Red Ale - Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Lumberyard Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beagle75 on 11-06-2010

50 IBU
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by aval89:
Photo of aval89
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep amber, almost copper.. head perfectly reached the top of my KRBC pint glass.. it actually stuck around too..

s: there's actually a good dose of hops in the nose.. piney hops with a hint of lemon.. its balanced out big bready notes & some caramel.. reminds me a lagunitas beer.

t: upfront is sweet malts.. toasty malts with some breadiness.. middle of the tongue the caramel/toffee pulls through. back end is slightly dry with a bit of pine hop bite.. rounds out with a lingering toasted malt flavor.. some pine does stick around as well..

mf: good medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

o: overall a decent brew.. paired well with my pizza. would make a good fall beer imo

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear bright copper-reddish colored beer.

Light roasted malt aroma with nice hops presence coming through as well.

Roasted caramel malt presence in the taste is balanced with a fair amount of almost citrus like hops.

A lighter dryish aftertaste that harbors some of the roasted malt tastes on this medium bodied beer.

Decent enough example of this style of beer, I wouldn't mind downing a few of these on any given afternoon.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, almost opaque, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked biscuits and English muffins, followed by some aromas of caramel, brown sugar, heather, clover, honeysuckle, parsley and coriander.

Taste: Exactly the same as the aroma. Nice aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked biscuits and English muffins, followed by some aromas of caramel, brown sugar, heather, clover, honeysuckle, parsley and coriander. Very malty and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent red/amber ale! Malty, a little sweet and absolutely delicious! This was one of my “go-to” beers back in college at Northern Arizona University when I would hang out at Beaver Street Brewery. It was such a treat to re-visit it again!

Photo of atomicbeer
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange form the can. Rising bubbles are seen. A very thin ecru head. Very sweet malt aroma of orange and candied yams with carmel sauce with some earth hops behind. Taste does not follow. Taste is hops: pinecone-woody and grapefruit skin. There is a sharp tang in there as well, not metallic. Decent.

Photo of constantine_272
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Thick white head. Foam stuck to the sides of the glass all the way down. Dark red to malt brown. Light on the bubbles.

S: Sweet. Pine and tree sap. Slightly floral.

T: Sweet up front again. A hoppy backbone comes in and finishes with leather and mahogany.

M: A bit thick and chewy. On the dry side. Could benefit from more crispness to clean the palate. Slight metallic/mineral aftertaste.

O: Just didn't work for me. Too dry. Not very refreshing and not nearly enough crispness. Bought this can on a trip to Phoenix, I liked all the beers from the Four Peaks taster tray better.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I CANnot seem to find her now, but Miss A used to be on this site and not only was she a friend, but she also hailed from Flagstaff. Come in, Bocktech! This review is for yunz guys.

From the CAN: "Brewed by Beaver Street Brewing Co. Inc.";"Pack it in, pack it out!"; "It's all about altitude!" and "Flagstaff, Arizona".

The Crack & Glug immediately revealed a nice change of pace in the form of a finger-and-a-half of foamy, tawny head that hung around like it was not anxious to leave. Lacing was beginning to form as I typed. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was slightly hoppy, a little nutty and I was anxious. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial burst of citrus hops, but balanced by a pleasant caramel flavor on the tongue. Mmmm. Finish was more malty/caramel than hoppy, but there was still enough of a hoppy bite to it that I felt whole again. I'm telling you, the steady stream of AALs on this misguided adventure is killing me! My, but this was tasty. I am not going back out to Flagstaff any time soon, even if salmon is on the menu, but this would be good in a cooler if you are able to get some.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for this beer.

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a fair amount of orange and a creamy off-white head.

S: There is a fair amount of citrus hop character with some pine notes to it. A light floral character to go along with toasted malt and a slight sweetness of toffee and bread.

T: Lots of malt flavor. Heavy on the bread and toast with a bit of toffee and caramel. The hop flavors are not quite as intense as the aromas. Citrus, grass, and floral notes with a light bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not a bad red ale. I liked the aroma a bit better than the nose, however.

Photo of beagle75
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Lacing is heavy at the top of the glass, but lighter below.

S: Toasted grain and ginger ale are at the center of the smell, with harsh minerals in the background. Identifiable hop qualities are lacking here.

T: Begins off-dry with weak toffee and fairly dark citrus fruit. Grainy malt precedes the restrained bitter finish.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with light carbonation.

D: While not lacking flavor, this beer falls well short of what should be considered interesting. The smell is most disappointing, but bright and assertive hops could be more present in the taste as well. After seeing Lumberyard win some GABF gold in 2010 I was eager to try their product, but this beer has been a letdown.

Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing this one with me the other night before dinner. Poured a rusty copper color with a lingering beige head. Aromas of caramel and earthy hops. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of bread, caramel and earthy hops.

Photo of mater
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with azdback(Thanks)

A-Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head and decent lacing, but the head went away quickly.

S-I really couldn't pick up much, malt and something sweet. No hops here.

T-Same as the smell

M-Goes down well, nice carbonation and considering the smell, I thought this would have a thin mouthfeel, but it wasn't.

D-Not a brew I would seek out, but in a pinch I could see myself grabbing some cans for a round of golf. This beer reminds me of Bell's Amber.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Clear reddish copper, with a one finger off white head of tiny bubbles. Specks of lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma of caramel malts, hint of herbal hop leaf.

T - Caramel malts forward with just enough earthy hop to bring balance. Malt and hop bills work well together. Not terribly complex but flavorful.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a hint of creaminess. Mouth feel works very well for the style.

O - A very solid offering from Lumberyard. Richer and more flavorful than its ABV would indicate. Would buy again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, can from my Arizona adventure. Served in a shaker pint glass. Beer is red and clear with a tan head of small bubbles, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little roast, some apples?

Beer is medium in body, a littel hoppy, some decent flavors but just an average beer. Probably not a repeat for me.

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in early August for $7.99.

Opened as a gusher as did the whole six pack. Beer poured a cloudy amber with a decent white head that disapated quickly.

Nose is mild floral hops with a hint of toffee.

Taste is very well balanced between the floral hops and toffee malts.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good version of an ESB, kind of a poor mans Fuller ESB. I had a couple of friends who sampled it, neither one of them hop heads, and both found it very good. I am a hop head and i definitely found this worthy to try!

Photo of facundoCNB
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a hazy amber pour with very little head which quickly disappeared. smells of molasses, caramel - very subtle. tastes a bit tinny, sweet caramel like malt, a bit bready, slight bitter finish.. just like the smell, lacking in character. light to medium bodied - light body with a nice creaminess to it, moderately carbonated.

this is a very standard red/esb.. i tend to really like esb's, but this one was just very mellow with flavor/smell, and not really that impressive with mouthfeel and the appearance. i've had worse, but i've also had way better.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is transparent with a copper body. An inch or so of creamy, off-white head sits on top. The aroma brings sweet breads, fruit, malt. Hop character emerges more in the flavor than the aroma, offering a light bitterness mid to late palate. Subtle pine and resin amid a fruity, slightly sweet malt bill. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

Photo of cerveza5150
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Good standard red ale. Drinkability is great as well as the mouthfeel.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: A Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: Est. $5.99
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: May 30, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel copper murky color with 1-2 fingers of khaki-white head, which went away rather quickly. Minimal foggy lacing on the sides. Average-to-below average retention all the way down.

Smelled dark fruits, including plum, figs and dates. Also caramel and toffee malts and roasty nuts.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose with a bit more maltier feel. Plum, figs, dates, nuts, toast, caramel and toffee.

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Pretty good beer for my second try from Lumberyard. I’m still new on the ESB’s, but I would have it again.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful pour with deep red hues, amber, and off white head. Nose is a delight with candied fruits and a clean biscuity/bready component. Nose is my favorite aspect of this ale. Palate offers a nice balance between a slightly candied malt sweetness with smooth fruity hop components, some floral stuff too, and a medium body. Hop tickle towards the end and through the aftertaste. New Bomber size from Total Wine.

Photo of bennetj17
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce can. Pours with moderate carbonation and leaves a short one-finger head. Not very red for a Red Ale, it's more of a deep copper bordering on amber. The smell has nice balance of piney hops and caramel malt, but otherwise lacks complexity.

There is a touch of malt sweetness up front, carrying though to a bitter finish on the tongue. The bitterness is very intensely sharp, like I'm chewing on some extra sharp cheddar. The mouthfeel is not bad, perhaps a bit more watery than I would like, but the carbonation is adequate.

I'm having trouble getting into this beer. It isn't bad, but I can't really say I like it. There's plenty of hop bitterness, but not enough hop flavor or malt sweetness to make it interesting.

Photo of azdback
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand" pint glass. Orange color, a bit cloudy. Small one finger off white head. Lace doesn't look like it's gonna hang out.

The smell is malty and sweet. Maybe a bit of yeast. I can even get a bit of alcohol, weird being only 5.8%

The flavor on this one is great. At first I get some sour sweetness from the malts almost like an apple Jolly Rancher and them some hop bitter maybe a pink grapefruit. It then finishes with a rich yeast full flavor. Pretty complex for an Amber.

The mouth is much more than expected. Well carbonated silky and full to the end. Not a bit thin or watery. Very impressed!!

I have to claim this brewery as the official brewery of Arizona. This amber is great but the IPA and the Imperial Red, from these guys, are top notch. Every trade I do gets a can of this as an extra and as soon as the IPA and Imperial go from tap to can they will be included as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of meintempe
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a local Whole Foods in Tempe, AZ - 12 pack.

A - Brown amber color with bone-white head that disappears very quickly. Little to no carbonation. The can opens with no sound besides the can opening itself.

S - Brown Sugar and some tree bark. Nothing really special here.

T - A decent balance of hops and malt. Starts out bitter with the malt coming through to mask it. Towards the end a lot of hot alcohols but not completely unbearable.

M - Thick and solid in the mouth with a small fizz of carbonation. The best part of the beer in my opinion.

D - Well I took down the whole 12 pack with the help of a friend. It wasn't bad but not something I'd pick up again in such a large quantity.

Red Ale from Lumberyard Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.