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Thoroughbred Red - Hops Grillhouse & Brewery

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Hops Grillhouse & Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: jimbotrost on 08-22-2005)
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Reviews by ledemie:
Photo of ledemie
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep red, a little cloudy , the head will retain well,medium carbonation.

S: a raisin/malt hint,smells refreshing.

T: a Hint of Hop / caramel taste, the beer is well balanced.

D: drinks well. I like it. goes well with pretty much every thing on the menu.

ledemie, Apr 22, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub poured into a pint glass. Pours a semi-assertive amber hue with a nice white head. Again, the aroma on this beer was pretty mild like everything else they brew here. However, I could pick up a bit of grapefruit, caramel, toast. The flavor has some slight notes of peat and grass, caramel. The finish is slightly rubbery. The description described an infusion of Pacific NW hops. I don't quite taste it and it was most subdued in the nose.

CuriousMonk, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of jimbotrost
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was tasted as part of a 5 beer flite that was offered on this visit.

This was the most popular beer in the line-up as per the server.

Pour was of a medium amber capped with a slightly pinkish head. Body was medium all the way, not to light, no chance to offend either. Flavor was good, malty, and sweet, hops came in and provided a nice balance in the finish.

A well made clean beer, light for the amber style but very drinkable.

jimbotrost, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Hanselpb
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Hanselpb, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A ruby-red body that isn't seethru (unlike other brews offered here) with decent head and a little head retention. A minimal hoppy smell, but the beer goes down smooth and fullsh with a good caramel taste and the hops complement the beer throughout. The best beer Hops offers, and pretty much the only real good beer they make.

clayrock81, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -11.2%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Had on tap on 3/19/10 at the Hops in Alexandria, VA. part of a 6 beer sampler.

a - Pours a copper/red color with almost on head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Malts, maybe a little hops. Not much else.

t - I thought it was a little sour to be honest. A bit of malts and hops, maybe a hint of caramel?

m - Medium body with light carbonation.

d - Better than the lighter beers in the sampler, the only thing offputting was the taste. A little bit sour, perhaps it was starting to go.

mdfb79, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

About 4 oz. served into a tasting glass. From notes.

A: Pours a cola color with a thin khaki film. This is a red ale?

S: I note some toasted caramel and a touch of citrusy hops. It suffers from the same problem the others beers in the flight did, the aroma was dreadfully weak. What was here was acceptable, though.

T: Actually, this one seemed pretty roasty in its flavor. The roasted, toasted, burnt-to-a-crisp malts are followed up by touches of fruit esters and a very mild hop finish. Not bad.

M: It's thin, easy to drink, and with a dry finish. It feels a bit insubstantial, though (it's not a light lager, so it can't get away with it)

O: A drinkable brew without flaws. Though it's pretty bland regardless. I at least liked it enough to where I'd get it again on a future trip.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at the now closed Maple Grove, MN location. This had an amber color, without much of a head. A pleasant slight hop aroma. The flavor was somewhat sweet with hints of malt and hop. A medium mouthfeel and this beer was very drinklable. It was my favorite of all the beers served at Hops.

hardy008, Feb 16, 2008
Thoroughbred Red from Hops Grillhouse & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.