Project Failed Red Ale - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Project Failed Red AleProject Failed Red Ale

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-14-2014

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Chill hazed amber gold, some off-white head and a little lace.

S: Grapefruit pith and some biscuit & caramel...rind-y, if thats a word, with some bready malt/crackery character as well. Faint resinous pine and dankness too.

T&MF: Some floral character with hints of pine and pith and dankness and biscuit and some caramel...earthy spice too maybe. Moderately bitter without a lot of sweetness. Medium, fuller body, with a semi-dry finish.

O: Decent, but honestly a bit watery. I'd like more hop or caramel/malt presence, one or the other.

More User Reviews:
Photo of hreb
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in imperial pint glass. Beer pours very dark red, almost brown, with a nice white head. Great fresh hop aroma. The smell actually betrays it for an IPA. Lots of C-hop goodness here.

Flavor is more balanced, and while quite hoppy, probably would not pass for an IPA this side of the continental divide. And back East it would lose style points for being the wrong color. Body is moderate to light. Grain flavors come secondary here.

Underneath the "Project: Failed" on the label stands the outline of the word "NITRO". Well, clearly the nitro failed; this beer is carbonated. But I appreciate that the carbonation is moderate, like the brewer wanted a strong hoppy ale in a bottle that drinks like an ungassed hoppy ale on tap.

Possible the best American Red Ale I've ever had, if not a normative example of the style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger on a hazy dark red colored body.
The aroma is a bold malt smell. Perfect match.
The taste is a sharp lemon bitter with a good malt balance and a long dry finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's nice and bold brew.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy red-orange amber with a thin, light tan head that dissipates to patches and a thick ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, hints of citrus juice and tropical fruits. Flavor follows aroma with caramel malt, citrus hops, tropical and citrus fruit, finishes with citrus and piney hops bitterness. Quite nice lightly creamy medium body. A nicely balanced malt and hop red ale. Looks, smells and tastes like a classic red. A more traditional take, with assertive, but not powerful hops. I like this nicely made red ale and would buy this again.

Photo of nqdell
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type- Poured from a bottle into a glass delicately down the side. The beer was bought and stored in my fridge at 34 degrees for over 24 hours. Grocery stores do not chill beer appropriately. I digress

Appearance- Thin head, that leaves us too early. Color is dark almost a shade of brow, but under light it is great translucent and cherry-wood color.

Smell- I sense hops, citrus, and smoke. In that order.

Taste- Bold flavor but feels light on my stomach. A welcomed hop flavor but it doesn't overpower the palate leaving a sweet woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth but not creamy. It bounces on the tongue and quickly exits leaving me thirsting for the next sip.

Overall- Self admitted 10 Barrel sic o fan this new Project Failed is a great addition to the roster. As an IPA guy I leave this slightly milder and very drinkable alternative.

Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem $3.99 Pours a clear amber colour with a large frothy/bubbly creme coloured head. Lots of resin/floral hop aromas but also a good roasty malt one..slight sourness also. Taste is malty ..semi-bitter ,some resinous hops and a odd but like able sourness again. Mouth feel is fine and with low carbonation. Odd one here..almost a "sour" in some aspects..but i liked it.

Photo of vkv822
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pour a dark, mahogany red with a thick foamy, off white head.

Big citric, resiny hops with a solid caramel, bready malt backbone in both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done, hop-forward Amber Ale. I enjoyed the hop-forward approach, while still maintaining a solid, malty balance.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has okay retention. The head is a light beige/tan while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber/honey in the light. Some haziness. Lacing is sheeting that extends somewhat from the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very warm and inviting, very citrus. Oranges and lemons plus grapefruit paired with a slight mustiness. Some very well-rounded, mellow cat piss. Light notes of cherry and peaches around the edges. Very juicy and very promising. Some caramel. Slight matchstick, papaya, and burnt caramel are revealed by swirling.

Taste- Fairly representative of the nose but I wish the citrus and fruit notes were stronger. They are all there (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, peaches, cherry, even some melon) but they are dull in comparison to the nose. Caramel tends toward a slight burnt quality, some popcorn but this fades on a subsequent taste. Some pine and resin on the finish with a touch of spice. No real linger which makes the beer pretty easy drinking at this point. The hops have some complexity but they are fairly tame- more subtle than subdued. Right now it's drinking as a solid, good beer and I imagine that's where it's going to stay. Good balance and integration. The mellow flavor profile is aided by the softness of the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel- The labeling indicates that this may have been an attempt at a nitro beer. While isn't quite as smooth as that it is still pretty smooth with light carbonation. Between light and medium bodied.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing and while not the juice bomb the nose seemed to indicate, it's still a nice, low-key IRA. Average craft beer price. Probably wouldn't buy it again unless I saw it on nitro. That would be interesting.

Overall- Seems like a solid, good beer that is a rounder take on the IRA style. Enjoyable enough and worth a try. Probably not a repurchase though.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a very clear dark red with off-white frothy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big toasted malt, toffe, and some lightly floral notes.

T- Big toasted malt notes, toffee, caramel, bready notes, some graininess, lots of fruity notes reminiscent of red apple, and finishes with floral hop notes and moderate bitterness.

M- Fairly creamy and smooth, soft carbonation, and dry.

O- One of the best red ales I have ever had, I say mission accomplished 10 Barrel. Bold malt character balanced with some nice floral hop notes and really nice mouthfeel that wasn't quite like a nitro beer but was pretty creamy and smooth.

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep amber hue with a rather murky body. Head is a thin finger of creamy tan foam with just a little hint of an amber cast. Actually quite nice.

Smell: citrusy hop character with a somewhat sweet caramel note underneath. Simple, but nicely executed.

Taste: smooth caramel up front, followed by some slightly toasty and biscuity malt flavors. The hops then chime in, quite citrusy (more lemony than grapefruity) in character. Bitterness is moderate and quite reasonable for the style. It's actually working for me.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy; I quite like it.

Overall: this is a drinkable amber without a lot of complexity, but clearly made with care.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a dark ruby red color supporting a healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell has a sweet grainy malt aroma supported by light hops. Taste has a hoppy astringent flavor hanging more into the IPA range supported by the darker specialty malts. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber color, faint haze, thin tan head with good retention. Spotty lace. Initially in the aroma I get a bit of sulfur, not overpowering but it's slightly detracting. This doesn't smell like one of those hopped up reds more common today. It's more traditional, with lightly toasty, crackery malt character and light fruitiness.

Bready, toasted grain taste, with hints of caramel. Again not particularly hoppy in flavor, yet the bitterness is still moderate at the back. As it warms I realize there is an interesting vanilla character. The alcohol seems mild. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit on the watery side but decent. Light carbonation. It seems to go down pretty easy.

Overall a very solid, very drinkable Red Ale. Not sure it has enough going for it to be a mainstay though. Considering the relative drinkability it's too bad this is 6.7% ABV. If it were closer to 5% it would be more sessionable indeed.

Project Failed Red Ale from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.