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Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

818 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2000)
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
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