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Mojave Red - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 73
Avg: 2.77
pDev: 22.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterPounder on 08-24-2003

A smooth red lager without the bite. We use four types of specialty-malted barley and two types of hops, Hallertau and Cascade, which are added at the exact point in the brewing cycle to create the ideal quality blend of aroma and taste. We use our own proprietary strain of lager yeast, and all of our beers are brewed with our own on-site natural artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Mojave Red is lagered for several weeks, then finished to our exacting standards.
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 73
Photo of RyanK252
2.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into an Indian Wells Brewing pint glass

A: Pours reddish copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to light layer and laces reasonably well.

S: Grainy, butterscotch, fruity, and some dark caramel malt.

T: Fruity, plum and cherry, buttery, plenty of butterscotch, a little toasted malt, and a kinda mineral like tone.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one before and I remember it being at least drinkable. Maybe I just got an old bottle that didn't fare well (no date to be found). As it stands, this is pretty unpleasant.

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Photo of MadAnnFlint
4.5/5  rDev +62.5%

I always look for local brews when I travel. The store down the road only had Mojave Red, and I can honestly say I really enjoy it. I'm not always a lager drinker, but it's smooth and balanced. I will definitely keep this in mind for the next time I am out in the Mojave area.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.99/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: poured from the 12oz bottle into the pint glass. Average all aroun

S: faint malt backbone with some fruity tones of berry

T: very mild. Pretty much a bready malt center with some citrus notes around. A bit of hop bitterness balanced by some fruity berry sweetness.

Overall nothing special but not bad. Wouldn't turn this down but wouldn't seek it out or buy from a store.

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Photo of Direx
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Looks like a red ale, nice color but little head that dissipates quickly.

S: Mildly floral smell. Slightly less difficult to capture a waft, compared to Lobotomy Bock.

T: Taste is similar to Lobotomy Bock--very plain but moderately refreshing. Finishes pretty cleanly--I appreciate the red ale residue, and it's the only part of this brew that has some punch.

M: Watered down, thin, pleasant enough.

O: If you find most Red Ales too strong, then you may like this beer. Otherwise, it is a lackluster brew that feels like it's holding back. I really want to like this beer, but it just doesn't have enough of the primary characteristic I require--taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The color of the beer fits its moniker, it is in fact red, dark red and brown. Flimsy head, not much in terms of head, no lace, retention. Aroma, ugh, smells like someone found some discarded used oil somewhere in the mojave desert and used it as an aroma adjunct. But that's not all that is there in the aroma, there is a discernable red malt and caramel component, so its not a total loss.

Really bitter taste for not having a perceptible hop presence. Tastes like some bad homebrew recipes from brewers who like to cheap out or do hodgepodge type of batches. Has that weird dark fruit raisin/prune kind of bitterness maybe, maybe thats what it is I'm tasting I don't like, brings out the alcohol and flavors of a challenging quad, without the belgian yeast.

Not recommended. If you want to make a red ale without hops, fine, make it smooth. But why make a red ale that is nasty bitter without hops? It just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big off white to light tan head with a thin lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Rich roasted to almost burnt caramel malts aroma.

Heavy caramel malts that almost verge on burnt caramel malts taste.

More heavy caramels in a light dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A little heavy on the caramel malts for me.

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Photo of jnezda
2.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this a couple times each straight from the bottle. Dark copper color with a bit of a dusty fruit smell with just the slightest hint of some hop on the back. Having driven by Indian Wells I was pretty excited to try some of their beers but this along with the Gold disappointed. The Red Amber color wanted to strive for a nice full body beer but this one fell short and was quite watery and thin. Out in the desert guess it good to have something cold to drink but I would pass on this one if given another option.

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Photo of Offa
2.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is probably my least favourite Indian Wells beer, a dud version of a style that I often find to be disappointing unless done really well.

Red copper, it has a huge tan head steadily shirnking to thin ring.

Aroma is dusty old pine bark and sap, hints of citrus and barley (a bit like Napa Smith Amber Ale - which I use as a benchmark for the unpleasant version of this type of character - but better mostly because it is not as intense.

Taste is candied bitter orange peel, juicy spice, light toasted grain, all thin and a bit watery.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish tint with a foamy tan head, tight bubbles, clear body. Good lacing left behind.

The nose is malty sweet, strong but one-dimensional. Body is full and smooth, but the flavor is too sweet for me. Tastes as though it should have much more booze, but only comes in at 5.5%.

Finishes watery, overly sweet, with brew salts left over. Not high on my list, but here in Mexico I take my American microbrews where I can get them.

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Photo of kevosbob
2.19/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There are only two, maybe three, breweries for the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains and Indian Wells Brewing Company is one of them. Indian Wells produces nine beers and six sodas, all produced with pure artesian spring water from the historic Indian Wells Spring. Their flagship beer is Mojave Red and claims to be “The High Desert’s Favorite Microbrewed Beer.” Brewed to have a 5.5% alcohol by volume, Mojave Red uses four types of malted barley along with Hallertau and Cascade hops.

When poured heavily into a pint glass this beer looks as expected with a dark copper color and red highlights. The beer is clean and crisp looking with no haze. The carbonation produced tiny bubbles that from a off-white head that is thin and fades fairly quickly. When placing this beer to the nose, thoughts of carnivals and candy come to mind. This beer has heavy smells of carmel with a backdrop of red fruits and apples, but it basically smells sweet, like candy.

Tasting this beer leaves me a little disappointed considering this is supposed to be a ‘Favorite Microbrewed Beer.’ The taste-buds are overwhelmed with the sugary/carmel taste that was also in the smell. There is a slight bready taste and it drinks quite smoothly, but it also tasted slightly watered down with a low bitterness level from the hops. In my honest opinion, this beer tastes like an amateur homebrew; not bad, but not impressive for a professional brewery.

This beer makes me feel a little sorry for the Eastern Sierra craft beer drinkers. It’s hard for me to imagine this being ‘The High Desert’s Favorite’ beer, I visualize one lonely beer drinker in the middle of the desert craving anything to drink. Mojave Red is that one lonely persons favorite beer, it might be yours too if you were dieing of thrust.

My Beer Rating: 2.3

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Photo of treque
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: it presents a razonable off white head, wich lasts enough. the body is traslucent, a very nice amber almoust like a ruby, there is a very low carb activity

S: some caramel malts, some hops. some easter hidden at the back

T: it is very crispi on tongue, there is nice sweetness form the malt, nnice bitterness at the end, the final is kind of short the hops presence is good enough

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Photo of nach0king
2.02/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Didn't finish it.

A: Nice colour but pretty dull otherwise, nothing going on here head-wise.

S: Quite appealing with caramel and grains.

T: Downhill. When I first sipped this I started a bit and had to reach for the bottle to check the label. Yep, it's red, and it's a lager... so why does it taste like I threw up in my mouth 20 minutes ago? Overcooked brussels sprouts are the aftertaste.

M: Honestly, I was so off-put by the flavour that I barely noticed. Medium-bodied is about all I can say for it.

Overall, I wouldn't drink this again, and I won't be seeking out other Indian Wells efforts.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was served on tap in a pilsner glass from the Brewery. The beer has a good red coloring to it with a light head. The smell was typical of most reds, with a light, malty tone to it. It smelled similar to most reds. The initial taste of the beer is good, but unfortunately the flavor is off your tongue before you swallow it. The beer is light and crisp, and easy on the finish. Almost a hint of apples in the aftertaste. It would be an easy beer to sit back and drink for a day, but I can honestly think of better ways to spend your time.

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Photo of charlzm
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed June 13th, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.

Beer pours a clear coppery caramel color. Adequate carbonation but inadequate head; a splotchy film that doesn't completely cover the surface and a tiny little ring of none-too-clingy foam around the edges.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts and minerals. Uh-oh.

Flavor is off in what I am coming to suspect is the Indian Wells "house style"; mineral water overwhelms the caramel malt flavor. I didn't pick up any hop flavor other than a barely noticeable bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a tiny bit dry.

I finished about half the bottle and then shared the rest with the drain.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.09/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a nice white head, good retention.

S: Sweet caramel, but rather light in the nose.

T: Has some sweet caramel malt, with a lot of metal/penny to it and a noticable sour twang. Not good tasting, but not appalling.

M: Good carbonation, nice body, twangy and off feeling in the aftertaste.

D: Not a well made beer. A definite pass on this effort for me.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer is a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Light body with a sweet malt character and light caramel and hops flavor. The finish is sweet toasted malt with a hint of hops aftertaste. Pretty basic overall.

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Photo of nickd717
2.61/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent as part of a mixed six-pack for a 26th birthday gift from my sister in April '09. Thanks, Cara!

A - Pours reddish-amber with a small creamy white head.

S - Malty with caramel, red berries, and mild citrus hops.

T - Caramel malt, some cherries, roast, and mild hops on the finish. Tastes a bit like a bad homebrew.

M - Palate is reasonably smooth with medium-light body.

D - Decent. This is pretty unexciting, but not too bad. Beats their pumpkin ale, which I had side-by-side with this.

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Photo of timmah427
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer a couple of weeks ago from a beer-of-the-month club, along with a couple of other Indian Wells brews.

A - Pours a brown/dark copper color. I gave it a pretty rough pour, but it still only had a tiny tan head that died down quickly. The color is a bit too brown for a red; looks more like a dark-ish amber.

S - Nice aroma. Tons of bready malt with a decent bit of sweetness and dark fruit.

T - Wow... and that's not a good wow. As somebody below mentioned, it really does taste like a cheap extract home brew (like one from a Mr. Beer kit). Tons of bready flavors, along with malty sweetness. A bit too sweet. Wouldn't be too bad, except that it just really seems to have that "extract twang." Tons of caramel flavor. Not a fan.

M/D - This beer was a bit over-carbonated. Just too fizzy. Drinkability was okay, although it was a bit too sweet and sticky for the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with some mahagony highlights. A short 1/4" head lingers a bit.

Smell: caramel, fruits, and a general malt sweetness is easy to detect but a bit too sweet overall.

Taste: a bready malt profile here. Caramel, red plums, red apples, and a mild bitterness rounds out a standard red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Smooth from start to finish. Short bready and caramel filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a bad beer, but one that you may want to change styles from after two or three of these.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New beer in Texas, so had to try. Poured into a 12-oz mug, it's a dark red color, with a head that forms well but falls away within moments. The nose is very sweet malt. Flavor is malty, quite sweet, a touch of hops... wow, this tastes nearly exactly like a lot of kit homebrews, made with hopped malt extract. It makes a bit nostalgic for my first few brewing attempts. I'm not sure if I've ever had a commercial beer that tasted as much like cheap homebrew before.

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Photo of likestoswallow
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from some general store in Death Valley. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a fair size sudsy beige head that had OK retention. The aroma is mostly lightly roasted malts with corn and a touch of fruit. The taste is nothing to write home about, sweet malts, corn and faint walnut hops. The mouthfeel is medium to the palate and there is plenty of lively carbonation. The finish is short and slightly biter. A decent quaff that is much more interesting than the macros, but it won't hold up to the higher craft standards.

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Photo of gpogo
3.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear dark amber with small cream colored head that quickly dissipates.

A- Very sweet malty aroma

T- Malty sweet flavor. Slightly nutty. I found after a sip it left an interesting bitter aftertaste. No hop flavors to be found. Flavor overall seems kindof watered down.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

D- A pretty enjoyable brew from Indian Wells, probably one of their better brews at that. Found for a decent price in southern california. If offered I'd drink one.

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Photo of JBogan
2.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep amber color with a small but strange looking, almost greenish colored head. No lacing remained, which might be a good thing.

Smelled sweet and malty.

Tasted sweet as well, however with a trace of nuts also. Not very interesting or complex.

Mouthfeel was average, if a bit on the thin side.

Not the most drinkable beer of this type. I managed to score a single bottle of this instead of having to purchase a six pack and was happy for that. Not a beer I'll be revisiting.

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Photo of sloejams
2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came with 2 other varieties from Indian Wells from the Beer on the Wall, BOTM club - which sadly, has been kinda disappointing.

To start off, I'm not a huge fan of reds. Even still this was not passable by any standards. It looks just fine. The smell is where goes off - everything is relatively subtle. Hello is there beer in there? The mouthfeel was the worst part, it had a buttery slickness to it.

Skip this one, kids.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a friend of mine bring me a six pack from California when he went to visit family.

A: The beer poured fromt the bottle a deep redish brown color, with a tan head, that was about half an inch thick then disappeared to about a quarter of an inch.

S: The smell was strong of malt and even a little bit of honey.

T: The taste was pretty fair, can taste the malts and the hops stand out quite nicely in the end. There is a nice sweetness to this beer not quite like a honey, but somewhat similar. Sadly though, it did seem a little watered down, and could be a little more intense.

M: Nicely carbonated, smooth in the mouth with just a bit of initial bite. Very nice.

D: It is by no means one of the better beers I've had but I can easily enjoy a few of these while watching a movie or a football game, but I'd tend to reach for something a little more robust to sit and enjoy as an overall beer.

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Mojave Red from Indian Wells Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.