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Misfit Red | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 99
Photo of jmdrpi
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draft at the Bowie location.

Dark amber colored in the glass, no head. Aroma and flavor is all sweet malt. No real hop flavor in the taste at all. Medium bodied.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty nice red. Hits all the right notes, with no offensive flavors. I could easily see drinking a few of these while out with some buddies.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of JohannBock
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the DuClaw location at BWI (Which is a fantastic surprise!)

A: Deep deep red, almost on the verge of brown in the middle, with little to no head to speak of.

S: Sweet, dark, caramel malt nose. No hop aroma at all. Sweetness comes across a little overpowering.

T: Sweet grains right up front: smooth caramel as well as dark roasty flavors to balance out the sweetness just a little. Sweet on the verge of cloying the whole way through. The dark malt somehow balances it just enough.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel. Goes down smooth with enough body to let you know it's there.

O: Not a bad beer but I'm not sure I could session it, which is something nice about red ales. It's just a bit too sweet to have more than one or two in a siting.

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Photo of ckollias
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at Duclaw's in Bowie, MD.

A: Pours an amber-red hue with a very thin wispy lace quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving no trail.

S: Malty aroma with maybe some dark fruit scents in the background.

T: Smooth malt flavor with caramel and toasted malt mild and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium-thick body with minimal carbonation.

O: Decent brew - not my favorite Duclaw offering but it was very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A poured with a small head of light tan foam on a clear amber brown body. Decent retention and lace.

S sweet malt and light roast.

T nutty brown malt up front with some light roast in the middle and a finish of caramel and toffee with spicy hops for balance.

M medium thick body, moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D very nicely done good malt depth and hop balance.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger head on a clear bright amber body. Sweet caramel malt with musty earthy hop aroma. Has an excellent smokey character which I love in reds. Opening is sweet caramel malts as well with a citrus and chocolate finish. An excellent complex red. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber color with a very thin white head. Darker, but transparent.

S- Some caramel malt and some roasted malt. Not much hop presence on the nose.

T- Malty, with caramel, sweet malt and some roasted malt.

M- Smooth, more creamy than crisp.

O- Good malty amber.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Ruby red and 1 finger white head.

S: Almost nothing. This is really disappointing with it's lack of aroma.

T: Caramel, weird hopping that is herbal and floral.

M: Medium and nicely carbed.

O: Not good. This beer lacks any balance, flavor or aroma. Really sad since most of DuClaw really hits the mark.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Misfit Red pours a perfectly dark amber red, completely clear, and sporting something between an eggshell-white to tan head with nice lacing.

S: First thing I get is caramel followed by some biscuit and a nice earthy quality.

T: Taste is more on the toffee side with light hints of chocolate. Mid-palate I get caramel, and it finishes with something that reminds me of ripe summer fruit. That said, it isn't fruity at all.

M: Light bodied and moderate carbonation. This beer sings and dances on the palate giving it a nice moderate effervescence.

D: Oh yes, this beer is quite drinkable, and almost sessionable at 4.6% ABV. One more please!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Bowie location of DuClaw. Beer is brownish / reddish and hazy with a lazy off white almost tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, head does not have the retention power to prevent breaking, pulling to the walls of the glass. It does leave a little bit of lacing, looks a little too dark for a red.

Aroma is sweet and malty but not overly so, some appley notes from the yeast.

Beer is medium in body and decent throughout, It is quite simple, the malt is easy going and tastes good with a decent, moderately dry finish. Overall a decent red.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a light tan head. The nose brings some lightly-toasted malt and biscuits as well as light pine and citrus hops. A bit of an earthy character there as well. Taste is light malt with a bit of hops. Slightly bitter and dry feel with a good body. Drinks pretty well and is another well-made beer from DuClaw.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at DuClaw Bowie.

Pours dark copper, thin creamy off-white head.

Nose is toasty with lots of fruity esters, and some piney hops hinting at citrus showing through clearly as well.

Taste is nice - toasty, undertones of caramel, fruity esters paired with a piney hop note towards the finish. Finish is lightly bitter, doens't linger too long. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, just crisp enough without overwhelming the flavors.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love reds and this was not my favorite. It was very unimpressive. It was very blah. It poured a hazy deep amber color. Lots of head that stayed with it the whole time. Smell was almost non existent. Little malty little hoppy in the nose. Taste was very standard almost would have been better with irish spice. I was expecting more because this is one of my favorite styles of beer. The taste was a little sweet then malty and then very bitter at the end. The bitterness hung around a little bit as well. The mouthfeel was a lot creamier than I had predicted. Not as smooth going down. Drinkability would have been hire if it wasn't as thick.

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Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice red ale, went excellent with the Ahi Tuna and rice I had for dinner. Pleasant not memorable smell, Sweet malty taste with a hint of what seemed like berries. Wasn't too sweet, wasn't too bitter, as Goldilocks would say, it's just right. This beer is perfect if you want to drink multiples of one type of beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Fells Point: This one pours a dark, ruby tinged amber color. There was a small off-white head on it. This one has a milder aroma. Some malt sweetness, but no real hop notes at all. The taste is good. I can detect faint roastiness and faint fruits. It has a well balanced medium body, with the taste being neither sweet or bitter. A nice session beer.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to QJA for the growler.

Poured from the two-liter swing-top growler into an Imperial nonic pint the beer was a dark amber color with a brilliant ruby hue in the light. A thin sliver of head looked like more of a conglomerate of bubbles just sticking together enough to form a film of foam atop the beer. Carbonation rises up to feed the head, but it's quick to fade.

The nose has a toasted malt aroma with some cereal grain and soft doughy bread coming through. No hop presence or bitterness, but a faint dried fruit character and some apple coming through with hints of a subtle yeasty quality.

The taste has a sturdy malt backbone ripe with semi-sweet caramel notes and finishing with semi-chewy fresh baked bready character. Some sweeter malt, caramel, and sugar notes dot on and off the palate and hop presence come around for a fleeting moment. A faint fruittiness shows itself in the finish which is a tad dry but firm.

A medium body moves to a slightly dry finish. At colder temperatures it is perhaps a tad thin, but closer to room temperature the beer has a nice firm, full mouthfeel.

A fairly straight forward beer that doesn't seem to be (or claim to be) overly complicated. Balance swings towards the malt sides with hops only briefly appearing. Still, not overly sweet and retaining balance. It makes for a good session as nothing here will overpower the palate.

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Photo of claytri
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a good looking dark amber with a tan head. The aroma was of malt and dark fruit. The taste held up delivering dark fruits rounded out by floral hops. The feel was medium and wet. This was a nice amber which gave you some rich tastes, but didn't really wow you.

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Photo of
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fells Point Location

Clear copper color, with a medium, off-white head.

Sweet caramel smell. Herbal, cherries and other fruits.

Much more sweet than bitter. Caramel, biscuit and grass at finish. Cherries throughout.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Nice beer and very easy to drink, but too sweet for me.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 4 oz tasting glass.

First off I gotta say - everytime I see DuClaw at a beer fest, the guys working there are always a rip! They'll do about anything to get you to try their stuff, and it's usually worth it...


Poured a clear reddish-brown with a fairly foamy head. Smells of spice and dry fruit with a roasty hint. Goes down smooth with a slight aftertaste of apple/spice. Well balanced with roasted malt and fruit. Overall, one of the more drinkable offerings from DuClaw.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a deep amber colored beer with modest white head. Smell is very minimal with some roasted malt to be found. Taste is a mixture of roasted mald and sweet fruitiness, but both are very light. Easyt to drink, but nothing really stands out about this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Misfit Red was served on-tap at the Arundel Mills location. The ale was served chilled in a yellow Pint Club tumbler.

Appearance: The ale has a light amber color, clear with no sediment. The ale is moderately carbonated but betrays no hint of a head.

Smell: The ale has a light hop aroma that is balanced out by a biscuity malt aroma. The aroma is average.

Taste: The ale has an inoffensive taste. The hops do not stand out, making the ale come across as somewhat bland. The malt character works in much the same manner: it does not offend but it does not stand out either.

Mouthfeel: The ale is well-balanced and smooth. It is not for a hophead, but it may be an excellent gateway for those getting into the craft brewing lifestyle.

Drinkability: Maybe a little too strong to be a session ale, this beer is good for pounding a few. If you are looking for hops though, look to Venom.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a 1" head. Carbonation levels seems light from the visual. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable caramel and ripe fruits.

Taste: this red ale has a nice mildly roasted malt backbone with tons of caramel candy and sweet apples. More than expected bitterness balances out the sweetness. Nice overall dry fruitiness to this brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry. Caramels and sweet apples stick around on the tastebuds for a while.

Drinkabilty: outstanding. One of the more enjoyable red ales I have had since this was fresh and full flavored. Easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of davestar
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber with a fairly thick tan head. head fades quickly but leaves some lacing. malty caramel nose. taste follows the nose - thick malty backbone with a slight hop bite at the finish. good drinkable brew.

- on tap at the fells point location

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Photo of cubedbee
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at the Arundel Mills location. Poured a very deep amber with a brown head that sticks around as a cap all the way down. Faint caramel malt on the nose with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is more caramel malts, with a slight roasted flavor and a sharp hoppy finish. This is a drinkable beer, but I prefer the Venom and the Porter or any of the seasonals to this.

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Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as part of their beer sampler from their “outlet mall” brewpub in Bowie, MD. This was copper/bronze in color, crystal clarity and topped with a small but hearty head of white frothy sea-foam. The aroma exudes a pleasant spiciness that includes cinnamon, cardamom along with other sweet spices. The taste is very nice with toasted nuts, toffee and caramel like malts. The brew follows through with a simple hop bitterness. Very nice.

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Misfit Red from DuClaw Brewing Company
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