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Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

816 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-29-2013 01:27:40 | More by BillRoth
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David_Knows_Beer

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-28-2013 07:42:45 | More by David_Knows_Beer
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-26-2013 06:56:53 | More by IRONRakkasan
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-25-2013 17:05:26 | More by ToddGingerich
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streetcommander

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from one pint lager glass at about 60F

Malt, brown sugar, molasses, and caramelized red meat juices are abundant and well balanced. Sounds heavy but it is not at all. Does have a booze taste, but it matches the flavor profile and is very faint...I like it.

Immensely drinkable and refreshing. I do tend towards this brew during the winter months though. This is not a heavy hop American ale.

The price is what is greatest. Between Obama's America and his hidden inflation and the current trend of craft brews escalating in price, this is a much welcomed sensibility priced every day bargain pearl of a brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:11:27 | More by streetcommander
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bishopaaa

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

12-16-2013 04:50:38 | More by bishopaaa
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csmalley

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-14-2013 23:33:10 | More by csmalley
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-14-2013 16:39:01 | More by jaydoc
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-10-2013 23:12:35 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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bfoot110

New York

4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the local pub. It was the 2nd day of the cask, had a nice head to it the aroma was slight caramel and oats. The oatmeal taste was fantastic. Cask is the best way to enjoy this stout, it really brings out the taste. Had this on bottle once and thought it was just a middle of the road beer. Cask makes all the difference.

Serving type: cask

12-10-2013 21:35:51 | More by bfoot110
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-08-2013 03:11:11 | More by BodiesLexus
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gmerrick

California

3/5  rDev -13%

12-07-2013 05:01:23 | More by gmerrick
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alcoholinside

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-05-2013 23:16:29 | More by alcoholinside
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Conner

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-04-2013 07:52:24 | More by Conner
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baccala

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-01-2013 17:11:23 | More by baccala
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -42%

11-28-2013 04:31:53 | More by mmulebarn
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jams6string

New York

3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a growler of Red Tail Ale from Minogue's Beverage in Queensbury, NY. This is a very good ale with a bold taste. Unforunately the keg kicked as my growler was being filled. It definately tasted better at Mendocino's tasting room in Saratoga Springs ,NY. I highly reccomend a trip there. Still it was a good beer at a very good price.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2013 20:25:01 | More by jams6string
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itskohlsoutside

New York

3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A quality beer brewed local in Saratoga, NY. Amber Ale with a hint smell of alcohol and then hops. The same is with the flavor, the alcohol is tasted first followed by malted finish. I enjoy this amber ale, I am not sure if the alcohol percentage is correct because it is more like a strong ale. I do recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 13:40:35 | More by itskohlsoutside
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MichaelBigbone

California

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

11-23-2013 06:18:19 | More by MichaelBigbone
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Tmonahan

New York

3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great red ale; smooth consistency, flavorful, good after taste. Drank it in a pint glass; I prefer to let the beer breathe a bit. Typically Mendocino has great beers; lucky for me there is a brewery that bottles and fills kegs for them 20 minutes down the road.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2013 13:56:42 | More by Tmonahan
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D1ck

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I view this beer as the flagship for the Mendocino line of ales.

Overall, very good although nothing outstanding. If you live in the east this beer is brewed in Saratoga Springs NY so it is viewed as a local brew for those of us who live in upstate NY. Despite the dark red color the flavor is close to that of a pale ale. A little more hops would have made it more interesting in my opinion. I'd be pleased to drink it again.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2013 01:18:47 | More by D1ck
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zaptone

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-19-2013 00:31:41 | More by zaptone
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MikeG304

New York

3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My local beer shop was having a special since this is a local brewery. If you brought in a printed review of the shop from BA you got a growler fill of Red Tail for a buck. hard to pass that up.
Anyway, first off I like the color. I'm a fan of porters and stouts but I like the looks of a nice amber color in a beer. My first pour from the growler was a nice copper/ amber color with 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of a creamy head and a good amount of lacing.
I don't really pick up anything except a slight malty aroma on the nose.
The same with the taste, although it does have a little hoppiness to it, but not overly so. Nothing really jumps out at me.
pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Overall, not bad for a buck. I really like the color. The taste is not a standout but not bad.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2013 22:32:15 | More by MikeG304
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supergo

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The first time I had any beer from Mendocino was when I went to their brewery in Saratoga. I tried many of the beers they had on tap but this one stood out from the rest. It had a good clean taste with lots of bite. Not overpowering like some Red Ales can get. They tend to get a little sweet almost like wine. This ale however had a fresh taste, clean after taste and smooth texture.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 20:44:57 | More by supergo
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-14-2013 14:51:34 | More by MattXT
Red Tail Ale from Mendocino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.