Trailhead Red - Trailhead Brewing Co

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trailhead Brewing Co visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2002

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by Shultzerdugen:
Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.16/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The first beer I got was a buttery diacetyl laden mess. I had my wife and sister-in-law inspect it and they agreed (although not in those terms). I went out to the bar and asked a few questions which resulted in a replacement Red that didn't suffer from the same problems. I'm not sure if it was a bad batch or tap or what, but if I hadn't taken the initiative I would assume Trailhead Brewing reverse blows. More hops, please.

More User Reviews:
Photo of HugePlume
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery in St Chuck.

A- A smoky reddish amber. Poured with almost no head. No lacing.

S- Very smoky malt smell. Indistinct otherwise.

T- Again very smoky malt, and a veggie like hop palate clash. Hops are quite bitter. Not balanced. Finish is too dry, enhances the somewhat crude bitterness.

M- Quite watery, little carbonation bite.

O- The brewery seemed to specialize in lighter brews, i went for the most complex. Maybe the milder stuff is better executed.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Purplish red with a khaki head that looks small, but remains intact for some time.

S - Carmel malt and leafy hop aromas. Smells very much "to style."

T - Hearty and thick malt flavors are nicely balanced with some crackly autumn leaf hops. Tasty, but a bit underpowered.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

D - A great session brew. Could use a boost in the flavor department, but the flavors are good...just not quite powerful enough.

Photo of hotstuff
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a small sized tan head that consisted of fine-medium bubbles that fully diminished.The body had some carbonation and was cloudy with an amber hue.The nose was moderatley malty and a bit of hops.The flavor was hoppy tasting with a tingly, smooth and medium bodied.The lacing was fair with this beer.

Photo of Ahhdball
2.31/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Started out nice save for one complaint, no head. I think they don't know how to pour a beer, this is the second beer that had no head or any kind of disturbance up top. This was a nice amber color that shone good red through the glass as it hit the light.
I put below average on the smell because I didn't smell anything.
Taste was bland, dead, and stale. Small hops barely any malt for an amber - actually for any beer. The only difference it had from the blond was a small amount of bitterness from a touch of hops. It felt like water and finished stale. Dissappointed.

Photo of RBorsato
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Trailhead Brewpub on 02/23/06.

Solid amber color with a very small off-white head. A very average amber with the standard malt aroma (a touch of roastiness) and flavor with hops only there to balance. Nothing wrong with this one really but nothing very memorable and certainly not one I'd go back to again.

Yet another unremarkable brewpub American Amber Ale ... I wonder why they bother.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.54/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Im sampling a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. Ive been worried about this one as it appears to be a short fill with the liquid inside only reaching the shoulders of the bottle (barely).
The cap pops with a parge hiss and I worry about a gusher quickly tilting into my glass. Not needed, as the beer pours slowly down the sides of the glass building a creamy beige head of 2 cm that fades to a .5 cm surface layer.
The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee with a bit of grassy hop and some plasticy notes that dont bode well for the beer. The plastic is very faint and buried and fades almost completely after letting the glass breathe a bit.
First sip average body and fine tingly carbonation. The flavor is generally sweet malt with caramel and toffee dominant, followed by some grassy hop notes and the plastic has made it into the flavor. It is more prominent here and detracts from the finish of the beer. I think this could have been decent, but it appears to have picked up something as it looks great and is solid until the plastic along the way from brewery to my house.

Photo of karst
1.72/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Trailhead's Red displayed a dark redish tea color. Aroma was weak sweet malt, no hops, and a strong diacetyl butter odor. Initial taste sweet malt, with some possible flavor from oak chips. Lacking hop character it seemed out of balance. Body was appropriate for the style. A poor tasting beer.

Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

A: Served an amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with just a hint of hops, not much else.

T: Taste is a muted roasted malt flavor with a mold bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth with mild carbonation. Lacks character.

O: Another non-offensive beer from Trailhead.

Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with 1/4 inch head. Slight retention and very little lacing. Smells of some sweet malt. Fits the style. Tastes of sweet malt with a slight hop finish. There's also the noticeable lager background. Smooth, crisp, decently carbonated. Overall, not too bad, but not too great (too much of a lager taste for me).

Photo of Tuey13
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at the brewery on 9/17/06.

This poured a deep amber/red color with a tin head that left a little lacing on top. The aroma was of roasted malt with a bit of a sweet smell. This was a very smooth and sweet ale that didn't have alot of bitterness at all. Went down very easy and went well with the sandwich I had, which was delicious too! The server told me that this was one of their most popular brews and that they run out quite often. You can buy the bottles out by the entrance but they are a little pricey. Good brew!

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served this Red Ale on tap at the brewery in a pint glass. Poured an amber red color produced an average head, retention was barely average, it did leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale comprised of toasted malt and a slight suggestion that hops were used. Medium in body, however on the thin side of medium, some base toasted malt, semi sweet. Like all other Trailhead beers- the base malts are very weak.The caramel flavor that you would expect in a red was no where present. From what I have read, this is Trailhead's flagship beer- Needless to say this brewery has some work to do. Prost!

Photo of DCon
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Trailhead Brewing Company in St. Charles, MO for $3.50. Tapped from the Dark Red Tap Handle w/ Trailhead Red on it into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a prominent hop aroma that seems like it was dry hopped and has tons of citrus behind it. A bit of malt and sweetness is behind this also. Hop dominates the nose overall.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has great retention. Has a deep amber colored body that doesn't have much of any haziness behind it. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Hop flavor is very strong in this one as it hits the palate and mouth with full force. Besides this, the malts are pretty much hidden as well as any caramel notes. Finishes with a medium-high hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium- Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and then leaves nice hops on palate with a strong Cherry Taste?!?! Where did this come from?

Overall Impression- A very interesting Red ale! Strongly hopped and then has a crazy cherry finish on the palate. Really enjoyed getting to know this brew. Would recommend this one from the 3 I've had from Trailhead Brewing Co. Will be back for more! Cheers!

Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite at Trailhead. Deep orange-brown color topped with a light lace and light on aroma. The initial flavor is clean and biscuity followed quickly by a roast and chocolate that lingers through the finish. The bitterness is light, but noticeable. Very smooth and very tasty.

Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The deep red, clear pour had a semi-respectable foam head that lasted for a few minutes. Subtle malt aroma / taste with very little hop kick. Pretty good amber ale with mass appeal – restaurant type offering. Still, it has enough flavors to invite one to partake all evening.

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark amber, with very little head, about a quarter inch of off-white foam with a few divets and left some lace. Smells faintly of sweet, roasty malt and seems very fresh. Taste is quite good, I was taken by surprise for sure, very smooth and nice roasty maltness and light grain bread flavor with just the right sweetness that ends slightly bitter and dry, just right...ahhhh. This is a very nice amber indeed, wish I could get more. A friend of mine who travels alot happened to like it so he brought me back a few of this and the brown. I always ask him when he's going back to Missouri so he can pick up some again.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured to give a very nice dark amber brew with a little foam. There was a very modest malty aroma. The flavor was good: smooth, sweet malt, lightly roasted. The mouthfeel was very good: smooth, mellow, and low carbonation. The drinkability was good, though there was a slight tartness in the finish.

Photo of Juggernaut
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was of an amber hue, with little to no head, and a malty aroma with a small hop smell. When tasting the hop flavor became more apparent and mixed well with the roasty malt flavors. It had a meduim, smooth body and was a pleseant brew to have.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub: Dark reddish-brown color with a wispy light beige head and spotty lacing. Mildly malty aroma. Light, smooth body with malt and hops flavor, along with a bit of spice. The finish is short and soft with a roasted malt aftertaste. Nothing offensive here, although the trend for this brewpub seems to be average and below.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Iced tea brown with bright orange highlights... that becomes rusted russet when morning sunshine is allowed entry. A meager escape of carbonation on crown cracking has led to a short head of beige colored foam that looks decent enough. A serrated collar of thin lace can be seen above the rapidly retreating cap.

The nose is next to nonexistent, which always makes picking a score difficult. Even fruity ale yeast esters are hard to come by. At least the beer *should* taste like something.

Trailhead Red is not awash in flavor either. In fact, it's one of the most muted ales that I've had in quite some time. Here's hoping it improves with warming, though I started it out considerably less than icy.

The beer is lightly toasted, lightly caramel-like and has a balancing amount of bitterness born of 'Pacific Northwest' hops. Must be some of the lesser known varieties since citrus peel is not prominent. Hop flavor is more earthy and herbal and... let's face it... less distinctive and interesting than it could be.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side (the ABV is probably less than 5.0%) and the bubbles are too sharp-edged and harsh, at least initially. Average, average, average is how this story ends.

I had never heard of Trailhead Brewing Company until a colleague brought me a bottle from the brewery several months back (thanks 'H'). On the evidence of Trailhead Red Amber Ale, I wasn't missing much.

Trailhead Red from Trailhead Brewing Co
76 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.