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Red Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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 MaxOfMetal
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

Photo of olbubba
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of chrisfallon83
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

Recommended.

Photo of Maday
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of WesM63
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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.

Photo of raszputini
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.

Photo of aleslover
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

Photo of Arborescence
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Immortale25
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.

Photo of olafphysics
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PopGun
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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

Pours coppery, reddish brown, minimal head. Scent leads with toasted grain, lightly nutty, some citrus and pine in the nose, grassy. Taste leads with a faint splash of grassy hops, light malts dominate the taste, grainy and nutty, light toast. Lighter sid eof medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly husky. Another mild flavored, light bodied beer from Abita.

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.

Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.