Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by chadlebald:
3.65/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Nice amber color (to be expected of an "amber ale"!), with very little head. Inviting malt smell; nothing overpowering.
Hmm, the taste. Well, it's good, but I'm having trouble really describing what flavors are coming through. A bit 'coppery' I guess is what I'd say as the maltiness is not overly sweet (a good thing in my opinion!). The finish has a nice lingering hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is buttery and refreshing.
I'd call this a solid session brew, save for the fact that it goes above the 5% cutoff point! Speaking of, this is not a beer I'd expect to be 6%. Could sneak up on you if you're not careful!
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2007 05:45:09 | More by chadlebald
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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.