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Red Tail Ale - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Red Tail AleRed Tail Ale

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829 Ratings
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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Photo of zeff80


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Pours out an orange/amber color. It had a small white head.

S - It smelled of malt and caramel.

T - A great, sweet malty flavor stands out. The caramel taste is understated.

M - It is crisp and smooth. Light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a very good amber beer. It has a delicous sweet taste.

12-09-2006 22:31:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of Abita45


3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

I was pretty impressed by this beer. It is pretty solid all the way around. It was bought as part of an american microbrewery sampler at World Market in Avon, Ohio.

Poured from a bottle, it has a light amber color and faintly sweet aroma. Low carbonation and slight head with some lacing. The mouthfeel and taste is that of a smooth, sweetly malty beer. The sweetness is tough to place, but it almost has a brown sugar taste to it. There's also a faint hoppiness to it that compliments the malt nicely and really brings the beer into a nice balance.

Overall, I found it a very good beer. I wish I had a couple more bottles to enjoy. I'll definitely keep my eye out for it in my area.

12-02-2006 15:32:49 | More by Abita45
Photo of TechMyst


4/5  rDev +15.9%

CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle (cond.)
FRESH: no way of telling, but seems to be
PURCHASED @: Woodmans
COST: 11/12pack
HEAD: 1 inch disapating
LACE: small formations
COLOR: hazy orange
AROMA: sweet ale
MOUTHFEEL: medium/ foamy
PALATE: slick
TASTE: malts/bitter hops, decent balancing
COMMENTS: kinda fruity, kinda bitter
Will I revisit this brew?y

11-24-2006 01:31:10 | More by TechMyst
Photo of treehugger02010


4.08/5  rDev +18.3%

I got this 12 ounze bottle from a Mendocino mixed case at Kunda Bev. and poured into a pint glass. A solid amount of head that was nice and fluffy with smallish bubbles. There again was a bunch of sticky lace. The color was a beautiful dark amber. The smell left much to be desired, there wasn't much of one at all. What my nose did pick up, was pleasent though. The taste was wonderful. It was blended wonderfully. There were excelent hop undertones. The taste was unbleaviably smooth. An awsome brew. Don't drink and review.

11-11-2006 02:58:08 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours honey color. Thin white head, with decent lacing. Smell is sweet, and malty. Light to medium bodied, with a creamy feel. Taste is of honey, and butterscotch up front, with some hops in the finish. Not as sweet as it smells, this is a beer worth trying.

11-02-2006 00:53:26 | More by riversider76
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

A - A very hazy copper color with one fingers of dense tan head that lasts about three minutes and leaves almost no lacing bhind.

S - Strong caramel malt, some strawberries, pine hops and . . . butter?

T - A light buttery character over a dry malty character. Honestly I expected the beer to be really sweet, and it is only a touch sweet. There is a bit of pine and grassy hops that make for a very dry bitter finish. This is an interesting taste. The diacetyl (at least that it what I assume it to be, I don't see how else the beer has a character like butter, but it isn't butterscotch, just butter) adds a lot to the flavor, if it lacked this it would be "just another hoppy ale," but this makes it something else.

M - Thick, creamy, chewy, smooth, pretty damn refreshing too. It's a bit off style, but it is a great mouthfeel.

D - I am impressed with this one. It is drinkable, refreshing and enjoyable. I might have it again some time.

10-22-2006 02:39:07 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

All I taste in this beer is caramel, caramel, caramel. I even looked up its ingrediants to see if it was brewed with caramel, but no luck. Regardless, it is a good beer, and surprisingly refined for such a humble brand.

It poured a reddish, brown, with just a slight head. The foam disappated quickly as the beer warmed. The taste was noticibly sweet, and as I mentioned before.. loads of caramel!

After this beer, I bought a special caramel brew just for comparison, and could barely notice a difference. A good beer all and all though.

10-20-2006 20:14:38 | More by alysmith4
Photo of peabody


2.65/5  rDev -23.2%

A clear amber ale with little carbonation graces my pint glass here.
A slight lacing occurs but dissapates very quickly like there is a lot of ABV here.
Smell is yeasty fruity with hints of caramel.
Taste is dirty like dark hops. Caramel and hops are very lightly interwoven into this complexity that leaves one dissapointed.
I am tasting a very pale red ale here. Not the best by far.

09-30-2006 20:15:39 | More by peabody
Photo of BlackJeremiah


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Burnt copper in color, medium carbonation. 1/2" head disappears almost instantly, but leaves the "finger lake effect" behind. Carbonation stayed consistent throughout the tasting.

S: Toast, musk, and a clovelike phenolic scent. It smells very clean, not overwhelming, but definitely has some character to it.

T: Carbonation tickles the tongue. Sweet malty taste, with an increasing floral bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the initial malt, but doesn't quite blend perfectly either. Lots of clove taste in the middle, tapering off after a bit. The aftertaste is almost all floral with a slight clove character and some alcohol presence.

M: Really quite good. It's refreshing, not without body, but makes a nice contrast to some of the heavier-feeling beers I drink.

D: I could definitely put this one into my rotation of NFL game-day beers. It has some really good flavors in it, it's not too filling or too light, and it's strong enough for me to notice, but not so strong that I couldn't drink three or four in a sitting.

09-17-2006 22:39:14 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of pmcadamis


4.08/5  rDev +18.3%

This copper brew has a tight 1/4 finger head with good retention. It's pretty clear with only a little haziness. Solid sheets of lace are left on the glass.

Smells like thick freshly baked bread with hints of caramel and confectionery sugar.

This tastes pretty damn good! It's pretty heavily hopped and that is a very good thing IMO. There is a prevalent sweetness that goes along for the ride on the hop roller-coaster....kinda reminds me of lemonhead candy or sweetened lemon juice, canned mandarin oranges, and grapefruit with sugar on top.

Soemthing I like about this one is that the hops are in the forefront, but the bitterness ends abruptly and there isn't a lingering bitterness like as with some other hoppy brews. The finish is actually drying and quite sweet.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium bodied, and drinkability is extremely good! I could quaff a few of these no problem.

09-16-2006 16:22:03 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of leadguit1


4.65/5  rDev +34.8%

great looking color as it curls into the pint glass,amber at it's best.

aroma is hoppy and sweet with caramel as a finish

esquisite flavor of hops, honey and mild alcohol.

feels like a good cream soda , nice soda feel.

tastes so good, how will you know when to stop?

09-02-2006 04:48:42 | More by leadguit1
Photo of dirtylou


2.55/5  rDev -26.1%

12oz single, Riley's $1.59...I think I have consumed about all of their vast selection of singles

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...cant find too many bad things to say about the appearance. sharp deep amber body, light beige head with adequate lacing. good appearance for this ale

smell: aroma is a sweet caramel malt, lightly bready, toasted malt, slightly metallic, trace amount of citrus hops in the background

taste: not terribly exciting but decent enough at first...initial tastes are a smooth caramel, some dark apple, toasted malt, biscuit. Fine. The aftertaste is god awful as all I am picking up is a metallic blood-like finish, metallic aftertastes are a HUGE downfall for me

mouthfeel: medium body, terrible dry metallic finish

drinkability: i dont have to say any more about why this is tough to drink

08-26-2006 22:45:33 | More by dirtylou
Photo of scottoale


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

From a 12oz. brown bottle with a nice looking label and the neck label with some blurb about this fine ale, it pours an amber gold with some off-white head and a bit of sticky lace. Carbonation is a bit mild and there's a very refined sediment that gives a slight haze to the liquids apperance.

A roasty, toasted and mildly sweet malt nose with a citrusy hop and a hint of alcohol wavering in the background...nice smell.

Toasty and grainy malt (kind of nutty) that has a mild fruity sweetness that turns to a nice bittery citrus finish. A very nice balance with a crisp, clean dry-ish finish.

Medium body and perfect carbonation make this tasty ale an all too easy too drink APA. Moderate ABV (label states 6.1%) and it is noticable, but not over powering. Another one of Mendocino's tasty Ales...cheers!

08-22-2006 22:33:12 | More by scottoale
Photo of dbalsock


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Dark orange/amber wiith a 1 finger white head on the pour. Decent carbonation turns into no carbonation within seconds, and the head disappears abruptly from view in a blink of an eye. Looked great for a second, guess all I can do now is drink it.

Smell: Caramel sweetness jumps out immediately with a light hops presence. Also a hint of molasses.

Taste: Light citrusy hops mix with the caramel and occasionally overpower it. Ends with bitter hops and a hint of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a rather bitter, I found this to be well balanced in mouthfeel. A complete experience.

Drinkability: The hops impede the drinkability a little, but its still a refreshing beer.

08-16-2006 13:39:33 | More by dbalsock
Photo of Phocion


2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Poured a medium amber color with an explosive white head that settles into a good thick finger that lingers on well after the pour.

Aroma is of a sweet toffee/caramel malt followed by flowery hops.

Very light sweet malts with a mild bitter finish, though the hops are not very flavorful aside from the "bitter." After a couple swallows, all you can really taste is the light bitterness.

Very thin and watery. Not much substance at all, in the taste or on the palate. Wouldn't recommend anyone tries this, you won't be missing much of anything at all.

07-22-2006 01:24:31 | More by Phocion
Photo of RedChrome


3.23/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured a medium amber color. A huge thick stark white head retained for a long time. A good amount of slow moving carbonation can be seen. Nice thick lacing.

A nice malt body hit my nose first. There is a second light hops aroma that balances a bit of spice to the sweetness of the malt.

Has an overall malt flavor with no subtle notes that stand out. The taste is a nice solid flavor for the style, but shows no complexity. There is nothing surprising about the flavor that impressed, but had no drawbacks.

I liked the amount of carbonation on the feel in my mouth. The body was a shade on the watered side, but still retained some signs of sticking to mouth surfaces.

Overall a nice average beer. Nothing to go hunting for in aroma or flavor. Nothing to make it stick out in its style, however it is a good, everyday ale from the style. I would enjoy this as a nice alternative when drinking with friends at a cookout.

07-17-2006 22:05:14 | More by RedChrome
Photo of SethB2


3.45/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden wheat color with a decent enough head. The color isn't right for what I consider an amber ale. It's too light. Either way, it isn't an unattractive beer at all.

S - Has some lagerish charateristics that I don't really like. Graininess mostly. There is also a very noticeable sweetness that helps a bit. Amost honey-like.

T - Good. Very bready roasted malts with enough hop profile to keep it from getting out of control. Over the biscuity texture, the honey sweetness carries it down well.

M - Medium and very good. Smooth across the tongue and finishes a tad bitter without being dry.

D - Good as well. This is a session beer. Easy drinking and not overly complex.

07-13-2006 02:24:20 | More by SethB2
Photo of GnomeKing


2.2/5  rDev -36.2%

I bought a six pack of this because I hadn't seen it before and--I admit it--it was the cheapest on the wall of craft beer. You get what you pay for. It was badly conceived and executed. The malt character was just funky. It didn't have the crisp, drinkable character of a typical amber, which is what I was looking for, since I bought it for drinking at my shorehouse. Now there are five bottles left. Want one?

06-28-2006 01:12:41 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of mrmojoe

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a true darkish amber and forms a bubbly off-white head which disapears almost entirely in a couple of minutes. The smell is somewhat fuity and hoppy. Tastes slightly of roasted caramel and maybe a hint of apricot, with a nice bitter quality all the way through. The mouthfeel is crisp with plenty of carbonation.

This is a good brew, yet no one thing really stands out. It's redeeming quality is it's balance, and overall it's crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable.

05-26-2006 00:56:41 | More by mrmojoe
Photo of psinderson


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Murky amber to red look with a good standing off white head.

Smell: Definitely malty...sweet with a touch of fruitiness.

Taste: Very citrusy. The malt presense is there with a clear hop tartness. Very faint toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, nothing remarkable.

Drinkability: This one went down pretty well.

This beer was not quite what I expected. Much more tart, but I didn't necessarily find it a bad thing, just unexpected.

05-16-2006 01:22:53 | More by psinderson
Photo of cyberbmcd

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

I had a few extra bucks in my pocket and took a trip to my local distributor. I was looking to be adventurous I was going to buy 2 six packs of something I never tried before. It was my lucky day.

This is the red beer that Killian's wants to be when it grows up.

It pours a delicious red with a light tan head that dissipates slowly but completely. the lacing is near perfect. The Aroma is earthy and pungent as a good ale should be, no skunk, just bite.

The mouthfeel is smooth but not creamy, crisp and dry like a good merlot. not fruity at all but a bit sweet.

Overall this is a great beer to sit and watch a movie with or to have on a nite with company and cards.

05-13-2006 02:32:42 | More by cyberbmcd
Photo of danielharper


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Pours deep orange, reddish amber color with a thick off-white head. Some carbonation, a bit hazy.

S: Sweet, slightly sour fruit flavors with a touch of hop bitterness. Interesting. Inviting.

T: Apple fruity taste up front, nice bitter mushy hops aftertaste, with an interesting yeastiness in between. A bit discontinuous -- the flavors don't mesh as well as I'd like -- but interesting.

M: Heavily carbonated. Hops are mild in their flavor but stinging enough to the tongue to give a slightly painful mouthfeel. Unbalanced.

D: I wouldn't want more than one or two. I might buy it again, but not anytime soon.

04-27-2006 20:37:53 | More by danielharper
Photo of Boneheadmx


4.45/5  rDev +29%

Pours out to a beautiful golden amber with a small head that fades away quickly. The smell is nice with a bit of malt and hops. The taste is rather malty and hoppy, with a nice amount of both in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also rather good, with just that right amount of carbonation and a decent amount of thickness. This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had, and I will buy some more next time.

04-25-2006 09:19:54 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%

12 ounce bottle. Mendocino Red Tail Ale pours out an amber color with a small head that quickly fades away. Malty aroma with some floral notes. Toasted malt flavor. Some ale fruitiness. This beer has a sharp bitting flavor and an off-putting astringency. There's not much hop flavor. Other than a dry finish, this beer does not taste particularly good. Carbonation is a high. The mouthfeel is a little thin. This beer is all around average.

04-23-2006 22:43:22 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of evilbeefchan


3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured a deep red-orange amber color, contrasted nicely by off-white head. Nice aroma, fruity and malty, makes you draw a deep full breath. First sip granted a bit of bitterness and slight carbonation burn when rolling on tongue, but melts away as malt kicks in. Leaves mouth feeling crisp and clean. Great everyday drinker, especially on a cool spring evening.

04-17-2006 04:19:52 | More by evilbeefchan
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