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Steve's Back Yard Red Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Steve's Back Yard Red AleSteve's Back Yard Red Ale

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CliffBrake on 01-21-2012)
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

chippo33, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

SampleinaJar, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

steph1974, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

rtucker06, Jan 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

greenmonstah, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

On tap at the Black Back in Waterbury, VT. poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.

A - Poured a hazy amber red with a one finger creamy head that fades to leave a slight blanket andnice side lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet malts and light sugars. Some slight bitter hops on the end. Rather average of a beer.

T - Taste is nice sweet malts and hop bitterness at the end. The hops are more light pine than citrus but more bitter than anything else.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is average for the style but a bit too bitter on the finish.

O - Overall I felt this was an average beer. Shocked by the mediocrity of this beer.

rudzud, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Big thanks to Steve for sending this bottle my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a dark reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some amber and brown malt. Overall, quite malty for an amber. Some piney and resinous hops come along, plus a bit of citrus. Flavor loses those hops, and is a bit earthy and malty all at once. Not too much sweetness; more generic malt flavor. Medium body with moderate bitterness through the finish. A bit disappointing for a Lawson's brew.

Thorpe429, Jan 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

bccrosley, Nov 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Thanks Thorpe, served in a tulip. Beer is brown / dark red, hazy, off white tan head small bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and metallic.

Beer is sweet and metallic, minimal bitterness some hops, odd finish, not a fan. I expected more from this place but this beer is a complete miss.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

The cap came off a little easier than I expected. Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A 1+ finger sticky white head hangs around and leaves lots of lacing as the head slowly recedes. Body is a brown/amber murky color

S Sweet bready malts, and some light caramel notes. Some earthy green hops in there as well

T Caramel malty taste upfront but lacking some sweetness. Bitterness comes out in the middle, slightly piney hops but much like the malt, the taste is muted

M Body is on the lighter side of medium and carbonation is moderate. Stuff is pretty easy to drink and assume would go down very easily on a hot day.

O The flavor and scent felt muted and almost watered down. Finding some Lawson's is always a treat but this one didn't stand out to me.

Gushue3, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

Steve's Back Yard Red Ale has a body that a mix of dark brown and ruby, with a thick tan head that leaves adequate lacing.

The aroma has a dash of citrus from the hops, followed by a lot of malt.

Back Yard Red is definitely skewed toward the malty side of this style. The hops add just a touch of bitterness with citrus flavors that are barely discernible. The malt does all the heavy lifting, with a hint of toasted flavors, caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of brown, nutty malt. A hint of generic fruit from the ale yeast lingers in the background.

Moderate body with big, almost creamy carbonation.

Back Yard red is a toasty, malty red ale that is solid but not spectacular.

Hojaminbag, Feb 10, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

22 oz bottle shared by Mr. Thorpe.

Pours a muddled dark amber brown with a moderate off white head and some light lacing. Aroma is intensely malty with some light citrus hops. Bland malt body with very light hops and some grassy notes in the finish. Medium, chewy body with moderate carbonation. Welp, it's almost Nugget Nectar time of the year I guess...

yourefragile, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

bomber into tulip.

A: a very hazed dark read body. head is bright white and bubbly. good retention and lacing.

S: hops malt and a whole lot of balance. caramel. pine. mild.

T: a sharp caramel sweet bite. certainly pretty bitter. an earthy bitterness. a little raw in the hop element. not entirely balanced as I find the caramel too sharp.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: overall, not super impressed by this one. too much dark malt covers up some of this fresh hop flavor and aroma that cannot make it through. easy drinking, but not my favorite flavors.

Jimmys, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

hoppymcgee, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

RAKeeler, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

HopsHopenstein, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

nh2032, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sideshowe, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

thebigredone, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sbrock22, Jul 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

josephwa, Oct 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Steve's Back Yard Red Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
84 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.