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Red Felt Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Red Felt AleRed Felt Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 28
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002)
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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear reddish amber with a dense cream colored head that lingers .

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, floral hop, grapefruit and pine.

Medium body, fairly low carbonation, the sip ends with a slightly astringent feel.

Flavor begins with muted grapefruit notes, sweet malt, and ends with a bitter tea-like finish.

Overall a decent offering, a bit more hop bitterness than expected. There is a slight phenolic character that becomes more evident as the beer warms, but it likely would be undetectable in the bottle or on tap.

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/cranberry with an off-white, almost light pinkish head with great lace. Holding up to the light gives this a beautiful ruby color.

S: A fig-like smell with some nice back spice. Malts are present with small hints of raspberries and blackberries.

T: Light grape with other subtle fruits with a dry malt back. Taste is not as pronounced as the smell but still good.

M: Medium body while going down smooth. Not much mouth feel as the tastes do not linger for very long.

O: A good, but not great red ale. I enjoy some aspects about the smell, but the taste sort of fell short for me.

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper colored beer that had one finger of white head that receded to a small cap with no ring.

S - Smell is kind of dull, some caramel malts and a muted hop profile. Not a whole lot going on, but not offensive.

T - Strong caramel backbone with a healthy, and surprising given the aroma, dose of hops. A lot of citrus, and resin, but not real piney. This is surpringly good tasting.

M - Slightly creamy with some fizz and carbonation, medium bodied.

O - I was very impressed with this beer, and am usually not a fan of the Amber/Red varieties. Good stuff if you are looking for a hoppy version of one.

Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tasting glass...A light clear and bright amber. An off white head, ok retention...A boring aroma that does not show off the hops like I was expecting or the tastes reveals...The taste is a really good hoppy red beer. Caramel backbone, sweet malts to start but a big burst of pine pines on the back, fresh, seems dry hopped. Powerful, flavorful and very tasty to drink if you want a hoppy beer with flavor. Slight metallic resin finish that I could do without.

Worth trying.

Photo of lstokes
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a deep orange beer with an off-white head that had gorgeous lacing, smelling like toasted malts and pine/citrus hops with both of those elements very prominent. They merge in the taste into a beer with a strong initial hop bite merging into a silky caramel-tasting beer with more hop oils at the end. The aftertaste is a little bit drying, but that just makes you want to drink more of those creamy toasted malts. Very strong beer overall.

Photo of quinnsi
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! It could be that I was drinking this on the first chilly day in autumn, but the golden brown color, and rocky dollop of tan foam was all that I could ask for. head retention was very good, leaving brussels lace down the glass as I drank.

The beer is slightly aromatically challenged, although pleasing notes of malt do slip through restrained piny hop smell.

The beer has a very smooth malt taste, with the hops following along on the back end, but never getting out of balance. That said, the hops do linger on, leaving a slightly bitter taste in the mouth, stopping just short of astringent.

Great creamy mouth feel with a slight hop bite that goes along well with the significant fizz of the carbonation make it very enjoyable to drink. Quite quenching as well, and easily easy to gulp or sip.

Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pours a rich amber with garnet highlights and one and a half fingers of light tan, creamy head that has excellent retention and leaves solid lacings. looks great in the glass.

aroma is of light caramel malts with a wonderfully fresh piney and spicy hop note. perfectly balanced in the nose with a wonderfully rich profile and a very pleasant overall character.

taste is of caramel malts up front with a touch of spicy hops on the back end, though much less pronounced than the aroma would suggest. lightly bland overall and flat from the hand pumps; true to a great cask brew.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth on the palate with a malty texture and a finish of residual caramelized sugars and semi-dry caramel.

drinkability is great. a solid brew on cask with a wonderfully malty profile and an aromatic bouquet of fresh hops. could be a bit hoppier on the finish, but still a solid session brew. cheers!

Photo of chetripley
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to tasting this beer for a long time, and, I confess, it took until it went on sale for me to do so. A 25 oz serving is perfect, a couple glasses is just right for a Sunday afternoon.

Red rust color with sparks flying through (yes, sparks!) which was probably the carbonation rising to the top. A thick head disippated very slowly, leaving behind a pelasant amount of lacing.

Smell was fruity and malty, with hints of spice.

Taste was roasty and smooth, with a heavier mouthfeel than what I was expecting. A very slight hint of fruit, reminding me of port wine.

Good drinkability and hope for more. Who knows, I might even pick it up at regular price next time!

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty damned good brew. Got it at Sam's kitty corner from the G I Brewery a few months ago. Poured a light tan decent head and some lace. Color is a medium to dark amber with red highlights. Flavor's where it really stands out - plenty of roasty, caramel, toffee malt and enough hop to balance it. Very good body and carbonation. Great finish too; leaves with a desire for another sip. Session beer for sure.

Photo of brau
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Felt has a nice clear copper color, and poured with a thick two-finger head. The lacing was very good.

The predominant aroma is hops -- a beautifully complex blend of spicy, herbal, floral, and citrusy qualities. Behind the hops there is quite a bit of caramel.

After the nose of this brew, the taste is no surprise. There are plenty of spicy and citrusy hop flavors, and caramel maltiness is certainly noticeable. As it warms, the complexity builds: biscuit, chocolate, toast, and other notes.

This medium-bodied beer is well-carbonated yet smooth.

Unfortunately, I could only get my hands on one of these, but I would certainly enjoy having more.

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Red Felt Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.