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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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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 198
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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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.1%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

UTCB Tating at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. It has the malt profile of a bold Amber Ale (which is not particularly one of my favorite styles), with American hop additions that do more than just balance the sweet barley malts. Though it makes the beer more complex, it also muddies the waters a bit. The delicate spiciness from the hops almost get ignored under the rich malts, and attributes a dirty, earthy aroma and flavor. Though good and stable, the beer would have made a better Amber Ale. Nevertheless, cannot rate this one poorly.

A good thirst quencher. Has the copper look and a nice off white head that fell quicker than expected. Smells caramelly, but lightly malty, quickly followed by hop esters, citrus, and spice. Taste is much the same. A little more caramelly and a little less hop flavor up front, but the bitterness rounds out in the finish. Leaves the palate crisp and refreshing. Fruity on the side of mangos and lemons, spicy on the side of cloves and coriander. Finishes a bit bite-ey and yeasty, but not too bad.

BEERchitect, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep slightly hazy copper color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some notes of light dry hops. Taste is also dominated by some nice caramel malt notes with a light hoppy touch at the end. Medium body with good carbonation. I didn't taste anything incredibly complex here but a very well done session ale.

Phyl21ca, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystalline burnished copper with a good-sized, toasted tan head. The cap looks to be somewhat sticky which bodes well for lacing. Good call. Thick, jagged rings appear on the glass after each mouthful. Nice aroma for an APA. Predominantly citrus hoppy with a welcome contribution from caramel malt. So far, so good.

The flavor profile is pretty well-balanced. Which, to a hophead, means that it's at least 70/30 hops. It has the unmistakable bitter zip and zing of citrus zest, but is still friendly and accessible overall. There's plenty of caramel malt on hand to lend a little sweetness and to keep the hoppiness from lingering. Consequently, the finish is less inspired than it could be. Decent mouthfeel that would benefit by being slightly more full.

Redpoint Ale is another solid offering from Avery. It doesn't overly impress, but is a good little APA that I'll look for again.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle served right out the fridge and poured into a Highland Brewing pint glass

A - Poured a very nice deep amber color with a very nice clarity to it. You were able to make out lots of chains of carbonation rippling through the body of it. A very nice, albeit small, tight head of off white graced the top of it, rising to a height of maybe two fingers high before starting to settle back down. Left behind a decent layer of foam across the top, maybe a quarter inch thick, and some small amounts of side glass lace were left clinging for their lives to the glass throughout the remainder of the session. Overall pretty decent looking, nothing really to complain about here.

S - The aroma was nice and full, and had a seductive sweetness to it. There were deep aromas of caramel, and lots of earthy grains and malts. A definite hop nose was present here as well. A very nice deep pine and sugary floral citrus note dominating the back end of it. There was a subtle amount of some grass like aromas in there, but this one was definitely sweet and definitely loaded down on the malt side. A pretty classic west coast style red ale.

T - The flavor was following along with the aroma in lock step. Starting out with some very nice and subtle sweet sugary notes that quickly evolved into a full on assault of caramel, sugar, and some bready like malts making up the bulk of the backbone on this one. Once you got past this, it quickly evolved by bringing into play the ample amount of hops that were present. Nice touch of resin like pine flavors coming through first; this mingles around with some of the sugary malt notes and gave off some very sharp and very sweet notes of citrus as well. The whole time never getting too far from the main malt character, that started it all. The finish was very strong and consisted of mainly the dry and bitterness of the hops really dragging this one along for the ride pushing it through. Once the bitterness passed it left a long lasting sugary flavor that still made you want to come back and have another sip.

M - The feel was pretty spot on for the style. Really coming through with a great carbonation profile, this one never felt dull or flat, even at the very end. There was a really nice light to medium-bodied consistency to it that was both full flavored and at the same time, very nice, crisp, clean and refreshing. There was really no issue at all with anything feeling weak in anyway, and it seemed to hold its own even after it warmed up a bit.

D - This was a fantastic session ale really by all accounts. There was a great flavor filled profile, which was the highlight of it, virtually no ABV concerns, and crisp clean feeling, and really not a filling beer at all. Combine all of this and it becomes very easily sessionable. I would love to try this one on tap, as it is probably great fresh.

Overall, I thought this was really quite good. A very solid offering from Avery. I have really been trying to get some of their regular rotations to compare as to how they make the bigger stuff and this was definitely no disappointment. This would be great to buy a case of and have a party, really something pretty much anyone would enjoy.

mikesgroove, Feb 11, 2008
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.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber body with a medium, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel and toasted sugar with light, citrusy notes.

Taste: Plenty of malt upfront with a sweet, caramelized sugar taste. Lightly bitter, citrusy hops emerge before the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad for an amber. Why, I'm not even the least bit upset.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 08, 2007
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 zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a burgandy/red color with a one-finger head that left great lacing.

S - Smelled mostly of hops and grasses.

T - It is quite hoppy. The bitter hop kick has a subtle malt taste underneath it.

M - It is crisp and dry. Light to medium-bodied.

D - This is pretty hoppy for an APA. I thought it was very good and worth picking up again.

zeff80, Dec 14, 2006
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, caramelized malt, some citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty, fruity and sweet with flavors of tea, caramel and citrus. There’s a subdued hops presence that tries to exert itself and provide some balance, but it stays over-shadowed. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but seems to lean a bit towards being an English Pale Ale, usually it’s the hoppiness that separates an APA from an EPA but with this beer it’s the sweetness. Overall, it’s a decent beer but it would be my first choice.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber that is just barely fogged. Just a wee bit. Great off-white head. Nose is extremely sugared with mild hops in there as well. Flavor seems a bit to one side at the start. Hops, yes. But mostly a bitter and woody profile that doesn't seem to come to any level of balance. Leaves a pretty firm bitter and woody aftertaste in the mouth too. Over time it all calms down a lot more (the advantage of drinking a warmer beer) and you get a better experience. Feel is a bit thin on carbonation and a bit of a thin syrup on liquid. Overall a pretty good brew. Just seems to lack balance in certain areas to make this anything above slightly better than average.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

S: Caramel & citrussy hops hops

T: Caramel & piney hops up front. Biscuitty malts & grapefruit hops follow as this warms. Finishes with a slight metallic/grapefruit hop edge that actually works for me

MF: Medium bodied with like carbonation. Chewy for the abv, great balance skews just a tad too hoppy for me

Drinks very easy, not the best APA, but really sessionable

russpowell, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, coppery color, lush, rocky, cream-toned head.

Mild fruit in the nose, light hops, caramel-y...but played at medium volume throughout.

Brisk hops on the tongue right off, glide off the palate with ease, tickling the tongue just a bit, leaving it eager for more...dark fruits dance along the palate, and delight the tastebuds...

...ah, who'm I kiddin'? It's just a good ol' beer...medium-bodied, short finish, slight bitterness, toasty malt, easy drinking...an excellent pale ale, ...pass me another, would you?

feloniousmonk, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a creamy, malty scent with some hops and a dry finish. The taste is good. It has a bitter hop flavor that is mellowed nicely by pale and crystal malts. It goes down smooth and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome brew. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a great drinker.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red with a foamy semi-rocky off-white head that settles to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The taste is of caramel, as common in red ales, and pine/citrus.

The taste is of red ale/pale ale malt bill mix - caramelish - with piney/citric notes. Bitterness weaves in and out behind sweetness, with a touch of sour as it warms, leading to a bittersweet finish.

Something a bit weak about the body, but manages to hit medium-bodied.

Overall - not bad at all - a sessionable ale.

jwc215, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, bright red color and is topped by an initially two-finger thick, frothy, tan colored head that sticks around for a bit of time. The aroma is a fruity mix of malt and hops; sweet caramelized malt notes mix with lightly herbal and berry like hop character. The aroma smells sweet, which certainly accentuates the fruit note.

The taste is sweet and soft up front, there is a sort of creaminess on the palate that lingers on in the finish. Berry-like fruit notes start in the middle and linger on in the finish as well. A nice herbal hop character is evident from the get go and combines with a solid bitterness. There is a touch of mint-like menthol here, which helps to add to the hop complexity of this brew. This beer is definitely leaning towards the hoppy side of the spectrum, but definitely still has some evident malt character as well; definitely some caramelized notes and a touch of toasted malt. This is definitely a nice quaffable beer, once again Avery has proved that they can do conventional craft beers quite well.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson, AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Off brown colored pour. ¾ inch head which sits at a nice frothy rim for most of the beer. Leaves very little lace behind.

Smell- Very nutty and seems quite sweet. Lots of malt and possibly brown sugar nose.

Taste- This is one the sweetest english brown ales I have had. Ultra nutty with a large caramel malt backbone. Even some dark fruit notes poke their head into the frey. Maybe some dates as well as figs. Wonderful barrage of flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, and a fairly heavy and thick mouthfeel. Not quite creamy, but chewy for sure.

Drinkability- Yum is all I can say. I'll be seeking out this one again for sure...wish I had bought a whole six pack instead of one bottle. Wait a sec....American Pale Ale? What? Me not think so.

GClarkage, May 18, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber / light brown in color with a weak 1/4" head that quickly disappeared to spotty surface residue. The aroma is of caramel, nuts, and bread. The flavor is quite malty with a slight toasted tone, with caramel and bread.

The mouthfeel is crisp at the start. The finish is dry and chalky, with a bit of tingle of the tongue. The roasted malt lingers softly on the tongue. Drinkability is just below good, as this brew just doesn't scream out to have another.

Gavage, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
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
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Redpoint Ale from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.