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Red Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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jujubeast6000

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 13:55:55 | More by jujubeast6000
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 23:16:54 | More by tone77
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 20:07:06 | More by WesWes
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 04:24:30 | More by sliverX
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Andrewtherooster

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid drinker, clear red/copper color, with a nose that's very citrusy and slightly reminiscent of Oberon. At first the taste hits soft, slightly fruity with a tinge of coriander, then adds with a nice little punch of hop bitterness and a slight dryness.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:02:36 | More by Andrewtherooster
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper color with a thick layer of sticky foam that has nice retention and excellent lacing. It's a good looking beer.

This one smells finely balanced with both citrusy, grassy hops and a strong earthy-sweet malts having a bold presence. Smells really nice and complex.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but it is still a pretty good beer. Toasty and sweet caramel malts mingle with a mild hop bite to make an interesting interpretation of the style. I like it, but not as much as some of the sweeter, hoppier west coast versions. This one is more like a revved up amber ale. Overall an enjoyable beer and one of Abita's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 06:20:32 | More by twiggamortis420
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a copperish red color that produced a white foamy head which had no retention and left minimal lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were not complex at all, just malts

T - The taste of this beer was not overly complex either, some caramelized malts with a slight bit of splenda sweetness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer has a light to medium body with a high level of carbonation

D - This was not a very drinkable beer to me, way to much carbonation to be something sessionable

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:31:50 | More by cvfish
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Light amber in color. Pretty light carbonation leaves a half finger bubbly white head which settles quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles. A bit of spiderweb lacing remains.

S: Medium malt, with a chocolaty and nutty nose.

T: Malt is light bodied but roasted. Medium hoppyness, and a subtle sweetness.

M: Light, but hearty. Hoppy aftertaste lingers. A little bit of a carbonated/diluted texture.

D: Good drinkability. Light body, nice flavor.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice appearance, but nothing to write home about. Pleasant, but subdued, and pretty simple nose. Flavor also, is not complex, but charmingly refreshing. Light body, but fulfilling. Overall, solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 04:05:29 | More by bmwats
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:26:17 | More by webbcreative
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Jablonski

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see the Red Ale out on the shelves even though the Carnival season isn't quite over. It's poured into a pint glass. It pours a burnt orange color with a large cream colored head and great lacing. I was surprised at the volume of the hop aroma coming from this beer as I poured it; it's more apparent in this beer than in Abita's Restoration Pale Ale. There are also some notes of pecans in the smell. This combination makes me feel like it's a variation of the Jockamo.

I don't know if Abita has changed the recipe, but this beer is much better than I remembered it being in previous years. It's possible that it's just better early in the season. The taste is pretty solid. The first sip of this beer brings a small amount of tastes to the palate. A malt taste holds on the tongue for a second or so; at this point, the bitterness comes on in the taste. Neither taste is particularly strong, but it's not made to be a hop bomb or malt bomb. None of this is displeasing at all, it just leaves me knowing how much better this beer could be. Like many Abita's the thinness of this brew is a small problem. Overall, this is a solid beer from Abita, and I'll probably be buying a few more six packs while this is being brewed over the next few months. It it was brewed year round it would work it's way into my rotation due to it's low price.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 21:58:32 | More by Jablonski
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle as part of party pack on 02/27/05.

Poured reddidh amber color with large rocky head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium balanced aroma with hops and malt. Medium sweet flavor and light to medium bitterl hops finish of average duration.

Average drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 14:30:18 | More by tmoneyba
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a reddish-copper body with a slightly sticky yellowish-cream colored head that last for a sip. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles supporting it.

S- The smell of dry caramel malt is soft and doesn't have much depth.

T- The dry light toasted malt flavor has notes of biscuit malt with a slight sweetness to follow. The dry finish has a slight tartness and green bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has some ok malt flavor and a hop bite but there isn't much flavor or aroma at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 18:41:11 | More by rhoadsrage
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Onslow

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

came to my store after mardi gras but what can you say ... has some good foam attributes ... delicious stuff, caramel and other retro red flavours .. very rock lobster ... sure to be an absolute people pleaser... niggles? ... if you want a simple but pleasing beer, this is recommended..

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 13:31:26 | More by Onslow
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this at the Abita Brew Pub. It's a copper/light reddish color with a thick beige head. It smells of malts and a little bit of chocolate. The taste is malty, and there's a sort of chocolate/caramel finish. Thick, buttery mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, but probably more appropriate for early spring than June.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 03:31:03 | More by theghost3
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peabody

Kentucky

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

pours out very light amber with a slight red tint. Lots of white foam attack the sides of the glass. This one looks better than it tastes.
Smell is corriander and a malty fruityness that I can't put my finger on. Smells better as it warms up.
Taste is weak for the style but drinkable nontheless. Slight hoppiness but almost non-existant.
You could drink a bunch of these at a sitting but it might be too bland.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 11:54:13 | More by peabody
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beeragent

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head, that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is a sweet mixture of malts, caramel, and butter. Quite inviting. The taste follows closely, starting off with the malts and mellowing to a light caramel flavor that goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is alot lighter than expected, but still very smooth. Full flavor and good alcohol volume makes this a very drinkable ale. Overall, not too bad. I think this is one of the better offerings from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:19:08 | More by beeragent
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/orange color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and some clove. It also had a grassy/earthy nose.

T - It tasted quite malt with some hoppy kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. One of the better offerings from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 05:42:25 | More by zeff80
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours up hazy amber with a medium white head that lasts a long time.

S - Roasted and caramel malts dominate the aroma, which is faint.

T - Flavor is grassy with the malt flavors coming in behind, and the hops finishing. The grassy taste is a bit harsh, though

M - Nice mouthfeelk.

D - Not more than one or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 02:05:44 | More by hiikeeba
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biggmike

Mississippi

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

Had this one on-tap at the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA. Poured a reddish/amber color that had a decent head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma was malty with just a bit of the hops coming through. Flavor was of caramel malts with a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was pleasant and drinkability was decent too.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 12:38:04 | More by biggmike
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded amber with little head. Nose is tangy citrus with a bit of hops in there for good measure. Flavor is a softer firm bitter with a slight sweetness that is leafy. Kind of a slight metallic tone to it. Feel is nicely bodied on the liquid and has a good carbonation. Overall pretty drinkable. Smooth and fairly even. Nothing earth shattering, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 08:24:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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dustylong

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a good head, retention, and lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a fairly sweet aroma. This brew is citrusy, and hoppy, both in aroma and taste. Has a nice, toasty taste to it. A nice malt character balanced with just the right amount of hops. Has a moderate body to it, with nice amount of carbonation. Definitely a good beer, one of Abita's better beers. Worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 04:52:04 | More by dustylong
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a hazy reddish-gold pour with 2+ fingers of pock-marked foam. Casual but busy bead from below. The head recedes and leaves a lacy network behind. It could use a little more color but all in all a nice start.

Aroma - nice rush of citrusy hops amid the initial frothiness. Some malt comes through as it settles. Ends up nicely balanced albeit a little light.

Taste - malt base is thin. A pretty good dose of hoppage makes a quick entrance with so little to stop it. Slight fruit, slight pine, a good choice of levels for the style. Good little hop bite on the swallow. The finish has some grain and hop residue.

Mouthfeel - needs work. The body is too thin for a red ale and undercuts when it could be helping out the flavor. The thinness and watery feel single-handedly waylay what could be a semi-contender.

Drinkability - despite the shortcomings, this has some limited sessionability for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 19:23:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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goochpunch

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rusty amber with moderate carbonation, a frothed head, and blotted lacing residue. Toasted bread sets a backdrop for the rather intense hopping, considering this is Abita. Hops bring on a lot of herbal aromas that remind me of chive and bay leaf combined with fresh cut grass. Toastiness is allowed to come out more in the flavor with a biscuity malt body but the hops still come out a good deal. Grass really overwhelms the herbal tones on the palate. The bitter lasts until the finish, but is never truly bitter and maintains a great balance with the malts, which finish out with a touch of sweet and some fruity esters. Body could have been a little less slick, but the carbonation is fantastic. If this were a little less sweet, the drinkability would be optimal. A really tasty offering from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 08:19:37 | More by goochpunch
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guinness33

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2007 00:18:20 | More by guinness33
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A deep orange or copper beer, with a decent medium foam that faded quickly.

Smell was very nice. Smelled like hops and a bit of fruit. However the taste seemed very muted compared to the aroma.

The aftertaste was dry and nonexistant. A dissapointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 00:02:52 | More by terrabyte
Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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