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Arbor Brewing Red Snapper Special Bitter - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beernut7 on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 51
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1+finger of off-white head with good retention atop a light brownish orange liquid. Nice head, SRM is a bit dark.
S: Restrained but pleasant citrus hops with slight dank edge. Caramel, slightly earthy/peaty side to malt adds complexity and intrigue. Slight alcohol is perceptible.
T: Strongly bitter with grapefruit rind aspect. Malt opens but quickly yields to hops. Wow. Punishingly bitter. I'd prefer if it was a bit more balanced. A tad too one-dimensional.
M: Brutally bitter - surprising. Almost a bit astringent.
O: Quite nice. I'd order another and buy a 6-er. Enjoyable and hoppy!

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3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly interesting beer. There are thick malt tones with a kind of smoky thing going on as well. This is far from being the typical amber, but it's still nice to drink. Not sure if it's for everyone though. It may be a bit too unique for some people.

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2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bootled, the ale had a lot of head which stayed for a while. With no date on the bottle, it made me wonder if the beer was in the best condition. A deep amber in color, it smelled like a typical amber ale with a noted maltiness. Initial taste has more bitter than expected for the style and lacked the smoothness. A citrusy finish was a surprise, but did not compensate for an underwhelming ale.

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3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arbor Red Snapper

Pours a deep amber color with an inch of froth and lacing down the glass. Mildly floral aroma with some caramel malt backing. The taste revolves around roasted malt and lightly piney citrusy hops. Theres caramel, roasted barley, earthy bitterness, and citrus, but all very mild making this beer quite sessionable. Mouthfeel is alittle thin, with adequate carbonation though somewhat loose. Overall, a mild, easy drinking session pale with maltyness to back it up.

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3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my bottle labeled this as a "roasted pale ale" and it does name it "red snapper" and it has the fish and everything so i don't know if that's new or really old. hm.

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz goblet.

A - little dark for a pale ale. nice head. lingered for a bit leaving some nice lacing.

S - more malty than the hoppiness i was expecting. so many brewers are dry-hopping their pale ales that it seems the catagories need to be redifined. this one has not fallen victim to that trend. refreshing.

T - very clean tasting. good bitterness - quite assertive, actually. blends nicely into a prominent toasty biscuitiness. light caramel. i'm not getting as much roast malt as i am biscuit malt. the bitterness lasts till the end. leaves kind of a dry aftertaste. the ABV above states that this is 4.9%, but it tastes more potent then that. my bottle isn't labeled with that info. i would be interested in the IBU's.

M - pretty standard for a pale ale. the bitterness i think leaves the aftertaste a little dry, but other than that it's pretty par for the course.

O - a pretty good example of an english pale. a little too much first-addition hops. it's really quite good. a nice autumn ale. they should try this malt-bill with a belgian yeast.

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3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - red-brown with a slight froth that hangs around for a short time, then dissapears.

Smell - roasted malt, a bit of spice, bread.

Mouthfeel - medium body and high carbonation.

Taste - The predominant flavour is roasted malt with a little bit of hops bitterness and backdrop of fruity rye. An interesting contrast of roast and fruit.

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3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says Red Snapper "roasted pale ale" which doesn't appear to be the same as what is listed here. Also this is a product of the Arbor Brewing offshoot Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. At any rate: The pour is red, or deep amber, with a pinky of head that reduces to a quarter inch cap that persists as lacing wipes itself all over the place.

The nose is a bit roasty as expected with a bit of earth and spice hoppiness. Bit of bread.

The taste is malt dominant with some bitterness and a modest roast character. Tastes a bit like rye and has some metallic properties.

The mouthfeel is around medium. Fluffy and round.

Overall, this is decent. A bit of a catch a crossover type brew. A repeat sampling is doubtful, as there are better offerings from this brewery or breweries.

3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle had no brewing date. Very foamy head with lacing and an inconsistent dissipation. The color is a deer amber with a reddish hue. If the head wasn't so "lumpy" the appearance would rate higher. It has a underwhelming smell with slight hoppy and caramel overtones. The initial flavor is mild and doesn't present itself as bitter as other ESB's. There is a burn't toast flavor to it. There is a slight caramel taste. The after taste dies down but lingers as somewhat metallic. Not bad but nothing special.

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4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Not surprisingly, the Red Snapper poured a nice, deep, brownish-red. I fluffy white head rested on top with some excellent retention. Halfway through the glass I still had half the head left. There was a bit of thin lacing as well.

SMELL: Pretty powerful nose of malty hoppiness. The malt seems to be the star of the show for the smell and it is sweet.

TASTE: Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest, however, a hint of sugary malt is noticeable throughout the sip. Hops are also noticeable along with a mild smoky flavor. The aftertaste is quite bitter, but good.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer is alive. Very carbonated and felt like it was scrubbing the palate on the way down.

OVERALL: I recently wrote a post about finding great beers in unexpected places, and this is certainly a good example. I stopped in at Arbor Brewing for lunch expecting a decent meal and some decent beer that I had never tried before. I ended up leaving with a six-pack of the Snapper because it was just that delicious.

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2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. Coded: 133 A3 11:46. The body was a dull dark amber/red with enough sediment to create substantial haze. The huge brittle head prevented me from pouring the entire beer in the glass with one pour. The head had a long sustain, leaving clumpy lacing.

The smell was lightly spicy. Bread crust aroma surfaced as it warmed.

The taste was a bit watery. Despite the dark body this one seemed under-malted. Some earthy hops aftertaste. Rather bland. It could be an old bottle? This is not one I would revisit. Dirty and dull. I didn't even finish this one!

The body was too light despite adequate carbonation.

Photo of kneeland
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting a nice amber beer, instead I got some type of a pale ale tasting beer trying to pass itself off for an amber. It was way too wheaty and hoppy to be an amber I like.

It seemed like most of my glass was foam. Maybe it was a bad pour, but it seems like others on here had a similar issue.

I decided to try something different before I was halfway done with this one. And the bar was way too dark also, but that has nothing to do with the beer.

Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy pour that took quite awhile to fill the glass with a reddish brown fluid. A bit annoying. Mantains a large head with pleny of lacing. The aroma is full of toasted caramel malt. A little bit of earthiness as well. The flavor is dominated by the toasted and caramel malt. Not a favorite flavor profile for me. Bitterness seems low and not much flavor from the hops. The body is far too overcarbonated. Makes the body feels thinner than it actually is. It drinks well enough and has a "sessionable" ABV, but the flavor profile is not too my liking.

Photo of jrallen34
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as part of a sampler at the brew pub. Not a great beer overall but the best of the bunch over there...The look is nothing special, nice aroma that is caramel and light hops...The taste is pretty caramelly too but balaned with some nice rye.

If you're a rye fan drink this beer, otherwise skip it unless you are there. I would come any distance to try it.

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Arbor Brewing Red Snapper Special Bitter from Arbor Brewing Company
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