Red Ale - Abita Brewing Co.
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1.93/5 rDev -43.1%
One of the only things that saves us in Pennsylvania is mixed cases. Abita offers six of their beers and I must say this was my least favorite of the bunch. The appearance is the best quality of this beer. Very bright light amber almost effervescent color with a white head that dissipates into a sticky thin lace. The aroma consists of light fruit and an odd yeasty character that is unpleasant. The flavor is extremely astringent. There is a cooked vegetable taste that is a definate drawback. I had a hard time getting the first one down, gave one away, tried a third which I tossed, and didn't even attempt the fourth that had been the fridge for months. Steer clear from this one.
04-29-2004 03:18:01 | More by joshlara
2.2/5 rDev -35.1%
I was expecting a little more, and overall this beer sapped. Decent hoppy finish. Great reddish color. Very clear amber/red color in the mug leaving generous lace. Definitely a distinct caramel flavor with a somewhat hoppy bleed through in the aftertaste. I appreciate this aftertaste the most, but the flavor of the beer itself becomes tired quickly.
04-08-2003 18:05:22 | More by stoutman
2.55/5 rDev -24.8%
This is an awfully pretty beer. It's too bad it doesn't tasted as good as it looks. Pours a reddish/amber, with a lacey head. I don't know if it's a bad combination between the hops and the malt, but I'd say they missed the boat with this beer (there is an astringent flavor). I hate to be hard on this beer because their other offerings are so dang good.
05-02-2004 01:06:49 | More by schoolcb
2.65/5 rDev -21.8%
Well, don't expect a pretty-looking beer here. It has a tiny little bit of bubbles on the top that will die before you blink. It is golden, and it didn't have a deep reddish brown I had expected. The aroma is very bland.
Flavor, again is just boring. It is not a bad tasting beer, but it is not really a tasting beer. I have really gotten off on the wrong foot with red ales. I guess I can't really say this is a red, but I will need to grab a magic hat to restore my confidence in reds.
This one is crisp and pretty drinkable, but it simply bores me.
02-16-2003 18:08:51 | More by ElGuapo
2.68/5 rDev -20.9%
cloudy orangy color. not too much head. smells of hops, taste of malts but not very sweet, hoppy but not bitter, there is a peculiar flavor that i can't quite pick out, still on the fence about it. seems like it would be a good spring time/summer brew. might have to try it again an re-review it during that time.
02-27-2009 02:26:17 | More by webbcreative
2.78/5 rDev -18%
Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.
What can I say? This stuff pours a clear pale bronze topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. You know it's a bad omen when a red ale doesn't even look all that close to red... The nose comprises lightly minty pine, sweet caramel, and a touch of earthy greens in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, but everything pretty much dies near the middle of the palate, leaving a vague earthiness cold and lonely for the duration and a my tongue confused and abandoned. This is kinda sad. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a mediocre, limp little red ale. 'Nuff said.
10-25-2012 00:59:27 | More by TMoney2591
2.83/5 rDev -16.5%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some hints of citrus. Taste is pure hops, not much else. Feels light in the mouth. Not really a beer I could spend the evening drinking. Overall this is a mediocre brew.
09-28-2009 23:16:54 | More by tone77
2.85/5 rDev -15.9%
Pours a blah looking amber colour with a thin head that has some stickiness but not as much as expected.
The aroma is somewhat dirty and very malty. Rubbery at times even, with hops way in the back and not very noticeable. There's a bit of general sweetness here as well. Bland at best.
The flavour is essentially more of the same. Hops again take a back seat to the malt, although they shine through a slight touch more here in the flavour. Earthy once again but wit ha bit of sweetness, this time decidedly from notes of caramel, which didn't really show its face much in the aroma. Boring but fairly well balanced. Just very faint overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch flat/watery. Eh.
I was disappointed by this one, as Abita is usually solid. I think this is my first of their brews that I truly didn't care for. Not awful, but definitely needs a lot of work...
05-12-2007 00:18:20 | More by SixpointJMH
2.9/5 rDev -14.5%
Interesting reviews on this one, no one can seem to agree what it taste like. Some say a malty aroma, some say a citrus hop aroma. Here's what I say
Amber with a large, white head. Great retention and splashy lace. Aroma is lackluster fruity phenols. Taste is B-L-A-N-D: bland. Fruity phenols everywhere, but never really immersive. Lil' toasty, lil' bitter in back. Juice-like mouthfeel.
11-14-2009 22:35:45 | More by donkeyrunner
2.95/5 rDev -13%
Clear, golden with an orange cast. Topped by a foamy white head that drops quickly but leaves a decent collar. The aroma is quite odd, nutty and very lightly fruity. The same nuttiness has appeared in most of the Abita beers I've had so I guess it's due, at least in part, to the yeast - but I'm not sure. It's kind of off-putting here. The body is medium with a very fine and somewhat effervescent carbonation that gives a light caress to the tongue. The flavor is malty, nutty and fruity with a delicately balancing bitterness. There's a mild tanginess in the finish that tends to linger. Unique, but not inspiring. Still a decent, somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink beer.
10-23-2002 19:27:55 | More by NeroFiddled
Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.