Sequoia Red - Kern River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +22.7%
Pours brilliantly clear and rich sequoia red color, proving it is aptly named. If you don't know the mighty sequoia, its bark is a majestic dark red/brown. This gives me about one inch of a thick lightly tan head that has a few big bubles to break it up. Some good retention and beautiful lacing to boot. Looks like a great red ale. Smells like a classic amber with sweet caramel malts, cookie, walnut, toasty biscuit notes, and a hint of fruity hops in the background. A malt-forward brew.
Lots of those rich malts come through in the flavor, toasty caramel malts bring a nice sweetness, then the midpalate and finish usher in a tannic fruitiness and lightly earthy hop presence that completely balances this out. This is exceptionally well balanced, very impressive. While I personally prefer my reds hoppy, this is a near-perfect example of a balanced malty red ale. Medium body with a very creamy carbonation. A near perfect interpretation of a classic style.
09-28-2009 00:48:04 | More by vacax
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
A: The pour is a deep, dark, brown color with plenty of red notes. The head is minimal and some spots of lacing are left.
S: The smell is very rich and malty. A lot of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a mild roasted quality.
T: The taste follows the nose. Big sugar, toffee, and caramel, flavors. The roasted malt is not as noticeable here. The flavors are quite reminiscent of a barleywine.
M: Low carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth.
D: I generally like a hoppier red/amber ale, but this was actually quite good. I think the flavors were bold enough to make this beer something more than a sugary mess.
12-04-2009 05:16:52 | More by womencantsail
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
A: Honeylike but red in hue with a ring of off white head.
S: Cherry, nectary fruits, and some orange in the nose.
T: Malty, not a ton of hop presence, some citrus peel and orange zest but subdued.
M: Medium bodied and smoothish.
O: Not the hoppiest amber ale, but a pretty solid offering from Kern River. I'd recommend it.
02-07-2014 21:48:31 | More by BierJager89
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer presents with a deep copper/amber color, with a thin, foamy head. Tastes of dark roasted malts and caramel. There is a bit of a harsh aftertaste from the roast, but the beer still maintains a smooth and balanced taste and in-mouth feel. There is a good overall flavor to this brew. Pretty decent for a Red.
12-20-2010 05:53:23 | More by GarthDanielson
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured a deeep amber, nice frothy head. Smell was a approachable malty nose. Taste was a light amber malt, nothing standing out but a pleasant light amber lager. Overall a very palatable beer, but nothing that really stands out. This is quite drinkable but nothing that is going to make me search it out and find this to pound a few with my friends.
12-08-2009 07:25:58 | More by chickencoop
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a dark amber/red with a 1.5 finger white head with good lace.
S: Nice sweet caramel malt, 1-dimensional, but enjoyable and fragrant.
T: Heavy like the nose on the sweet caramel malt, real light-hopping. A lot like a British mild.
M: Smooth, medium-bodied, soft carbonation.
D: Another well made beer out of Kern River. I've had 4 of their beers in the last month, and I am really quite impressed.
07-06-2009 20:35:14 | More by Halcyondays
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: Pours a hazy red body with a profusely fizzy, off-white head.
Smell: Aroma of caramel malts, toasted grains, and a mild citrus hop presence.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with a nice measure of sweetness. Notes of toasted grains and lemon. A spicy, earth bitterness emerges on the finishes, but remains rather light. Simple and straightforward, but this is an amber ale we're talking about.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Though I'd prefer a more milder level of carbonation, I still thought this one was pretty good.
10-21-2007 05:44:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Bottle brought back from the brewery a little over a month ago. Dark ruby in color, with a weak off white head made of big and little bubbles. It comes across as pretty toasty and nutty. It wasn't bad, but I don't think it really did anything that particularly well.
08-31-2008 07:28:01 | More by MiScusi
Sequoia Red from Kern River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.