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Rat Tail Ale - Cellar Rats Brewery

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cellar Rats Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: adamette on 08-25-2008

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by IPAescotch:
Photo of IPAescotch
2.44/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: bronze and way too f'ing carbonated. Looked good for two seconds and then overwhelmed the glass.

S: Fair and a little bit pungent. Something different

T: Not too great kinda stale and fishy.

M: Fine if it wasn't so overcarbonated

O: I think this is a bad bottle, or i hope it is. I poured slowly from the bottle to a glass and there was far too much head. Even drinking from the bottle (while i waited for the head to dissipate) proved a challenge. Either the brewers grossly overcarbonated or american ale is not a style i understand.

EDIT: after reading other reviews it seems this beers most potent flaw is the blatant overcarbonation. What might be acceptable or desirable is a pain in the lower back and unfit for the market. I think a simple change in the carbonation process would greatly improve the chance of this brewer infiltrating more markets.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No dates on the bottle this was sent as a sample to my local wine store in town. Pours with a huge head, like questionable infection level of foaming head, but it looks nice when it starts to dwindle. Billowing light khaki tan head forms speckled bands of lacing around the sides of the glass and pairs well with the ruby amber colored body. Not the typical look of a pale ale, and these bottles are labeled as 6% abv. Aroma is very vinous, tart apple with some bready malt layers maybe a bit of herbal hops in the finish. Flavor has a sweet juicy fruit malt layer with nutty roasted malts and herbal hops in the finish. Very English in nature, I'm not getting a big hop blast. Super nice malt character with vinous ripened green raisins, mild tartness touch of brash dark chocolate malt kisses the palate and leaves herbal hop bitterness on the after the sweetness resides. It's not harsh in anyway it's just not what I would call a classic American Pale Ale...Interesting flavors, mouthfeel I won't turn their beers down, in fact I'd like to try more and possibly visit the newly expanded brewery and winery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied juicy malts cling to the sides of the palate finishes much weighted in the malt department, even flowing carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad seems like a doppelbock more than a pale ale, but I did enjoy the flavor combinations.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #15 8/9/11

This one seems to be their flagship or what have you. I got to speak to a brewer and he confirmed that they still work on their recipes from what they started with, short of completely changing the beer. Anyway...

It's got a lighter sort of look than the murkiness I've seen described in it, and is in fact a dark, somewhat translucent amber-red. It grows a yellow-tinted head that stops at about half a finger, retains itself moderately well, and leaves lacing is spotty deposits in moderation.
It's a pretty hopped-up beer for a weak style. Maybe it lacks finesse, and the malts (crystal) don't add the greatest balance, but it's not the weak stuff BAs complain about. Reviews show lots of infection (and it's pretty obvious). That issue, the brewers hope, has been resolved. The flavor brings out a little more sweetness but with a sort of tinniness going into the finish.
Carbonation is moderate in a body that's pretty good but a little muddled. It adds a little creaminess to it overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Purchased this thinking it was a pale ale. Poured like an old ale (murky amber brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head) Really too dark and murky to be a red ale.

S - Muddled hops, slight caramel, and a touch of biscuit.

T - Really off like old hops yet it's fresh (since its a new brewery) Don't get me wrong it was drinkable just not very sweet balanced with the biscuit or even caramel hops. It was below average at best.

M - Kind of smooth more medium bodied and chewy but I don't think a red ale should be...

Overall I expected great things from this guy but was glad I drank this hammered since it wasn't very flavorful and it went down rather easy with dead taste buds. Avoid if you can.

Photo of Buggies
2.18/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't have a lot of good things to say about this one...

Very little hop aroma. Maybe just a little citrus and a hint of caramel. Tastes almost intolerable. The carbonation was quite aggressive initially. So much so that it was hard to get down without burping almost immediately. The carbonation wore lessened its grip half way through the glass.

Very little hop flavor or any kind of flavor. The bitterness is so aggressive that it strips any salvageable flavor away. Very bitter finish, almost reminds me of cough syrup.

These guys are trying to brew a ramped up west coast amber. I think they missed the mark. I can't find anything good about this one. But give it a try for yourself.

Photo of pistola
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Expected much more from this rather expensive ale. But, why should I? there all getting to be around the same price.

Bitter and way to carbonated for me.

Nothing special. I expect alot more for a PA.

I drank one and probably won't ever have another. Not that its "that" bad, but there are many others I would chose first.

Photo of lochef81
3.12/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a very deep red color with a small off white head which quickly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet. Almost too sweet. Flavor follows suit and is overly sweet with little to no hop presence. It is a very sweet beer with a slightly roasted undertone. Overall not a bad beer but nothing I'd buy again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and small spice. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and a small sweet spice in the end. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry gingerbread and spice in the aftertaste. Quite English, small spice and abrasiveness, about average.

Photo of PDXHops
1.37/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle from Ryan011235 poured into a Maudite.  Particularly noteworthy about the appearance is the enormous soapy head; even with an exceedingly slow pour, I had to stop 2/3 of the way through the bottle.  Nice lacing after it settles down a bit, although it certainly takes its sweet time.  Murky brownish amber down below. 

The malt end of things smells of lightly toasted squishy "wheat" grocery store bread with metallic, nutty and vaguely fruity notes. The hops lend a modest grassy presence that fades under a sneaky doughiness that creeps into things. 

Oof, this is not pleasant.  Cardboard, tinfoil, leafy hops, baking soda and medicinal notes are prominent; actual normal malt flavor seems to have been more of player at some point in the timeline of Rat Tail Ale, but that time has long passed.  As that crazy head advertised, the carbonation is out of control. PSA: Let this stuff warm at your peril. Doesn't measure up to a beginner homebrew.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.45/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/5/12

Dark crimson and rust color; very dark for a pale ale. The head foams in such a way that I quickly find myself looking at what could very well be three fingers of uh-oh.

The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, caramel, watery candy, toasted bread and, you guessed it, some metallic smelling uh-oh. After the head recedes a blurred dust and dough aroma emerges. The taste is a dismal concoction of fake fruits, herbal leaves, caramel, toasted bread, dust and cooked veggies. The feel is a medium-full body riddled with massive over-carbonation. The unpleasant flavors linger far too long.

I have no clue what Cellar Rats was trying to do with this one, but the result is just not good at all. Part of me thinks this is an off bottle, but the color is far too dark, the feel much to thick and the flavor much to dubious for a pale ale, regardless of the condition of this particular bottle.

Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light brown color with visible light around the edges. There is a half finger slightly off white head which recedes quickly to skim and leaves some lace on the glass. The aroma is of molasses and spice with a little caramel sweetness. The taste follows suit almost exactly, there is a caramel malt backbone along with big notes of molasses and a hint of spice. There is almost no hop presence. The mouthfeel is thin. Overall it was an okay beer, the beer was more english than american, with little or no hop presence.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a mug.

A- Poured a murky brown color with a one finger soapy off-white head with no lace. Looks closer to a brown ale than an APA.

S- Lots of graininess, cereal, and fruity esters

T- Lots of sweet caramel malt up front, cereal, and some fruity esters and earthy hop presence on the finish. Reminds me more of an English Pale Ale.

M- Pretty smooth mouthfeel up front, some prickly carbonation on the finish

O- Very balanced pale ale, sweet up front and more bitter on the finish. A pretty good beer, but I would not seek this out again.

Photo of AwYeh
2.04/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Undated 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. From their website it looks like they classify this as an American Amber rather than the APA that it is currently listed as here, so I'm rating with the amber style in mind.

A: Cloudy amber reddish-brown color with a finger or so of off-white head. Fairly high quantity of mostly small suspended sediment. Not particularly good or bad looking.

S: Really faint aroma, all I'm picking up is a bit of sour apple.

T: There's a caramel malt backbone which makes itself initially known, and it's most of what sticks around before a metallic, slightly medicinal bitterness comes in near the finish. This bitterness eventually wins out over the malty sweet flavors. A bit strange in that I'm not tasting any hop flavors, just getting the bitterness out of it. Totally not seeing the advertised "west coast" angle here without any discernible citrus or pine hop flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation; fairly creamy. The creaminess probably helps the flavorless bitterness stick around for a bit, which doesn't help the beer overall, but it's hard to take off points when the alternative would be a more watery body.

O: Not a big fan of this one, but it wasn't too hard to drink despite the metallic and medicinal flavors. I can't imagine that those are intended to be there, and this could be a solid beer if they were replaced by the hoppy flavors that I associate with the west coast terminology.

Photo of BillBabbitt
3.95/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a single bottle of this to try. What I tasted was very good, unfortunately, I only got about 3 ounces out of a 12 ounce bottle. This beer continually foamed out of the bottle as soon as it was opened. When I tried to pour it into a pint glass, it foamed so badly there was only a few ounces of beer to enjoy. The little I had was good, I just wish I could have enjoyed the full bottle.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am not sure what the goal was here. I figured out that it was an amber after assuming it was going to be a pale ale. The oddity is that it strikes me as almost a Belgian amber ale. Which would be fine, but much about it seems Flemish, which makes me wonder if it's infected. (The very mild plastic tone suggests it as well.) Regardless, it's a nice drinker, but certainly not typical. I'll be having their IPA next; hopefully it's more solid than this.

Photo of tgorgz
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. Pretty good pour.

A: Medium amber, hints of orange and red. Big ol' head on this guy, and it stays for quite some time.

S: Extra floral here, To be honest, I'm a little confounded. My nose is going nuts.

T: Straight IBUs. This is not for the faint of heart, but I like it. Sort of what I was in the mood for.

M: medium thickness. Goes down well and lingers.

O: Definitely not for those who don't like bitterness. Not bad, though.

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden amber color with a pretty thin head. Head gone in a flash, and leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is pretty hoppy. A bit of tropical fruits and spice. A bit of grains and caramel malts.

T- I see that they're trying for a little bit of a west coast feel. Its a good effort and fails a bit short. Sweetness from the malts, and a light tropical hop taste.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- They might be slowly on the right track a bit of tweaking and I'd give it another shot.

Photo of dazdave
1.9/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this slowly into a pint glass. Incredibly foamy and carbonated. Overall not a bad color but if they were going for an apa then they added way too much malt. Color for an apa i feel should be more golden than the hazy brown I see.
The smell of the beer is more of sweet raisins and green apples. That isn't what i'd expect of an apa either.
After trying to tell myself that this is an apa and disregarding my nose, i sipped and realized this is def not an apa. It is more a malty mess with some drying noble hops perhaps to finish.
I suppose mouthfeel was ok. Too bad the rest of the beer wasn't. Won't be having another.

Photo of Rhynes2
3.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice red color with a beautiful head. Sticks around for a while as well. Hops are well balanced with the malts. Kinda bitter at first but well rounded. You get some citrus taste from this one and then its rounds out to a nice light caramel note. Its a decent west coast style ale.

Photo of guitaristshad
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The appearance of this brew was a deception. I first had it pored out of a bottle by the distributor's rep. It looked and smelled pleasant. Once it passed my lips, it became a giant mess. It was hoppy (I enjoy hops), but then other flavors started taking over, making this muddled, dirty taste, that made me hurry up and chug this like it was an american p*** lager. I decided to give it a second shot a week later on tap. It was even worse on tap, to where i couldn't finish the pint. Maybe it's the styling that i'm not a fan of (did not enjoy Green Flash's west coast IPA either), maybe it's this particular brew from Cellar Rats. I'm willing to give it another shot out of a bottle, but I'm expecting the same results.

Photo of raznug
3.09/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a nice red color and is topped with WAY TOO much head. a good solid 3” not good.
Smell: Rat tail smells of a nice blend of malt and hops.
Taste: The malt is the main component of this fine ale it is clean tasting and easy drinking.
Mouthfeel: This is a light bodied beer with a good clean flavor and easy to drink.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.76/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single purchased at Warehouse Beverage poured into DFH glass.
Ruby red-orange, opaque without precipitant. One-finger tan head settles to foam ring with plenty of lacing.
Aroma is mostly caramel malt with subtle hop citrus.
This has a nice balance. Hop forward bitterness on the end of the tongue, malt takes over and clears the deck. Nice mix of sweet and tart lingers.
Medium body well carbonated, pleasant.
The bottle label does not contain much information and I didn't realize this is an APA until I searched for the brew on BA. Certainly the color does not look like a typical APA and the taste is more of an amber ale. Overall a nice brew, but one that seems mislabeled.

Photo of whiterabbit
3.95/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium light brown with hints of orange, really nice color, very cloudy. Smell is warm and inviting, roasted malt, maybe light raisin, granny smith apple...present, but not over powering.
Darker, more malt and less hop than other pale ale offerings I have tried. Some mild bitterness at end which tells me hop presence, but not over powering. Pleasant and complimenting. Smooth feel in mouth, not a lot of depth, but very good none the less...
I had tried the Piper's IPA the night before from the brewery, and really did not like it at all, so was concerned prior to trying this brew, But must say, while not typical of this style, this is good. Really good. Will enjoy another here in a moment...

Photo of adamette
1.47/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This from description available at the brewery:

Bitterness and aromatic hops dominate this American Pale Ale. Strong Full malt backbone to match. When you taste this you know your (sic) drinking a beer inspired by the adventurous West Coast Ales. 6.5% alc.

A Light red body, One finger head poured into a clear glass.

S Bitter. Very hoppy.

T Bitter, skunky midtaste and aftertaste. I ordered a pint of it and did not finish it. It was the second beer that I sampled here at Cellar Rats and both were very very bitter.

M harsh, full, dominating.

D poor. I did not finish my pint.

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Rat Tail Ale from Cellar Rats Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.