Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.33/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This ale is a decent effort at making an amber ale and a good pour results in a beer that is a little hazy, but with a good amount of foam and an aroma that features the scents of biscuits and a touch of fruit.
The tastes present in this beer include toasted malt, citrus, caramel, pale malt, and bread. The beer finishes crisp and dry, and it offers a pleasant aftertaste.
My main problem with Red Tail Ale is that it doesn't have quite enough body to make it a classic. It is a good tasting ale, but the body of the beer leads to a somewhat weak, somewhat dissatisfying conclusion following each sip.
Red Tail Ale is a good ale and most will agree that it is crisp and offers some decent hop character. But it didn't quite meet my high expectations and thus I consider this only an average ale overall.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2007 05:34:05 | More by BryanCarey
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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.