Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by bagpiper2005:
3.18/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour: Bright yellow-orange in color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Pale malts and citrus/grapefruit hops. Pretty one dimensional, nothing exciting.
Taste: This is supposed to be an Amber Ale? Tastes more like an APA to me! Sweet pale malty front with an acidic sourness. Moderate grapefruit/pine back end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Smooth and refreshing. Sessionable.
Final Notes: A really good beer in its own right. That said, this is most certainly not an Amber Ale, and it really needs to be reclassified as an APA. It doesn't have the sweet, chewy caramel goodness and yeasty middle of an Amber, so as such, I have to rate this beer low.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2011 02:28:31 | More by bagpiper2005
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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.