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Red Truck IPA - Palisade Brewing Co.

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Red Truck IPARed Truck IPA

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very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Palisade Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-20-2004)
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Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with good head retention. By appearance alone you'd think it's just another IPA.

But a pleasant surprise awaits in the nose. This IPA has an alluring, candied malt with hops aroma. Hmm... Belgian candy sugar? ... very reminscent of an abbey single.

On the palate the rather nontraditional candy maltiness is promnent at first but then the hops rush in to tame the sweetness, leaving you with the impression that this beer also has good balance.

Very, very drinkable. Medium bodied.

In summary, this has to be one of the most drinkable IPA's out there yet still serious enough to be considered by hopheads as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 05:06:44 | More by yemenmocha
More User Reviews:
Photo of dgherm


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-29-2013 15:08:21 | More by dgherm
Photo of poppyjohn


4/5  rDev -1%

07-17-2012 19:45:33 | More by poppyjohn
Photo of Domingo


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Flying Fork in Paonia, CO.
Pours a deep red color with a fair amount of foam. Lots of suspended yeast and hop oils that I've really only seen in other bottled small batch IPAs.
Big fruity hops hit up front. Pine and citrus zest, but in the middle the malt starts to come out more and blend with the hops to reveal tropical flavors. The finish is almost sugar cookie-like as the malt takes over. A lingering pine note keeps the hops around, too.
Perfectly drinkable and a nice combination of different flavor notes makes this beer pair well with food. Mine went amazingly well with pasta and olives.
Good stuff. Stands up to a lot of up and coming IPA's around the country and reminds me a little of the Cigar City Jai Alai...which is a good thing.
Like Orchard Ale, I hope this beer sticks around with the reorganization in Palisade.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 14:03:13 | More by Domingo
Photo of thedetective


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice medium brown color, a little cloudy with a standard 1 finger head. Smells quite hoppy, definitely pleasing, but not quite what I was expecting. This is an IPA that the hops are reasonably subtle, at least when on tap. I think that for me this beer improves more between the bottle and the keg than most. Very drinkable, I think I could drink a few of these whereas most IPAs I wouldn't want more than one or two.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 05:42:47 | More by thedetective
Photo of willjschmidt


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sneaky's Tavern in Snowmass Vilalge.

A: Pours a copper hue with a good sized white head.

S: Some citrus and piney notes in the nose.

T: Bursting with fresh hops flavor, mostly in the form of grapefruit. Very well balanced with some caramel and bready malt. A solid IPA.

M: Medium-full bodied.

D: A well balanced and very good IPA. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 03:12:57 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of Atron67


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

definitely an english IPA style, i like the tea scented moniker that seanibus used in describing it. a little less than what i was hoping for on the citrus and hop florals, however the malt is reasonably interesting.

again this has an english yeast style finish with a bit of toffee and overall a pretty solid malty beer that gets a nice kick of bitterness on it.

with the good weather coming around i think the rest of my 6 pack will follow as well.


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 21:04:00 | More by Atron67
Photo of humanawho


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- nice clear red amber color with an ok off white head

S- very sweet with some orange and stewberry aromas

T- more pine and citrus but still nice and sweet and strewberry there is also a slight earthyness

M- light-medium body and energetic carbonation

D- easy driking

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:45:08 | More by humanawho
Photo of Rayek


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange amber color with mild carbonation. Rocky off-white head has very good retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: A strong whiff of citrus and pine with a little yeast and toasted malt out back.

T: A nice toasted malt flavor is there, but it's overwhelmed by the hops. Bitterness is dominated by flavors of tart lemon and grapefruit. However, some pepper and clove flavors are to be found amongst all that citrus. Finishes with a lasting bitterness.

M: Medium body is chewy from the yeast in the bottle. Carbonation level is a touch n the high side.

D: A very nice IPA. Not the most complex example I've had. Still very worthy of a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 17:16:52 | More by Rayek
Photo of dancinwillie


3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown, clear, with a modest half inch off white head.

Aroma has very mild scent of pine and herbal hops. Nothing too special here.

Some decent hop bitterness, herbal mostly, some floral comes through. A substantial malt flavor follows, somewhat roasty. A very balanced drinker, although for my tastes, could have been a little more citrus hop flavor, but that's just me. Still a good IPA no matter what my personal preference happens to be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little grainy, with a sweet finish.

Drinkability is medium to high for this one. I could drink a bunch of these on a hot Summer day. But with the big malt profile, I could put down a few in Autumn as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 22:13:46 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of Seanibus


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This really seems more like a British IPA, with that mild, tea-like flavor and finish. But not bad at all.

Pours a light amber with a nice head and good lacing. The smell is slight and honey like at first, leading toward a distinct amber malt aroma, that eventually gives way to a tea-like character. The flavor is strongly malty with a tannic, tea-like hop finish, very dry despite the sweetness of the malt. There is a small hop bitterness on the finish, but more tannic than anything. The moithfeel is clingy, a little astringent, but pleasant. This is a nice, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:01:55 | More by Seanibus
Photo of donaldchapman


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper color with a good white frothy head.
S - Clean malt character, hops seem a little low for style but they are present.
T - Good citrus hop flavors, substantial bitterness, and good alcohol and malt notes.
M - Full bodied with a good warmth and appropriate carbonation.

This was a descent beer, it could use more hops especially in the nose, but the malt bill seemed right on and the bitterness was appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 23:21:42 | More by donaldchapman
Photo of Chaz


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker, reddish-copper in color, topped with a pale tan head and medium lacing. Nose is juicy and fruity/estery, with a milder hop profile of poking through. Juicy, sweet/tangy malt profile is balanced by some nicely bitter hops that linger and balance this one pretty well. Seems like much more of a juicy malt-focused beer than your typical hop bomb American IPA. While this feels heavy and full-bodied at first, the mouthfeel and carbonation are both average to better-than-average, making this an easy drinker. Overall, Red Truck seems more of an easy-going IPA than a number of others I've had the pleasure to try.
Cheery, iconic label -- no freshness date/code on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 22:12:05 | More by Chaz
Photo of Tolann


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber orange in color. small head at first and clears away quickly. Not a lot of bubbles to be seen. Looks clear, not cloudy

S - Not hidden, but not too big either. Lots of hops and pine is the first thing that hits me then obvious citrus like grapefruit. Some bready notes as well.

T - Sweet candy, citrus taste. Not overly bitter. Kind of fun and better than I anticipated.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel. I like how the flavor seems to hang on your breath, but its not a big aftertaste that sticks to your throat. Not a big bubbly mouthfull, which is good.

D - I could enjoy a few of these. May have to search out the area and pay these guys a visit and try others. I'm happy of this purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:23:48 | More by Tolann
Photo of toolbrew


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thick one inch white head. Great lacing, and some head retention.

Hoppy scent. Also smells like evergreens. Some citrus.

Sweet hop taste. Not as strong as I would expect from an IPA. Nontheless the malts are balanced well with the hops.

Good mouthfeel. The majority of stimulation is on the roof of my mouth.

Great beer for having several. Would love to down many if they were sold at home...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 00:48:33 | More by toolbrew


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by Red Truck IPA. Since the ABV wasn't listed on the bottle, I wasn't sure if it would be a respectable IPA. After pouring and taking my first sip, I was pleased to find a very drinkable, tasty IPA.

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass; not a huge head, but about 1/2 and inch. A bit remained as I drank, and it never fully disappeared. It was a nice, dark amber color; the smell was a balance between malt and hops.

Although this is not an "over the top hops" beer (of which I'm a huge fan), the balance of hops and malt give it a great bitter bite along with a smooth, sweet aftertaste. I could easily drink a few of these in an evening.

Would love to try this on tap!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 01:05:33 | More by IPALOVER
Photo of schoolboy


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites from my Colorado trip. I went to Vail and roomed with 3 other beer snobs in a condo right at Lionshead (Antlers). On the way up from Denver we bought a mess of cool beers we had never seen (from CO).

Once we started to get low we made a run to the beer store in the resort. Prices were high and selection somewhat limited, but this was the nice find there.

It is right in the middle of where an IPA should be. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 04:45:06 | More by schoolboy
Photo of russpowell


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed (clears later) orangey caramel with 2+ fingers of sand-colored fluffed up head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight bready notes that increase as this warms

T: Piney and grapefruitty hops along with some breadyness up front. Caramel & more piney hops & a bit of warming booze as this warms. Finishes with citrussy & piney hops, some slight dates & fig fruittyness & just a little alcohol burn

MF: Medium bodied with very good balance & carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, I could drink a few of these before moving on. A solid IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 04:31:35 | More by russpowell
Photo of jwc215


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber with a thick, off-white head that settles to a thin cover that lasts awhile before becoming a patch. Some thin lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is piney with floral and citric notes. Some hints of carmelized graininess supports it in the back. I was going to score it a tad bit lower, but the aroma really grows as it progresses, and is on-target for the style.

The taste is piney, floral, citric - nice hoppy tones with supporting sweet carmelish, grainy background. It has a balanced bitterness with a slight touch of alcohol that lend a spicy kick. Aggressively hoppy but with some sweetness mixed in in the finish.

Medium, approaching full, bodied. Rather - well...almost...chewy.

Nice hop profile, but with some balance, this is a nice example of an American IPA.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from his trip to the West!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 23:33:59 | More by jwc215
Photo of biking4beer


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my new Snowmass glass.

Pours a nice 2 finger head with good lacing. The head diminished after a few sips, but is still solid. The beer is a deep orange to copper color and has a touch of haze.

Smell is mostly or orange and/or apricot. Very slight pine and a touch of candy sweetness. It's nice, but fairly tame for an American IPA (at least these days).

This one is nicely balanced. It has a good sweetness followed by an equal level of bitterness. As it warms, you get mostly grapefruit. A touch of caramel and some orange sweetness.

I like the mouthfeel on this one. Moderate to low carbonation (a good thing in my opinion). Slight creaminess, but just enough carbonation to break that up.

This is a damn fine IPA. My favorite? No, but I would use this as a basis to get started on my favorite. Good sweetness cut with a nice bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 23:46:44 | More by biking4beer
Photo of Oxymoron


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey look, the truck is red. So the pour was a light amber color with good clarity and a frothy white head. Good staying power but does dissipates over time.

The nose is overall good but maybe light for an IPA. A nice citrus aroma up front but not much beyond that. Some very light malt notes in the back as well.

The taste is much more distinguishable then the nose. A good balance between hops and malt. There is a medium bitterness with piney taste that is followed with a sweet maltiness. A somewhat syrupy flavor but finishes with a strong finish hop flavor. A nice citrus that mixes with a grapefruit finish.

The body is good, as is the carbonation. Overall a sweet beer with a good finish and very easy to drink. No matter what the color of the truck is.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 00:40:06 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of benito


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll be checking out the Palisade Brewery proper this Friday, so in anticipation of my visit I picked up a sixer of Red Truck--a CO brew that I hadn't tried in over a year, and I found myself pleasantly surprised.

This is a nice amber with a thick foamy head that lingers throughout the pint; bottle conditioning means that a nice dose of yeast floats around in the brew, giving it (the endearing) look of a thin bottle of sweet chili sauce. The bouquet is a well-balanced combination of typical esters--more floral than earthy--and a hint ofmaple syrup. Again sweet and sour.

The flavor is rather standard for an IPA. There's a nice hop presence up front, though it trails off quickly and doesn't leave much aftertaste. There's not much else to speak of flavor wise, save a hint of grapefruit
around the center of the palate.

Red Truck is medium bodied and, if slightly simplistic in terms of flavor, it is well-balance and, thus, highly refreshing for an IPA. This isn't my favorite offering from Palisade, but it's certainly worth a look, and if I lived just a little farther west along Colorado's Western Slope I would happily adopt this as my local-beer-pride-icon of choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 05:18:14 | More by benito
Photo of Tang07


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Good stuff.

The beer pours a rich ruddy copper color with a slight cloudiness.
The smell is a heavenly hop.
The is a sharp hoppy bitter followed by an orange rind hoppy bitterness.
The carbonation is just right and it has a nice warming splash of alcohol.
It feels great in your mouth and even better sliding down your throat.
I'll be looking for this stuff when I leave CO.

The head could be a little better, but it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 23:35:37 | More by Tang07
Photo of gbontrag


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks like varnished cedar. Gorgeous white soap sudsy froth: Holds on, speaks volumes. This is a really outgoing froth that wants to carry on a lengthy conversation.

Smells of spruce hops hung with a few cut apples and popcorn.

Tastes like smooth bitter pine syrup served over buttered white bread. Cherry juice shooter. This is a great small town IPA. Hell, I could live in a small town as long as I could get this every day. Very tasty. It certainly goes down by the duece.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 22:13:20 | More by gbontrag
Photo of rowew


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with a vintage red Chevy truck on the label. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours an attractive cloudy red/orange color with an offwhite head. Head fades quickly, but leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops come through at first, but then the sweet malt shows up to keep the aroma well balanced.

Taste: Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Plenty of hops, but also nice sweet maltiness. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Overall impression: A nice IPA from a relatively unknown brewery - next time I'm passing through I will have to stop!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 22:38:19 | More by rowew
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Red Truck IPA from Palisade Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.