Red Rambler Ale | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Red Rambler AleRed Rambler Ale

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Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ale is brewed with the finest quality pale, caramel, and lightly roasted malts. This complex combination of malts, contribute to the deep red color and malty flavor. This is balanced with the flavor, bitterness and aromas of three varieties of hops. The IBU’s are around 35. Top fermenting ale yeast is added to create this well rounded beer.

Added by daledeee on 05-21-2010

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tapered mug, Rambler pours a saturated reddish orange, let's go with copper. Slim layer of creamy off white foam on top, that slowly dissipates, leaving behind a delicate collar of lacing around the edges. Retention is pretty good, the foam eventually breaks at the point where it's sipped from.

Aroma was a little funky at first, like an earthy, nutty Gruyère cheese. Slightly odd but surprisingly pleasant, though it's not unique to just this beer.

Malt forward, the specialty malt character that gives it a nutty, bready flavor. Slight residual dry bitterness in the aftertaste, must be the 3 hop varieties listed on the label. Flavor is mainly earthy with slight impressions of tobacco, raisin, and multigrain bread. Medium bodied, dry finish with a low residual bitterness. Simple but flavorful.. simplicity is underrated these days.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I rambled all the time. I was just like that, like a rollin' stone."

--Muddy Waters

Blazing bonfire reddish orange with an attractive crown of golden brown sugar colored whipped mousse. The foam is taking its sweet time melting, painting the pint glass with tattered sheets of sudsy lace in the process.

The nose, which could be stronger, is classic American red ale with a modest hoppiness. Peace Tree says that pale, caramel and lightly roasted malt are used. Mum's the word, however, on the 'three varieties' of hops.

Red Rambler Ale is pretty good stuff that most Iowa beer lovers with even an ounce of adventurousness should enjoy. It's well-balanced with respect to malt and hops, which is (mostly) a positive. Doubling the 35 IBUs would make me happier, but these guys aren't in the business to make me happy.

The malt tastes equally toasted and caramel-like, with slightly more bitterness than good hop flavor. No guesses will be made, except to say that Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Columbus are doubtful. Probably something German... or English... or a less distinctive American like Magnum or Mt. Hood.

The mouthfeel just does sneak in under the 'better than average' wire. It could use more bubbles... which, if done right, would lead to a more expansive creaminess.

Red Rambler is so named because the Peace Tree Brewing Company is located in what was once a Nash Rambler dealership. This isn't outstanding beer, but I'm still going to have to ramble on down to Knoxville one of these days to check this place out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served it straight out of the fridge into a pilsner glass while I was cooking on the grill last night. Nice pour with a good orange amber color to it. Very clear with excellent carbonation streaking up through the glass. A two inch high head of white foam then rose up and quickly settled down but not before depositing copious side glass lace.

Nice light aroma of bready malts. Musty with a good solid base to it and hints of wheat. Light hop nose in the beginning but it quickly faded, a touch one sided to be honest. The flavor was solid. Roasted malts, beady with a good biscuit like flavor to it. Nice medium bodied feel. A bit slippery at times, but still good carbonation. I was able to session this one with no issues at all, even in the 100 degree heat

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a reddish amber color with a decent sized off white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of caramel, toffee, earth, light brown sugar and fruits. Somewhat grassy aroma as well. Carmel and toffee with light fruitiness dominate the flavor. 35 IBU's but I can't find any flavor from them. Medium body light to moderate carbonation. Not horrible, but not great either.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is toffee along with some earthy hops and a dirt-like character. The flavor is toffee and an earthiness that is similar to dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The taste of this beer is just a little too muddled for me.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of nut. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, strong bread dough, hint of pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good blend, body, feel, but very weak appearance.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a small head. Smell is very mild, some malts are detected. Taste is also on the mild side, some hops, caramel malts, bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant deep amber with a ruby tint crowned by a ½” to ¾” head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. S: Malt, light roast, faint citrus. T: Malty rich, spicy hops, some roast, hints of chocolate. F: Carbonation above average, medium body, a little slickness on the tongue. O: A somewhat meh beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, "leave sediment in bottle, serve at 48°F"

A - Beautiful rusted copper in color, Red Rambler pours with great clarity, assuming you've followed the bottle's instructions, and a nice little ivory head. The short pile of foam sits around, dotting the pint in lace as it drops.

S - Earthy hops lead way into a raw vegital aroma that hints at floral hand soap before fading into a plain bread maltiness that, overall, doesn't create an inviting aroma. In fact, it's downright unpleasant and off.

T - A gentle kiss of caramel sweetness is quickly washed away by biscuity malt and a lingering grassy hop flavor that brings some of the aroma's floral hand soap characteristics to the surface. It certainly doesn't taste as bad as it smells, however.

M - Like the two other Peace Tree beers I've had before this, Red Rambler keeps that same undercarbonated, flat feel that's thin on the tongue. This one finishes with nice smoothness but that quickly changes to a more harsh, almost astringent bitterness that, for it's 35 IBUs, seems somewhat out of place.

O - Peace Tree Red Rambler smells a bit off-putting to be brutally honest, but it drinks a lot better; more maltiness, less off flavors. Either way, this Amber Ale isn't a beer I'd ever want to try again without some serious alterations but in all fairness, it could just be a bad bottle.

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Photo of birchstick
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours, as it name implies, a red color with hues of brown. This is the most red red ale I have seen

S - smell is pretty faint, with caramel and grain malts

T - starts of with some grain and bready tasting malts. These fade to a little bit of a sweeter caramel malt. Finally a bit of spicy and grassy hops show up to balance out the malts. It is a nice transition from flavor to flavor, however it isn't the most exciting tasting beer I have tried. Good nonetheless.

M - medium bodied with relatively subdued carbonation which makes it rather smooth

D - this is an enjoyable brew. Nothing too memorable, but that's not to say this is a bad beer by any means. Would I order it again if I saw it? Probably. Will I otherwise seek it out again? Debatable.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.36/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the best red ale I have ever had. Very red, some sweetness in the nose, watch out for the sediment in the bottom. Has taste characteristics of Belgian yeast, sort of like a Belgian brown or dubel. Smooth medium body.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice redish bronze color with about an average sized, creamy, frothy, cloud-like, light, toasted marshmallow color head. Pretty good retention leaving a nice frothy layer of lace.

S - Toasted toffee malt provides a lot of the aroma. A touch of grassy, earthy hops. Some nutty and earthy aromas. Pretty typical aromas for the style.

T - Similar to the aroma and other typical Amber Ales. A good amount of toasted toffee and some caramel malt. Pretty good amount of hops for the style with a nice grassy and slightly herbal flavor. A good kick of bitterness mid sip as well. Some earthiness, spice, and mineral flavors are in the background and come out a bit stronger toward the finish.

M - Lighter side of medium with about average carbonation. A touch on the thin side and a little watery. Fairly smooth though.

D - Nice bitter/hoppy kick makes this a bit more interesting than some other red ales. Nice flavor and a decent body make this a pretty drinkable beer, although it doesn't really wow me.

Notes: Not a bad Amber Ale, but it didn't particularly wow me or stand out. Nice balance of toasted malt (toffee flavor in particular) and some earthy, grassy, herbal, spicy hops.

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Photo of portia99
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool, "Red Stripe"-ish 12oz bottle received in trade with mattafett as an extra. Thanks Matt! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, dirty brownish color with some amber highlights. A finger of tight foam sits atop the beer after the pour, but disappears rather quickly...falls to a light skim coat and a light coolar of cream colored bubbles around the glass.

S - Light in aroma overall...most of what I'm getting is malt based - some light sweetness, a bit of caramel with some buttery diacetyl, lightly roasted nuts, grainy, bready. Can't say I'm picking up much for hops...definitely malt biased.

T - A bit more bitter than I expected from the aroma...bitterness is quick and fading with the malt taking over. Lightly metallic with some roasty/toasty and biscuity malt. Mildly sweet with a the slightest inkling of caramel. The remainder of the flavors are muted yeastiness giving way to a grainy and bready malty flavor set at the base.

M - A touch lighter than purely medium bodied. Carbonation is a touch on the lighter side...a bit of a tingle on the tongue, but not much else. The metallic aspects of this beer seem to linger.

D - Pretty enjoyable beer. Doesn't blow me away, but it is a well brewed red ale. Seems like it would be a better companion with food rather than a stand alone. Worthy of trying...glad I got the chance.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy copper/amber tea color. A cream colored head recedes quickly to cirrus clouds with minimal lacing.

The beer smells wonderfully of melted caramel, malts, and faint toffee.

The beer tastes really malty and sweet up front, much in the vein of a good amber: lots of sweet caramel malts. There's a bit of a tea-leaf tang in here as well.

Mouthfeel is clean and a tad watery. A dry finish.

Overall, this beer is all over the place. But what it is is a really easy-drinker, with great caramel notes. And that is a good thing. I love the stubby bottle, too.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Fire brick liquid with flame highlights and (despite a vigorous pour) a thin beige head that recedes to a lasting collar and swirling surface slick. Average retention; delicate sandy lacing.

Fresh wort, toffee, clove, wet odd mix in the nose.

Caramel, autumnal malt notes, toasted bread crusts, and touches of dark fruit on the palate. Hops contribute some earthiness in the finish, and a very light bitterness throughout, but are hard to detect otherwise. A bit muddled and grainy with maybe a touch of oxidation - unique none the less.

Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and rich mouthfeel.

Would pair well with rich meat dishes...

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Photo of katan
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark amber, red color. Lots of floating, as I did a bad job of leaving behind yeast sediment. Light head formation, off white in color.

S - Very malty beer, toasted, toffee, sweet, caramel. Lots of things normally associated with a red ale. Just a hint of a spicy yeast play in.

T - Starts off lightly malty, a bit cloying and sweet. Toffee, caramel, crystal malts show through. Mid-stream gets spicy - like a belgian yeast was used (I think thats true). Hopping is not detected. Finishes fairly clean, with a smooth malty sweetness.

M - Moderate beer body - can be thick and clingy at times. Carbonation is well balanced for this beer style- enough to build body.

D - Easy drinking. A bit filling at times. ABV is unknown, but appears sessionable. Sweetness does grow a bit "heavy" - more of a cool fall or winter beer than a summer beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a prune juice/iced tea color, with 90% opacity, just enough light to strike a hue in the body. The head is popcorn colored, 2 fingers mushrooming up to the top of the glass. It recedes gracefully to a 1/2 finger and leaves lace in wisps where it once was. Extra quarter point for the hue. :-)

S : Definitely the red ale funk so prevalent among the style. Sour raspberry/sour grape, roasted malt, with pruney and vinous aromas as well. As the beer sits in the open longer and the head disappears, a more natural jarred dry grain aroma becomes present.

T : The malts in this beer are perfectly flavored, roasted, and balanced. Just awesome. A slight hoppiness also invades the palate with leaf, plant, and stem. Cherry tomato can also be tasted, with a faint orange squeeze as well (pulped, not bitter). I like this flavor profile, though I'd like it to be louder. Its shyness is sort of endearing, though.

F : Semi-creamy, with a bit of a wash, and electrifying carbonation. It ends dusty and dry, bringing yet more character into this Red Ale.

O : While not an outstanding, drop your jaw, top-class Red, this is a solid ale worthy of a try. I'd have it again, it's a very relaxing beer, and just what I needed after work.

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Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from an Iowa brewery.

This beer comes in a unique short bottle(but not like Belgian). The label says the name of the beer came from the fact that the brewery is located in an old Nash car dealership.

I poured this beer in to a glass and found it to have a small head that went away to an off white covering with a bigger ring of bubbles around the edge. The head was easily reborn with a twirl of the glass. The body was a reddish cloudy brown.

The nose was not real pronounced. A hint of slight malt.

Taste was malty with bitter hops and a slightly creamy finish. I served this at about 40F and found it quite easy to drink. Not a real complicated taste but very fresh and tasty. The more I drink this the more it grows on me. I have not had many red ales so this is a good example in my book.

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Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with a quickly dissipating head--filming left on top of beer; lacing is decent

S: Subtle hop presence: orange rind and tea leaves with subtle lemon rind characteristics on top of a sweet graininess

T: Burnt malts and citrusy hops--luckily slightly more of the hop quality wins out; the burnt quality isn't necessarily bad but in all is slightly off-putting

F: A little thin and yet sticky on the back of the tongue

D: A decent little brew that I would drink again but there are enough average qualities that I wouldn't rave about it either

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper color with a finger of head and spotty lacing. Aroma is musty caramel malt, sweaty feet, floral hops, and nuttiness.

The flavor starts with a sharp metallic maltiness and faded floral hops. Watery finish. Not terrible, but definitely nothing pleasant worth noting.

The body is medium and watery with low carbonation. This is just an extremely average to below average beer, skip it.

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Photo of beersdmf17
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber with minimal head. Smell is malty, notes of biscuits, light grassy and earthy notes. Some vague caramel also present. Flavor is biscuity malts with a hint of caramel, earthy hops but not very bitter. Light/Medium body with low carbonation. Not the best amber i've had, but definitely not the worst. Good beer for a traditional beer drinking that is not into craft.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The foam got to about a half-finger in width and has a sandy tinge to it. It also looks really filmy and airy. The body has a dark amber look to it with some copper highlights.

Smell- There is a strong estery and banana-like quality to the nose. Belgian yeast in play anyone? I also detect an earthiness and an underlying toasted bread scent.

Taste- The palate follows the nose pretty closely, except for a blast of spiciness at the front of the drink. The earthiness is more pronounced mid-drink and even seems roasted.

There is also the banana-estery quality that pervades the drink and is very noticeable in the finish, along with an herbal hop flavor.

Mouth feel- The feel is a little thin and slick on the tongue. I would be happier if it felt creamier and bigger on the tongue.

Overall- Red Rambler is okay. It is certainly interesting and has complexity with the use of the Belgian yeast and hop profile. I would have liked the malt profile to have been more forward and the feel to be bigger.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy red, too hazy, beer with a fluffy light tan/off white head that starts big but falls back fast. There is a lot of suspended haze and not much active carbonation. 3.5

S: As soon as the beer was open, I got a good drilling of hops. They stay around, though are met with some sweet, caramel toasted malts that do have a hint of metallic to them. 3.5

T: Similar to the taste, though the malt takes the front seat with hops in the back. The metallic falls away as well with the grain coming forward and becoming the dominant flavor. It needs more MMPH to it I think to really come into its own, perhaps some more body and more caramel malts. 3/5

M: Again, thinner than it really should be, a chronic problem I'm seeing in Red Ales that are trying to be IPAs or Pale Ales without upping the hops enough. Still, it is refreshing and a good carbonation. 3.5

D: Drinkable, but not the best showing from Peace Tree by a long shot. 3

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Photo of StoneTSR
1.72/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

APPEARANCE: The color is deep copper and the head fluffs up very quickly. The foam is very lively, it looks like it is churning as some very large bubbles pop and smaller ones rush I to fill the voids they create. The beer itself is also very lively with bubbles all over the edges of the glass. Despite all the churning and bubble popping in the head, it still has good retention.

SMELL: Not much there on the nose, but maybe a faint, grassy smell.

TASTE: This beer is bad. I don’t mean that this is a terrible brewer, but this particular beer is bad. It has been infected somehow and all I can taste is a big metallic flavor followed by an intense vinegar-like tart/sour taste.

MOUTHFEEL: Puckering.

OVERALL: Sadly, I cannot drink the rest of this. I did buy a few more bottles of Peace Tree when in Nebraska last week, however, so I’ll give them another shot.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic

a: reddish copper, moderate carbonation, medium density foam with light sandy color

S: a bit fruity with a bit of a biscuity, lightly toasted malt nose,

T: a bit of a medicinal flavor turning into burn cocoa and biscuit malt, bitter tannic finish

M: moderate body, carbonation bite, quite dry

O: meh, it's a cute bottle but the odd first flavor and unremarkable nose makes it a one and done for me

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Red Rambler Ale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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