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Red Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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 Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -11.5%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -11.5%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
3/5  rDev -11.5%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of pBRale
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

pBRale, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

lawlerj, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of notsoprobeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

notsoprobeer, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of curasowa
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

curasowa, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 21, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Nerudamann, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Thorpe429, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

chinchill, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

tigg924, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

jovy1097, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%

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.

DrDemento456, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours orange with a thick head that recedes to a cap. Lacing is moderate

Aroma is malty with some citrus, pine, hops

Taste is mild on both the hop and the malt front. It's pleasant. Balances well.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Drinkability is higher.

kshankar, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of HiGravShawn
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

A: Dark Red/Copper with nice head, not a lot of lacing.

S: Some malt with a nice hop aroma

T: Not balanced per say, but balanced to my tastes meaning 60/40 hop over malt. Not much sweetness, but similar to a overly malted american pale.

M: Average, good for its type.

D: VERY. I can really down this stuff.

I drank this at the Abita brewpub on tap right after it was released so I enjoyed it immensely. It is a sort of conundrum as I mentioned it is more like a malty american pale ale than a traditional Amber in my mind, but very drinkable for this hophead.

HiGravShawn, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

*On tap at the Abita Brewery*

The beer is a nice red/copper color, with a decent amount of creamy foam.
The aroma caught me off guard. I was expecting a malty, biscuity aroma, but instead, it was a pleasant piney, citrusy hop aroma, with hints of sweet malt, nutty malts, and slight spice.
The taste was ok. Mainly hop forward, citrus and pine, with light malts in the background. Not bad, just average.
The beer felt fine, with good carbonation, and medium body.
Not a bad quaff. Not something I'd explicitly hunt down, but I'd definately drink it again if given the opportunity.

KrisPaulk77, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Reviewed 7/25/2009 (bottle dated ??):

Pours a very clear, red rusty color body, with a big rocky whitish color head, somewhat lasting. Malty, hoppy aroma, sweet and citrusy. Subtle, and enticing. Watery taste, some nutty aftertaste. Some nuttiness in the taste. Sweet tasting.

jujubeast6000, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale and roasted malt scent along with a mild hop nose. It does have some excellent bisquit notes as well. The taste is decent. It has a lot of different flavors going on here. It's got some nice hop character as well as a roasted/bisquity taste. It's not very balanced, but I like the attempt at upping their beers' complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is one of the better Abita beers I've ever had. Again, it's got a complex flavor, but the components don't seem to mix the best. Nice job.

WesWes, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%

Poured a nice light copper, clear big white head that jumped down to a thick film quickly, but left decent lacing
Smell very nice hoppyness mostly citrus that I can figure reminding me of a weak Ithaca Flower Power smells absolutely amazing
Taste is very hop forward but rounded out nicely with some malt backbone very citrus and pine resin hops
mouthfeel is my issue with this beer its just way too watery very thin... if only bottled water tasted so
very drinkable red ale if it werent for the water quality it would be top notch

sliverX, Aug 04, 2009
Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.