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Lizard Head Red - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 9.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-26-2005)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At the brewpub. The glass shows up dark red copper, with a nice thin head & lacing. The smell is caramel, honey, and wood. The taste is sweet malt, vanilla, and a sharp aftertaste. The mouthfeel is watery, but with nice carbonation. The drinkability is good, although the sharp aftertaste is limiting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 00:26:41 | More by roblowther
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-26-2014 05:21:11 | More by Bobhoya
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-18-2014 02:45:05 | More by timlyon
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep red in color, with a moderate tan head, which retains well. The lacing is somwhat thin and patchy, the carbonation moderate.

Aroma: Lots of caramel and toasted malt, with a definite toasted dark bread note. Modest herbal hops round out the aroma.

Taste: Opens with robust, slightly tart malt notes, toasted bread, biscuit and caramel flavors are present. The Munich malt offers its notable, slightly tangy, sour note to good effect. As the taste progresses, a moderate herbal hop presence ascends, although against the malt, it serves as an accompaniment, never dominating. The taste finishes with a long, lingering tart malt note, with a mild herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, with moderate carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: Very well done, a well-made, quite malty example that showcases the Munich malt quite well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-ounce (650 ml) brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 00:36:03 | More by Pegasus
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2013 06:42:42 | More by javlin624
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-14-2013 16:01:26 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-02-2013 22:19:14 | More by MeisterMayhem
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-23-2012 19:24:25 | More by kobeer
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4/5  rDev +17%

05-15-2012 16:10:00 | More by binx
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-20-2012 17:32:55 | More by poppyjohn
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3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of my Secret Santa package from OakedCanuck. Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks once again Colin!

A- Pours a medium colored amber color. One and a half finger white head shows light retention. Spotty lacing which was light on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma on this is lightly staled bready caramel malts from the front onward. The ending of this is muted citrus hops and nothing really else. Interesting..don't know if I like it but it's not bad at all.

T- Sweet caramel malts give way to a chocolate light toasted malt combo. Very weird for the style but digging it. Medium part of the beer was a light grainy bready taste. Ending shows light alcohol mixed with some herbal earthy hops.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toasted malts with light chocoalte sweetness left on the palate. Aftertaste was stale grain, earthy hops, and faint alcohol hints. Balance was alright for the style I suppose which was very much malt forward. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Kind of a stale taste to the overall beer itself.

D- This beer was good don't get me wrong. It was a smooth drinker but there was something that didn't give me the push I was looking for. An above average drinker which I would drink again any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 02:07:53 | More by alleykatking
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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark red with a white head. The aroma is very malty, but nothing really stands out. The flavor is biscuity and caramel malt with some light hop flavor, mainly pine and citrus. Still, this is a very malt forward beer. There is very little to no hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:05:44 | More by Mora2000
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2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my official Wilkes University beer mug. It had a very dark color, and a nice head. It also smelled good. I was looking forward to drinking it, and having a lot of flavor... but that did not deliver. Perhaps its the type of beer that it is (do red ales not have a lot of taste?). I was hoping for a stronger taste than was presented me. Overall, I'm happy I only got one. I doubt I'd want another.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 22:40:02 | More by loveingminor
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A finger's worth of deep-tan head with decent retention. Nose had a strong caramel-sweet scent. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was rather thin with a sugary taste in the mouth. Finish was reasonably sweet for a red. Not bad, although I like other of their beers better.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 06:15:55 | More by woodychandler
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear red/amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even ring on the outer edge. Laced inconsistently in spots. Lightly decanted continually.

S: Herbal hop note, slightly sweet caramel malt and crackers. Citrus aroma well in the background.

T: Roasted caramel malt most prominent; sweet, almost milk-chocolaty. Sweet, earthyy grain flavors linger to a nicely balanced bitter.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Front to back sweet and bitter.

D: Flavorful and balanced in a category that can be pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 20:47:39 | More by Haybeerman
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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a thun brown color. The head is 2 fingers tall, a light tan color, poor retention, thin and sticky lacing and medium size bubbles.
S: The aromas are wild flowers, candy sugar and bubble gum.
T: The flavors are bubble gum, off citrus and pale malt.
M: The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, but crisp around the edges.
D: This is a very good beer.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:15:51 | More by treehugger02010
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly clear ruby red brew is topped by a tight two-and-a-half finger light tan head. As the head diminishes a wide sheet of lace is left behind. Smells of caramel malts with some earthiness mixed in. Some floral hops float around. Tastes malty and spicy and a little weak in body. Some bitterness exists underneath. For some fluffy and indistinct might describe this beer, whereas others might say that its tasty and drinkable. Either way it's not a bad beer under any standards.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 21:59:29 | More by stephens101
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2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber tried 13 Apr 2008.

Medium sized tan foamy head. Almost flat. Clear oaky brown color. Aroma of brown sugar followed by minerals. Tastes of caramel and bananas, moving to a nutty dry finish. Medium light body. Light alcohol.

Overall kind of blah.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 01:47:13 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark red colored beer with a light brown head. The shade of red could be called brown in this case.

Smell is malty with an herbal hop notes and chocolate. Leather, wood and a faint citrus aroma.

The taste starts out strongly of chocolate and malt, unexpected for the beer style. Definitely on the sweet side and with caramel and chocolate flavors, really tastes a lot like a Milk Stout. The hop element here is completely herbal, not picking up any Grapefruit or pine at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty tasty ale that breaks the mold of the C Hopped red IPA and is actually something different for the style. Worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:27:14 | More by Zorro
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3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice clear deep amber color with a solid off white head.

Aromas are mostly sweet, and of bready malts.

Tastes of brewed tea up front. Settles into some slightly sweet malt flavors, very dry feeling, with a heavy roasted malt taste. Quite bready, with a rye like spice taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel is ok. A litte too dry for my liking though.

All in all, a nice amber ale. Tasty, and session worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 22:54:54 | More by flexabull
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good amount of Steamworks beers are now available here in San Antonio, so I guess it's time to start checking them off my list.

Poured from the bomber to a barrel pint glass, the Lizard Head Red is a pretty beer. Bright and orange/red, but also clear with a decent head, some lace. Nothing spectacular, but nice enough. The nose is sweet and malty, with light fruits (apple, strawberry, maybe some pear) and grassy earth tones. Again, nice, but nothing fancy. Taste follows suit as well. Lightly sweet and malty with light fruit flavors up front, but kind of bland and dull in the finish. Mouthfeel is underwhelming and a bit watery.

A solid, totally drinkable red ale. I would be more than content to sit on a stool in southern Colorado and down a few pints of these. It's a solid brew, but not showy. Not great, but good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 00:27:22 | More by Atlas1
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 22oz bomber this beer was a copper color with some ruby highlights. The head was a finger of thick, off-white foam that left pretty good lacing. The aroma was a good clean blend of toasted malt and fresh hops. The flavors were at first very malty, mostly toasted malt again but this then was balanced by a spicy, slightly citric hoppiness that leads to the dry finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/full and the carbonation ok. Nothing amazing but sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 15:37:17 | More by thekevlarkid
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3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with offwhite head.

Aroma is light some buiscut malt and earthy hop notes.

Taste is big buiscut munich malts balanced with a floral hop.

I think this beer is focused on the malt but there is a good amount of "flavor" from the hops, not really bitter but you can really taste the flavor of the hops.

Frankly this is not a typical "amber" as the flavor is much bigger than something like a fat tire. I would not really put this in the same catogory as most ambers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 06:02:11 | More by kgotcher
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice complex malt aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, roasted, and bisquit malts. The malts dominate the nose, but there is a definate hop aroma as well. The taste is decent. It has a huge malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight hop bitterness. I love the grain bill on this one. It's got some crystal malt sweetness, yet roasted enough to balance it out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really flavorful red ale. I wasn't expecting much from this beer and I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:17:52 | More by WesWes
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Lizard Head Red from Steamworks Brewing Co.
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