Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale

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921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 49 | 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: 921 | Reviews: 486
Photo of bile_duck56
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this Ale. Very rich and tastes great. Just the right balance of carbonation and bitterness, with a great after taste. Hey I will not pretend I know how to describe beer with words like Hops and IPAs, with hints of this or that. I just know this Ale rocks.

Photo of Falcone
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber in the glass. Minimal head with pour retention. No lacing observed.

Smell is butter and stale malt/hops. I'm not sure if I've ever had fresh beer from this brewery; pretty sure all they put out is shelf turds.

Taste isn't surprising. A decent malt flavor along with some stale bitter hops. The finish is what kills it; plenty of butter and even a bit of a sour funk (the bad kind).

Would try again if I could find it fresher though I doubt it would be that much better. A very mediocre red.

Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thick one finger head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of caramels, mint, melon and oranges.
Flavor with notes of toasted and caramel malts, a bit of hay, mild pine, spices from American yeast, grapefruit, tea leaves and American yeast. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium light feeling body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant and balanced American Amber Ale, no extreme flavors, still not dull. Huge drinkability and reference for the style.

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a frothy 2” cream colored foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: A hint mint on popping the cap but not a lot of aroma, some dried fruit and caramel from the malt.
T: Fruit, biscuit, malt and hops, a light chocolate note, caramel, faint fruit and roast.
F: Very creamy, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: A well flavored mild beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of CandaceLai
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Too hoppy, color is light brown, strange aftertaste (mixture of sour and sweet)

Photo of Diskroll
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a lager with a bit of hops on the end. Drinkable but missing a lot of the flavors I want in an ale.

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

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

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

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.

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 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.

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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
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