961 Red Ale - 961 Beer
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.6/5 rDev +4.3%
330ml brown bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars Kingston Rd in Stanmore/Camperdown. Appears not to be bottle conditioned. Freshness date of November 2013.
Pours a pleasing amber colour, very clear and bright, but about two shades two light to be actually red. Head is a firm beige that forms a slight and fuzzy cap and recedes to a thin ring. Minimal lacing and not a lot of visible carbonation: what's there is tight-bubbled.
Very savoury nose, crushed grain and dusty grain bag, but with a slight citrus overtone, like fresh lemon squeezed over fried calamari. Definitely lots of malt character, but strangely not a lot of sweetness: it's as though the flavours come through but there's no heft to them or sugar left in them. It's interesting.
Taste is a little lighter, but still maintains that grainy malt-without-sugar character that was so prevalent on the nose. Indeed, the body is quite crisp, and the grainy characters give both a dusty, peppery ephemeral lightness and a meaty substance. Feel drops out towards the back leaving a very faint tingle of carbonation and a hint of sweet lemon flavour. But it remains substantially savoury, which is interesting in itself.
Overall, it's an interesting beer. I'm not sure it works quite well enough for me to be really excited about it, but I like that it's doing something slightly different to usual.
07-08-2013 06:54:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.55/5 rDev +2.9%
330ml bottle. Wooweee, this seems to have been sitting around for a while. Oh well, here goes...
This beer pours with a shitload of light fizzy, foamy pale beige head, I'm talking a 10-1 ratio to actual beer. Tap, tap, tap, eventually I'm looking at a slightly hazy dark orange brick hue, still stacked high with thin, voluminous foamy head, who's retention is the stuff of legend. The lace is kind of funny, as by the time the head recedes, so has it. It all smells of nutty, biscuity grain, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is more of the same - sweet nutty grain, but now with a nascent creamy citrus edge, and fairly bitter leafy hops. The carbonation is, after all that opening nonsense, quite even and soft, the body medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet grainy malt persisting just a bit over the still active leafy orange character.
Well, the romantic back label story seems to hold some water - amongst the fury of war zone living, an English amber adorned with American Cascade hops arises. And makes its way here, to rest, mostly unloved, until I stumble upon it. A bit of a hidden charmer, really.
08-17-2011 01:55:02 | More by biboergosum
1.9/5 rDev -44.9%
Deep hazy red with some yellow-brown mixed in. A three finger tan head generated from a steady pour, and receded slowly, leaving a ton of lacing behind.
Smells of dusty nuts, and a bit of toffee. Something about it is a little off-putting, there is almost a bit of sourness to it.
There's a hit of sweetness right up front, then disaster strikes. The rest tastes like water used to boil frozen peas and carrots. There is also a dustiness to the flavour.
Light but not watery with moderate carbonation. Decent mouthfeel, but that can't save this beer.
961 brewery is off my list, I won't be putting any more money into their brews, they seem to have some pretty serious quality issues.
12-14-2009 03:58:10 | More by elricorico
3.49/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours dark amber with a quickly fading off-white head.
Nose shows rich sweet darker malt. Bready notes and confectionery-like caramel too.
Fairly similar flavours, with nutty, bready malt and some brown sugar.
None too shabby, pretty enjoyable stuff.
01-28-2013 12:17:27 | More by CrazyDavros
3.14/5 rDev -9%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Out of the bottle this looks like we don't have this primed, there is virtually no carbonation. Body color is a very nice deep red amber, microscopic bubbles with a nearly clear appearance. However, the head just does not form no matter how hard you push it. 3mm off white made and disappears completely after pouring, Still maintains a thin off white collar.
Nose is not unlike their 961 Pale Ale, green herb aromatics sensing of thyme and sage only smaller. Small caramel here trying to peek out also. It seems very much like the same nose on their pale ale with more caramel sensing and less mint.
Palate brings a bit of expected disappointment. Flat and somewhat lifeless body. Mid palate does seem to fill with nice herbal green mixes of mint and soft caramel, but doesn't stay long. Finish is quite minty though and refreshing, but very wet as well.
Overall I am liking this unique brewery's offerings, but this beer isn't ready for prime time here. However, a decent amber is hiding, it's just not ready.
05-18-2013 17:30:38 | More by smakawhat
3.51/5 rDev +1.7%
A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and toasted malts are present in the nose along with slight hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has lots of flavors of toasted malts with notes of earthy yeast and caramel malts as well as some hints of chalk. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering all of the malts and isn't a bad representation of the style.
11-23-2013 00:31:56 | More by metter98
4.48/5 rDev +29.9%
Not sure when the other reviews happened, but my bottle from the 27.06.12 batch was really good.
A: rich amber color with an inch of foam that settled nicely.
S: For a Lebanese beer, it's incredible. You would think American Craft beer from the first nose.
T: The Cascade hops are totally present, finishes a bit short.
O: An impressive effort at an American craft beer from Lebanon! Who would have thought?
09-08-2012 12:12:10 | More by Guylefleur
4.13/5 rDev +19.7%
Picked up a bottle at Willow Park Liquor here at Calagry.
Pours deep slightly cloudy amber colour, big off-white head, lots of lacing. Smell - toasted malts, roasted beans, some coffee, spices. This one is really interesting. Taste - beans still coming through and this makes this one different. More coffee, malts, finishes bitter. It is reach, flavourful, smooth brew. It is different. I wouldn't call it extremely drinkable, but I wouldn't mind another one. I didn't expect much, but it is good.
04-01-2009 05:46:27 | More by Voonder
2.59/5 rDev -24.9%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Sounds like I'm pullin' an audible on the gridiron here: "9. 6. 1. Red! Hut-hut! Hike!" ...Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty-amber topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises vegetal apple (yeah, I said it), light toasted caramel, and a hint of mineral-rich water. The taste holds notes of scorched caramel, light biscuit, old dark greens, and bitter grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, another off-putting offering from 961. Something tells me the yeast doesn't agree with my tongue or something...
02-16-2013 17:45:01 | More by TMoney2591
5/5 rDev +44.9%
Pouring the 961 Red Ale was a delight as the colour was bright and welcoming while the foamy head remained intact and did not disappear within 30 seconds. Hints of Belgian lacing as I sipped away.
After taking a few large gulps I detected sweet notes of caramel, and hints of fruitiness. It left a little bit of a bitter after tase, but this malty full-bodied beer was a pleasure to drink!
02-06-2012 09:35:28 | More by FrankieW
2.58/5 rDev -25.2%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Amber/orange in color. Great clarity. Head formation and retention is poor. No lacing.
S: Caramel, grossed grain, pinch of cocoa. Esters present hints of orange marmalade and red berries. Slight grassy and herbal hop backing. Metallic and papery.
T: Bread crust, toasted grain, caramel, brown cocoa, nutty flavors. Marmalade and grassy/spicy hops. Steely, cardboard. Stale cardboard taste into the finish.
M: Light bodied. Full and smooth. Low carbonation, to the point that is sits a bit flat.
O: Probably a decent beer fresh in Lebanon, but it tastes very stale here. Why import a simple red ale at all though? Red ale popularity flatlined back in the 90s. It's already a dying style, and to compound the matter the rigors of shipping have rendered this one incapable of competing here anyway.
06-18-2014 18:33:33 | More by ryan1788a5
3.65/5 rDev +5.8%
My review score is tempered by the fact that the beer was too foamy when poured. There was some sediment in the bottom of the bottle when I finally reached it, which could account for something, but pouring a glass of this was a disaster.
I ended up throwing out approximately 5/8 of the bottle as foam (which would not disperse, despite waiting ten minutes) and having 3/8 of a bottle of beer.
What I did have had a nice color, a very aggressive malt grain flavor, light on sweetness and bold hop flavors. Quite decent although I've had better beers overall, and I highly doubt I'll be getting this one again.
08-17-2009 15:14:36 | More by MAB
961 Red Ale from 961 Beer
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.