Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by studentofbeer:
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
nice (very cloudy) glowing LA smog orange color with a white head. cap follows the beer all the way down. i like the look, and the crazy amount of yeast in suspension help the glowing characteristic, but look closely it also looks a bit funny.
tangerine nose, some yeasty and bready characteristics. sweet and effervescent.
tangy, citrusy flavor. orange, lots of lemon, citrus peel. brisk and refreshing, with some tea-like characteristics as well closer to the finish. mild bitter finish that goes on a bit too long. something with mendocino brews... the hops just tend to get harsh in the aftertaste somehow. not sure whether to drop taste, mouthfeel or drinkability, but decided to drop all three .5 for this transgression. Something just ain't right that it makes the back of my throat burn.
light carbonation and medium body. overall a pretty easy drinking beer save for the weird aftertaste issues.still possibly the best mendocino i've tried so far.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2005 23:55:50 | More by studentofbeer
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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 812 ratings.