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Red Zone - Prism Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Prism Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Red October".

(Beer added by: Deuane on 01-11-2010)
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Reviews by Knapp85:
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2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out as a reddish brown color with a cream colored head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good on this. The smell of the beer smells a bit like apple cinnamon to me. It's an interesting aroma but not the most appealing beer I've taken a whiff of. The taste is earthy with a dry cinnamon flavor in there. There could be some additional spices as well but I get the cinnamon the most. The mouthfeel of beer is very drinkable, it's nicely carbonated as well. Overall this beer is decent, not the best Spiced Winter Ale I've had but I didn't hate it. I don't think I'd rush out to buy more though.

Knapp85, Jan 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Dark hazed rusty amber, two fingers of froth. Aromas of yeast, spice, toasted grain, syrup, overripe fruit, & taffy. Baked apples, spice, grainy, honey, bread crust, yeasty, kiss of alcohol, quince paste, custard, maples taffy, finishes a little dry.

Flavorful with many of the elements I look for in a spiced winter warmer, not as clean on the palate as anticipated. I guess the Irish Red Ale character is there but the spice and syrup take it far away from the style.

Jason, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Bdel34, Nov 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

mikefuski17, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of mfunk9786
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes (2010 Capone's Black Friday event). I was quite impressed with this beer from newcomers Prism Beer Company, and it convinced me to go fill my growler with the stuff sooner than later. They really nailed an interesting, sessionable winter seasonal on the first try.

A: A swirling, reddish ale with a very inviting look in a pint glass.

S: Smells strongly of pumpkin spices (though oddly, in this quantity and/or mixture, one doesn't associate them with pumpkin pie flavors) and maple. Lovely.

T: This is where the beer really stands out. The spices are the first thing that hits you, but what I really find the headline to be is that this beer has more pure maple flavor than any I've ever had. That includes Immort Ale and several Canadian brews that purport to be heavy on maple ingredients (Equinoxe du Printemps is a good example of a great maple-tinged beer that this surpasses in terms of maple flavor). As a huge fan of maple flavored anything, I was thrilled with this. Totally tasted like November.

M: I jotted down a particular complaint in this department that I feel might be valid - I had sort of a dry feeling in terms of the mouthfeel due to the heavy spice character. Maybe the beer should be filtered better, but I don't know if it'd be worth the detriment to the flavor.

D: More sessionable than a lot of winter seasonals I've had from big, successful, established breweries.

I think that the name of the beer and the accessible style could make this one a big hit if Prism is willing to hang its hat on it and bottle it for six months out of the year. Calling it their "football seasonal" would just be the icing on their moneymaking cake. That this one was able to stand out against a stacked field of offerings at the Capone's Black Friday event is a testament to how good it already is - a bit of fine tuning might be needed, but it's already a really great first try. Friends of mine, once we finished drinking and relocated to the Capone's bottle shop, were asking me where they can find Red Zone, or beers like Red Zone, on the shelf. There is definitely a marketplace for this beer and I wish Prism well with it.

mfunk9786, Nov 28, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

WaterCzar, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Chaos_31, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Gmartin75, Nov 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

aflyershckyfan, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

jvbeats, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

IdrinkGas, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

bryanwaltz, Aug 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

mendvicdog, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

dcerdman, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

TheFightfan1, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

SoberPhobic, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

SadMachine, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

bigfnjoe, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

beerfinder, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a reddish brown color, clear with a towering light tan head that persists for a few minutes. Lacing looks good on the glass.
S: Smell of prunes, dark cherries, birch, ginger, and faint maple. Earthy hops are minimal.
T: Sweet and tart cherries, prunes, brown bread, light maple, light ginger, and spice. Finish is on the sweet side.
M: medium body with tiny, bubbly carbonation and little to no alcohol warmth.
O: This beer has some interesting flavors and a uniqueness that makes it worth the try. It has a sweet and tart balance going on and the finish is not overwhelmingly sweet.

scottbrew4u, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

curlybird, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

BeezNeezy22D, Oct 13, 2012
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3.04/5  rDev -13.9%

jrcook76, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

cdtoffers, Nov 12, 2013
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Red Zone from Prism Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.