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Rat Tail Ale - Cellar Rats Brewery

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BA SCORE
70
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 23.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adamette on 08-25-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

TaylorK, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +37.9%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +37.9%

Blueribbon666, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of BillBabbitt
3.95/5  rDev +36.2%

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.

BillBabbitt, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of whiterabbit
3.95/5  rDev +36.2%

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...

whiterabbit, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.8/5  rDev +31%

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.

CaptCleveland, Oct 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

pogoowner, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Nyskizy, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

Brenden, Aug 12, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

Hoptometrist, Oct 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

jminch, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of tgorgz
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

tgorgz, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

tat2dhllblly, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

jstewart1130, Feb 11, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev +19%

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.

Rhynes2, Oct 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Jenessa, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Nunya, Jun 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Nate, Mar 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MrBallz, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of lochef81
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

lochef81, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of raznug
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

raznug, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 11, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

nrbw23, Jan 31, 2012
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Rat Tail Ale from Cellar Rats Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.