Red Felt Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Red Felt AleRed Felt Ale

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 30
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by Slynger:
Photo of Slynger
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny amber with a pillowy cap of lightly carameled cream coloring.

hops come in first in the nose grassy and grapefruity with a caramely sweet undertone.

Flavor brings a light caramel sweetness and toasted malt base with a mild general fruitiness, balanced by a good amount of lemony grassy and bitter grapefruity hops. Creamy medium-full body with a kinda zesty-tingliness to it.

Nice brew from GI, just wish it came in six packs.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
ABV 5.3%

A- This beer has a spongy off-white head that last a good while. There is a golden deep orange body that is crystal clear with a very gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of dry toasted malt has a faint earthy green grass hop hint in the finish.

T- The big earthy dark green hop flavor pops out for the first few sips. There is a creamy tasting lightly toasted malt and pale malt flavor that is in the background. The hops have a faint peppermint and bourbon hint with a grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The bitterness hangs on the tongue with that nice grapefruit flavor.

M- There is a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight watery finish and a faint alcohol heat in the finish. I didn't expect any heat with a 5.3% beer but it was there.

D- This beer is all hops with a supporting role of malt being buried in the background. The hops had good complexity but they were so big on bitterness that my tongue felt a little hop fatigue after this one.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at the Wrigleyville location. Reviewed from notes, August 2005.

A great beer to kick off my Goose Island MBA Passport. Deep red/amber in color, with a small, white head and nice, citrusy hops in the nose. Hopped very nicely - lots of flavor, but not terribly bitter (or maybe I've just lost my ability to tell because I love big hopped beers). A nice malt profile provides balance and depth.

I could drink a lot of this...

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, scooped at armanetti's in Chicago. consumed while making dinner and watching vt-bama

bottled on 4-10-09, making this one probably less than prime

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, dull copper-amber body, beige froth with minimal lace

smell: aromas of caramel, faded grassy hops, sweet, a little grainy

taste: 55 IBU's at play in this one - the green hops are still active but have that fading taste - i bet this one would be tasty fresh on tap. There is a big caramel-sweetness present, bready malts. all in all, a strong amber

mouthfeel: medium body, light hop bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of hammer09
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While waiting for this month's Goose Island Beer Academy to begin, I ordered a Red Felt Ale with dinner at their Clybourn brewpub. The beer pairs exceptionally well with their Buffalo Cheeseburger.

As the name implies, the Red Felt pours a deep, clear red. Head development is moderate and lacing is thick and clumpy. Aroma is incredibly hoppy and fresh, reminiscent of an American IPA. The hoppy and bitter flavor somewhat overpowers the malt, but being an avid hophead, no complaints here. Finish is crisp and dry.

Overall, this is an excellent brew. I just hope it's still on tap at next month's Beer Academy.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joe1510 for this one!

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Slight biscuitty malt & citric hops

T: Herbal hops, biscuitty malt& a bit of grainyness up front. Nice bit of pine & jammyness are on show as this warms, along with dryness, grainyness & herbal hops. Finishes with juicy grain, lemon & pineapple hops & a touch of honey dryness, almost pulled a 4.5, needed a bit more hop smack to counter the fruiityness

MF: Semi-creamy, medium bodied, plus great balance

Drinks sooo easy, not the best amber I've had, but no slouch, could happily session on this one. The fruittyness & hoppyness play off against each other very well

Photo of jackndan
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Felt Ale: After a long and hard day at the ball game, with lots of macro lagers and euro lagers, I stopped by Goose Island near Wrigley and tried the Red Felt Ale. Wow. Very, very hoppy. Blasted right through every thing else I had that day. Deep red color, think of nice port wine color. Wonderful aroma. Their web site calls it “hybrid red ale/ pacific northwest pale ale” (although the numbskulls behind the bar looked utterly amazed that someone was asking about the beer, and did not have a clue what it was). Very, very good beer. I’ll be back to try this again.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: 03/23/09. Into the good ol' Duvel tulip...

A - Clear orange/amber colored body with a generous two fingers of light tan head. Some lacing and decent retention that eventually settled down into a spotty thin layer of head.

S - A very bright citrus hop aroma dominates the nose, with a nice biscuit/pale malt aroma backing it up. Other aromas from the hops include pepper and flowers (lavender?). Pretty much what you expect from a good American Amber, sweet and bright.

T/M - Sweet malt and sweet citrus hops dominate at first. After those flavors die down, the sour bread/biscuit flavors really shop up and give this Amber something a little different from its brethren. Finishes grapefruity and floral, but allows for a lingering spicy and bready finish. This brew felt a little heaviery in my mouth than I expected, and almost made me think more porter than amber: full, somewhat silky, and less carbonation than usual.

D - This is a really good example of an American Amber, very bright, sweet, sessionable, and hoppy. The sourdough bread notes actually seemed to work for this beer, while giving it some more character. This being said, I'm experiencing the same thoughts I had when I was drinking the Naughty Goose from the same Clybourn Heritage Collection: this doesn't really qualify as some sort of special release to me. Enjoyable, but not quite "special." Worth drinking, but don't expect something extra special.

Photo of ommegoose
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Cardinal Liquors on Central near Addison. Bottled on 3/23/09, so this is quite fresh. 6% abv. 55 IBUs.

Fairly light coppery amber color. Clear and bright. Dense full head. Laces nicely and retains a wispy white cap all the way down the glass. Lots of carbonation visible.

Balanced aroma. Hops are listed as Cascade, Crystal, and Columbus. Smells flowery. Mild spiciness. Carapils malt primarily.

I like the maltiness of this beer. A spicy bready flavor. Caramel and some chocolate. I don't know if I've been drinking way too many big beers lately or what, but the hop flavor really never jumped out and grabbed me. They are there; but they seem rather mild. Mostly flowery and lightly spicy flavors. Not much to say about any piney or citric flavors despite the Cascade hops present. This probably comes in at medium-hopped for the style. I like a much dryer finish in a beer like this. Could stand to be more bitter. Aftertaste is of some lightly spicy hops and sweet caramel malt.

You'd figure with a name like Red Felt, mouthfeel would be a real strong point. However, it's sort of fizzy and thin. A let-down.

While this beer is easy to swallow, $6.99 a bomber is not. This almost reminds me of Mild Winter without the rye. Similar hop profile. I can get six of those for nearly what a bomber of this costs. I wanted to like this more than I did, but it didn't really sate my big beer craving. It's not flawed in any particular way, but it doesn't impress me much. Not going to be a repeat buy, sorry to say. For just a dollar more, I can get the new offering Sofie. That one impressed much more.

Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Dotcubed
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle in a Sam's in Chicago. Bottle date is smudged, looks like 4/10/09.

Pours crystal clear, no chill haze as warned.
Super fine creamy head.

Smells almost like a white wine. Cut grass, melon.

Malty. Burnt sugar, caramel. Dry and long bitterness.
Reminds me of a killian's but with bitterness.

Mild, smooth, good body. At a little over 90 days old I'd like to taste a fresh one. And an older one.

I like this one. I'd like it better with a Med rare burger.

Photo of Redrover
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bomber with a born on date, cellaring notes and Brewmaster's notes. I like getting all the information.

The beer is a dark amber with a clingy beige head and nice lacing. There is a slight chill haze.

The beer has an inviting aroma of citrus, caramel, pine and fresh grains.

The taste is well balanced. There is plenty of citrusy bitterness but it is followed by sweet malts. There is caramel, light brown sugar, and a bit of pine sap. The 55 IBUs are never hidden but the 4 types of malts more than pull their weight.

The mouth is pleasantly thickish and smooth. Wow what an easy drinker. I would love to see this in 12 packs and hope to see it on cask.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chilled bomber with smudged set of dates. Poured into a pint glass of sorts.

Appearance- A frothy white head crowns a deep orange copper body. There is a bit of carbonation but otherwise the beer is clear. There was really good head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell- A fresh citrus/bitter twang that is very for front. It honestly smells more like an APA then a red ale. The malt is a rounded out nose that is a cross between a biscuit and a faint bit of a buttered multigrain roll.

Taste- A fresh burst of slight citrusy hops and the malts mentioned earlier. Its quite pleasant. The although the hops appear to be fresh they are a bit much, but perhaps this bottle is just so young, mmm a hoppy light brown ale and not a bad problem.

Mouthfeel- A round mouthfeel. A medium body allowing the flavors to come out. Properly carbonated. A really fine circiular blend of malts and hops with neither really fighting on my tongue.

Drinkability- A bit complex beer that is seeming lose in the Goose Island lineup. A surprisingly assertive hopping combined with a noticeable malt body will win my heart every time. Arguably one of my favorites and fine addition into my fridge.

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

Drank at the Clysdale Brewpub, on cask 7/8/2009

Was served in an English pint glass near 55 degrees as far as I could tell. Quite a rich red in appearance, with a hint of brown. Head was super creamy and tan in color. Smell was unsurprisingly of citrus hops. Taste was a blast of citrus and pine up front, with a toasted, caramel malt middle, and earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth, creamy, and the carbonation levels were nice and low. Drinkability was fantastic, especially for the ABV. The other cask offering I had at the Clysdale brewpub, the Nut brown, I liked better, but I suspect that if I were to have several pints, this would be the better choice, as it is a bit drier. Highly Recommended on cask though.

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

Pours a dark red/brown, small off white head forms, laces real well. Smell is fruity and floral hops, with some caramel and grainy malt. Taste is nice and malty, caramel middle, with grapefruit and floral hops and a bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and low carbonation. Hopped with Warrior, Tomahawk, Cascade and Centennial. Excellent hoppy red ale, I really enjoyed.

Photo of tapman
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Actually reviewing this one on wi-fi while at the brewery, baby!

Pours more of an orange than a red. Brownish hues are present in the body with a barely off white head that builds to about 1 finger. Lacing is actually kinda impressive than what I expected.

Smells like an amber ale, malty and grassy Hops seem abundant and bitter. Very weet in the nose as well. I'm also at a bar with smokers so...

Very hoppy/grassy with a sweet malt character to it. Malts are a little prominent and closer to the Bont Amber Ale if any one is familiar. Pretty good for the style, but nothing extraordinary, just a decent example of the style.

Kind of thick, which I appreciate. Moderate carbonation, creamy finish. Goes down smooth.

Not a bad brew, even though I'm primarily a malt mouth opposed to a hop head. After the taste buds warm up a little to the hops it becomes a lot sweeter and goes down a lot better.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, clear amber with a generous rocky head. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to allow the tang of the hops to come into play. Interesting that this was the beer for Chicago hop heads in GI's early days. Now I would say the remarkable quality of the beer is balance. The first taste to hit the palate is actually the malt sweetness which is quickly matched by a welcome citrus hops that first takes the edge off the sweetness and then blends, letting the beer finish with a epilogue of sweet oranges and a restrained hop bitterness. A very nice effort that is well worth your while.

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

Pours a clouded brown and orange hued amber. Head is creme colored. Flavor is a hearty and robust profile. Thick amount of malts and if I was tasting blindly, I'd say it was rye in there too. I like. Feel is slightly silky on liquid and the carbonation is standard I guess, but a but biting. A nice red ale. I'd go for several of these easily.

Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for another of the Heritage Collection, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy brownish amber with tons and tons of bubbles rising up to farm a huge rocky off-white head. It stays on as a big cap for the duration and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is subtle and is dominated by toasted malts and some citrus and earthy hops. The malts are more prevalent than the hops in the nose.

The taste steps it up a bit and is slightly sweet with some caramel malts forming a backbone with a bit of bitter hops on top. The overall taste has a very bready character to it and the finish is dry and toasted.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy with lots of carbonation.

This is an interesting take on the style and is drier and less malty than most in the style.

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

I had this one on 5/20/2009 at the Goose Island dock party at the Fulton Brewery.

A= This ale poured a clear amber-red color with a nice 2 finger light tan head. The head took a long time to settle and eventually became a thin cap. OK lacing down my glass.

S= Sweetness and caramel malt in front of some hops in the nose. Some toasted grain present. A trace of fruitiness in there too.

T= A nice pop of caramelly malt sweetness and toasted grain started things off, followed by a modest hop bitterness. There was some fruitiness in the middle, but the yeast character was mostly clean. The finish was balanced between dry and sweet.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.

D= Nice drinking ale here, very sessionable. Would pair well with pub grub or a nice grilled steak.

Photo of chetripley
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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 quinnsi
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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 bguzz
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 4/9/09 poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Golden reddish hugh with 2 fingers of soft foam. Soft carbonation leaves some serious lacing.

Smell: Wonderful citrus earthy aromoa. Sweet malt also picked up. Very complex aroma.

Taste: Great up front hop taste. Perfect example of a hoppy beer that isn't tremendously bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied malt with great hop flavor...almost creamy--but not.

Drinkability: Very much so. I could stick with this all night very easily.

Overall: A very drinkable beer that is complex and hoppy in flavor and aroma. An excellent example of a late hopped red ale. I loved drinking this an look forward to more of them.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer should be listed as a Clybourn pub offering. Brewed with Centennial, Tomahawk and Cascade Hops.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger off white head that leaves a nice lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - Pine, citrus and grapefruit hops. Slightly smoother hop profile on cask but the hops are still the dominant aroma.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops with some pine thrown in. A little more malt presence shows up in the cask version of this one.

M - Creamy and very smooth on cask. Not as much dryness present in the aftertaste.

D - The mouthfeel of the cask version gives this one a slight boost over the tap version. Both excellent beers.

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.

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