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1881 - Ruhstaller

Not Rated.

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very good

62 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruhstaller visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jvillefan on 02-01-2012)
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Joshre, Jun 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

prisdefer, Jul 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Onelove, Sep 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Paccamacca, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 oz brown glass bottle with straw covered neck and standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork Junior Market in Los Feliz for $8.99 USD and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. Reviewed live. This is me first beer from this brewery. Expectations are average. I like the straw neck; it's a nice rustic touch - even if it is a gimmick.

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

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of fairly good cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style; this is standard fare.

Sm: Toasted malt, floral hops, and malty sweetness. Very simple. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Amber malts and accompanying sweetness, and floral hops. Some caramelized malt. Clean and pleasant, but incredibly simple. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Decent thickness. Fair palate presence. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Very pedestrian. Priced very highly for its mundane quality. $8.99 for this? I wouldn't get this again. I'm glad the bottles are distinctive because it will be easy to avoid buying more from this brewery in the future. An underwhelming beer in the style.


kojevergas, Jan 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

caverog, Mar 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jakecattleco, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ttttrrrrtttt, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a burnt copper color with a very minimal off-white head

S: Not A very strong smelling beer, but I did get some pine notes as well as a nice caramel maltiness

T: Again I'm getting the piney flavors at first, a bit of citrus zest, and some nice caramel flavors. Finishes with a real nice citrus hop burst

M: Fairly thin, medium carbonation

Overall this was quite nice. A good example of an amber ale and it's always good to support local brewers

Bobheed, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, orange rust color with an off-white, half finger head and sub-par retention.

Smell - Not getting much. Slight bread. Touch of citrus.

Taste - Malts are bready, lightly toasted, with a drop of caramel. Mild grapefruit pith comes on near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to fair carbonation. Smooth. Goes down easy.

Overall - Not a particularly impressive red, especially considering the price. Shows good balance, but the flavors don't excite the palate quite like they should. Quaffable, but kind of boring. This is the first time I've seen this beer in cans. It came out fairly flat... maybe they've got some kinks to work out?

TheSixthRing, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

EliotRosewater, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

HoistinBrews, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

marct, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MIrvine, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dwagner003, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured two fingers of tight, foamy head on a deep red colored body.
The aroma is a rich malt/barnyard smell. One-side but nice.
The taste is bold: lots of malt sweetness with a dose of lemon bitterness to balance it out. The maltiness still comes out ahead in the end.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
A big malty red ale, enjoyable.

Fatehunter, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of grass, hint of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the grass and earthy notes dominate both aroma and body, but still a decent brew.

Tone, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber/copper with a one finger eggshell head.

S - A sweeter nose than I was expecting. Has biscuity malts, caramel, orange peel and a bit of citrus.

T - A good balance of malts and piney hops.

M - Light to medium bodied/carbonation.

O - Rather enjoyable.

cvm4, Nov 03, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a 22 oz bottle with burlap wrapped around the neck. No date. Clear reddish amber with a two finger light tan head that slowly faded to a persistent thin cap that coated the glass during the tasting.

S- Piney hops dominate with malty undertones.

T-Slight sweetness up front with some hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Despite the nice head, this seemed a bit flat and on the thin side.

O- Always happy to see a new local brew. The label promises a dry and refreshing but flavorful ale. It doesn't quite make it as flavorful to my palate but it is very drinkable.

mschind, Feb 18, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Great color, cloudy fruit punch with small head and a bit of lacing. Iced tea around the edges and when held in the light.

S - Medium hop-first nose, a bit of alcohol, and some light bready malt

T - Fairly good hoppy profile, with a bit of caramel/malty towards the end. Hops are a mix of piney, floral and some fruit on the end. Not quite one-dimensional but also not stellar.

MF - Light-medium body and nice finish. Wet-hop in the mouth.

O - A straight shooter. Decent hoppy red that's enjoyable but nearly forgettable.

jb413, Jan 19, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber with a tinge of ruby. Good almond meat head, decent retention, good lacing.

The nose starts out sweet with a green vinous undercurrent, biscuity malts and almost a piney characteristic.

Taste is initially a blend of honey sweet in the background with an almost stale malt and pine base. Stale really isn't the right word, but it's the best I can think of and is kind of a unifying characteristic in my experience with red ales. The finish is an interesting juxtaposition of creamy and dry pine. The aftertaste is predominantly pine bitterness, but there's a sweet cream that darts in at the corners that's quite intriguing.

I started off trying to write this review all pirates out because you don't need to know why, that's why, but that didn't last as I realized it sounded retarded. Cool story. Anyway, an interesting beer, a decent red, just not a style that blows me away. Certainly drinkable and one worth trying if you're curious or if you like the style, but not one you'll kick yourself for missing. BE YOUR OWN JUDGE!

kemoarps, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Beerswag, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

XicanoBeerRun, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

wlynch, Aug 03, 2014
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1881 from Ruhstaller
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.