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Marble Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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Marble Red AleMarble Red Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

171 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Marble Brewery visit their website
New Mexico, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pokesbeerdude on 01-03-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

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

brentk56, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

oberon, May 08, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

largadeer, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.7%

nickfl, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

mactrail, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -0.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

duceswild, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

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 :-)

DoubleJ, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

BARFLYB, May 03, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

LXIXME, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

PEIhop, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

Duff27, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

pathman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

ArrogantB, Apr 18, 2012
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Marble Red Ale from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.