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Redpoint Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Redpoint AleRedpoint Ale

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%

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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Photo of Thorpe429


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

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some amber and caramel malt with a tiny bit of roasted character as well as some light citrus and floral hops. Taste brings a dry, doughy character along with moderate caramel sweetness. Slight citrus bitterness. Medium body with a bit of dryness. Drinks fairly well, but is somewhat bland.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 02:01:15 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of david18

New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House On Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall I was not impressed. The color was cloudy and, like the color, the flavor was somewhat muddled. No real distinct malt flavor or hop aroma. I think Avery is great at making high alcohol beers or extreme beers in some way but I'm not impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 15:08:22 | More by david18
Photo of emmasdad


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the tap a nice, somewhat hazy, brick red/copper color with a good inch of dirty white foam. Aromas are mostly malty, somewhat biscuit, with merely a hint of hops. Flavor follows along nicely, with some caramel and again a lack of any balancing hops. Ok, but nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 03:09:38 | More by emmasdad
Photo of rye726


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good session beer, Redpoint is well balanced and easy to drink. A copper color with a decent tan head. Some mild malts are followed by a mellow hop structure. The flavors are hoppy up front but finish with a bready malt presence. The body is fairly light and has good carbonation. Like I said, a good session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 17:52:24 | More by rye726
Photo of ccrida


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, the Redpoint Ale is a clear brownish bronze with a thin ivory head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is on the sweeter, softer side, crystal malt and some citrus hops.

Taste is nice and clean, very well balanced with just enough malt sweetness before the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is good, this is a fine session amber.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2008 23:06:47 | More by ccrida
Photo of tctruffin


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Avery product, and I'm pleased. The pub filled the glass all the way to the top, so there wasn't any head to speak of. It's not the ale's fault that the barkeep chose to do that. The color was a deep amber that I'd be proud to brew myself. The temp may have been on the cool side which tamped down the aromas.

However, once I took a sip, all need to make excuses were done. It had a wonderfully malty taste with the hops dancing around on top. Well balanced to slightly hoppy.

What makes me sing about this brew is that it felt like one of those ales you could drink all night. The flavor is complex enough to be interesting, but it's not going to knock you out of your chair. Perfect for meals and long conversations.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 13:31:55 | More by tctruffin
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2007 19:28:47 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooked up a sixtel and poured for the men
Everyone agreed this is a nice brew
This beer pours a creamy off-white head fully lasting and lacing over an amber bright w/tiny bubbles
The pleasant aroma of malty doughy bread laced with a bit of pungent floral hops greets the senses
Initial flavor is a moderate blend of sweet grains/hops flowing through a malt and slight bitterness finishing a little watery after that subsides
A little bitterness lingers
Try this beer - it's good!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 03:25:22 | More by outdoorbrewer
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was an intriguing one. Dark dark color, no head. Smelled light, sweet, juicy- orange juice and cranberry mostly. Which was... interesting. Taste was NOT like it smelled. In fact, it tasted of coffee, chocolate, and espresso, with a bitter taste all around. Odd, very odd. From juice to coffee was just too many steps my palate wanted to take. My senses were all thrown out of whack.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but creamy. Drinkable, mostly, except there's just too much going on here. Is it juice, is it more of a stout, is it a light stout, a heavy coffee juice... just a bit odd for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2005 04:51:08 | More by scooter231
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

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

Cranberry-grapefruit joose. Dry, on the flat side with regard to mouthfeel... it's very much like drinking a fruit juice.
Smells much sweeter than it actually is. I would not want to sit and drink a bunch of these in a night but this would serve quite well as a palate cleanser between very different styles of beer. Pretty tangy.
This is on the fringes of the style. It makes for an interesting interpretation. This would be excellent for certain situations, but I wouldnt keep this as a go-to, fridge staple beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2005 09:30:00 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of mrfrancis


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber with a thick, puffy off-white head that laces deep into the glass. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Aromas of caramel, earthy hops, cream, and minerals come across sharply on the nose. As the beer settles and warms, these scents blend into one another. Not the cleanest smelling amber ale.

T: Opens crisp and sweet with notes of caramel, mineral water, cream, vanilla, toffee, chalk, talc, and earthy, leafy hops. The hop notes come across late on the palate, imparting an alternately grassy and peppery edge to the flavor profile. It's an interesting effect, but comes across too late to make a lasting impression. The finish is crisp and sweet with more caramel and earthy hop notes blending with a malty nuttiness.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm. The carbonation is very active and up-front. This beer will seriously parch your throat if you drink more than one. Far from the most drinkable ale in the world.

O: Redpoint Ale was an alright beer, but I, for one, was not unhappy to see it go. In my opinion, Avery's regular offerings have never held a candle to their specialty/connoisseur products, and this beer was no exception to that rule. If you did not get the opportunity to sample Redpoint Ale before it was retired, you really didn't miss much.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 15:41:10 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of ToddT


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color topped with a thick off white head. Head fades to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Mild floral hops and a undertone of sweet caramel.

T- Caramel and sweet from beginning to the end. The hops try to make and appearance and cut through the sweetness in the middle, but they do not succeed. The finish wavers back and forth between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel, with the caramel winning out in the end.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation. Finish is sticky sweet and not too clean.

O- A little bit out of balance and a little too sweet for me. There are better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 04:19:43 | More by ToddT
Photo of Knapp85


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this one on 4-28-09. This beer poured a nice shade of amber with a tan head. This beer has a welcoming aroma to it of sweet malts and hop spicy hops. The flavor was semi sweet with a good balance of hops to keep it in line. The mouthfeel of this brew was medium bodied and fairly smooth. I'm surprised they retired it, but I guess they needed for some better stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 00:03:32 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BARFLYB


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A shade between hazy orange and bronze, redpoint ain't exactly red. The head is a off white shade about a half inch up leaving nothing behind.

S- A whole lot of biscuit in the malt with caramel and a off smelling hop variety, a bit vegetal at this point but not so much. No hint of alcohol, fairly simple.

T- Reminds me of a homebrew, a red one, this fits the style, yet the flavors clash. Some earthy hops that are faded, some earth with veggies. Caramel with the biscuit and a metallic aftertaste. Not what I expected.

M&D- A touch above medium bodied, some very forced carb with bitey results a bit of earth on the aftertaste, metal. Not for me, I drank it but much better reds out there, this needs a facelift and apparently it's getting one.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:54:58 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of HOPPYKC


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

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date on the bottle. Im surprised to see that this beer is no longer being brewed. I didn't know that and have seen it at my local beer store for quite some time.

A- The brew pours a nice amber brown to red color that is showing some great signs of carbonation and is fully transparent. I also get a think inch of tan colored head that sticks around for a minute or so.

S- I get a bit of light hops for a red ale, and is also a nice malty and bread like flavor to balance it all out.

T-The taste is a bit bland and i kinda expected more. But i do get a nice hoppy flavor. I guess it just seemed like i might get a bit more fullness to it.

M- Medium body and a easy clean texture. Drinkability to go with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 06:20:46 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of jsh420


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper amber orange with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of biscuity pale english malts

taste is much like the nose - caramel biscuit malts and hops

mouthfeel is spot on - light with good carbonation that is both crisp and smooth

drinkability is ok - however they dont make this beer anymore so i doubt the remaining 10 or so bottles on the store shelf will last that long

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 03:40:26 | More by jsh420
Photo of bnes09


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber with towering, frothy head which leaves a creamy layer of foam. Smooth blanket of lace. Hazy.

Semi spicy aroma, nice hop character with hints of rye.

Awesome flavors. Assertive floral and pine hop bitterness. A little salty. Smooth cherry sweetness. A hint of nutty almond flavor. Overall, smooth and well balanced.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Dry finish.

Very interesting beer. Nice balance of complex flavors. One of the best red ales I've tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:12:18 | More by bnes09
Photo of climax


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a reddish amber color, cloudy with 2 fingers of lumpy foam. The retention was good, as was the wall of lace.

The nose was more malt heavy, with a biscuity flavor, cinnamon and caramel tones. The hops, though overshadowed have a nice floral presence.

The flavor follows the same trend as the aroma. A good bit of spice accompanies the sweet toasty flavor. The hops play more of a role in the taste, especially the dryish finish, which was a bonus. The grassy aftertaste makes for an easy drinker.

The carbonation was plenty enough to keep a relatively typical body feel alive. Good sessionable beer here.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:00:35 | More by climax
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruddy-orange, with a sea-foam head that reduces unevenly, leaving tons of sticky retention down the sides.

Smell is faintly hoppy and malty, but not terribly expressive.

Taste starts with a caramel malt, that gently fades to an almost soapy taste. No bitterness at all, this is a rather bland beer with a gentle sweetner to give it some flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat creamy.

Easy enough to drink, however, I frankly expect a lot more from Avery give the other quality beers they put out. It is no wonder it has been discontinued.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:22:27 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of claybeer


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's slightly cloudy and crimson red. The head has an orange tint to it. It only poured about one finger thick but seem to hold up well. A lot of up front malt with a little bit of dried fruit at the end. More fruit fills the mouth with hints of fig, dates, and maybe a little apricot. there is not as much malt as the nose suggest. there is some bitterness on the finish that really sticks to the tongue. All-in-all a highly drinkable beer that would pair well with any dinner that included something like squash or zucchinis. I think of chicken or pork chops with half of a oven baked spaghetti squash and your choice of another side.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 16:47:46 | More by claybeer
Photo of kdpark


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Big fluffy off white head, cloudy red pour

S: Mostly citrus hops, not much malt

T: Pretty big hop flavor here that lingers, sweet, caramel, a touch of burnt sugar/dark fruit

M: On the lighter side, a little creamy at first, but nice and smooth

D: Very good, smooth drinking, the light body keeps it quite refreshing and drinkable. Maybe a little hoppier than style, but I doubt Avery is really shooting to stay within "style."

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:06:36 | More by kdpark
Photo of NODAK


2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma here is of a bit of creaminess and some citrusy hops. Pretty standard for a red beer, although more hops than in most are present.

And the taste?? Well, let's just say I got a whole lot more than what I bargained for. A little bit of creamy malt, and a ton of citrus hops. As far as hops go, this could pass for an IPA in my book. It took me aback a little bit, because this is somewhat strange for style. For me, it decreases drinkability quite a bit. And the finish is looong and drawn out, with bitterness slowly sliding back on the tongue and making itself at home.

To be honest, this isn't a beer I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:16:40 | More by NODAK
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a medium beige head.
S: Malty with a faint hop finish.
T: Strong caramel malty sweetness followed by a twinge of hop bitterness but finishes with more malt.
M: Well carbonated but a little bit sticky and watery.
D: A little bit too sweet to session but putting back 2 or 3 would be pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:36:20 | More by stimulus
Photo of udubdawg


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark amber, lightly hazed. The head is tall, tan, sticks around, and laces the glass very well. Good start.
Aroma confuses me a bit. There is toasty malt and plenty of caramel, and mild citrusy hops. I cannot shake the impression that what I am smelling is reminiscent of an overly-aged big hoppy beer. I just recall opened a big DIPA and been disappointed with that mildly oxidized overly caramelly, mildly hopped aroma.
Flavor is too sticky, let's get that right out there. Most of what I am tasting is good, but the medium-full body, ample sweetness, and sticky finish just strike me as underattenuated.
The carbonation is soft, and in general the beer is reasonably drinkable, but it fills me up like a beer this size should not.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:18:15 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Haybeerman


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Some sticky lacing in patches. Decanted lightly.

S: Sweet caramel malt and some light fruity notes. Fair hop charachter and light peppery bitter.

T: Roasted caramel malt consistent with smell followed by light citrussy hops. Acidy flavor lingers the bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sweet and smooth to bitter finish.

D: A distictive amber ale in a categor with a lot of average beers. Flavorful and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:16:57 | More by Haybeerman
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Redpoint Ale from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.