Rat Tail Ale - Cellar Rats Brewery
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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
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
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
2.05/5 rDev -29.6%
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.
06-25-2012 04:30:47 | More by AwYeh
1.88/5 rDev -35.4%
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.
06-15-2012 03:31:37 | More by dazdave
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
2.98/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-02-2012 19:16:00 | More by goblue3509
3.95/5 rDev +35.7%
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...
03-24-2012 00:16:49 | More by whiterabbit
3.5/5 rDev +20.3%
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.
03-06-2012 00:14:26 | More by tgorgz
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
Rat Tail Ale from Cellar Rats Brewery
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