1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Rat Tail Ale - Cellar Rats Brewery

Not Rated.
Rat Tail AleRat Tail Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
70
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 23.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PDXHops
1.33/5  rDev -54.1%
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.

PDXHops, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of adamette
1.4/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

adamette, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Ryan011235
1.45/5  rDev -50%
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.

Ryan011235, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of tommyguz
1.75/5  rDev -39.7%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of dazdave
1.88/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

dazdave, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
2/5  rDev -31%

xdefeatsy, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Josbor11
2/5  rDev -31%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of sixerofelixir
2/5  rDev -31%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Polarslag
2/5  rDev -31%

Polarslag, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of AwYeh
2.05/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

AwYeh, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Buggies
2.1/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Buggies, May 22, 2012
Photo of pistola
2.1/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

pistola, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of IPAescotch
2.4/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

IPAescotch, May 31, 2013
Photo of SteveMcGlone
2.4/5  rDev -17.2%

SteveMcGlone, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of AC-Mivsek
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AC-Mivsek, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jaidenjb, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of wembly13
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

wembly13, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of seanhug
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

seanhug, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of guitaristshad
2.6/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

guitaristshad, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Snooprobirob
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Snooprobirob, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jaxray8
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

jaxray8, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

ItsBeer4Me, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Eastside151
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Eastside151, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of andrewj17
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

andrewj17, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

TequilaTom, Oct 14, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Rat Tail Ale from Cellar Rats Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.