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Red Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Red Ale (March – May) is brewed with British pale and crystal malts, Sterling hops, and an ale yeast from California. This ale has a rich ruby color, lacy collar, and a pronounced caramel flavor.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-09-2002)
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Photo of TMoney2591


2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:59:27 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Fatehunter


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Lots of head, foamy. Light, clear copper colored body.
It has a strong malty hay smell, some bread dough too.
Bigger malt bill in the taste, milder bitterness. Lends a little sweetness at first and then dried out by the hops in the latter half.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Nothing fancy but good and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:25:20 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of jwhancher


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass for review. Appears gold in color with amber hues. Nice long lasting foamy white head. Good carbonation. Smells a little one dimensional with caramel malts overpowering all else. I don't really get the hops except for some subdued spiciness. Tastes much like the aroma with the malty caramel notes taking stage. Feels nice and even balanced with some bitterness at the tail end. A decent beer, but nothing really stands out. A good one for someone new to the craft world.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:33:02 | More by jwhancher
Photo of A1Sports


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice copper color with a good 1/2 inch head when poured from the bottle.

S: Potent and spicy smell. Very pleasing to the nose.

T: Flavor instantly hits you much like the smell. It doesn't disappoint. Full of flavor with spice. Good tasting red ale.

M: Crisp and refreshing, not heavy. Very clean taste with no lingering bitterness or off after taste.

O: Looks good, smells good, and delivers with a good flavor. Flavor is strong, but the taste doesn't over do it afterwards. Good Red Ale that I would love to try on tap.


Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:42:48 | More by A1Sports
Photo of EagleTalon


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick, rocky white head that falls to a thin ring and minimal lacing. Color is not red so the name is misleading (it is an amber but they already have a beer with that name so all is forgiven.) it is amber-gold with some haze from dry hopping. Aroma is citrusy and caramel/toffee/biscuit. Flavor is lively and balanced. Good hop flavor mixed with a nIce blend of grainy/bready caramel and of course just enough alpha acids to offset the sweet. Mouthfeel is just right like most Abita products. Overall very good and I will have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:16:19 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of acevenom


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear reddish copper with a finger-length white head. Some nice lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of caramel, malts, and hops. There's a mild malty sweetness with some hop bitterness. It's very clean taste and the hop flavors aren't that strong, but it is balanced. The body is light with some carbonation. It is crisp and somewhat watery, but very easy to drink. It's very refreshing. Overall, this is a good beer. It's one of Abita's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:00:35 | More by acevenom
Photo of MacEnvy


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees F.

A: Nice orange-red hue, clear, a moderate head that leaves some lacing as it dissipates. Color is between an English pale ale and a red.

S: Cascade and Sterling hops right up front, spicy and tart, citrus notes.

T: Nice citrusey Cascade bite with some floral Sterling flavor. Malt is there but it takes a back seat to to aroma and flavor hops. Not overly bitter - hop additions must be late, probably dry hopped too. Really nice.

M: Light mouthfeel, drinks easy.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer to drink. If you like aroma and flavor hops this will be right up your alley. This would be a great beer on a hot day, or maybe paired with some soft cheese. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:01:59 | More by MacEnvy
Photo of brewskifan55


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer guy at Syndey's in New Orleans said this one was one of his faves, so I bit. Wasn't disappointed. Even the plastic go-cup didn't hurt the taste.

A: reddish/amber with a tan half finger head that gave me an Irish mustache before turning the corner.

S: malty, caramel. But like optimator13 said, the hops have left the building. Fine by me.

T: Smooth and malty with a faint hop finish that wasn't bitter. The beer guy was right. This one is downright sessionable.

M: medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Easy drinking. Right up there with Abita Amber. Glad it was in season.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 19:44:05 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bubbly copper red. Creme colored head sticks around a bit. Floral hoppy nose gets the impression of an IPA. Understated floral hoppy character starts the taste, then pine, then an understated malt backbone. Crisp, "carbony" finish. Decent. Easy drinking brew with nothing particularly special. I'm not an enormous Abita fan - (Turbodog notwithstanding). I find their brews a little simple and light and this one is no different. That said, it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:27:40 | More by raszputini
Photo of EgadBananas


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earlier in my BA days I have recalled really enjoying this brew. My most fondest memory is the nice floral hoppiness. I don't get that zesty floral note these days. Either the beer has changes or or me taste buds have. I'll presume the latter.

It's medium red in color with a khaki head. Nice retention. Bready malt, caramel sweetness dominates, but there's a fain't floral hop note.

Slightly bitter with a light caramel edge and maltiness. Could fit the Irish moniker.

Drinkable and perfectly carbed. Almost sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 06:15:15 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light copper color with a 1/2 inch head that has very good retention before settling at an 1/8 inch head and boasts a resilient ring of lacing.

S- Well-balanced hop aroma that's a bit piney with a sweet malt balance.

T- Metallic flavor (actually tastes like copper) with some hops trailing behind. Upon second sip, the bitterness starts to set in but only in its own mild way. Malt is only truly sensed in the aftertaste and is a bit dull and ordinary. Pine is the main flavor when all is said and done but doesn't really bring with it much depth or power.

M- Watery but slick. Medium carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- Another dud from Abita, I think I'm just gonna stick to Purple Haze, Turbodog and Jockamo IPA from now on.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:30:16 | More by Immortale25
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard red from what I can see. A bit watery in pictures as well.

Smell: Not a whole lot here. Some wet hay malt and faint citrus hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is basically like the smell, but it's quite refreshing.

Overall: An ok red.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 19:58:11 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of pBRale


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange pour with a delicate, creamy, extra pale tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. There is a mild, thin head that is retained throughout, and the lacing is very faint-a few delicate streaks here and there.

Smell: Deep toasty malted grain is the dominant player in the nose, along with a nice, light hoppiness and a bit of grassy hops. However, don't be fooled--the rich, malty backbone is the signature aroma here.

Taste: Pretty dark, toasty flavor up front, almost a nutty taste in the middle, and a refreshing hint of grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, carbonation on the higher side of medium, and the finish is fairly smooth and dry.

Overall: A nice beer that sits fairly heavy and is filling. Can stand on its own but would also pair well with a big roast beef sandwich or some fire-roasted triscuits and spinach artichoke hummus.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:58:47 | More by pBRale
Photo of lawlerj


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent reddish amber. I poured it quite aggressively and got three to four finger frothy white head that dissipated down to about a half finger surprisingly quickly. Appears to be leaving lacing even from the head. Very nice. I like some good lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated as far as I can tell.

S - buttery and biscuity malt and just a tad bit of hop presence on the nose. Floral and citrus notes in the mix as well. Nothing crazy about the aroma but very solid and I enjoy it.

T - bready malt again and more hop bitterness that I think is a bit much. I guess I would have wanted that bready malt flavor that I enjoyed so much in the aroma to come on a bit stronger here but it gets lost a bit in the hops. But what's there is nice - citrus and floral notes seem to dominate and the malt kind of ride underneath all of that.

M - I found myself wanting more from the mouthfeel of this beer; definitely on the light side of medium-light bodied.

O - overall, this is a fairly tasty beer that I had some balance issues with. Would have liked more prominent malt flavor in conjunction with bitter hops, but aside from that it was pretty tasty. And at 5.2% ABV this would be a decent one to drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:02:07 | More by lawlerj
Photo of notsoprobeer


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with an off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. It left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of mainly malts with a smell that reminded me of a pale lager. Flavor of toasted bread-like malts with a touch of sweetness in the finish. Light to medium bodied with carbonation that provides an effervescent mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 06:12:15 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with two fingers of fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Toasty malt with notes of earthy hops in the background

Taste: Creamy and slightly astringent with caramel malt the major player in the taste department. Some unassuming bitterness creeps in on the back end leading to a slightly lingering, nutty finish.

The Rest: Smooth, nicely balanced and easy drinking, this is a very good, unglamorous beer. There's nothing particularly fancy here, just a good 'ol tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:37:27 | More by curasowa
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Red Ale has a thick, off-white, creamy, quickly dissipating head and a mainly clear, bubbly, copper appearance. Some lacing is present. The aroma is overwhelmingly barley malt and bread, with some clean, fresh water. Oddly, the taste is predominately hoppy, showing a shade of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and Abita Red Ale finishes semi-dry and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is one of Abita's better offerings, and I recommend it.


Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:00:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Nerudamann


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light amber in color, a little murky, with about half a finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - good mix of malty and hopy, but slightly more hopy - seems like Cascade hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - pretty intensely bitter at the very start, continuing into the middle where the taste of the, I believe, Cascade hop flavor is finally noticeable. Bitterness continues into the finish and aftertaste. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - more bitter than I was expecting, but still a pretty decent brew all-in-all. Worth a shot, and probably tastes great on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 04:06:26 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a healthy foamy head. Completely clear red/amber. Beautiful (especially for the style). Good lace.

S: Malt (biscuit & sweet) up front. Caramel and floral hops finish.

T: A little confusing on the palate. Large amounts of caramelized fruit & potpourri finished with strong bittering hops. Unfortunately, there is a dimension missing here. Really wish the hops provided more here...

M: Creamy carbonation, nice viscosity, and bitter dryness.

D: Doesn't stand up to some of my favorite red ales (Summit Horizon Red, Odell Red, Rogue St. Rogue Red). Probably won't seek out again. Maybe it is just me but there always seems to be a lack of direction and complexity in Abita brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:14:44 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of Thorpe429


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red with a nice off white head. A bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Smell is a bit hoppy. I detect a bit of citrus and floral hops, although nothing terribly overwhelming. Also a bit of bread and a tiny amount of sweetness, although not much. Taste brings forward some bitterness along with some drier malt. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is not a bad representation of the style and there certainly aren't any glaring defects, which is one good thing I can say. However, there's nothing here to really draw me in.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:24:31 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

gentle pour, yet too much head on the 12oz serving for a 16oz pint glass

A - slightly cloudy; orange (not red) with slight reddish tint. Head lasts considerably longer than average

S - hoppy & spicy; vanilla?; sweet

T - nicely balanced malts and hops; nicely balanced sweet and bitter, albeit a bit light; some complexity; fruity hops

Very good to excellent selection for price point.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 23:31:48 | More by chinchill
Photo of tigg924


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, red/orange in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: hops, bread, caramel, and brown sugar

Taste: citrus hops and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: Besides the smell, this is a super average beer for the style. Not bad. Hits all the style guidelines, but just kind of there. I have had way better from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 14:40:00 | More by tigg924
Photo of jovy1097


3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, rocky head that stuck around a long time. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling from the bottom. A nice, copper hue to it. Very transparent liquid.

S: Toasty smell mixes about half-and-half with citrussy hops. Not much else.

T: Some sweetness up front, but a surprising amount of hop bitterness kicks in quickly. You can still find the toasted malts in the background. A reasonably balanced brew.

M: Nothing special here. Medium to high carbonation and medium to low thickness. Middle of the road.

D: Certainly not bad. More hops that I expected, but not in a bad way. I think this is a nice west coast style amber. This is NOT what I'd call an Irish red. More like an American West Coast red.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 04:21:10 | More by jovy1097
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a clear yellow-orange with a thick off-white head that seems to hold for a few minutes.

Smells of thick syrupy caramel and citrusy hops, as well as a faint roasty characteristic.

The roasted taste is a lot more prevalent than the smell would suggest, and plays well with the perfect level of hop bitterness. The citrusy hop tang balances the sweet caramel notes very well.

A little lighter-bodied than I feel it should be, but the drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 16:43:01 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of DrDemento456


4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Man the head just flowed out of the bottle I was pouring when opening! Anyway a decent amount of head along with a dark red amber color
S - As said before slight malt and hops
T - I haven't had many reds but this flavor mostly with malt taste sweet
M - Creamy and malty hops. Loved it
D - If I see I sixer it will be mine! Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:41:52 | More by DrDemento456
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Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.