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Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

909 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000

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Ratings: 909 | Reviews: 480
Photo of 1morkerto
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light red... Seems to be minimal hop, decent flavor. A little watery, but some after bite. OK

Photo of pianoguy
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle

Pours a light brown copper body with a creamy 1/2 inch off white head. Some lacing

A faint smell of malt

Starts out a malt taste that leads into a mix of sweet and a bitter. Nice finish .

Feel is crisp and a bit prickly

Overall It was like a lager but with a slight hop bitterness that just seems to work!

Photo of mothmanscott
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown with a reddish hue producing 2+ fingers of somewhat lasting, pale tan, foamy/frothy head that leaves a minor level of streaky, webby lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel & earthy hops. Taste is dark bread, roast and nutty notes, more intense earthy hops with hints of yeasty fruity esters. The sip finishes with caramel, roast & nuts, fruit, some pepper & a light hop bitterness. Afrertaste is a dry, astringent & slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, wet but slightly dry, silky with a little prickle & a pleasant astringency.

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty fruity initial taste then it starts tasting like a lager. It's meh

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another blast from the past that I reacquired...great stuff...a hybrid red that is great with many seafood (yes I said it) dishes....

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date... reviewed as is.

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More like a brown ale, kind of a washed out finish

Photo of Rob_aTl
4.62/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just the right amount of malt/hops/abv taste. My go to beer when I want something good. Great finish.

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mixed six from Uncle Mike

Photo of mjurney
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Copper color, clear. Lots of thin bubbles rising. Off white color head, very creamy.

Aroma:
Very faint aroma, I could smell some bready, toffee, some herbal hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bready malt, biscuit, some toffee, a little toast. Some fruitiness, pear. Spicy, herbal, a little leafy hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is dry, very crisp. Body is medium, very smooth, dry, crisp, refreshing.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer.

Photo of MayDay9460
4.63/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and tasty. One of my new favorites. Pairs well with steak

Photo of Samuel_Adams
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

This is a light-bodied beer with a nice amber hew. It drinks much lighter than I would expect by looking at the color. The beer has no discernible hop aroma, and the finish is very short. I think it's just an easy-to-drink, everyday type of beer. I have had pilsner with more body, but hey...you can get this pretty inexpensively. I paid $12.99 for a 12-pack.

Photo of WestHam973
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic Craft Beer! Awesome Drinkability

Photo of MartzMimic
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours from the bottle a reddish amber with just the slightest hint of haze. Caramel malts and leather are present in the aroma. It tastes almost exactly as it smells; sweetness and spice, followed by a touch of bitterness. Medium mouth with a bit of oil. A decent enough brew, but nothing remarkable.

Photo of delta490
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a slightly clouded ruddy amber with a creamy white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma starts to develop a bit as it warms, with light sweet malt aspects. Unfortunately, the taste remains pretty lackluster with just some nondescript sweetness and a little earthy quality. The body does have a nice weight and feeling to it on the palate, (lighter and smooth). This was one of the first craft beers I ever tried back in early 2000s and unfortunately, it hasn't held up in comparison.

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer itself is a lighter shade of red, darker than amber but just. The head is off-white in color, frothy and churning up to almost 3/4 of a finger. It recedes neither quickly nor slowly, leaving a craggy, thin ring followed by a spattering of lace.
A more traditional brew in the aroma, the focus is more on sweetness with just a little hops to balance. Herb and citrus do come out, though, along with caramel and grains in a pale malt sort of base.
Malt-forward in the flavor, of course, it's very toasty with lots of caramel to complement. hops are stronger, though, lots of citrus coming through with a bite to it before going more herbal. A bit of zest comes through before finishing with lingering herb and caramel notes.
A medium-bodied beer with a bit of dryness to it, the feel is nicely balanced as just enough is taken from the sweetness. It's plenty crisp and it's clean, getting pretty smooth from middle to finish.

Photo of streetcommander
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from one pint lager glass at about 60F

Malt, brown sugar, molasses, and caramelized red meat juices are abundant and well balanced. Sounds heavy but it is not at all. Does have a booze taste, but it matches the flavor profile and is very faint...I like it.

Immensely drinkable and refreshing. I do tend towards this brew during the winter months though. This is not a heavy hop American ale.

The price is what is greatest. Between Obama's America and his hidden inflation and the current trend of craft brews escalating in price, this is a much welcomed sensibility priced every day bargain pearl of a brew.

Photo of bfoot110
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the local pub. It was the 2nd day of the cask, had a nice head to it the aroma was slight caramel and oats. The oatmeal taste was fantastic. Cask is the best way to enjoy this stout, it really brings out the taste. Had this on bottle once and thought it was just a middle of the road beer. Cask makes all the difference.

Photo of jams6string
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a growler of Red Tail Ale from Minogue's Beverage in Queensbury, NY. This is a very good ale with a bold taste. Unforunately the keg kicked as my growler was being filled. It definately tasted better at Mendocino's tasting room in Saratoga Springs ,NY. I highly reccomend a trip there. Still it was a good beer at a very good price.

Photo of itskohlsoutside
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A quality beer brewed local in Saratoga, NY. Amber Ale with a hint smell of alcohol and then hops. The same is with the flavor, the alcohol is tasted first followed by malted finish. I enjoy this amber ale, I am not sure if the alcohol percentage is correct because it is more like a strong ale. I do recommend this beer.

Photo of Tmonahan
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great red ale; smooth consistency, flavorful, good after taste. Drank it in a pint glass; I prefer to let the beer breathe a bit. Typically Mendocino has great beers; lucky for me there is a brewery that bottles and fills kegs for them 20 minutes down the road.

Photo of D1ck
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I view this beer as the flagship for the Mendocino line of ales.

Overall, very good although nothing outstanding. If you live in the east this beer is brewed in Saratoga Springs NY so it is viewed as a local brew for those of us who live in upstate NY. Despite the dark red color the flavor is close to that of a pale ale. A little more hops would have made it more interesting in my opinion. I'd be pleased to drink it again.

Photo of MikeG304
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My local beer shop was having a special since this is a local brewery. If you brought in a printed review of the shop from BA you got a growler fill of Red Tail for a buck. hard to pass that up.
Anyway, first off I like the color. I'm a fan of porters and stouts but I like the looks of a nice amber color in a beer. My first pour from the growler was a nice copper/ amber color with 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of a creamy head and a good amount of lacing.
I don't really pick up anything except a slight malty aroma on the nose.
The same with the taste, although it does have a little hoppiness to it, but not overly so. Nothing really jumps out at me.
pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Overall, not bad for a buck. I really like the color. The taste is not a standout but not bad.

Photo of supergo
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The first time I had any beer from Mendocino was when I went to their brewery in Saratoga. I tried many of the beers they had on tap but this one stood out from the rest. It had a good clean taste with lots of bite. Not overpowering like some Red Ales can get. They tend to get a little sweet almost like wine. This ale however had a fresh taste, clean after taste and smooth texture.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer of the mont club. Pours clear reddish orange with very small white head. Aroma of cherries, malt, spice, yeast. Meh. Taste is sweet up front with some honey flavor. Cant put my finger on the flavors here. Malt extract? Not bad, I guess, but would not seek out on my own. Medium carbonation with a mediocre mouthfeel. Goes down easy enough, but won't have it again.

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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.