Rat Tail Ale - Cellar Rats Brewery
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3.68/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
02-05-2012 00:26:51 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev +22%
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.
08-12-2013 22:16:18 | More by Brenden
2.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-24-2012 06:59:03 | More by DrDemento456
2.1/5 rDev -27.8%
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.
05-22-2012 00:56:25 | More by Buggies
2.1/5 rDev -27.8%
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.
07-20-2012 20:13:10 | More by pistola
3.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
02-24-2014 02:01:27 | More by lochef81
3.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
02-11-2012 15:33:06 | More by OWSLEY069
1.33/5 rDev -54.3%
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.
09-21-2012 23:47:38 | More by PDXHops
1.45/5 rDev -50.2%
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.
09-06-2012 06:19:16 | More by Ryan011235
Rat Tail Ale from Cellar Rats Brewery
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