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BottleTree Red - BottleTree Beer Co.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BottleTree Beer Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 04-06-2012)
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Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says it is contract brewed for Bottle Tree at Thomas Creek Brewery in South Carolina. Pours a medium density reddish brown color. Lots of reddish light comes through the glass. A hard pour gives off a medium size light tan head. Head retention is about average. Some thin rings of lacing on the glass.

Standard Red Ale aroma of sweet caramel malt and some balancing bitterness, in this case it is piney hops.

Taste is standard Red Ale fare as well. A nice mixture of caramel malts and piney hops. The maltiness shows up first with a more bitter follow-on.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sweet. The alcohol level is higher than many Red Ales but is not that noticeable. The bitterness is the finish is welcome to keep the beer from being too sweet and cloying

A bit sweet and high abv to be a session beer, but I could still swill a few of these in the evening. Not a bad Red Ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

Slightly hazed dark auburn, auburn, and caramel in color with a moderately sized light kahki colored head that leaves lots of irregular, messy, lined lacing down the glass. Very pretty and appropriate.

The aroma isn't particularly appealing, with some vegetable and cinnamon notes leading the way, surprisingly. There's some sweetness and an earthy hop character as well, but this doesn't have the best aroma, by any stretch of the imagination.

The flavor is better than the aroma, with an earthy hop character and some toffee-like sweetness emerging, along with a moderate bitterness, and just a touch of gourd vegetables.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Decent enough, but unexciting. I don't need to revisit this one.

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.24/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle

A - pale, translucent amber; carbonation bubbles rising to the top; no head

S - bready, apples, caramel

T - sugar, caramel, apples

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a rather mediocre beer. It has a strong apple character with an intense, sticky caramel character. I will avoid this in the future.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust, deep reddish brown with a two-finger head that dissipates quickly. I'd never heard of this brew or the brewery, just thought I'd take chance. The nose reminds me of a scottish ale, like a "wee-heavy", and the taste matches that for the most part. Caramel, malt, maybe some brown sugar or molasses. Where it makes it's departure is the bitter floral hop finish. I'm a hop head at times, but really just couldn't get behind the hop profile in this brew. It simply unbalances it. Most reds have a similar, but more understated malt character with a bigger hop finish. This one is the opposite of that. To my tastebuds, this is reallly solid scottish ale with misplaced hops that kind of mess it up. It's still not horrible by any means.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Rusty brown color. Almost a finger of head... quickly gone though.
Smells like wood smoke and a little pine tree.
A little soapy taste, solid brunt bitterness, big malt backbone with a little sweetness to it.
A thicker medium body with low carbonation.
It's a good beer, but I'm just not excited about it.

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker while at Thomas Creek, so direct from the source. Poured red-orange with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, caramel, earthy hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, earthy hop, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I think having this one fresh on-tap at the source really made the difference on this one. Bottle Tree brews aren’t known for being my favorite by any means, but this one really wasn’t too bad. Lots of nice flavors going on here for the style, but nothing really stood out among the others I’ve had unfortunately. Worth trying fresh, but unfortunately I don’t know how it translates over to the bottle, yet. Tick.

Photo of smellandsip37
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Mudawg
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real gorgeous amber. A super dark copper brown, with giant deep ruby reds throughout. Clear. Head is a creamy slightly soapy tan with about four fingers tall, and about a one finger settling puck. Gorgeous looking beer.

Real nice malt presence on this. Creamy toffee, and a little bit of warmth. Big sense of chewy grains and pleasurable malts. Faint chocolate. Maybe even a little bit of brown spiced character too. Very nice.

First sip is a little bit of a let down. Just a hair of light body, but a muted malt sensation only comes in. Hop angle is a bit more obvious with a little bit of herbality and grass bitterness. Slight roast coffee in the aftertaste, with some creamy piping warmth. Lots of ripping grain on the finish. Some toffee and caramel warmth a little but a bit subdued.

Overall a decent brew, but I was expecting a bit more from the wonderful start.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of dave317
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of rjcoy06
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an almost opaque but clear very dark amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some crimson + garnet red highlights. The beer has a thin (slightly less than a quarter finger tall) slightly fizzy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (cherries and raisins) along with some molasses. Light aromas of generic sweet malts and some hints of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of cracker malts with dark fruit sweetness (cherries and raisins stand out). There are also some light flavors of molasses and caramel sweetness but the finish of the beer has notes of alcohol and a moderate amount of bitterness (though I do not taste any hop flavors).

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Kind of interesting/strange - it was boozy and sweet like a barleywine or strong ale and has lingering bitterness but without any hop flavors. Not one of my favorites and I am unlikely to get this one again.

Photo of IPAchris
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BigDaddyJohn
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Maudite snifter. Deep coppery amber with a foamy offwhite head of a finger or so. This reduces pretty quickly, but a collar of bubbles remains. Not much in the way of lacing.

Whole lotta carmelized stuff going on in the nose, but also a pronounced earthy hoppiness that seems somehow an odd match. The flavor profile is more rounded and more pleasant in general, although again, something about the hopping seems a bit awkward. Some toasted and even a touch of cocoa malt flavor in there with the carmelized sweeter business. Thickish with a modest carbonation that suits the beer well, and there's a pleasant buttery toffee element to the finish. It almost seems like a different variety of hops is all it would take to bump this up the enjoyment scale a notch or two.

Photo of bendukes86
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of ElCamino13
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours a light amber, with an off white, soapy foam. Leaves lace going down the side of the glass. Good clarity, looks like a solid amber ale.

SMELL: Malty sugars, fusel alcohol, also smells a bit oxidized. Has the smell of European malts, reminds me of an imported Barleywine or dopplebock

TASTE: Nutty, toasted malts upfront with a pleasant savory sweetness. Malt extract comes to mind. There is a mellow earthy hop character with a hint of pine. Well balanced malts provide suggestions of cocoa, and there is enough bittering hops to keep things interesting. This I would consider a malt bomb, and a good one at that. Works well in the American Amber Ale style category.

FEEL: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Very smooth on the palate, and leaves behind a yeasty coating.

OVERALL: A pretty decent ale here from bottle tree. Decadently malty, decent feel, the smell was just a little off. Everything else works here. Glad I got to try it. This was brewed by Thomas Creek brewery.

Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: Pretty much what you expect from a red ale: Hops, caramel, and malt.

T: Tasted of caramel, an average amount of hops, malt, a little citrus, and an earthy quality. A solid, but not spectacular flavor. Easy to drink, though.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a bitter, yet smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A likeable, drinkable beer. Doesn't necessarily wow you, but is pretty good nonetheless.

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BottleTree Red from BottleTree Beer Co.
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