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Redpoint Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Redpoint AleRedpoint Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-17-2002)
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Reviews by drperm:
Photo of drperm
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet-copper-cinnamon hue. Nice tan lacing.

On the nose, it's got deep, rich malt tones with a nice earthy hop backdrop. *Sorghum*, straw, oats, with a nice sour note as well.

On the tongue, it comes forth as deeply, mellowly malty. Almost too malty, but then the hops come to the rescue, creating a satisfying and well-balanced brew.

It's a tad (just a tad) thin, quite sticky, leaving the sorghum sweetness lingering.

I'm not going to go seeking this out, but it's nice all the same. Avery consistently presents a quality product; if you're in the mood for a malty session brew, or a beer to match with Italian red-sauce pasta creations, then this is a good contender.

drperm, Mar 05, 2010
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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium amber with a thin whispy head,nice aroma of zesty hop mingled with a nutty/caramel malt backbone.A nicely balanced beer with a definent big hop profile zesty/citrius flavor with a more subtle malt base.At times seems a bit thin that makes me give it a lower mouthfeel

oberon, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Redpoint poured a coppery reddish-orange, with a thin head that quickly went down to a thin lacing. The aroma was citrus and malts. It tasted of citrus initially with a very bitter, hoppy finish. I felt the bitterness was way too much for an amber and prevented me from enjoying the beer more.

Beaver13, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of Doomcifer
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a tremendous 1.25in off-white head which retains wonderfully and sticks to the glass with every sip. Smell is very sweet, malty, citrusy & fruity hops. Taste is more sweet malts up front and some hoppiness but all of the sudden just dies and gets very thin. Very strange. Flavor kind of disappears after the initial taste on the palate. Mouthfeel is very thin too. I would reach for many other red/amber ales before this one. The nose and presentation set my hopes up for failure.

Doomcifer, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting an American amber ale when I popped the cap on this Redpoint. Why call it "Redpoint", if it's not an amber, or red....right? Anyway, this Colorado brew pours a clear, copper amber body, with a one finger, tightknit, beige, head. Good retention of the head, eventually draping oceanic, patches of lace down the sides of the glass.
Aroma begins with a dose of caramel malt, and is quickly overcome by hop notes of grapefruit, orangerind, and pine cone.
Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation, with a sustained hops bite.
Taste is citrus fruity, all the way through. Orange zest, and a cheap, grapefruit(from the supermarket) pulp, give this a hoppy, westcoast American Pale Ale character. Caramel malt, underneath, staggers into the middle and finish, without attracting much attention. Aftertaste is fruity lemonrind.
This is a westcoast American IPA, in my opinion. I was expecting an amber ale with more hops for the style. I would have enjoyed this one more if I had known in advance that it was a hops dinger. Very nice ale, but I should have read the reviews first. I've got a Stone Ruination IPA to finish out the evening. Thanks to Avery Brewing Co for another excellent product.

merlin48, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Avery call this a red ale and its easy to see why. Pours dark ruby/reddish, a tad cloudy with a lumpy white head, leaving nice sheets of fine lacing. Bready yeasty nose. Dry chalky mouthfeel, citric hops, lime rind notes up front, smooth malt in the rear. Smokey brew, not my favorite style (red ale?) and this is not my favorite Avery, eh so-so ale, worth a try.

Billolick, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of magictrokini
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An average amber. Copper pour with a frothy white head. Disappointing release in the aroma. Malt and hops with a medicinal overtone. Astringent bite right off the bat, with the biscuit maltiness (nice call talon). Thin and watery, almost like a Sierra Nevada lite. Good, but Avery has proven they can do so much better.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.No kind of date on the bottle.

Nice ruby red color with a bit of chill hazed look. 2" off-white to a slight light tan head color.Rocky looking with decent retention,not a lot of carbination,a few staggered bubbles floating around,leave a good amount of sticky spotty lacing.

Carmelly aroma,sweet tea like,berry like fruityness,perfumy,the nose was mostly on the malty side.

Bittersweet carmell taste,bisquity/toasty tastes,tart fruityness,very earthy,with a dried straw grassiness. Finishes smooth and citrusy with some peel/rind bite. Good balance with nice complexity.

Light medium mouthfeel,some creamyiness,grainy edge and astringent also. Goes down easy with a slight rough edge.Could drink a few of these,but not all day.

jcdiflorio, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of beerkittycat
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful clear ruby-orange with a tight off-white head that doesn't stick around too long and then settles in a thin layer for the duration. Aroma consists of faint smells of malt and resiny hop. Could use more of both. Taste makes up for it. Lots of great malt with some esters of cherry and plum and moderate hop flavor of resin and pine. Hop bitterness is moderate enough to sustain the semi-sweet malt, but the finish is dry which allows the hop flavor to shine. A fuller mouthfeel probably doesn't make this one a session beer but very tasty. Incidently, I disagree that this is an American Pale Ale but rather a hoppier version of an American Amber Ale.

beerkittycat, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Osiris9588
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date. Pours a ruddy, brownish copper color, tints of gold toward the bottom. One-finger white head, quite creamy with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma offers sweet malt and gently spicy hops, some fruity cherry undertones. The taste consists of sweet malt and a substantial dose of midlly spiced and bitter hops.

The mouth is medium-bodies, well carbonated, somewhat creamy before the dry and bitter hoppy finish on the back palate. The juxtapostion of sweet malt and bitter hops works very well. A very drinkable, well-rounded APA.

Osiris9588, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of smc143
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tonight we're sipping on some Avery Redpoint Ale. Neither me nor my husband can face more drinking any more of the pumpkin beers in the fridge, and we had more than a few Octoberfests lately. We needed something different, but still fall-appropriate.

The Redpoint is a filtered, coppery ale that foamed up out of the bottle as soon as I flipped the top off, but resulted in a relatively thin head when poured into a glass, and disappeared entirely shortly there after. The nose is malty and nutty, with the promise of some kind of hoppiness to compensate. It is an APA, after all. The first sip is caramel and toastiness, and then with a slightly dry bit of hops. Maybe something sweet and fruity? It isn't terribly complex, but it is good. I dig it. The husband digs it.

smc143, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid reddish copper appearance, bright and clear and very attractive in a glass. Flattish head, of a pale color. Decent laces, some crossing over and interlocking and patterns of suds. Hops to the smell, fresh and with definitive citrus rind tones. Medium carbonation works well with the boby to give it a nice average Amber Ale body. Flavor is bright from hops, but well-balanced with a solid malt that lasts well on to the finish. Nicely drinkable and impressively balanced in approach -- with a lot of of monster beers of back and forth qualities IMO, this one stands out as a good Avery rendition in lots of important aspects.

ADR, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber red very nice tone with a cream hued head a bit thin even after a vigorous pour as for lacing nice spread evenly warped rings. Aroma: A caramel malt base backed by some earthy and floral hop tones not too bad. Taste: Cereal grains wheaties like with a decent hop bitterness, initial taste is sweet graininess quickly balanced by the hops not sure where I stand with this one kinda middle of the road but solid. Mouthfeel: A bit thin light to medium body no special textures carbonation is smooth and steady just was hoping for more body. Drinkability: A decent session brew not bad just not craving another didn't do anything special for me.

WVbeergeek, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

LXIXME, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of FleeVT
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle without date, into a pint.

A: Pours a nice amber center with lighter edges and a nice fluffy thick white head of tiny bubbles you could chew on. This stuff sticks to the glass and leaves rings.

S: A pretty evenly distribute mix of hops, malts, and fruity strawberry sweetness.

T: Malts and sweetness hit the tongue first then slowly give way to the transitioning hop bitterness. Great on the palate with more complexity then it leads on with it's nose. Very well balanced as well.

B: Medium bodied ale with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy going down.

D: Yes please! A great representation of American Pale Ale. This will be a summer go-to brew in my fridge.

FleeVT, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery- Redpoint

Served up, on tap, at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Deep blood red with with a small sticky head.
S- Strong black licorice and caramel malt aroma.
T- Big dose of caramel malt with spicey flavors coming out. I detect black licorice and even a slight black pepper twang. Some green hop bitterness pokes through in the end.
M- Thick and flavorful up front with a nice dry alcohol bite in the end.

Overall- Solid! A 2 pinter, before moving on, for sure.

NJpadreFan, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. Very nice looking, with great lacing. The smell is alittle weak with only slight scents of bread yeast and sweet malt present. The taste is crisp with sweet malt,floral and earthy flavors,along with abit of hops. This isn't bad,but I expected more flavor and more of an alcohol bite. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. Not a bad brew,but I really think a brewery as good as Avery could make this a better ale.

jmz62565, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of cokes
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scarlet-infused shadowy golden with a trim and lasting ecru head.
Scented of toasted biscuits, lemon pith, and a curiously strong solvent-esque alcohol.
Up front, it's all biscuits, and burnt toast, and walnuts, waning towards toffee as it warms. A green apple presence materializes and rapidly gains strength until it becomes fairly obnoxious. Hops shear through it all with lemon peels and crushed dried herbs. Bitter alcohol comes through at the swallow with a cheapened gin impression.
It's a pretty bold stab, big in flavor, but they don't quite mesh as they should. In some ways, it drinks like a dilute barleywine. As such, the body is thinnish and fails to gain control.
This one is a miss (and amiss), but it's a lot closer than my numbers might indicate.

cokes, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust, cupric-amber in color with a thin, toffee-colored layer of bubbles. Crisp, clean aroma of hops gives way to a wonderfully simple, palate-cleansing brew with aromatic hops and a touch (but not too much) of bitterness. The hops give way to the slightest touch of maltiness in the finish.

As it turns out, this beer proved to be an excellent follow up to a dinner of pasta with beef tomato florentine sauce. Cleans the heaviness of the meal right out of my mouth, and sits wonderfully light in the mouth.

You know, there isn't much to this one, but it'd make an exceptional session beer. Maybe it's post-meal benevolence, but I really like it.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Ruddy russet-amber ....almost glowing deep orange in the light. The head is a thick two finger affair that leaves a lot of really nice crusty lace all over the glass. The head is tight and long lasting, and looks quite dense. The lace looks like it might take some scrubbing to get off of the glass when I'm finished!

S - Fresh caramel, vanilla, honey, and mandarin orange. This nose is surprisingly malty and sweet for a pale ale from Colorado; a region not known for hop subtlety. Toffee, caramelized baby carrots, and vanilla flavored taffy. Has a note of French vanilla coffee creamer (liquid).

T - Some notes from the nose carry over into the flavor, but with less complexity and more straight forward hop power. It's an odd, but good, mix of citrus fruit and vanilla sweetness. Dreamcicle pop?

M - Medium bodied with some sugary slickness and a bracingly dry finish. I mean DAMN, this is dry. I like it! Silky carbonation creates a false sense of security before a Sahara dry finish rips the moisture from your mouth. Bye bye, silky softness and hello Baghdad.

D - This is a damn good APA! The flavor is a little bit odd, and that's the only thing keeping this from being eminently drinkable. I would have several of these with pleasure. The mellow carbonation and the killer dryness are a one-two punch that has me reeling...good stuff.

pmcadamis, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redpoint pours a clear, copper body with orange highlights beneath a full head of frothy tan foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the glass.
The nose offers caramelish malt, a touch of yeasty fruitiness, and some grassy & leafy hops.
It's medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with a delicate carbonation that accentuates its maltiness.
The flavor offers a very well-balanced combination of lightly toasty and deeply caramelish malt, and grassy & piney hops. The bitterness is firm and supportive, but not overdone, allowing the malt to shine; yet finishing quite dry despite a quick fading note of residual malt and some hops.

NeroFiddled, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I wasn't expecting it to be quite this good. Pours a deep red with a medium-sized head that quickly dissapates. Beautiful malty aroma with a bit of lightly floral hops. Starts out sweet on the palate, with hints of honey and caramel. Becomes more robust with a malty finish. An excellent beer, simple yet satisfying.

ElGordo, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a dark garnet-amber, quite clear, a dark beige foam forms on top with some decent lacing around the rim

smell: very toasty, thick and sweet caramel, buttered biscuit...more on the malty end of the apa spectrum...hop aromas are sweet and herbal...apple, light toffee

taste: pretty good..certainly an american amber/apa hybrid, very biscuity and bready, sweet caramel...sweet floral flavour, thick malt, herbal and sweet hop bite. this was a surpisingly good and pretty interesting offering from avery

mouthfeel: medium body, thick and malty

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head with impressive retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is pure American Amber with toasted malts, caramel and citrusy hops. The taste mimics the aroma with a nice toasted malt base and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, this is a very refreshing and highly drinkable amber that I will certainly revisit in the future. Recommended.

cjgator3, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a mixed 6-pack from Abe's in Bethlehem. In my Sam Adam's glass, it appears a clear orange-red with a white head and lacing.

The aroma is not so good. It's a rubbery caramel malt without any hops. The flavor follows the same with a touch of dry biscuit and balancing hops. Maybe this beer is old, maybe it's just mediocre. Either way, this beer disappointed.

tempest, Oct 29, 2008
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Redpoint Ale from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.