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Siren Red Ale - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Siren Red AleSiren Red Ale

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13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 41
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 26.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: FondueVoodoo on 12-10-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 41
Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

355 ml can.
This beer poured clear, red amber color, with an off-white head. Left thick, chunky lace but head itself didn't last.
It smells of biscuit caramel malt, and dark fruits, and some earthy hops.
The taste starts with toffee caramel, toasted malt, and lots of leafy and herbal hops. Alcohol stays hidden in the background.
The body is medium towards heavy, smooth, and creamy. Nice hoppy finish.
Overall, very impressed.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a shaker pint glass. One is immediately struck by the dark bronze color, near maroon, graced by a large frothy beige head. Aroma is fantastic and conveys sweet and hoppy in nigh-equal measure ... caramels, red licorice, dried mango, grapefruit rind and flesh, with a little pine resin. Palate conveys more spectacular caramel candy and black tea effects, root beer-like herbs, pineapple and papaya spears, dried spicy orange peel, cotton candy, and just enough pine needle to prevent things from veering too far into the cloying sweetness realm. The sweetness does exert its presence from start to finish, but a bitter hop spice also gathers steam and this tea bag element (get your mind outta the gutter) really does keep things anchored in "red IPA" territory although this is not advertised as such. Body and carbonation both rest comfortably in moderate territory. Loving the spicy tingle and resinous mouthfeel that persists well after the last drop is gone. When this style manages to successfully juggle the malt and hop-mediated flavors, integrating them all into one fruity, spicy, caramel pudding tea type of package (if you follow that), its one of my absolute favorites. Here we have indeed jumped over this bar and I will be stocking up accordingly.

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Photo of leaddog
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium copper red with a finger of creamy beige head.

Smell- caramalts, citrus hop, touch of pine resin, hint of tropical fruits.

Taste- Starts with the sweetness of the caramalts then transforms to the bitterness of citrus hops. A pleasant bitterness along with the pine resin lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.Pleasant stickiness to the body.

Overall- A solid American Amber/Red from Lighthouse. A nice hop profile with a supporting caramalt sweetness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml can, from a rather inexpensive 4-pack recently arrived here in Alberta. The Betty Page knockoff knockout on our labels has her wearing at least a bikini bottom, with a shoulder tattoo, for what it's worth. I like the one pictured here better.

This beer pours a clear, red brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some thick, patchy cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity caramel malt, dark reduced sugar, a sort of artificial black candied fruitiness, musty, over-steeped teabags, a hint of earthy yeast, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more somewhat warm caramel pudding malt, a serviceable biscuity breadiness, the red licorice strands that I bought as a youngster in Banff's tourist shops, that didn't taste anything like real licorice, simmering brown sugar, and earthy, leafy, and fairly perfumed hops - the 16-proof booze doing well to manifest in such a low-key, gentlemanly manner.

The bubbles are pretty soft and innocuous, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, quite smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, but strangely moderated, as the alcohol and understudy hops come into play in countering the huge lingering caramel, toffee, and fruit sweetness.

One kick-ass, heavy amber ale, from the sassy packaging, all the way through to the absurdly gentle finish. Big, and unabashedly brash in its sweetness, but hardly overbearing - just like a good siren should be. My blind ship could get into a whole lot of trouble if I were to choose to happily crush the remaining 3 cans - maybe I'll save them for another time.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into tulip 28/2/14

A clear brownish amber with just a few visible bubbles but a large tan head has great retention and leaves thick unorganized lace deep down the glass

S lots of brown sugar and soft caramels, faint iced tea powder, those little red Swedish berry candies come at me in a big way, faint pine and sweet orange with more brown sugar

T some rind comes out a little, just a hint of booze but for 8% I'd say its well hidden, pine and caramels are a little stronger but less of the candy I was digging

M medium bodied, creams up from the bubbles, bitter and a little gritty, rind and burnt sugar lingers, no booze going down

O solid imperial red that goes down quick enough to leave a mark, I had little trouble taking down the 4 pack

This one just arrived in Alberta but the sweet malts shining through the hops like it has some age on it, call it "balanced" perhaps? I'd hope its fresh being a new arrival but either way I caught it at a good time.

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Photo of ZachT
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Garnet color, half a finger of thin, white head, slight lacing on glass
S: Nice hop aroma, slight floral notes from the hops, slight roasted malt aroma, alcohol presence
T: NIce strong hop flavors, a little citrusy, some burnt sugar notes, finish is bitter and quite alcoholic
M: Medium-ish body, smooth and crisp at the same time, perfect level of carbonation, nice warming finish
O: I love me a good imperial (insert style here) beer, but this imperial red ale is just so well done, everything you could want, strong, hop aroma and flavour, very subtle roasted malts in the background just to round things out and a crisp and bitter finish

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Photo of papat444
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 355ml can, no #freshbeer info.

Appearance: Looks more brown than red in the glass though some reddish tinges are visible. Frothy head lasts a good while and there's a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Resiny hops, sweet, tinged with caramel, very strong.

Taste: Strong, sticky hops, full nice caramel flavor, good sweetness. The flavor borders almost on a strong ale because the hops add to the flavor rather than make it bitter.

Mouthfeel: Starts smooth but gets progressively bitter but never becomes a "hoppy" ale. Very well rounded.

Overall: I loved this beer! Full flavor, great feel and easy to drink even at 8%. I'd make this a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355ml can. Pours a deep copper/orangey brown colour. The smell is off-the-charts fruity. It's tropical and lush. There's plenty of the same on the palate. It's a fruity melange like Fruit Loops. So much going on. The megadose of hops responsible for this fruit explosion, however, also packs a wallop of bitterness on the finish, bordering on unbalanced. We didn't remember the bottled version being this bitter. You have to really be OK with big IBUs to drink this.

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Photo of SebD
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus with toasty malts and burnt caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, slightly piney resins, toasty malts, sweet caramel and maybe a slight nuttiness. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now this is my kind of girl. Props to the artist that created this Siren, Va-va-voom!! (a la Archie comics)

Appearance. Pours a deep amber with a little haze and a big, 2+ fingers of cream coloured head that leaves some sexy lacing.

Smell. Big citrusy hops, with a little smooth yeast, exotic tropical fruits and caramel. Smells like my kind of an amber!

Taste. Nice big citrusy hops again. Lots of grapefruit and some orange with a medium bitter grapefruit rind finish. The caramel malts are there as well and taste slightly spicy (rye? ...maybe just the hops), but the hops are front and center and in this style, that's a very good thing imo.

Taste. Medium+ body with very smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. Just an awesome amber. I'm not a big fan of most in the style, but this is some tasty stuff. Lighthouse just seems do no wrong these days!

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Photo of smekermann
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this apparently insanely limited edition beer from Brewery Creek. Awesome label - not unlike Uncharted in terms of quality. Anyway, it poured a pretty gorgeous looking red. The smell was a bit on the faint side, definitely not up to snuff compared to some IPAs and DIPAs (and yes, I realize it's an imperial red, but comparisons can still be made between it and other hoppy beers). Again, though, one shouldn't judge a beer by its smell anyway, it's the taste/mouthfeel that make the beer, in my opinion.

Basically, the whole thing is really mellow and understated. It's hoppy but not overwhelmingly so; the mouthfeel is very dry and fruity, making this a very easy drinker. It's actually dangerously drinkable, given that it's 8% abv. There is a very subtle malt underscore to the whole thing, but it never steals the spotlight from the hops.

Overall this might be the best beer I've had from Lighthouse. People who find most North American IPAs too harsh should definitely give this a shot (provided they ever find a bottle), as it's a really nice, low-key IPA without compromising its hoppiness. It's a genuinely "nice" beer, one that I would love to see year-round.

edit: I was wrong and this doesn't use Kiwi hops, it uses centennial hops. Thanks to Phuckeneh for correcting me.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great new looking artwork on the bottle ( very bettie page). This is Tasman Red on steroids with way more hops and and much bigger mouthfeel ( and ABV). The hops are in front but being a Red Ale albeit an Imperial one the malt backs it up big time. Great beer that shows that Lighthouse is among the best in BC,

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown and crystal clear with a just off white fine lacing.
S: Very sweet caramel malts upfront followed by citrus and tropical fruit, including passionfruit. Slight alcohol esters on the finish.
T: Sweet caramel together with toasted malts and some yeasty bread notes. Subtle hints of floral and a hoppy finish of citrus rind at the end. Mild warmth of alcohol on the tongue.
M: Medium bodied with a nice coating on the tongue.
O: This is quite the delicious beer and is appropriately named. Like a classic siren, she calls you in with her sweet seduction, feminine perfume and smooth intoxicating body. Once you are hooked she begins to reveal her bitterness. Sweet, seductive and alluring with just a hint of naughty.
This is a very limited release and you should definitely seek it out.

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Siren Red Ale from Lighthouse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.