Tell Tale Red Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Tell Tale Red AleTell Tale Red Ale

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: philbertk on 01-30-2011)
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Photo of beertunes
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium orange-amber color with only a thin cap of off-white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral, with just a bit of floral hops showing up alongside some sweet malts. Honestly, kinda blah smelling. The story was the same on the tongue, some lightly sweet malts, some floral hops, but all on the bland side of typical for the style.

The body was the average light-medium that you expect from this style. Drinkability was OK, but not really worth the calories to have a few in one sitting. Overall, a somewhat disappointing brew. One that would be OK for taking to the park as an inexpensive sixer, or for using as a training wheel beer. I'm a fan of Scuttlebutt, they sometimes get lost in the mix of all the outstanding breweries we are blessed with here in WA. This brew falls below their standards, so I'll give it a shot again if I see it on tap. Perhaps I merely got an off-bottle.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a reddish amber with a dissipating head leaving nill lace. Smell is soft of the malt and hops. Taste has a softer malt flavor that brings out more of the citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. A little unbalanced towards the hops leaving the malt more in the background

Photo of bsquaredd7
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Upon opening the bottle and pouring it into a pint glass, the first that hit me was the smell! It's gotta malty sweetness in the aroma with some very light caramel and earthy stuff going on as well. The color looks brownish-red (amber) with an off white head that will follow you through the pint.

The flavor of this beer hit me instantly as being very bitter with some floral but not extremely hoppy hops. {what?} Definitely more bitter than what the aroma led me to believe. As you drink more of this, the bitter tasting notes wont be as much of a shock to your palate. Frothy mouthfeel and there's still some of that earthiness on the way out. Malty and bitter.

Red/Ambers aren't my favorites so I wasnt much of a fan but I can see how this would be considered pretty alright for the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some subdued citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the hop presence seems somewhat old all around.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a SA lager glass.
Red-brown body covered by a bone-colored head that's small but durable.
This otherwise bland amber is redeemed by a surprising (i.e., not evident in the aroma or initial taste) bit of spicy hop flavor that comes in the finish and lingers on in the aftertaste.
Feel: Crisp, medium body with medium+ carbonation.
Improved with some warming.

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic a rich clear bronze with a soapy looking half finger light beige head atop that left a few broken rings of lace as it settled,I loved the rich clarity in color.Caramel and brown sugar mainly in a light nose with some malty fruitiness,hops are scant.The flavors came out more as I drank more,caramel and toffee with some buttery tones,the hops came into play late giving off a light resiny note.I bought it because I wanted something to drink while busy around the house with not much frill and that's what it is,it's not half bad,just don't be looking for a an uber hopped amber.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep golden yellow + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a two finger tall medium sized cap with a finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with brown sugar sweetness and some moderate aromas of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with just a very light hint of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of herbal hops and light flavors of pine hops which imparts a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which fades after a short amount of time..

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not bad but not really anything special either - decent flavors but there is a bit too much bitterness in my opinion. I'm glad I found it and decided to try it but I would not run out to get it again.

Photo of PaleZombie
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Deep amber color fairly clear with about 2 fingers of foamy white head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - Big caramel and toffee notes on the nose with a hint of some grass. Not much here.

T - First you get hit with a large toffee caramel malt quickly followed by a nice floral, piney hop presence. Somewhat bitter on the back end but pretty well balanced.

M - Fairly light and easy drinking but a close enough to medium to make it pretty solid. Good amount of carbonation leaving a slight prickle on the tongue.

O - This isn't too bad. Very easy drinking. However its not blowing my hair back or anything. A decent representation of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Tell Tale Red Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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