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Marble Red Ale - Marble Brewery

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179 Ratings

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | 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 YourMomDrinksBud
4.35/5  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.

YourMomDrinksBud, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of fdkayti
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark cloudy ruby with a cream colored one inch head. Pretty decent head retention with spotty but thick lacing. A real beauty.

S- Malt, caramel, and big hops. Makes my nose tingle.

T- Almost reedy at first, giving away to a huge hop flavor that really surprised me full of flavor but lacking in bitterness. Earthy, caramelly, and sort of burnt tasting. Clean, juicy, and refreshing.

MF- Medium/medium thin mouthfeel. Dry like some red wines. Good carbonation kick towards the finish.

OD- Different, but a good kind of different. I was definitely surprised by this and very satisfied.

fdkayti, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of LusciousJackson
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first taste of Albuquerque's Marble brewery comes courtesy of an extra from GabrielM. Thanks again! Date punched in the side is "6 23 11" which I'm going to assume is the bottling date. Bravo for date stamping!

Poured straight down the middle into the trusty New Belgium globe results in a finger and a half of soft billowy cream-colored head on top of a gorgeous crimson-tinted amber body. Appears to be fairly clear as well, making for a pretty picture altogether. Head has quickly dissipated, leaving some heavy lacing in a circle around the entire glass.

As others have mentioned, hops are the first things that tickle the nostrils upon taking a whiff. Although there's a distinct malt back to the aroma, hinting at balance to come in the taste.

Hops are again the first flavor that hits me. That balance hinted at in the aroma isn't quite there in the dosage I would prefer from the style. Finish is remarkably bitter to my palate. I'm not sure I pick up enough of the breadiness of other reviews to really make mention. Even with the power of suggestion the hops dominate for me.

The beer's mouthfeel is pleasant. Decent carb gives it a full feeling, while still carrying a crisp finish.

So contrary to what the rest of my review may sound like, I liked this one. Reds don't get my attention very often, but anytime I drink one I remember how respectable a style they are and kick myself for neglecting them in regular purchases. Again, I'm a guy who would look for a bit more sweet than this has for a regular drinker. But for what it is, a hop-head's red, it's a great option. And I can certainly appreciate that.

LusciousJackson, Aug 08, 2011
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

RASTAPHX, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

mactrail, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

titosupertramp, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Duff27, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

oglmcdgl, May 04, 2011
Photo of witster18
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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?

witster18, May 04, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

BARFLYB, May 03, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany brown with an off white three finger head with good retention that dissipates into nice ring with very heavy lacing.

Aroma of malt, caramel and hops.

Taste starts slightly bitter of hops and citrus with a nice balance of bready malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall well balanced, nice crisp , smooth and enjoyable beer.

dtivp, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

arizcards, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

merlin48, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of dudemuskie
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful reddish-amber with a beige head (and a tint of red in the head). Brilliant clarity with some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma- Big and bright pineapple, grapefruit, and floral hop aroma that is so fresh it is almost sweet. A touch of caramel maltiness in the background.

Flavor- Sticky hop flavors as described in aroma mixed with a nice juicy malt sweetness. Moderate to high hop bitterness plus a bit of hop pungency tempers the sweetness very nicely making for an exceptionally drinkable brew. Hints of burnt sugar and leafy green hops linger into finish.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, medium bodied, nicely balanced between bitter/sweet, but hops definitely win on the flavor battlefield. Finishes with a slightly sticky/resinous mouthfeel that almost has a drying sensation. Really makes you want to go back for another sip...

Overall- This is the second beer I have had from Marble and the seocond winner! Damn fine use of hops to produce big, bright flavors with enough malt backing to keep everything in balance. Really happy I grabbed a sixer of this and will hopefully be returning to Chicago with a few bottles! SEEK THIS BREWERY OUT IF YOU ARE IN THE ALBUQUERQUE AREA!!

dudemuskie, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 FTNMT

This pours a nice red that you would expect it to be. The aroma is of pine and citrus that is most associated with hops. There is a slight malt sugar aroma to be found in the background, but it is really dominated by the hops. The taste is of mellow hops. The caramel flavor is rather nice all around. Mouthfeel is rather nice it's pretty smooth. The drinkability is rather nice the slight bittering for the hops. I think that it's a pretty nice hoppy red and pretty darn good.

Vdubb86, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard lots of good things about Marble. Lets see if the hype is warranted. This was a fresh 12oz bottle brought back from NM.
Pours a nice deep reddish brown. Just the right size head and lots of lacing.
The nose is really hoppy with notes of pine and citrus zest. Impressive thus far.
The flavor starts off hoppy (unusually) and then starst to reveal some malty caramel breadiness in the middle only to let a hop/malt balance take over with the finish. Wow...again, this is pretty ideal. It's interesting how the hop resins and sweeter flavors seem to mesh so well. It's using 3 hop varieties and they're a perfect match of different complimentary flavors.
Easy drinking but very flavorful. Big hops, big balancing malts, too.
This is about as good as a red gets. Reminds me of the Odell red beers, but maybe even better.
Terrific beer in all areas. A gem of a red ale. Probably my favorite red to date.

Domingo, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of randal
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

randal, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice copper color with very good light brown head
S: faint amount of malt but hops dominate, piney, grapefruit, more IPA than red
T: very nice, caramel tones with storng pine/grapefruit finish bu decently balancd, almost like an imperial red or IPA with a more roasted malt quality
M: very good, well balanced
D: drinkable with good balance but a bit more hops than expected

wisrarebeer, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

ocelot2500, Jun 14, 2010
Marble Red Ale from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.