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Red Rambler Ale - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 05-21-2010)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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

mikesgroove, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

emerge077, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

zeff80, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -10.4%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

THECPJ, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

tone77, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Duff27, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Exiled, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

birchstick, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of egrace84
3/5  rDev -10.4%

egrace84, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Herky21, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of portia99
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

portia99, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

FreshHawk, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

jgunther71, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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 leaves...an 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...

augustgarage, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Chucker17, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Localdrinklax, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

bismarksays, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

jklecko2, Apr 24, 2014
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Red Rambler Ale from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.