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Marble Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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Marble Red AleMarble Red Ale

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pokesbeerdude on 01-03-2010

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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 67
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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium amber color with a half finger off white head atop that was gone pretty quickly.A healthy dose of fruity hops hit ya in the nose along with caramel malt but not overly sweet smelling,the hops win out.Like the aromas a good shot of fruity hops at the onset of the palate,not bitter just lightly sweet fruitiness,light roast and caramel malt make it balanced.I like a good hopped up red and this quite good,it seems smaller than it's abv,just a slight sharpness in the mouth keeps it from being 4's across the board.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

From the sticky sea foam lacing to the stunningly clear brownish-red hue, this beer is a treat to look at. Orangey minty hop aromas wrap around a tight package of caramel malti- ness, flaunted by the very smooth, lush and semi-creamy medium body. Heavy load of cara- mel and a bit of juiciness meets the sharp bite of hop bitterness to make for a very balanced beer. Some toasted breadiness pushes up against the lingering orange rind hop flavor, with some fruitiness in the middle. Ghost-like roasted tone in the semisweet, bitter finish.

We love us some old-school Red Ales, all hoppy and everything, with the malt to back it all up. Seriously good beer here.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpack at the Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville, Tn. Pours a clear copper body with a tall beige head. Very good retention and some sticky patch lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy grapefruit, orange rind, and some toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation and some hop oiliness.

Taste is on the hoppy side for a red ale. Crystal, Cascade, and Simcoe are put to good use here. Grapefruit and lemon rind bitterness combine with a mintiness to give the toasted caramel malt base a run for its money. Tasty and well balanced.

Certainly one of the hoppier red ales I've tried. Goes down easy.

Photo of randal
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a trip through Albuquerque. At $6.99 a six pack this is quite a bargain and was one of the best beers I had all vacation.

The smell was one of wonderful unabashed citrus hops. I love well-hopped red ales and this one is right there with Green Flash Hophead Red, maybe even hoppier.

Taste followed with floral and citrus butted up against a firmly malty center.

Too bad I bought only one sixpack.

Photo of Auraan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pretty reddish orange with a slight ring of head that quickly receded. Scents of citrus, tropical fruit and slight pine and caramel malt. Flavor begins with piney hops, giving way to floral hops and with a good malt backbone and slight sweetness on the finish with hints of caramel. It's a really good, IPA like flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level that makes it smooth to drink. This is a good beer, not what I was expecting at all, far hoppier and far better than expected. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of LXIXME
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big rich off white head slowly dies into a nice lacing above a clear reddish golden colored ale.

Slightly roasted grain malt sweetness blended with a citrus hops aroma that is done quite nicely.

Slightly roasted caramel grain malts blend really well with a citrus to pine hops bite give this red a very worthy taste.

A dry aftertaste that harbors the hops citrus and dryness on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty darn good red, I hope these guys get more exposure.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Marble Red is a deep redish brown with good clarity. The head is thick and settles slowly leaving spoty lace behind.

Aroma is malty sweet with a heavy dose of British and Northwestern hops.

Flavor is big for a red ale but still nicely balanced. Bold malt base with caramel and toast. Hops are earthy, spicy, and a little grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall a really well done hoppy red.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very full head. Great red color. A bit too carbonated for my liking.

Smell: Excellent balance on the malt and hops. Fairly biscuity and also hoppy, especially for a red ale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely unique flavor. Spiced hops with a malty background. Mouthfeel might be a bit rough, especially for this style.

Drinkability: Not your standard red ale, but very good.

Overall: A bit unusual, but one of my favorite red ales.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, mahogany color with a tight off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet toffee and citrus. Lots of sugar in the nose.

Tastes of caramel malt with a good dose of hops. Plenty of toffee and caramel with a syrupy sweetness. Biscuit, bread notes come through as well. Citric hops come through and adds a bitterness to cut the sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby color, with a nice finger of off white head. Little bit of retention, and lacing.

Smells of straight bitterness. Not floral, or citrusy. Just hop bitter. It's great. There is a fir malty tone as well. Balance is not forgotten.

Taste is malty and bitter, head to head, grudge match to the death. Equal parts here, or maybe slight hop profile is more pronounced. Either way, its a great red.

The feel is light to medium body, with a noticable smoothness.

Drinkability is great, and very easy to keep em coming.

Photo of witster18
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a pretty beer.

nice tight bubbles form a good light-tannish head that retains pretty well... nice amber/red hue....

taste is hoppier than I expected, but in a good way... slight choco from the malt is thin out by the hoppy finish and a clear lack of that usual red metallicness(I know not a word)... but usually these red taste like the inside of a metal pail....

this beer is really good... it's not overdone in any way.. very drinkable...

I'm impressed.
Especially considering this isn't my favorite style. A little safer than say 'Retro Red', but it's also a little better quality...

I will revisit this.

You need only to look at this beer through your glass... see the bubbles, the viscosity, the color.. to see that it is very, very high quality... alrt Marble... now I wanna try some darker styles, and some 'out of the box' entries from this brewery...

d'u hear that?

Photo of RASTAPHX
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from a bottle into a snifter

appearance: med dark kind of like muddy red. very distinct color, pours a beautiful big foamy head, lacing was clingy til the last drop.

smell: light candy fragrance, toffee or caramel perhaps, with bread characteristics.

taste: very nice malt and toasty taste to this beer, sweet but not overly so. im picking up a litttle bit of raisin.

mouthfeel: medium bodied with a dry and pleasing bittterness.

overall: what can i say, was surprised i liked this beer so much, reminds me of odells 90 schilling which is one of my favorites. the maltyness and flavor makes this very drinkable and i will since i have 2 more left. a very fine offering from marble brewery.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours an absolutely crystal clear, bright maroon color with a huge topping of creamy tan foam. Retention is awesome, as is the lacing. This is a stunning looking beer, wow.

Nose is bright tropical citrusy hops, big time. Highly roasted, if not burnt biscuit malt creeps in a little bit, but hops are pretty insane on the nose. Right up there with the best of red/imperial red ales on the smell.

Taste is more about hop flavor than bitterness, but man is it fresh and deliciously juicy. Resinous citrus and ganja flavors abound with a really nice, clean finish. Malt plays a nice role and provides some toast and sweetness. Body is light enough to be refreshing and I like the relatively low ABV compared to the likes of Stone 13 and Lagunitas Lucky 13. This is quite a surprising and amazing beer to come out of Albuquerque. Hopefully more people out there get to try this one.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic pint at freshcraft in lodo. Pours a nice amber haze with sticky head. Really nice hop aroma with some sweet malts. Taste is very hopped malt and biscuit. Its uber bitter and feels like is double digit abv...its a really tasty and assertive redbut its way over bitter...

Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger light tan head that falls to a ring with some good lace.

Aroma is wonderful fruity mango sweetness blends with caramel sweetness nice fruity notes from hops are wonderful. Also a touch of cascade bitterness.

Taste is good not as wonderful as the nose but nice. god caramel malt base with a good supply of hops. Not as fruity sweet as the nose hops more citrus bitter like most west coast hopped brews. Finish is lingering grapefruit along with some earthy metallic notes.

Mouthfeel is nice medium body lightly peppy carbonation bringing hops to the front.

Overall quite good if I could find this locally it would be rotated in with my regular amber fix. Want to thank merlin48 for this sample.

Photo of TommyLiam
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Couldn't find a bottle-on or enjoy by date. Label is incredibly uninformative, something this brewery seems to have problems with.

A -- Standard pour delivers a finger and a half of light khaki head which dissipated within a couple minutes. Trace, free-floating carbonation. Color is a rich burgundy red, truly beautiful. Lacing clumps and is substantial.

S -- Sweet bready malts dominate the nose. Dark candy fruits. Hints of fleshy tropical, non-citrus fruit around the edges. An impressively sweet and accessible nose.

T -- The malt delivers upfront with sweet biscuit, molasses bread, and black cherry. Initial impressions are of some heat. The mid palate contains the very restrained hop flavors of acidic orange and faint pine. The aftertaste is powerful, lingering, and reminds me of a cranberry malt muffin. The beer is slightly hot for only 6.5%.

M -- The body of the beer is heavy and round. Carbonation is low but not under representative of the style and is active enough to keep the palate alive. All in all the beer carries the sweet malts flavors very well without becoming too heavy or syrupy.

O -- A very impressive red ale. Unusually the hop characters of the beer are largely confined to the mid palate while the malt owns the rest of the beer. Also, dark fruit character like this is usually limited to much heavier styles. The mouthfeel is simply spot on for the style; it's equally easy to heartily swallow or sip and contemplate. The obvious knock is the unusual amount of alcohol heat present but this expression of the style clocks in around 1% or so higher than most.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/6/11

A: Pours a dark redish amber. Finger of frothy off-white head. Leaves behind loads of caked on lacing and a thick, foamy cap.

S: Caramel, toast, pine and citrus. Pretty hoppy, but with good balance.

T: Hops are slightly more assertive in the taste, but I'm not complaining. Big pine and grapefruit balanced out with the toasty, caramel. This is a really nice tasting beer.

M: Full and rich. Slightly dry finish.

O: This is a damn fine beer. I think I may have found a less expensive alternative to G'Knight.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard tumbler pint glass. Pours a copper/redish hue. 1-2 fingers worth of nice sticky head with good appearance and pretty decent lacing. This red is, in my opinion a bit of a hoppy take on the style, which I, personally, like. Good malt flavor with some citrus. A little floral and grapefruit as well. Would drink again.

Photo of fsvan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Copper. Fairly dark. Very slight murkiness. Three fingers of loose, lacing head.

S- A nice mix of malts and hops. That distinctive red ale (like most imperial red ale) malt smell that I always fail at describing in detail, like spicy roasted bread.

T- Taste is right in line with that smell. This isn't there, but does border on an imperial red, with that taste that I cannot specifically nail down. Finishes with dry with nice piney bitterness.

M- Right at medium. Nicely carbonated.

O- I gave this 4s across the board. It is a nice, pretty hoppy red, and I'm glad I have access to it.

Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is the darkest ruby I've ever seen. Half a finger of head. I'm loving the color. Some lines of lacing.

S- Interesting smell- kind of tea like. Some dark bread. Herbal qualities.

T- I'm having trouble pinning down the flavors of this one. Definitely piney. Kind of a caramel, almost a smoke/ash flavor. I get the tea flavor still. Interesting.

M- Quite bitter- right own par for what I would expect for the style.

O- This beer somewhat perplexes me. It's not super hoppy, or malty, just kind of there. The bitterness fits well with the red ale style. I think I need another one to dissect it.

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color, slight haze. Nice 2 finger, khaki colored hed. Good lacing. Nice egg-white like head.

Aroma was very citrusy and grapefruity. Lots of hops. Caramely and biscuity with some mellow sweetness.

Flavor is biscuity and caramely upfront. Good amount of maltiness helps balance the hop bitterness. Floral and citrusy hops with a grapefruit bitterness that slightly lingers. A bit grainy as well.

Body is medium with a medium carbonation level. Crisp finish.

Overall this is a great west-coast styled Red. Big hops, good maltyness with a light sweetness. Very enjoyable and one of the better Red's i've had.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler to pint glass.
A- Pours a dark crimson/chartreuse with a half finger head. Fades fast with no significant lacing to report.

S- Tropical fruits up front-mango, grapefruit. Earthy malts notes staying in the background but slightly detectable.

T- More tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, and papaya up front. Light hints of pine needles. The finish is more malty, dark bread and toffee lead the way. Leaves a somewhat funky sour aftertaste, that I enjoyed.

M- Light for the style, medium to light carbonation. Honestly really bitter and dry for an amber.

O- Easily one of the best amber ales I have tasted. Very hop forward and unbalanced, reminiscent of Hop Head Red. If you like hoppy red's, seek this one out for sure. If you like more malty/balanced reds, I would probably avoid this one.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tall mug on 3/5/10 at Fox & Hound Pub, Albuquerque, NM

Medium brown with tobacco burst hues. Clear. Thin head with skim retention. Not much lace.

Lots of floral hops in the nose. Smells kind of juicy. Light candied notions. Earthy hops, too. Caramel malt is prominent though there is subtle breadiness.

Tastes plenty earthy with a showing of pine bitterness. Dry. Smooth caramel and bread. Manages to avoid being too sweet. Strangely, there are mild hints of fruit a slightly roasted twinge. Perhaps Scottish malt? Unsweetened chocolate and a hint of espresso toward the back end.

Medium-full body with an even, coating feel that lingers on the finish. Carbonation offers moderate agitation.

Overall impression: quite good. Happy to have tried it.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good fruity red ale. Crisp and clean.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

This is, I'm sure this time, the last of my New Mexico stash from Paul. What a ride. This one pours a clear deep sunset amber topped by a half-finger of short-lived ecru foam. The nose is rather hop-forward, focusing on the citrus end of the spectrum, with a bit o' frosty caramel tossed in for good measure. The taste echoes the smell, leading with a stiff shot of orange peel; light caramel brings up the rear, rounding things out but not able to really assert itself to any appreciable degree. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an alright brew, but not really doing it for me.

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Marble Red Ale from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.