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Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale - Frankenmuth Brewery

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66 Ratings

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 07-12-2010)
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3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Rusty red color, hazed over, though the topping of head is impressive. Hint of caramel in the nose with some maraschi- no cherry, toasted bread and a bit of yeast. Super smooth, medium bodied. Twang from the yeast fades quickly, and a toasted malt sweetness comes forth. Hops are modest but aim for balance. Fruity and yeasty in the middle. Maltiness stays clean and runs from sweet to toasted, to mildly biscuity. Malty finish lands semisweet. It is what it is—a malt bomb of sorts, and a damn good rendition of an Irish Red Ale at that.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a (very fancy) growler. Pours hazy orange amber with a couple of bubbles for a head.

The aroma is sweet nutty caramel malts and toffee.

The flavor is sweet nutty toasted caramel malts with a little balancing bitterness and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very watery texture that washes out the flavors.

Overall, a decent nutty red. Nothing special...but a really sweet (but expensive) growler.

Beaver13, Jul 12, 2010
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

iemailjack, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

DruC4, Nov 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

dmorley21, Mar 18, 2012
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bwood06, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Trent, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Ajmski1988, Jul 19, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bold, clear copper with no head or lasting lace. The aroma is caramel with some hints of wood and grass. The flavor leads off with caramel and nuts followed by bread crust and a mild hop bitterness. It's mouthfeel is light-medium, drier than most Irish reds. Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Sep 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

DMarlinJ, Jun 20, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

HardyA, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

stortore, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I thought I would give the Red Ale from my local brewery a try, it has been a while since I had a good Red Ale so I hope this one doesn't disappoint. As usual with The Frankenmuth Brewery there is no bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer doesn't look that bad, the font fits the bottle nicely and it had a nice cap similar to their Oktoberfest cap. It poured a Dark and hazy amber red color with one and a half fingers worth of off white head that quickly disappeared. Not the greatest looking red.

S- The aroma is pretty much all lightly toasted caramel malts and biscuit malts, the biscuit aroma sticks out the most. I couldn't pick up any hops in the aroma of this beer which made for a pretty bland and one dimensional aroma.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, that's not a good thing. The taste is dominated by lots of lightly toasted caramel malts that have a slight bit of fruitiness to them, but not much. There are no hops to be found in the flavor of this beer, this makes for a pretty bland and boring flavor, there is just not enough there to hold my attention. The finish had no bitterness at all.

M- Crisp, clean, fizzy, and highly carbonated. The body was on the light side of medium.

Overall I was pretty unimpressed with this brew and I thought it was slightly below average. As a whole this beer was very one dimensional, it was pretty much all malts, it needed some hops to balance out all the malts. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, besides being a little too fizzy it was pretty spot on. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor, it was a one trick pony that only offered a bland malt flavor and nothing else. The lack of flavor hurts the drinkability a lot, yes I could drink another one, but with hardly any flavor to look forward to why would I want to. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there are many other better Red Ales easily available to me that I would much rather have then this bland attempt at the style, I'll take Samuel Adams Irish Red any day over this beer, I also wouldn't recommend this to anyone. This is a miss from The Frankenmuth Brewery and so far my least favorite beer I have had from them and the worst Irish Red Ale I have had to date. You guys may want to stick with the German styles cause this isn't working.

StoutHunter, Sep 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

A: Copper red, light haze, medium low carbonation, 3 fingers of light beige fluffy head.

S: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, apples.

T: Caramel, toffee, apple skins. Light tannic tea quality as well.

M: Medium body, little carbonation.

O: Really well done. Picked this one up in Frankenmuth, MI, drank in New Hamburg, ON Aug 24th, 2014. Well done and to style. Went to the brewery in Frankenmuth, which is quite cool. The beer is fresh, to style, and worthy of drinking!

patre_tim, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

rsitarski, Nov 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

JohnK17, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

BrewtalHonesty, Apr 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

djwhit24, Dec 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Eastside151, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Bubba569, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

freshtojeff, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is good, with a russet color. The head doesn't last, but there is a nice lacing.

S: The first thing I smelled was bread alongside some spicy hops.

T: Grainy, bready flavor with caramel malts. There is definitely an apple-ish flavor in there.

M: Carbonated medium-well. A little too much, but not anything bad.

Overall: I really like this beer. It's nothing special, but it's a good beer for the style and perfect for sipping on while it's warm out.

HeavyMetalBrew, Jun 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

dswion, Oct 26, 2012
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Frankenmuth Red Sky Ale from Frankenmuth Brewery
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