Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.03/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ordered a ~32oz. pitcher of this at The Endzone in Chico tonight. Only $5! Very nice.
Poured into a standar 16oz. pint glass.
Appearance: 1.5 fingers of loose, sticky, off-white (it's kinda peachy), head forms on top of a clear copper body. As the head gradually dies down, it drags cobweb-like lacing behind it. Head retention is moderate. Pretty good (initial) head for an amber.
Smell: Toasted malt and ... [crickets]. I'diggin' deep and maaaybe getting some pine and caramel. Not much in the nose at all.
Taste: Toasted grains, sweet moist pine, wood, somewhat spicy hops, and caramel? - it's something kinda sugary. This tastes pretty damn good. Surprising too, because the previous two beers I've got from this place (The Endzone in Chico) have been a little flat and possibly old. Nice balance. Pretty strong flavor for an amber. Rock on.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, kinda spicy, kinda syrupy, and finishes a little dry. Medium-bodied. I dig.
Drinkability: Could easily kill another 32oz. pitcher of this. Much better than I remembered. A bold-flavored amber that is mighty tasty.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2009 15:58:03 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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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
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