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Ridgeback Ale - No Label Brewing Company

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82
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 01-08-2011)
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

klmcmachen, Jul 08, 2013
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SicemWT, Feb 24, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - It looks like an amber ale. poured from bottle into pint glass

Smell - Toasted malts. that's pretty much it.

Taste - Extraordinarily one dimensional. Toasted malts, and that's it. No sweetness or bitterness to balance the toasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Thin, weak - again, not enough bitterness to balance the malt flavor.

Overall - Tasted with another amber ale. This one paled in comparison. no depth of character at all. Toasted malt...again, that is it. It didn't taste bad, but it was blown away by another amber that gets pretty pedestrian ratings here. Will probably try it again to see if this was an anomaly.

Mtn, Mar 08, 2014
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ranger7, Jan 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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PaulUH, Jan 20, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from tap with minimal head, which diminished quickly. Not much lacing on the glass. Very dark amber in color, not quite opaque. Despite its color, the nose just isn't there. There's a faint hop aroma, not many malt notes. Initial taste is crisp with a slightly hoppy bitterness. As with the aroma, I was expecting a complex malt profile, given the dark color, but couldn't find it. The finish was lightly bitter. It's flavors come out a bit more as it warms.

Despite having a deceptive flavor profile, it's still quite drinkable as is... certainly drinkable in the Texas summer.

pgfault, Apr 17, 2013
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3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

IBU: 24. OG: 1.055. "13C71G." Label identifies it as an American Amber, so I'm reviewing as such. Label art is simple and uninteresting. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded silver-coloured pry-off pressure cap acquired as a single bottle at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this brewery has yet to impress me. No ABBV is listed on the label. Brewed with Cascade and Golding hops.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a nontransparent semitranslucent dark amber. Has an understated glow when held up to light. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a bit darker than the best ambers I've had, but it looks pretty standard otherwise. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Amber malts. Cocoa powder. Generic floral hop character. Bready malts/bread crust. Toffee. A hint of vanillicin. Light toasted character. Heavy caramel/sweet caramalt. Some hints of char. Maybe a kiss of stonefruit. A surprisingly multifacted aroma for an amber, but one that abandons the usual bright refreshing character of a good amber. I'm interested to try it. Pleasant overall and of above average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Plenty of amber malt and caramel/caramalt, along with a healthy amount of toffee and bready malts. Hopping is underwhelming - generic floral character is all I find. Soma cocoa and toasted character. I didn't expect it to be quite this bready. It's got interesting complexity for an amber, and even dips into winter warmer character. Unfortunately, what little stonefruit fruitiness it has isn't enough, and I'd prefer a brighter more juicy fruit character. More sweet than it is bitter. There's some subtlety, particularly inasmuch as the cocoa powder is concerned.

Overall, it's a balanced flavour profile with some interesting elements, and its different approach to an American Amber does make it stand out. An intriguing build, and one I'm enjoying more with each sip. That said, it's far from mind-blowing. I like it for what it is.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

The cocoa is a highlight for me, and really sells this as a different type of amber than most breweries are doing.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Has a full-bodied strong presence on the palate, with plenty of thickness. A biteen overcarbonated. Complements the flavour profile well, but I wouldn't say the texture is custom-tailored to the taste per se. Its bready qualities make it a filling beer - again, this straddles the line between an amber and a winter warmer.

Not oily, harsh, rough, gushed, boozy, or hot - though there is a slight alcohol-induced warmth which is atypical of a conventional amber but suits the vague winter warmer vibe this beer gives off.

Dr: Not a beer I would want to kill a 6 pack of on a gameday, but it's quite drinkable, sure. I'd have another. Hides its ABV decently. I could see myself getting this at a local bar when (i.e. if) it gets a bit colder in the upcoming winter months. This is my second beer from No Label and is considerably more interesting than the first. I'll be giving their other beers a try based on the relative strength of this one. While I wouldn't recommend it to trade partners, I might endorse it to friends if I see it at a bar. Well worth trying.

On a more local (Austin) note, I don't see this as a competitor to Thirsty Goat Amber (which by my estimation is currently the widely available amber around restaurants and bars in Austin.) It's a different type of amber and I'll be happy to see both coexist in the same market.

Serve cold and let warm a bit. Like a Winter Warmer, it develops a bit with some warmth.

Actually, this might age decently for a year or less. It's got the right malt presence for development with a bit of time.

Drank fine from a tulip, but I'd recommend a nonical pint glass.

High C+

kojevergas, Nov 09, 2013
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Ridgeback Ale from No Label Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.