Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by HalfFull:
3.48/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle from a mixed case poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium copper though surely not amber in color with a touch of haze. Half inch cap offers standard retention and lace.
Aroma is light with a touch of caramel and some lightly citric hops. Flavor is similar to the pour with some pale malts and a light dose of caramel. Surprisingly light in color and sweetness than I recall on tap though it's been a few years. Still this comes across as a different animal all together and closer now to a pale ale than an amber.
Feel and finish toe the line as well with a biscuity feel and a lingering though subtle caramel presence. Overall more enjoyable than the cloyingly sweet beverage I seem to recall, yet a bit of a stretch for an Amber and simply called an 'Ale' on the label..
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2013 01:31:03 | More by HalfFull
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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 816 ratings.