidden in the aroma.

Taste is very mellow. Nice residual maltiness. This beer is extremely quaffable. I was having to force myself to slow down while drinking two cans during dinner. One swallow would consume 1/3 of the glass. I could drink this beer all night long and it will definitely find room in my beer fridge on a regular basis.

The big thing with this beer is you need to get over the fact that it is sold in cans. I know it is a stumbling block most beer nuts will have, and it will be too easy to dismiss this as "cheap" or something else. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

08-31-2006 03:23:28 | More by Generik420
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beer glug glugs out of really sweet-looking can an orangish amber with no head or odor. This is a very balanced, dry, and refreshing, if basically tasteless beer. Definately unusual simply because of the can and the fact that its some sort of macro-fied tasting red ale. Thin, fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable.

Serving type: can

04-06-2006 06:08:58 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of BitteBier


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with only a slight reddish tint and little head despite an aggressive pour. Nose and taste are both characterized by slightly sweet, ho-hum grains. Mouthfeel is rather light and slightly effervescent, but hardly interesting. This one's biggest virtue is that it goes down easy, but I can't say I'll make an effort to hunt it down. (Incidentally, this beer is labeled only "T-6 Red Ale". With Warbird's web site being down, I'm not sure whether there's also a light variant.)

Serving type: can

10-17-2005 00:34:12 | More by BitteBier
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm light amber body that is crystal clear and has a white creamy head. This beer has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light smell of some pale malt but mostly corn. There is a faint noble hop note aswell.

T- The taste is very soft pale malt with an adjunct flavor, corn I think. The finish is a light noble hop bitterness. There is a dry finish taste to this beer.

M-Light mouthfeel with a hint of fizziness.

D- This has all the makings of an American adjunct lager, little aroma, crisp dry flavor with a adjunct flavor. The color is a bit more to style but not very interesting especially as an American Amber.

Serving type: can

09-05-2005 21:15:45 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of GreenWBush


2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Is this Miller High Life? From the can it is very difficult to tell...

I have to say that I didn't mind this beer while drinking it on the golf course with my father, but we both conceded that the Miller he was sipping off of had much more flavor. Sad, unfortunate - but at the end of the day - true.

Weird grainy tastes and no hop presence to speak of in the slightest. The difference between this and MHL? $5 a six pack? It's brewed closer to my house?

This beer is a lame sheep in a wolf's clothing. Put out another beer, open a tap-room, or at least show that you care about your product, the city, or people who actually like something other than BMC or you can't be around for long.

Light lager for the pretentious, IMHO. If this is an all-malt beer i'll print this review and eat it.

Serving type: can

05-30-2005 00:26:22 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Brettster


4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all, I am very dissapointed to hear that Warbird Brewing Company has closed. I have enjoyed thier beer.

I poured the T-6 Red Ale from a bottle to a pub glass. It did not deliver a lot of head or retention. It tapers off into a silky ring around the glass. Warbird has produced a very drinkable red ale. It could use some more hoppiness, but it still has a good flavor. I think I will stock up on a few six packs before I cannot find them anymore

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:18:35 | More by Brettster
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red color, with a kind of thin head, that falls back to a little ring, leaving little bits of lacing. Looks a little worse than average. The smell is very malty, not quite full on bready, but a bit toasty, nice and caramellized, with a bit of a burnt sugar smell. The hops are kind of earthy, a little leafy, but not very citrus/resinous. Kind of smells alright, better than average, and it's not the hopped up red ale you expect in America. The taste follows with the smell, but there seems to be a bit more emphasis on the herbal, earthy hops. The malt is still cakey and sweet, with a little bit of a nuttiness. And the hops balance the beer well. I kind of think it works, but doesn't wow. The body is a bit thin and watery, which I didn't expect, and the carbonation isn't very sharp, which I would expect to make it feel more full. This is still a good drink. I think I could definitely fit this into a session, and make a night out of it. It keeps me interested with some decent flavor and doesn't overwhelm me. I wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:45:07 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of morimech


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass. Has an aroma of sweet malt with some floral hops. Slightly toasted and minerally qualities. Semi-sweet flavor. Definate floral hop presence. Slightly herbal. Bitterness is low. Pleasant malt base. Nothing earth shattering but well made. A nice red withouth the big American hops. A little thin in the body but the carbonation is not overbearing. Gives a nice soft and slightly creamy texture. Nice change of pace with the different hops. Easy to drink. Nicely crafted. I hate T-6s but I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 01:54:46 | More by morimech
Photo of brdc


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks splitgrin for this extra.

Nearly copper colored, thin whitish head, poor retention.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is simple, but well balanced and straight to the point. It shows some cookie maltiness, a slight hoppy bite, mostly piney, in an overall light body.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 18:05:17 | More by brdc
Photo of Brenden


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from this morning's tasting:

This one pours a reddish-brown. Head retention and lacing are both good.
The aroma is an uncomplicated balance of caramel malt and hops.
Taste is similar with a little added sweetness and a gentle bitterness from the hops. Balance is good.
Mouthfeel is very nice. This one's creamier than most beers I've tried at this point; velvety smooth with a crispness as well and a great amount of carbonation.
This one's drinkable, and even more so with the relatively low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 21:45:53 | More by Brenden
Photo of zeff80


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly light brown/burgundy color with a small, short-lived, off-white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled malty and of caramel. Not much else.

T - It tasted sweet and of caramel. It had a biscuity malt profile.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is an okay amber ale. Nothing to run out and stock up on, but it is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:00:34 | More by zeff80
Photo of cnally


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good looking reddish amber hue in the beer, a few bubbles rise up. nice head dissipates quick and leaves the slightest reference.

semi sour smells like old grease and yeasty breads. however, that fades into a slightly vanilla and caramel hint.

good, smooth sweet taste. the yeasts come full frontal, but is met with a good flavor of hops midway through the taste. aftertastes of bitter tannins and grains.

creamy mouthfeel, a good balance of carbonation and weight.

pretty decent one here. as long as you keep your nose out of the glass, everything is a smooth and tasty affair.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:45:50 | More by cnally
Photo of ppoitras


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the clear copper brew. Head is here for the duration, with heavy thick coating lace. Aroma is light and balanced. Taste is sweet upfront, with minimal hop character, slight bitterness at close. Mouthfeel is so creamy smooth, it is unbelievable, and drinkability benefits there as well. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:17:10 | More by ppoitras
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool regional brew from my secret Santa Raznug!

A- Body is a translucent amber with some faint ruby red hues coming through. Pours with a 1-2 finger white creamy head that quickly subsides to an eggshell and retains well from there. No lacing left behind in the glass. Has a uniform faint cloudiness to the body.

S- Nose is very faint but definitely indicative of a Red Ale. Some faint citrus and earthy hop presence can be picked up along with a nice malt backbone.

T- Taste is similar to the nose. The highlight of the flavor is very mild-citrus hops and a touch of grassy hops that have a mild pale malt backbone to balance it out. A hint of citus rind bitterness adds to the finish with what was already going on. What lingers is a faint hint of grapefruit and orange.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light to medium weight body. The carbonation is not particularly assertive but is probably the most noticeable feature of the beer-giving this ale a sessionable lager-like consistency.

D- This is a very mild, but pleasant red ale. There is a nice highlight of mild citrus that you don't find in most reds. Not the best of the style-but its definitely drinkable, enjoyable and a good example. Wouldn't hesitate to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 03:03:56 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of BierFan


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The bottle gives an expiration date of "11 30 08" so it's about 3 weeks past it's expiration, but in my experience that just means it'll be a maltier red.

Appearance: Two finger head of off-white foam sitting on top of a hazy dark reddish orange.

Smell: Lots of rich caramel maltiness.

Taste: Rich and malty, dark fruits, with a little juiciness and hops on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 23:04:13 | More by BierFan
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber with a thin head. Flavor is a nutty, tangy, fruity and twiggy thing. Feel has a fairly active carbonation and the liquid is alright. This is an okay amber. Drinkable, sure. It'd be cool to see this in cans though.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 08:27:24 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WakeandBake


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NotesSep 9, 2008
Nice amber pour,with a tannish head.Aroma of caramel, bread, maybe some faint dark fruits,a faint hint of honey. A charred malt and caramel taste with a little dark fruit maybe rasins,and a slight dry hop finish. Way better as it warms,takes on a sweeter note. Nice offering,quite drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 22:45:30 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice hop note. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, not bad at all, thanks Tim.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:05:55 | More by Wasatch
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T-6 Red Ale from Warbird Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.