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Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

829 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +22.3%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. A red tail hawk flies with hops and barley in its talons. No freshness date.

Appearance: Amber with a touch of haze. The white head is quite sticky, semi-clumpy and very healthy looking.

Smell: Sweet pale malts, a touch of raw grain, esters and herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Smooth, malty and crisp. Notes of caramel and toasted malts aid in an almost chewy upfront mouthfeel. Alcohol notes are definitely present, and hide nicely behind a mild hop spiciness. Right in the middle, for a brief second, a lemony hop flavour punches through. A touch of citrus rind and herbal follows, continuing right into the aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry, with a bit of hop oil and malt huskiness.

Notes: Damn, this is one fine ale. Very well balanced, extremely drinkable and suprisingly warming. Makes me wonder what the abv is as my head heats up and my belly warms. It costs nearly $9 a 6-pak in Cambridge, MA ... but man is it worth it. Another fine ale from Mendocino Brewing Co. Buy some now.

10-22-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap @ Redbones. Mild hazed pale amber orange hue with a thin off white lace that has decent stickage from its creamy bubbly form.

Faint toasted grain and flowery citric hop in the aroma.

Moderate body, clean crispness. Big citrusy hop with a very ample bitterness, flavour from the hop lingers in a rind pungency. Malt and grain flavours tread in the back drop with a light estery fruity alcohol. Finishes slightly dry.

Good drinking here, real easy to go down and with the usual trademark APA characteristics.

08-12-2002 19:49:38 | More by Jason
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oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a lighter copper color with medium head that leaves some slight lacing,a strong smell to it some fruitiness to it and very malty kind of a weird smell hard to place.The taste starts out a little sweet but there is some dryness in the middle ending with a malty finish and aftertaste.Not a bad beer but seems a little rough around the edges.

07-29-2003 03:23:19 | More by oberon
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kaimcm

California

3.45/5  rDev 0%

A: cranberry/amber body, dull white head, no stick, no lacing.

S: weak malt aromas, minor cleaning product solvent, light herbal hop

T: clean malt up front, a touch sweet on the front of the tongue. some grapefruit comes through mid mouth then followed by a balanced but rather boring hop profile and bitter. slightly nutty. finishes pretty dry with hints of apples.

M: mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a simple, easy drinkin beer like this. good carbonation level, creamy, makes it easy drinking and refreshing.

D: easy to put down but not interesting enough for me to want another.

01-18-2006 22:46:19 | More by kaimcm
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

I remember drinking this beer on a trip to California in the mid 80s. I also remember thinking at the time that it was a really good beer. This present version I'm not so sure of.

In a snifter the beer was a light amber color with a tiny white head.

It had a grassy, flowery hop profile, with some caramel.

I liked the taste more than I thought I would, based on the aroma. A sweet caramel taste gave way to the grassy hops.

A nice enough beer. I just thought I would like it more than I actually did.

02-02-2013 15:47:30 | More by lordofthewiens
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

A - A good looking beer. A copper/red with a nice off-white head.

S - Mostly just the grain bill. The nose is heavy on crystal malt. There is a little hop smell, but it is hard to distinguish because it is not fruity, or floral, or earthy.

T - There is some dark malts ( a little hint of toasted flavors) and a little biscuitiness to it. The hops are a little sweet/fruity at the end, which give the beer a decent blend. There is a very subtle bitter hop finish.

M - A light to medium bodied beer that is fairly carbonated.

D - The thinner body and low ABV make it very drinkable, but it just doesn't taste that good, so I don't really want to have that many.

10-26-2010 01:25:22 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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generallee

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: It has an orange amber body with good clarity and is capped off by with a tall loose foam head. This tall white head fades quickly and sets up a thin film covering that just hangs on. As it slides down the glass it makes some slick lacing.

Smell: There is a mild sweet bready malt aroma with a nice backing of dry leafy/herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: I get a nice candy and caramel sweetness with light toasty bready notes and just a hint of fruitiness. The hops come in late and finish with some mild bitterness for balance. Its medium bodied, easy drinking and nicely carbonated.

Notes: There’s not too much to say, it’s a good basic Amber Ale. Its not mind blowing but it is still a decent, enjoyable beer.

04-16-2011 17:19:13 | More by generallee
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-23-2012 00:25:59 | More by TimoP
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Guden

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%

A: Light amber, little quickly dissipating head (their pale ales head seemed way too big and never leaving) and very little lacing. Alright color, not too exciting.

S: Lightly toasty malts, maybe some citrusy American hops, meh.

T: Pretty bitter with some citrusy notes. Not too different from their pale ale, maybe a slightly higher malty characteristic but only just so. Tastes like an Amber Ale but not a very good one.

M: Decent, medium-light body and carbonation.

D: Not something I would order again, just okay example of the style which isn't one of my favorites, not too heavy in any way but not interesting enough to bring me back.

03-02-2011 21:09:34 | More by Guden
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +11%

12 oz bottle pours a clear, red/orange amber with an ivory head that is minimal and short lived but fades into patches of sheety lacing. Aroma is a pleasant meld of fruity and piney hops and pale and caramel malt graininess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Taste is slightly sweet with caramel and apples, but plenty of citrus, pine, and grassy hops keep it well balanced. Finishes crisp and slightly dry, with a polite note of hop bitterness. Very nice red ale, that I hope to sample again.

02-10-2004 01:32:34 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.45/5  rDev 0%

12 ouncer, no freshness/bottleing info offered....pours dull slightly reddish amber, light tan head, minor retention and spotty bits of lacing left behind. Moderate malt/bready nose. Balanced malt/hop approach, nothing too exciting going on here, dull style, dull beer, easy drinking but why bother?

04-21-2007 02:20:10 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: red/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: citrus hops, caramel malt, and a bit of dark fruit

Taste: citrus hops, caramel malt, and a graininess towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: An average amber that is slightly on the hoppy side. If you love hops this might be for you. I think this could be a bit more balanced. I will pass in the future.

01-07-2010 15:08:02 | More by tigg924
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mattster

Texas

2.2/5  rDev -36.2%

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color, no head - a little lacy on top.

Smells of malts, taste similar. No recongnizable aromas or flavors. A little bitter on the palate and finish isn't overly pleasant.

I had this as a single, don't think I would recommend or try again. It wasn't horrible, I guess I expect more out of a "craft beer."

12-26-2007 12:21:07 | More by mattster
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NoetheMatt

Kentucky

1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

04-21-2013 23:56:19 | More by NoetheMatt
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magictrokini

California

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

I don't normally like "fruity-tasting" beer but I really enjoyed this. Poured bright red with a medium off-white head. Floral aroma with strawberries and pale malt. Sweet, but not overpowering. Good balance of citrus hops, caramel malt, and the kiwi-strawberry flavor. Very smooth.

12-10-2008 19:12:05 | More by magictrokini
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +24.1%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,medium amber color with a tall,thick,chunky white head with good retention leaving webs of lacing around the glass with a couple of tiny bubbles stringing to the top of the glass.

Complex moderate nose very malty with notes of toffee,bisquity,nutty,toasty with a bit of a burnt note. Not much hop aroma a bit grassy.

Sweet, burnt carmell/toffee tastes, bisquitty with a citrus rind bite. Very well balanced with a crisp,clean,dry sharp/tart bitterness leaving a burnt aftertaste. Really liked the taste of this beer.

Tangy,juicy mouthfeel also light and airy feeling with a bit of a grainy texture.
Easy drinking ale could drink quite a few of these really enjoyable. Worth a try.

03-04-2007 05:13:44 | More by jcdiflorio
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dmourati

California

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%

Second or third time trying this brew from Mendocino. Available in these parts at Whole Foods and the like.

Nice initial taste followed by a zing. Aftertaste is where I have to take away marks. A bit too spicy.

I'd like to see a smoother finish. Otherwise, pretty good.

06-08-2012 04:09:33 | More by dmourati
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-06-2012 14:03:59 | More by fionn13
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mattffrost

California

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a dark mirky cloudy amber with white head. Head is gone rahter quickly. The retention on the glass is pretty good.

Smells of citrus, pine, carmel, brown sugar come out.

Taste is pretty good. A somewhat bitter beer but does have some sweetness to counter the bitterness. Beer finishes a little bitter nothing over the top. Pretty refreshing beer that I have to be careful not to drink to fast.

Beer is low in carbonation and is nicely balanced. A couple of these is a nice treat to a weekend watching the baseball game.

06-28-2009 01:09:33 | More by mattffrost
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

04-06-2014 20:50:07 | More by LDuke
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

Good auburn color, pour it right, and you get a solid inch of beige head. Aroma, equal parts wood tanins and a bitter hop nose lingers.

Taste, a little heavier than one would expect from the appearance. Solid, balanced English ale interpretation with a little CA hopping. Sometimes the quality can vary wildly with Red Tail, but more often than not, you get a relatively solid built beer with good malt and hop bills.

Mouthfeel, like many Mendo beers, gets a little heavier towards the end. Drinkable session ale. A keeper.

03-24-2010 18:06:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-22-2014 16:55:16 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle from the Saratoga Springs, NY brewery...

Nice pour, head is a consistent 1/4 inch of medium bubbles. Murky amber color. A little hoppiness and "wet canvas" to the smell. Not well balanced, hops are tangy and somewhat explosive. Some creaminess to the malts that adds body. If I have a major criticism, its in the lack of complexity of the malt sweetness, and way too much vinegary funk going on, piling on with the hops. Drank a second one directly from the bottle and it was extremely sour in this presentation. I'd like to try it on tap to see if there are a number of bottle runs that are not well-done...

08-15-2002 08:00:09 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

Bright ruby red body slightly hazed when held toward the light, fine off white cream colored head leaves behind fine speckled lacing. Aroma has caramel/raisin/hints of faint alcohol. Flavor a sweet and dry mixture of chemicals/phenolic flavors and bitter background hops wrapped around caramel flavored hops. A bit abrasive as a whole, this is not the beer I recall years ago when I tasted Red Tail Ale, things have gone in a bad direction eversince they were bought by the Kingfisher Indian mogul. Mouthfeel is cloying with earthy bitterness, body is medium bodied carbonation doesn't carry things well just an unpleasant experience. Drain pour there's too many good beers in life to settle for crap like this, honestly bad flavor and I will look for my next beer.

02-12-2011 18:19:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Murky and dark for style; plenty red for a amber/red ale but not as red as I expected in a "Red Tail". This amber ale is slightly more rich, earthy and flavorful than the average amber. It has good sweet/bitter balance and a fine medium+ body. Carbonation is a tad low.

O = 3.75

12-05-2012 01:39:28 | More by chinchill
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Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
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