Woodshed Red - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bkilpatr on 05-07-2009

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by bkilpatr:
Photo of bkilpatr
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/06/09. Interesting to note that the Southern Oregon Brewing website makes no mention of this beer at all. Labeled as a "generously hopped Northwest style red ale".

Pours a deep copper-mahogany color with a finger of soft beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer, good retention. Aroma is of toasted caramel malt, and slight nutty toffee. Not much hop in the aroma.

Taste starts with a nutty caramel malt flavor and some sweet malty biscuit. That is balanced by a generous amount of earthy and herbal hops. Mild bitterness in the finish. Not the most complex flavor profile, but it does taste quite good. Feel is very smooth with low-ish carbonation, making it feel a bit on the heavy side. Despite that, drinkability is decent and this beer goes down quickly.

Overall, a solid red ale. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jgcarrick
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this red ale. The malt/hop balance is nicely skewed toward the citrusy hops. A thin off-white head lasts and laces the glass as you drink it. Mouthfeel starts crisp with carbonation and finishes creamy and beautiful. A truly delicious local red.

Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle from a Vancouver, WA Whole Foods to try.

- Wonderfully dark rich amber/red with a 2 finger pillow of off-white head that is still sticking around even after I resized some images to upload here.. seems to be plenty carbonated.

- Pleasant clean scent... well balanced with fresh northwestern hops, and a subtle sweet caramel malt... seems spot on for the style really.

- Very unique and robust sweet flavor of brown sugar, molasses and caramel... with a nice balancing of hops that provide enough bitterness and mild fresh flavor in the finish. Pleasantly surprised.

- Not overly chewy at all though slightly... sweet teeth grinding oilyness... and not bad.

- The head makes me think it will be a carbonation bomb of a beer and hard to drink, but surprisingly it's not.. a very well made brew that is perfect for the style. I think many judging this beer are expecting an imperial red, or something off from the sometimes forgotten style: Red Ale (Just a plain Red Ale). Certainly worth the try.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper-brown/orangey with a thin off-white head that stays. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelish (ala "Red") maltiness with a bit of an herbal/floral touch.

The taste is of sweet malt - caramel/toffeeish, with some bread and just a nod of spicy hops. Maltiness dominates through the finish.

It has a smooth/creamy medium body.

A malty red with just a touch of hops in the middle. Sweetish, though not too...It is easy to drink...Not a bad choice for a maltier, mildly hoppy, Red...but, nothing particularly special, IMO.

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Lifesource Salem,Oregon In appearance its a clear dark amber almost hazelnut beer with a good sized frothy creme head. Good caramel and bready malt aromas. Smells very fresh, Taste is strongly malty..semi-bitter, but there is a substantial hoppiness to give balanceing fruity,juicy tones to the taste. OK on the palate a descent feel to it. Overall a very nice "Amber" I found it very drinkable.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had one beer from this brewery, and that was a long time ago, so I don't really know what to expect here. I also consider reds to be hoppier than ambers, even though they are kinda the same beer. Pours one and a half finger head that almost spills over the stop of my standard pint glass. Pretty impressive. The head is somewhat pillowy and creamy looking with mostly small bubbles, but it does have a decent amount of medium sized bubbles too. The head is a little bit off white, I wouldn't quite say light brown though. It has decent head retention, it's half way gone already, but that's not too bad. The lacing looks pretty good, but we wont know for sure until I got down the glass. The body is extremely uncharacteristic of a red ale, or even an amber ale. It's extremely dark for either one. It's basically brown in color, with some hints of red. Visibility is basically zero due to the dark color and the cloudiness (did I mention it looked pretty cloudy). Hard to tell the difference between just a dark beer and a cloudy beer too, but I think I can tell here that it's pretty cloudy too. I can see the carbonation when held up to the light and it looks small-medium. Overall it's a very unique looking beer, and the dark color leads me to think that it will be a little overly malted for my liking. The head is pretty much gone now, but a decent amount of foam is still on top of the body, and the lacing looks like it will be nice. We'll have to see how the lacing turns out, but overall a pretty good looking beer so far. Well the smell is just as unique. I don't know if I've really had a beer that smells quite like this before. It's hard to describe. It is mostly medium malts on the nose, which I generally don't like. However, underneath those malts, there is a very nice hops smell. It also doesn't smell overly sweet, or even that sweet at all, which is always a problem for me in over malted amber ales. The malts are definitely the most present smell, but the hops are there enough for me to think that I wont mind this beer. I know I'm not going to love it, because the hops aren't quite there yet, but I think it'll be alright. It's a hard smell for me to grade, it's right in between a 3.5 and 4, but I'm feeling generous, and it's super unique, so 4. God the flavor is even more unique, this beer is nothing what I expected. The beer is just a hair watery, but only like....a tiny bit. The flavors go in order: tiny bit of water, pretty big malt, then finally some hops mixed with a little alcohol. It's not a big flavor, but at the same time it is. God this beer is confusing. I say it's not a big flavor, but it is, because it has some watery tastes too it, but at the same time, i has a nice malt and hop flavor to it, as well as some other flavors I can't really identify, probably specialty malts I can pick up on or something, that's how subtle the flavors are. I mean you can tell it's a big beer, but the flavors aren't through the roof. It's not super watery, but it's not super flavorful either, kinda right in the middle. It's a very confusing beer, but I do like the taste. I don't think it's quite to a 4, but it's very very close. The mouthfeel is pretty outstanding, that's where the "bigness" of the beer really shines. It has a little bit of a watery taste, but the mouthfeel isn't watery at all, it's thick as hell. The carbonation is just about where I thought it would be, medium to small, probably closer to small. But again, it's a weird carbonation, nice really bubbly, but you can feel it for sure. Overall a really good mouthfeel, maybe a tiny bit more carbonation would be good, but the feel of the body is outstanding. The drinkability isn't bad at all, for a 6.3% beer, it goes down pretty fast, I'm almost done with my glass. It may have something to do with the slightly watery taste, but this beer goes down really easily. Overall it's a pretty good beer, really freaking weird and unique, but good. Good appearance, good smell, good taste, great mouthfeel, what else can you say? A unique, and good beer. Not amazing, but good.

The appearance turned out to be pretty darn good, the lacing was just outstanding for the first half of the glass. It started to get a little bit patchy towards the bottom of the glass, but it was still great overall. Combine that with the interesting, but good body, and the good head (even though it didn't last forever, it had good retention) and what do you have? A freaking good looking beer. Really only a few hairs away from a 5 for appearance.

Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear amber brown with lightly rising carbonation and a bubbly off white head.

The aroma is of caramel malt upfront with some faint citrus hop notes. Though overall the nose is fairly subdued.

The taste follows the aroma well with caramel malts, brown sugar and a faint citric hop bitterness.

While I usually am not a fan of amber ales, I did find this to be a fairly well done example of the style. It was nothing too memorable, but definitely a well balanced and easy drinking beer.

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nothing special with this red. I would say that they did a good job with the proper hop to malt ratio. Not too watered down just not as exciting as other reds. This beer totally would suit a drinker who is not looking for a beer with a kick. It looks like how a red should lool...its kind of on the dark mahogany side. It smelled good but not strong. The taste was normal and not too hoppy or malty. I did not feel as if I had to drink it. I have a hard time saying if a beer does not have a good mouthfeel. However this beer had high carbonation. Its drinkable but I would grab other reds from the cooller next time.

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. Head retention seems to be pretty good.

Smell: mildly sweet malt aroma with a style-appropriate level of breadiness and caramel malt character. It's not particularly outstanding, though.

Taste: caramel malt flavor with a nice combination of yeastiness and breadiness. The crystal malt comes through a bit heavy toward the end, though, as a candy sweetness which doesn't work well for me. Bitterness is mild and appropriate, and the hops are earthy and work with the flavor. Not bad, but again, not outstanding to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation and resulting creaminess. This is actually a surprisingly creamy beer; I'm highly impressed with its feel.

Overall: well, as much as I love the texture, the flavor just doesn't float my boat. Most basic amber ales don't, though, and this is certainly drinkable.

Photo of Genghis22
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear amber color. Gentle creamy white head. Great lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malt and hints of bitter hops. Touches of caramel, sweet citrus and grain.

T - Much like the nose. Very sweet caramel malt taste. Touches of fuji apple and sweet malt. The aftertaste is dry and sligtly bitter from the hops, but they seem muted.

M - Medium body with nice crisp carbonation. Just right for an amber ale.

D - Very drinkable, but not overly remarkable. This is a great session brew. Very tasty, sweet malty amber, but nothing earth shattering going on here. Solid nontheless.

Photo of gkunkle
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Roccos Pizza in Portland. Pours a red/amber color with a one finger white head that doesn't dissipate very quickly. Smell is of bready malts, a little caramel and citrus hops, not a very strong smell, and nothing super complex about it. Taste starts with the sweet malt and hint of caramel then finishes bitter with the strong citrus hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability is great, very sessionable beer. It fulfills all the requirements for a good red ale and there is nothing offensive about it.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice little hop note, caramel. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured orangish brown with yellow highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. nice brown sugar and caramel pop out first on the nose with faint hops but a nice malty presence. it was slightly citrusy on the first sip with caramel, a little brown sugar, and underlying candied sugar accents. it did have a little nutty character. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a nutty, citrusy, and crisp finish. it drak really good and was border line sessionable. Glad I got to try this brew from oregon.

Photo of Bufford1234
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one had just come on tap when I visited the taproom.

A nice off white head on the pour that lingered well. Coppery red with very good clarity. A fairly mild nose with a touch of hoppiness. The flavor was nice and malty with a good hop finish.

Not only would I have another but I did before I left.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Trader Joes in Portland. Solid red ale with that thickish mouthfeel that seems to be a hallmark of the style in PNW. I liked the balance and the hops on the finish. Could be a little more complex but still this is a decent beer that is worth picking up.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked it up on sale at Whole Foods in Tigard. The woodshed red pours a light shade of red with a 2 finger foam head that disappears rather quickly. Tight bubbles with no real trace of lacing.

Citrus hops and biscuity malt come to the nose rather quickly. Horsey, wet dog?

The taste was a little off balance with the hops dominating the malt profile. It left a sharp bitterness on the palate. High alpha seem to be present. Overall a very average west coast red.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chad.
22oz bottle.
Pours a dark brownish orange with a off white cream head and a solid layer of bubbles underneath. The smell is a deep roast and sour. Taste is fairly sweet, sugar, caramel apple, with a hop bitterness that balances the sweetness well. Smooth easy drinking beer with good carbonation and a slight lingering taste. I'd call it medium. A solid Red I wouldn't mind having again. I'm quickly becoming a fan of the NW Red style.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woodshed Red is actually apricot orange. The beer is diamond clear and has very little visible carbonation. No worries, because a three finger crown of cork colored foam was produced on the pour. It persists pretty well and isn't shy about leaving lace. Not a bad start.

Even though the beer doesn't smell 'seriously hoppy', as the brewery claims, it does smell like a classic red ale. Toasted-earthy malt is complemented by musky-citric hops. The hop bill is a good one, though none of its members really stands out. For the record: Amarillo, Cascade, Cluster and Newport.

The flavor follows the style guidelines to a 'T' as well. The slightly higher than usual ABV is noted (the alcohol is still well-buried), giving WR a quasi-strong ale vibe. There's quite a bit of malt, which adds a background sweetness that stands up (too well) to the bitterness of the hops. More caramel-toffee and less nutty-earthy Munich malt would have been better.

My tongue was eagerly waiting to be taken to the woodshed by Woodshed Red. Instead, the alpha acid punishment is more than a light swat and less than a serious ass whoppin'. By a slim margin, this is my favorite of the three SOBC beers that I've had so far. Having said that, the next highest taste score was never given serious consideration.

Subsquent pours look better from a head and lace standpoint, which means that 4.0 for appearance is easily earned. The mouthfeel is bigger than most beer of this style, which makes sense when the ABV is taken into account. The carbonation is entirely behind the scenes. Just like I like it.

If you're in the mood for a moderately hoppy red, Woodshed Red will scratch that itch with no trouble at all. If, on the other hand, you want something that will knock your socks off and then put them back on again, look elsewhere. I hope this brewery keeps fighting the good fight, because they have some serious work to do in order to get noticed in one of the most craft beer-rich regions of the country.

Woodshed Red from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.