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Arbor Brewing Red Snapper Special Bitter - Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Red Snapper Special BitterArbor Brewing Red Snapper Special Bitter

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%


Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 07-30-2002)
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Reviews by putnam:
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putnam

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, Tough, tan dome of loose beaten eggwhite on top. Aromas of cinnamon candy, over ripe lemon juice and vanilla toasted twigs. Bracing cocktail of clean tartness and lean, slick roasted sweetness moves in quickly and renders a dry, detailed formation of dried spices, sour raspberry fruit and ginger beer, cola, root beer. High volume flavor, lean, precise detail, not alluring or sweet or charming in the least bit, but evidently balanced and buttoned up. A nice food beer?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 19:02:11 | More by putnam
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Andrew526

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

10-30-2013 04:14:59 | More by Andrew526
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FlyingHellfish

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-22-2013 21:18:29 | More by FlyingHellfish
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rkf1976

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-10-2013 03:23:14 | More by rkf1976
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dfillius

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:17:58 | More by dfillius
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Gtg642

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-22-2012 12:01:48 | More by Gtg642
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:56:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-18-2012 20:35:25 | More by t0rin0
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-24-2012 21:34:03 | More by szmnnl99
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-08-2012 22:22:05 | More by imperialking
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-27-2011 03:56:07 | More by StoutHunter
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 17:29:39 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 04:23:49 | More by Stinkypuss
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violanojblues

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:33:29 | More by violanojblues
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3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 18:47:25 | More by
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 05:28:39 | More by SupaCelt
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KRAUSEMAO

Michigan

3.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:44:51 | More by KRAUSEMAO
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 08:01:21 | More by StoneTSR
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.03/5  rDev -41%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 16:05:51 | More by Cresant
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kneeland

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 18:01:16 | More by kneeland
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morimech

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:13:23 | More by morimech
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 00:05:29 | More by jrallen34
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potownbill

New York

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is brown, with an off white head. The suds exploded as I poured it into a pint glass. There was an inch of beer in the glass and the rest was froth. I had to wait a few minutes while the head collapsed before I finished the pour.
Smell: Sweet malt with some hop bitterness
Taste: Sweet malt, some graininess, and some hop bitterness. The beer improved as it warmed, but reached a point where the hop bitterness took over and was no longer enjoyable
Mouthfeel: Despite the volcanic head, the beer flattened out after a few minutes.
Drinkability: First 10 minutes were great. After that, the beer lost its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 12:59:17 | More by potownbill
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stevenseg

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally was a little disappointed at how bitter this beer was despite its amber style. Typically amber ales rely heavily on malt flavor and area little lighter on the hops. However, this beer is supposed to be a "special bitter", meaning it will be a little heavier on the hops. I'm evaluating this brew with this in mind.

Upon first pour, Red Snapper's head blew up. I had to wait five minutes for the head to dissipate so I could pour the entire bottle. Needless to sat, the head is very thick and frothy...but rather than being sticky, it's more on the froth side, which indicates large bubbles, or over-carbonation in a beer with a lighter body.

The nose is great. The sweetness of the lightly roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops melded perfectly. Notes of slightly burnt caramel prevailed.

After letting the beer rest and allowing the head to fully form, the carbonation mellowed dramatically. Note to drinkers: pour this guy hard and let it mellow. It does the beer GREAT justice. Very sweet up front and bitter on the back end with a smoky wait in between sips.

Drinking straight from the bottle, this beer is difficult to palate. I have seen this with MANY Arbor Brewing beers. They are so highly carbonated that if you drink from the bottle the foam will erupt out of your mouth like a volcano. Horrible mouthfeel to say the least, but if you pour the beer and let it warm slightly and mellow, the beer takes on a MUCH different character. A more pleasant one.

All in all, it's the pour and mellowing of this beer that makes Red Snapper what it is. It takes the beer from a C brew to a solid B. I would love this beer out of a chilled goblet and sip on it. Ambers make great sessions, and this one is no different, providing you let it mellow.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 22:35:11 | More by stevenseg
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The yeast and hops combine in the nose for a fresh ale aroma.

Poured with a decent, light beige head of large bubbles, with good retention. The slightly cloudy amber-colored brew has good carbonation in the mouth and creates a creamy foam as it is sipped.

The hops and yeast are quite apparent in the flavor, overpowering the malt with a lingering mild hop bitterness. Pleasant, drinkable ale but not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 18:22:13 | More by tubacharlie
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