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Renegade Red Ale - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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Renegade Red AleRenegade Red Ale

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002

The Renegade is a malty extra special bitter ale, ruby red in color, and hopped to balance malt and suite the style.

Like its namesake, the beer comes on with a bold sweetness, has a smooth full body feel, and a finish that snares the palate.
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Reviews by j-rod18:
Photo of j-rod18
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, chestnut brown color, with a two finger beige head that leaves sporadic sheets of lace down the glass.
Aroma is of a nice ESB, with notes of caramel malt, walnut nuttiness, and some vague spice.
Mouthfeel is average for a good ale, with active carbonation and a mild hops bite.
Taste has a dominant malt character, with caramel and toffee, but a good touch of buttery walnut, and barely enough funky hop bitterness. There is a hint of cinnamon and apples that weave into the picture, and disappear just as soon as they entice. This is an excellent ESB, and reminds me of a Nova Scotian Propeller, one of my alltime favorites. These Montana folks have brewed up an excellent ESB with this one. Wish I had more.

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Autumn Brew Review 2002, Minneapolis, MN...

Chill-hazed brown, small head that is mostly a rim-clinging skim. Vague nutmeg nose, a little honey sense. Sweet flavors, a little pumpkin pie, quick but decent hop attenuation. Finishes fairly quickly for an ESB, slighly less mouthfeel than expected for the style. Balance is decent. OK brew, not exceptional...

Note: this beer is an ESB, not an American Amber

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An opaque red/brown brew. Malty scent with fruit and spice in the nose ... an ESB??

Tastes of roasted malt. Interesting, though not sure what the style/aim is.

Almost comes up just short of porter character with a hint of ...pepper?

Quirky but up my alley.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper to light red with a tightly ringed 1" deep white head that drops off like crazy. Zero lacing and and head retention

Smell: some pronounced fruitiness

Taste: Fruiity with slight grainyness & sweetness, some nuty notes as well on the finish, this gained flavor as it got warmer

MF: More malt would be required for perfec balance & under carbonated

Pretty drinkable, but this beer's quality has been hit & miss here in the bottle, so I can only imagine how wild the Q swing is on the east coast or down south. try with a sckeptical (sp??) eye....

Photo of marcobrau
2.22/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A light amber-red ale that pours with little fanfare, not much foam, and a peculier fruity and flowery aroma. The small bit of foam from pouring this beer disappears after a few minutes. The promise of hops is found in the first sip, but the anticipation of more hops is crushed with a malty sweet middle and finish. Unfortunately, I don't like ales of this gravity that finish sweet. Something tells me this might not be the freshest sample of this beer, but I doubt giving it a second chance will improve the sweet finish.

Photo of geexploitation
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dingy amber with minimal head. Not much to look at. Nose of cider apples, baking spices and earthy hops. Big apple taste along with the malts; the hop bitterness and hop flavors are dialed back, making this more of a session beer. Mouthfeel is medium all around -- carbonation, body, everything. Overall this is a decent session beer.

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. No features, nice pictures.

Appearance: Amber to nutty brown in color. Very mild chill haze. Decent 1 finger head that faded into a dence lace.

Smell: Quite malty with an underlying spice. Almost has a white wine nose.

Taste: Yum….very soft malt. Caramel and toffee. I also taste a little butterscotch. The bitters come a little later. They to are mild and pleasant. Fairly spicy hops really complement the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, light carbonation. Silky and smooth. Kind of chewy.

Drinkability: Very good. I have really taken a liking to this beer. I received this beer from a co-worker who was working in Billings and stopped by the tasting room. He tells me that all of their beers are excellent! I have to believe that he is right. This on is great. Nice job.

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Kindsdaddy
4.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring up this beer reveals a reddish caramel color with a very light head. The aroma is soft and mouth watering, just giving off hints of what you are about to enjoy. It has a mild and short lived aftertaste. This is a caramel malt beer, one that you want pull out to impress your refined friends or if you are like me, will just keep it all to myself since this is one of the better beers I have had in a long time.

Photo of beerceller99
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Copper red hue with an off white head. Sweet banana bread, grainy yeasty smell. Light to medium bodied with a big, airy mouthfeel. Spicy, malty, banana bread with honey butter flavor. Finishes slightly bitter.
A fresh, old world brew from the rolling grasslands of Montana. You gotta love this country and this beer.

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Malty sweet & slightly spicy

Photo of TastyTaste
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Copper color, nearly brown. 2" of white head. Leaves a little sticky lacing on the glass. Carmel sweet malty smell. Taste is not very strong. It is very sweet and the carmel flavor borders on cloying. Not that good of a beer.

Photo of pweis909
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Twelve oz. bottle.

A -Giant Foam Monster atop amber-red liquid. The foam is slightly tawny. The size of the foam is a bit silly, and it lasted quite a while. There was coppery sediment in the bottom (which I don't mind, but that foam is unnecessary).

S- sweet and malty.

T-sweet malty. just a little bit of biscuity flavor keeps this from being one-dimensional. nothing to say about hops other than they are barely sufficient to keep the caramel malt from being cloying.

M-Very heavy-bodied. Too much, I think for an ESB, as it claims to be. Really, a distraction. Given the body and the foam, I'm thinking too much Cara-Pils or other crystal/carmel malts, maybe?

This is not a beer I will likely buy again. The excess body puts me off, and the caramel malt is overkill. It's categorized as an ESB. I'm no certified beer judge, but I think the caramel and the body are not in style.

Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/01/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reaper pint glass.

Appearance- More brown than amber pour with a tiny bit of murk. Bits of tiny sediment towards the bottom. Very small head and no lacing whatsoever.

Smell- Mostly a sweet malt here with maybe a wee bit o' hops.

Taste- A bit heavy on the malt side at first, but then the lightly bitter hops kick in. A bit sweet at fist and maybe a touch of caramel and a tiny bit of roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Not sure it this is a true ESB or not. But, either way, it's perfectly drinkable.

Photo of mnfinnkidd
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark hued red with 1/4" white head. No lacing down the side. Aroma is sweet. Very similar to a strayberry yogurt. The aroma carries over to the taste. Very sweet with little hop backing. Good balance in the mouthfeel. This brew is something that I could have one of but not two in a row....

Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours with a deep copper color and a fleeting foamy white head that gives off a malty cider-like aroma. The bready roasted malt flavor is balanced by a biting hop bitterness that flows right on through the finish. A clean tasty brew.

Photo of loren01
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from bottle into my Yellowstone Valley pint glass. Dark mahogany colored cloudy beer. Small amount of head with decent lacing down the glass. Smell is very much malty and sweet, also some cinammon spiciness to it. This beer is somewhat heavier bodied than most reds I've had before. Taste is also very sweet like honey and toffee with a very slight hop bite at the end. Overall this is a very good session brew, it is good from the bottle but I've had much better from the taproom.

Photo of freed
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pleased to be offered a bottle of this recently, as I grew up with Billings being the "big city" in the area. Label was unique, but nothing memorable. Poured it into a pint glass and was surprised by the clarity of the beer. No head formed, and the light shone upon its brilliant redness.

The aroma was of fruity yeast and malts, little hop aroma detectable. Taste was similarly clear, and I fear this may have been filtered a little more than necessary. The malt husk flavor is absent, but a malty fruity flavor is left, and its somewhat weak. There's nearly no bitterness to clean your palate afterwards, so the accumulating fruitiness can be somewhat off-putting. Especially after a second.

Though filtering can make an attractive amber, it does take something out of the ale.

Photo of jhammerly
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to loren01 for sending me this.

Pours a dark copper, similar to iced tea, with a nice sized head that has a short lifespan.

Smell of some cinnamon-like spices and sweet maltiness.

Tastes about the same as it smells with some honey like notes that add to the mix. A very slight hop presence.

A medium bodied ale that has good carbonation and would be a good beer to session, as well as compliment a variety of foods. Not an outstanding beer, but one that I could drink every now and then.

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color....very little head....nose is soft..not getting much on the nose...maybe some noble European hops....bady is on the light side of medium...some malt evident but also a dryish finish....almost a sour finish....not a bad beer, but nothing really outstanding jumps out....I like the other one better...

Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear deep scarlet red. A minimal beige head recedes to an edging in seconds. Flowery hop aroma. Body of this beer is medium at best. Feels good on the tongue. Taste is tipped more to the side of hops than malt, but this is pretty evenly balanced for an ESB. The hop taste is nice. Dry and herbal. A little bit of a biscuit malt underneath. Very drinkable. Decent beer.

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Renegade Red is a hazy crimson with a small, light brown head. Aroma is sweet with a strong contingent of caramel malt. Taste is more caramel malt, sweet, and on the sugary side. An unwanted hint of yeasty sourness is noted in sips from beer at the bottom of the pint glass. This is decent, but needs more muscle and changes need to be made to restrain the sweetness.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.59/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bronzed dark orange with bright tangerine trim. The pastel gold cap fills half the glass after a standard pour and is in no hurry to depart. It eventually slathers the glass with an impressive amount of Swiss cheese lace. Given the malt bill, I'm not surprised that Renegade Red is so dark (for an ESB). This is a good looking beer.

The nose isn't very ESB-like because it's malt-dominant. A non-hoppy ale that uses chocolate malt may be Yellowstone Valley's idea of an ESB, but it isn't mine. I'll reserve final judgment until I've tasted it, but it doesn't look like style adherence will be this beer's strong suit. Oh yeah, the nose is metallic too.

The flavor profile is muddled, and that's being kind. Caramel mochachino, brown bread toast and Granny Smith apples don't add up to anything that's even remotely close to the stated style. Even if I ignore what it's supposed to be and weigh in on what it is... Renegade Red isn't good beer.

I like the idea of using Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops in an ESB, but the reality is that nothing other than a moderate amount of bitterness is appreciated. This bottle may have seen better days, so that could be a factor as well. However, since I haven't been thrilled with my previous three beers from these guys, I doubt this one would have knocked my socks off when fresh.

The mouthfeel is probably a smidgen closer to light than to medium, but the beer doesn't even maintain that modest standard throughout the entire mouthful. Simply put, it's watery prior to and during the swallow.

I had my doubts after reading the list of ingredients, but then one never knows. Renegade Red Ale isn't good beer no matter what style one chooses to assign. I got through the bottle with a minimum of annoyance, but I have no desire to drink another. Not even if it's free.

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Renegade Red Ale from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.