Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bang34:
4.03/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Brewed about an hour's drive from my home in Mendocino County. One of the original microbrews before it became the trendy thing to do. Light amber in color with a small, quickley diminishing head. Citrusy aroma. Mild start with a very hoppy, crisp and almost acidic finish which makes it almost like an IPA but not quite there. The bitterness put meoff a little at first but now I am an avid fan. Though some do not like the crispness, I think it makes the beer. Perfect for a summer afternoon. Light enough you can go a full night on it but heavy enough for sipping.
It is now brewed in Ukiah, CA but the original brewpub is in Hopland, CA. With a home town by that name it has to be good. The brewpub is great, welcoming to tourists but with a hometown following. One of the regulars even has his own chair at the bar, complete with a plaque. If you are ever cruising up the 101, drop by, you will not be disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2003 00:16:37 | More by Bang34
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3.89/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 20:15:36 | More by Brenden
Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.