Red Rage - Tool Shed Brewing
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3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
355ml can. Nice to try the newest participant on the Alberta brewing scene.
This beer pours a clear, bright reddish amber hue, with two chubby fingers of loosely foamy, somewhat fizzy pale beige head, which leaves a nice layer of broken bike chain, soap scum lace around the glass as it gently wisps away.
It smells rather strongly of roasted, biscuity caramel malt, a bit of nutty bittersweet chocolate, hints of dry, day-old coffee, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more big and in your face (or palate, really) nutty, toasted grainy caramel maltiness, dry coffee, chalky cocoa, a dose of wet ash, and earthy, mildly leafy hops.
The bubbles are quite complacent, and generally understated, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth in a bombarded, but still steadfast sort of matter. It finishes mostly dry, the gritty cracker character of the malt fusing with the sameness in the coffee, cocoa, and earthy hop esters.
Irish red ale is a hard to nail down style, but this offering accomplishes it with a certain aplomb - fairly crisp, biscuity, grainy malt, and a host of supporting, agreeable offsets. A pretty heady, yet still approachable version of the style for this nascent brewer - if they keep this up they'll get a pass straight through to outright respectability.
08-18-2013 05:29:51 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +1.5%
A new brewery in Calgary, currently being brewed at Dead Frog. 355 ml can with a paper sticker label. Another new can for my collection, and a couple spares to trade.
Pours a clear, reddish color. Solid foam gives a nice looking head, rings of lace left over from the long lasting foam.
Smell has some nuttiness, sweet caramel, leafy hops.
Taste has lots of roasted malt, even a slightly smoky finish. Touch of citrus hops keep everything in balance.
Medium body and mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, very drinkable.
A nice surprise from this new guy, hope their other offerings also hit the mark.
09-01-2013 04:17:15 | More by BigBry
4.14/5 rDev +5.1%
This is a complex and very satisfying Irish Red. Substantial, long-lasting, creamy head and lacing. Very pleasant nose and mouthfeel. The highlight of this beer, however, is the complexity of the flavour. Plenty of toffee, caramel, and coffee with a smoky malt finish. I enjoyed this with grilled local lamb - a match made in heaven. Gingers (and everyone else) should unite to support this great local brewery!
08-07-2014 16:51:15 | More by Bunman3
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
355ml can poured into tulip 17/8/13
A clear ruby red with plenty of bubbles feeding a large well sustained three finger light mocha foam that leaves a few partial rings and slowly falls to a table top island that's still there at the bottom, looks great
S coco and coffee are much stronger then the color would let me believe, nutty hard toffee, slightly burnt toast, leafy and herbal, with just a hint of citrus
T like the nose it has a much darker roast flavor then I'd ever guess after looking at it, I've had black beers with less roast, fruity notes come out and just a hint of rind, quite pleased with this new comer
M medium bodied, slightly creamy, just little sticky on the lips with malty roast lingering
O this one hits the spot, lots of dark roast in a beer that's not all that dark, well rounded and went down in no time
I wasn't sure what to expect from the new brewer in town and this met and exceeded my expectations. I'm hoping their other offerings are at this level, I see this working its way into my rotation
08-18-2013 00:22:40 | More by wordemupg
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
My first offering from Tool Shed arrived a rich dark ruddy brown with three fingers of mocha colored head that retained its form well. Aroma was earthy hops forward with toffee and dried dark fruits blended with floral aromatics. Wow. Not bad at all. Palate was bitter full-bodied black tea, light roast coffee, a touch of iron and a whiff of smoke. An astoundingly good example of a style that can be insipid and commercial. This was pungent and balanced. Local craft brewery that shows heaps of promise based on this foray.
09-29-2013 17:23:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
Red Rage from Tool Shed Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.