Marble Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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Marble Red AleMarble Red Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
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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: 206 | Reviews: 68
Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel with a huge tan head; the retention was solid as was the lacing

Smell: The caramel malt and piney, earthy hops to provide a unique aroma that has elements of chocolate and pipe tobacco

Taste: The unusual combination detected on the nose jumps out on the taste buds, with the hops adding an earthy and fruity dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel and chocolate flavors emerge to balance out the bitter flavors; pipe tobacco elements linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite the surprise to discover a Red ale with a totally unique flavor profile; really enjoyed this beer

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

incredible red! love love this one from marble. pours a sunrise red color with a rising tan foam head that lasts. reeks of caramel malts and tropical fruity hops. flavor is surprisingly hoppy for a red, a lot like the odell's version in that respect. the profile is passion fruit and tangerine, which plays all kinds of tricks on the heavier malts. this beer has a lot going on! feel is really nice too, great carbonation makes the medium to fuller body feel quite approachable and sessionable. marble continues to impress me, and this might be my favorite yet. a very very well made glass of beer.

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 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.

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amazingly hoppy for an alleged Red Ale. Astringent and woody flavors followed by a big bitterness. A reddish amber color in the wine glass. Big foamy head. Some hints of roasted malt and a mere touch of caramel with the espresso bitterness taking over. Some kind of medicinal aftertaste.

Big, big hoppy red for the big hophead. This is an attractive and fragrant beer, but so overly bitter on top of the faint malt that I find it undrinkable.

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very respectable red that I tried on draft. Hop mix wasn't perfect, but was very assertive & super drinkability...

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 Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one finger thick, nicely tanned head. The beer is a dark, concentrated red hue that shows a clear, bright ruby hue when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is explosively hoppy, this is most certainly not a malt focused, forgettable "Red-Ale"; packed with enough hops to scream look at me. Aromas of dank herbaceousness, fresh cut pine needles, spicy-oily citrus, dirty grapefruit, lychee, big tangelo zest aromatics and, quite simply, a note that smells characteristically of "hemp" that it makes me think I have become lost in some hippy party.

The beer is quite bitter tasting, and much more light bodied than I was expecting; but that makes for extreme quaffability. Despite the rich color the malt character plays a much subdued role here; much of this is just a perception because of the over-the-top hop character that contributes flavors of pine sap, dank hemp oil, green tobacco, and a biting herbal, peppery bitterness. A secondary hop character of grapefruit, lychee, and bright bergamot is noticeable just behind the herbal hop character. There is actually a little bit malty, even if it is quite subdued; there are touches of toasted malt, some light caramelized malt character as well as a nicely caramelized biscuit note that are just barely noticeable as the beer warms up a bit more. The malt tends to linger in the finish after the abrasive hop character has had a chance to dissipate.

Wow, what an aggressively hoppy beer; I was expecting this to be hoppy, but the hop character has completely drowned out the malts that are only noticeable because of the rich color that this beer has. This might even be more hoppy than the IPA, at least to my poor shocked tasted buds that were expecting a somewhat malt balanced beer. This is a fantastically tasty, if you are a die-hard hophead. This is definitely not the most balanced beer, nor is it delicate and soft, make not mistake this is an in your face, harsh, explosive, celebration of the hop. This is a definitely must try session beer for the hop-heads out there.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass thanks to oglmcdgl.

Bursting out from the bottle Marble's Red Ale is red indeed with some brown tints showing up as well. A nice huge, tight, tannish/beige whisp of foam up above leaving patterns of lace, Sticks around.

I was expecting a stinker as in old pale malt but I am greeted with a bouquet of aroma hops leading into rich caramel and a bit of pine. A great mix between malt and hops, I cant tell who wins. A bit of cocco with warming.

This is by god good beer and it tastes like it. Noticing that the bottled on date is less than a month old helps out. Starts off hoppy, simcoe and the like, some citrus some pine. Some malt in the middle and I taste some crystal malts which always helps things out.

Always lets you know it's there with every sip. My 1st sip, I was blown away by flavor and it stung my tounge a bit. The carb is at a perfect level for where the body is at which is also kinda perfect. When did this brewery pop up, they do good work.

This is what a red ale should be, a fighting race between the hop taste and malt sweetness to keep things in line, with neither really winning in the end. Not sessionable in alcohol size but I would not mind drinking a sixer of this. Hey Marble, come to Philly, we will take care of you.

Im not sure how long marble has been around, but im guessing kinda new since I've never heard of them. What impresses me is the craft that went into this and the bottle on date which is still an issue with many bigger breweries to employ. If I had a choice between this and lets say any Ballast point products, I would choose this in a heartbeat, just for the up front nature of the date.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Mexico, to Tempe, to Orange County. I didn't realize that I had bought two bottles (one from two different stores) when I brought my $120 beer haul to California. Here's 12 ounces, and on to the beer:

Red...dark red colored. So dark that it looks crimson. A low head is formed on the head with just a few dots of lace sticking to the glass. The aroma at first has a touch of dry cardboard. Much of that clears up and underneath comes a pleasing hop aroma, pine, esters, passionfruit, and toasted sugar in small doses. Complex indeed. More hop forward than malt is the aroma, so there is some irony to taste a beer that's more malty than hoppy. Malty, fruity, toffee. Soft hop leaves and tea help diversify this red ale. Somewhat bitter like many IPA's, but sweeter. A bittersweet flavor lingers in its aftertaste of this medium bodied, low carbonated beer.

Yes, I like this one. Now I'm glad that I "accidently" bought a second bottle :-)

Photo of Duff27
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Good foamy inch long head on top of a clear red beer. This looks amazing. Head retention and lacing are well above average.

S- Getting some hops in the nose, unexpectedly...citrus notes.

T- Piney hops, caramel malts. Quite reminiscent of a malty IPA.

M- Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Nice carbonation bite at the end of each sip.

D/O- I saw the BA rating before reviewing this and would have doubted it would stand up to it as far as I was concerned, but the appearance set the tempo for a most enjoyable hopped-up Red Ale. Great introduction to Marble Brewing for me.

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 ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this along with the IPA, solid beer. Nice dark red color, hefty head. Smells like hops woven around a real nice maltiness, pine too which I did not get from the IPA. Taste is chewy malt, more pine but the hoppiness is not jarring and is well integrated into the beer. You definitely notice it but it never takes over. Nice stuff.

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 Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my beer journey through New Mexico. I've already reviewed the Marble IPA and really enjoyed it. But, I think I like this hoppy red even more. In some slight ways reminded me of Nugget Nectar.

Beautiful beer. Pours with a nice 2 finger off white head. Nice and creamy and still it collapses upon its own weight. Excellent clumpy lacing. Deep amber color, certainly some reddish/maroon tints.

Aroma is bright, fresh and full of hops. Pine like with a small amount of sweetness. There is certainly a sense of the malt in the aroma. Slightly toasty.

Flavor is fantastic and in my eyes very well balanced. Big hop punch up front followed by a nice toasted malt flavor.  While there is a pine note still, I get more citrus peel in the flavor. A real toasted sense to the malt flavor. Dark crusty bread with hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I really like this.

Slightly carbonated, medium bodied. A little oily.

I found this to be wonderfully drinkable. Another of my favorites in the Hoppy/Red category.

Well done and I continue to be impressed with Marble.

Photo of alexgash
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Russett copper body. Clean and clear. Two fingers of dense, khaki head. Great lacing. Candied apple malt and hops mix on the nose. Hops are piny, herbal, and citrusy.

Toasted malt up front. Caramel and fruit malt sweetness fill in. Herbal and grassy hop bitterness early on. Bitterness grows toward the finish. Becomes pinier with notes of scotch tape. Peppery notes as well. Finish is drier with lingering caramel and fruit maltiness. Medium body with a smooth, creamy feel. Very tasty red ale that shows great caramel character and balance.

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 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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson red with generous head that leaves plenty of lace. Nose has plenty of toffee and candied citrus. On the palate the toffee comes through again with passion fruit citrus to balance. Has that "juicy fruit" flavor to it. Medium to light bodied and easy drinking.

Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Papago Brewing as part of a mixed Marble sixer in early March for $10.00.

Beer poured an amber red with a solid tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is toasted grains, nuts, with a slight hint of hops.

Taste is a mouthful of chewy caramel malts well balanced by citrus and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is full and luscious, surprising given the abv is not that big.

Overall this is a very good beer, drinks like a double red, plenty of flavor to go around in a beer that is not that big.

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

A-red amber color with a modest white head and decent lacing

S-tropical fruit, light citrus, pine, malt, slight floral

T-caramel malt, light fruit, pine, bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little astringent

O-a decent red ale, but flavor lacks a little depyh

Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber-red wonder. Wonderful sweet-hoppy aroma, the taste following suit. If the ABV were a tad higher, this would be Grade A IIPA, but when you'd rather have a slightly lower alcohol content yet have all the other benefits of an APA hop bomb, I would highly recommend this brew. Well-balanced, very easy drinking, and very, very tasty...

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle pour into a sick little Earth tumbler. Thanks to Drmattyb for the hook up.

A- a steady pour brings a big three fingers of rocky tan head that clears the glass and holds for a nice long time. Lots of stick on the glass with each sip. Beautiful red amber body that glows like a gem stone when held to light.

S- solid interplay between hops and malts on this red. Hops are bold with a bitter grapefruit and pine action going on. Malts are well toasted with sweet caramel and bready bits coming on. The hopping brings a bit of spice with the yeast that works nicely.

T- hops come out swinging with a grapefruit rind and pine sap combo then roll wonderfully into the rich malts. Lots of toasted wheat bread and caramel going on. There's a subtle spice in the background that brings a roundness to things. Clean if slightly bitter sweet finish.

M- a tick above medium in body with a perfect carb for the body. Its just feels great on the palate and goes down like a dream.

O- this is a great red ale. Not many of this style really get me going but this is a treat to find one so well done and perfectly balanced.

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.

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Marble Red Ale from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.